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Honey-Cranberry TVP

Just a quickie today. I’ve mentioned that we’ve been eating a lot of TVP because it’s so easy to flavor and add. I especially like to use it in place of ground meat for tacos – it tastes just like taco-seasoned ground chicken! We wanted to do something a little different and my husband was thinking of the sweet pork and raspberry-chipotle chicken offered at a local Mexican restaurant that just opened here in our town.

It came out so well, I thought I’d share. It’s sweetly spicy, a bit fruity and goes extremely well with refried black beans…

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Braised Radishes and Zucchini

Braised Radishes and Zucchini

Okay, I admit – this is an odd one. Everyone, or so it seems, in the food world has been talking about cooking radishes this year. Food & Wine featured an article on a famous chef, I forget his name, presenting four different types in a little garden looking dish and various bloggers emulated it.

Now I’ve only recently decided that I like radishes – I spent a long while not liking them one bit! But I was really…

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Deconstructed Tortilla Salad

Deconstructed Tortilla Salad

Mangoes are in season now and we’ve been getting a bunch of them for great prices lately. We also lucked into a fresh, ripe pineapple so I decided to try making a fruit-based salsa. It came out beautifully!

It’s hard to believe when a salsa I create from scratch comes out so nicely that just a couple of years ago I couldn’t make a salsa if my life depended on it.

So, we decided to make a bunch of different…

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Tortilla Chips, Tostadas and Taco Shells

Homemade Tortilla Chips and Citrusy Black Beans

Last time, I talked about Flour-Corn Tortillas. Once we made those for the first time, it was only a small step to thinking about making our own chips and taco shells. Turns out it’s really easy (but probably not a great summertime recipe since it uses the oven and heats up the kitchen).

The neat thing about doing your own taco shells is that you can do the same thing as with…

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Flour-Corn Tortillas

We’ve tried making corn tortillas at home but it’s really, really hard. Oh sure, the recipe itself is easy – it’s no trouble at all to get a good dough going. The problem, however, is when you try to press them in the tortilla press (which we splurged on when it went on sale at the local Hispanic market). They stick or they crack and on the rare occasion when they don’t do either, they wait and do it in the pan. Or on the plate.

Frustrating. I know it can be done, but I think there’s a lot…

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Deep-Fried Zucchini Flowers

Deep-Fried Zucchini Flowers

My apologies, Dear Reader, as I know I skipped the past week of posts rather unexpectedly. While I did some writing on Monday, particularly on my resume and cover letter for a job I really want, I didn’t have enough energy left to set up my posts for the week. I wish I had because the next day my shoulder decided that it didn’t feel like playing nicely any longer; between the pain in my shoulder and neck and the numb fingers…

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Millet

Red Lentil Dal with Toasted Garlic Millet

Oof. This is an old one that fell through the cracks. I made this to go with the Red Lentil Dal and it worked really nicely.

Millet is one of those grains that I think are under-appreciated. Okay, that and it’s also birdseed. Don’t let that stop you from trying it — why should those birds have all the fun?! It’s pretty plain on its own though, so I like to add different…

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