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Turning Potstickers into Egg Rolls

This week at NEB, join me for a series of fun recipes, a giveaway, and a great Photo Friday. I’m taking a one-week blogging break as I enjoy the week with my family. You’ll see me back next week with some great stories, pictures, and bentos. Be the bento everyone! In the last two months [...]

Recipe: Mini Meat Pies

Meat Pie Cross Section

There is a town up north from me known for a culinary speciliaty in Louisiana: Natchitoches meat pies.  It’s related to an empanada in its construction, but has the flavors of Louisiana instead.  It’s a deceptively simple little treat: browned and seasoned ground meat in a flaky pie crust exterior.  The deception is in the [...]

Recipe: Turkey Meatballs

turkey meatballs final shot

Here it is…the recipe for these lovely turkey meatballs.  Yes, I’ve quite enjoyed these already, even though I just made them the other day.  I have some packed up in my bento for tomorrow.  The recipe came from the Jan/Feb 2008 issue of Everday Food magazine, with a few tweaks by me.  Let’s get started. [...]

Recipe: Chicken & Pine Nut Mini Burgers

chicken pine nut mini burgers

For a printable recipe card, click here.  It will open a new window (you need Adobe Acrobat reader).  It should print out on a 4×6 index card or photo paper.  There are two sides, a full-color front and instructions on the back. In September, I posted about these little mini burgers. They were extremely tasty [...]

Recipe: Lentil Cakes (A Process)

I’ve been trying for some time now to make a really decent bean cake. I’ve tried with black beans, lima beans, and lentils so far. And nothing has really worked out well until these particular lentil cakes. And let me tell you now, I thought these were going to be another big fat fail. Let’s [...]

Recipe: Vegetarian Wontons

For a printable recipe card, click here.  It will open a new window (you need Adobe Acrobat reader).  It should print out on a 4×6 index card or photo paper.  There are two sides, a full-color front and instructions on the back. I’ve shown off these vegetarian wontons in my bentos lately. I’ve finally getting [...]

Recipe: Sesame Crusted Chicken Bites

sesame crusted chicken bites

For a printable recipe card, click here.  It will open a new window (you need Adobe Acrobat reader).  It should print out on a 4×6 index card or photo paper.  There are two sides, a full-color front and instructions on the back. Okay peeps…this was so darn good I had to share.  This must be [...]

Recipe: Red Pepper Bites

red pepper bites

These are such a little thing to be proud of, but proud of them I am.  It’s not often I dont’ follow a recipe to its complete letter.  These red pepper bites were an idea, a whim, something I wanted to try and see how it turned out.  And in one of those amazingly rare [...]

Pulled Pork Recipe

bbq pulled pork

After a week of being sick and busy at work, I couldn’t have asked for a simpler, tastier pulled pork recipe than this one found in Better Homes and Gardens’ Best Slower Cooker Recipes book.  Thanks Mom for that great gift!  Using the recipe as a guide, here was the process to get the pork [...]