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Let’s Get Frank! How To Cook Goetta The Right Way
Mar 26

Let’s Get Frank! How To Cook Goetta The Right Way

By Rose | Main Dish

A few months ago a friend of mine asked me if I’d ever had a plate of Goetta. I replied with a quizzical look that prompted her to explain what she was talking about. Apparently, Goetta is a meat and grain mush dish that is well-loved in the Cincinnati area. I have to admit this got me excited because I love finding out about new recipes and always want to know more.

The first thing I seek to find out is what the dish looks like, how it is presented and the different takes that chefs have on it. Then I look at the origins of the dish to see if there are any interesting stories surrounding it (like potato chips and the sandwich) and how that dish has evolved over the years. Lastly, I check how that dish is made and try to recreate it in my very own kitchen.

The Goetta is a fascinating dish to make. I think of it as more of a breakfast dish that you serve with some sour cream flapjacks and creamy scrambled eggs. It is a unique and exciting dish to make, and that’s why I decided to teach you how to make it today. But firstly, let me give you a description and short history of our dish of the day – the humble yet amazing Goetta patties.

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Totally Grainy: How To Cook Parboiled Rice In Easy Steps
Mar 16

Totally Grainy: How To Cook Parboiled Rice In Easy Steps

By Rose | Main Dish

Rice is something of a kitchen staple for me. My pantry is never without a bag of white rice (I really love the Basmati variety) or a small bag of brown rice (when I want to eat a little healthier). Since I just love cooking Asian food, it has become a necessary part of my kitchen. I mean, I can’t go a full week without making some delicious Chinese fried rice. Just thinking about a big bowl of spicy chicken biryani rice makes me want to immediately stop typing and just make one in the kitchen.

There are so many types of rice varieties around the world, cooked by people who can’t get enough of it, ranging from the Italians that love using Arborio rice grains for their risottos to Asians, who prefer long grain Jasmine rice. It is a very important part of the world’s culinary heritage, and with all these many different varieties, it is understandable that some of you are a little confused about them all.

One rice variety that has always had many people scratching their heads over is parboiled rice. While this looks a bit like any variety of rice, it has some key differences that you should definitely know about. And before we learn about the various ways to cook parboiled rice, let me first explain what this nutritious rice is.

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Something Fishy: How To Make Subway Tuna In Your Kitchen
Mar 12

Something Fishy: How To Make Subway Tuna In Your Kitchen

By Rose | Main Dish

What do you eat when you are hungry but don’t have the time to cook? A lot of standard answers to this eternal question range from fast food burgers to a quick stop at a Mexican place. Some of my friends dial up for a large box of pizza or a Chinese takeout. While I also enjoy those dishes, I prefer to make a quick stop at my local Subway sandwich store and get myself a delicious Tuna Melt sandwich.

Along with a steaming mug of coffee or tea, this delicious sandwich really shines. Plus, at under 500 calories, it won’t pack on any unwanted pounds, especially important if you’re on a diet. This is a far cry from the cheese laden, calorie-packed bombshells at other sandwich shops. The tasty, tangy tuna spread and crispy veggies make this a great meal to eat on the go. While a lot of my friends prefer the roast beef variety or cheesy chicken sub, I just love the taste of tuna on my bread.

Lately, I have been dabbling with the idea of replicating this famous tuna spread at home, as it is something I could keep in my refrigerator whenever I felt like a sandwich. This is particularly useful on rainy days or when I don’t feel like getting out of bed. After all, just because it’s a lazy day does not mean you have to eat unhealthy junk food. You can have a delicious, stress-free meal in minutes if you prepare the ingredients in advance.

After a bit of experimentation in the kitchen, I have finally created an amazing version that I can easily scoop up out of my Mason jar and place in between two heavenly slices of white bread. Don’t forget to add some freshly sliced onions, lettuce and tomatoes to perfect your Subway experience.

So, for all those Subway tuna lovers out there, I will now show you how to make this delicious sandwich in your very own kitchen.

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Chili Bottom Line: What’s Best To Eat With Stuffed Peppers For Dinner?
Mar 05

Chili Bottom Line: What’s Best To Eat With Stuffed Peppers For Dinner?

By Rose | Main Dish

Do you love bell peppers? You know, those large red or green peppers that typically end up as a pizza topper or in a bed of salad. You can also see them in many Mexican dishes, like fajitas and burritos, as well as Asian stir-fry cooking. Truly, the humble bell pepper can be seen virtually everywhere.

Well, if you love munching on these vibrant goodies, then you will definitely love what we are going to talk about today.

One of the things most often say about this fantastic fruit (yes, pepper is technically a fruit) is how plain and boring it is when eaten by itself, but there are numerous ways that you can serve with bell peppers that give it that extra pizzazz. One great way is to stuff them with a variety of meat, cheese, and veggies. There are dozens of ways to make your own stuffed peppers. Here are a few examples of stuffed bell pepper fillings.

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That’s A Wrap! How To Make Amazing And Tasty Lumpia Wrappers
Dec 19

That’s A Wrap! How To Make Amazing And Tasty Lumpia Wrappers

By Rose | Main Dish

Let’s face it, we have all had a spring roll or two in our lives. To be honest, I have yet to meet anyone that has anything bad to say about these crispy wonders. While the type of filling varies from country to country, the very best recipes have one thing in common: quality wrappers.

In the Philippines, these wrappers are called lumpia wrappers. This ingredient is very popular there because they have a wide range of dishes that call for it, like Lumpiang Shanghai, which is ground pork wrapped in lumpia wrappers and then deep-fried to crispy perfection. Molo soup, on the other hand, are round meat-filled dumplings boiled in a delicious beef broth.

They also have this dish called Lumpiang Sariwa, which is a medley of vegetables wrapped in lumpia wrapper and drizzled with sweet sauce and crushed peanuts. I was instantly hooked the first time I tasted it during a visit to the Philippines, and had to bring the recipe back with me so that I could have more of this great, healthy dish.

Making it can be quite a chore. I soon learned that the secret to this dish is to make a good quality lumpia wrapper. While there are store-bought lumpia wrappers in most Asian supermarkets, nothing beats making your own from scratch, as it means you can adjust the texture and consistency, depending on your personal taste.

So buckle up because this is going to be a fascinating culinary journey into the realm of lumpia wrapper making!

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