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Teriyaki Pork with Noodles

NTM stands for New-to-Me, a regular feature here at Not Exactly Bento. With the start of my bento-making in 2007, I began to try many new foods to expand my palate and my recipe files. New-to-Me has expanded into all sorts of food items that I now try and review. Here is the latest item [...]

Trout Dinner (342)

Trout Dinner

Ever since I first checked out those two Cooking Light recipe books from my local library, I’ve done really well on the food front.  It’s not so much the “light” part as the “it came out right” part.  And the new found confidence has given me back the courage to try to deviate from a [...]

Recipe: Soba Sauce Stirfry

soba sauce stirfry

Thursday’s bento post will feature this stirfry. It’s quick, simple, and light. No cornstarch is involved. Three ingredients make the sauce. It can easily be made vegetarian by pulling out the chicken and adding more veggies. It all started with my cry for help when I had tried yakisoba at a local Japanese restaurant. I [...]

Recipe: Puerco Pibil

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It all started with that pork loin. Then, I went and posted about the process on twitter and Not Exactly Bento’s Facebook page. And there a reader stated when she has a pork loin to cook she often utilizes a recipe from a movie: Puerco Pibil (the recipe, not the movie). I read the recipe [...]

Recipe: Stuffed Pork Loin

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In yesterday’s post, I commented on the need to start eating meals that didn’t include a tomato base. Last night, I went for the ultra simple when cooking. This particular “recipe” should be called something else considering it took no time to prepare and was easy to cook. A small pork loin (about 2.5 pounds) [...]

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Bowl of Gumbo

Gumbo is a staple of the Louisiana culinary scene. And one that I don’t eat too often, or at least not in my youthful past. Until now.

Recipe: Pork Loin Roast

pork loin roast marinating

Last night at the grocery store, I found this pork loin roast. I’ve never cooked one before, the price was right, it seemed the right size for just me. And I bought it.

Recipe: Turkey Meatballs

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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: Apple/Walnut Stuffed Pork Chops

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Yet again, I’ve tried my hand at designing a recipe on my own. This had rattled around in my brain for long enough. It was time to work it out. It came out well enough. There is just one problem…the sort of mushy bread.