Jul

8

2014

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

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The holiday has come and gone, and hopefully you had a great celebration of the Fourth with your friends and family! It was a weekend of food and fun, including a birthday party, Netflix night and a bbq house party. Most of us have similar dishes to rejoice in America’s birthday–grilled chicken, steak or ribs, burgers, hot dogs and brats, and of course, all the side dishes to complete the meal. This time around, one of the dishes on deck was a batch of pulled pork straight from the slow cooker. It is a dish that takes a few hours to prepare, but luckily, a handy kitchen appliance does all of the work.

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Jun

30

2014

Roasted Sweet Potato and Swiss Chard Salad

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Swiss Chard Salad

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Last week and throughout this past weekend, I spent several days hanging out with food and cocktail bloggers and members of the Dole Packaged Foods team. Ally from Ally’s Kitchen was in town again to complete another handful of projects as this year’s Dole Social Media Ambassador, including shooting recipe videos and MC’ing this year’s Dole Cookoff. Ally won last year’s Cookoff, and we initially met during March’s Dole Blogger Summit. She is one of the most exuberant and friendly people I’ve ever met, and her love for cooking is the cherry on top. The 2014 Dole Cookoff is over, and a new person sits on Ally’s throne. I served as a sous chef for Naylet LaRochelle whose Breezy Indian Spiced Chicken with Mango Peanut Sauce, Dates and Grilled Mango took the $25,000 prize. I can’t wait to share that experience with you, but now…it’s all about this salad.

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Jun

17

2014

Apricot Jam Pound Cake

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Apricot Jam Pound Cake

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Summer’s fruits are in full effect! Stone fruits and their derivatives are everywhere on restaurant and bar menus, so why not share a recipe here today? Apricot jam is one of the spreads usually on hand. The sugar level is perfect with a slight hint of tart, and it goes well with sweet and savory dishes. Adding it to a simple pound cake recipe seemed like an easy way to incorporate a favorite ingredient into a simple dessert.

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Jun

10

2014

Bacon Mushroom Fried Rice

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Bacon Mushroom Fried Rice

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There are some things that should always be eaten as a pair–summer’s peaches and fresh whipped cream, salty fried chicken and syrupy waffles, rich Irish butter and warm, hearty bread. And of course bacon and mushrooms. They are often a match in a number of recipes. Broil bacon-wrapped mushrooms for an appetizer, or saute up a batch as a topping for your burger. You can toss them over a cheesy pizza, or fold them into a creamy pasta dish. The combination is usually decadent, so if you’re going to do it, go all the way! If you are looking for another way to serve up bacon and mushrooms, here is a fried rice dish that is worth a try.  Continue Reading »

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May

28

2014

Quinoa, Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

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Change is inevitable. It is one of the hardest parts of life for many reasons, and it’s often the emotional toll of change that is to blame. It often signals a “starting over” process that we may or may not want to begin. Change is not my friend. It is the thing I love to dodge, but change moves faster than me, and this time, I’ve been hit by the ball. This site will somehow undergo a change of its own as what has often been regarded as a Duo will morph into a new form. Work and family life has shifted for Amir in various ways, and as many bloggers know, those things completely affect other facets of life. As he moves into a different level of his life, I’ve attempted to envision how this site would carry on without another person at the wheel. Change…an unfortunate, but necessary part of life.

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May

16

2014

Marinated Tempeh with Spicy Apricot Pineapple Sauce

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Marinated Tempeh with Spicy Apricot Pineapple Sauce

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Following the March Dole Blogger Summit sponsored by Dole Packaged Foods, there were a lot of ideas floating around about ways to highlight Dole products. This one was easy, and maybe because it includes the item most associated with the company–pineapple. OK, so maybe that’s no major reach or brainstorm worthy of mention, but the final result was fantastic. That should be good enough, right?

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