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Chang’s Mongolian Grill, Beaverton, Oregon

   Uncategorized   February 25, 2015  No Comments

When we get up to north Beaverton, Chris and I always stop at Chang’s Mongolian Grill for lunch.   This is a place where you fill your bowls with fresh protein and have the choice of beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork, tofu, fish.  They have a couple different types of…

Happy New Year – Ugadi

   Uncategorized   April 2, 2014  No Comments

March 31st:  Today is the first day of the new calendar year for most of the South Indian population. This festival is called “Ugadi” (sounds like oo gaa dee) in the culture and place where I am brought up. On this special day the Telugu speaking people make this special…

Exotic Rice Pudding

   Uncategorized   March 27, 2014  No Comments

Chris’ comments:  Cee discovered cinnamon chips (yes, like chocolate chips, to be used in baking) and is enjoying them.  She didn’t know what to do with them, though, so I suggested an exotic rice pudding.  We substituted dried goji berries for raisins, but you could use dried cranberries, too.  The…

Inside Out Spinach Quiche

   Uncategorized   March 18, 2014  No Comments

Chris’ comments:  This is an easy breakfast or lunch meal that you can throw together very quickly.  It’s an inside out quiche of sorts.  You substitute grain for the crust and mix it in instead of lining the baking dish with it.  Because of that, it’s naturally gluten free. It’s…

Flying Elephant Tomato Orange Soup

   Uncategorized   March 12, 2014  No Comments

Chris’ comments:  One of my favorite comfort foods is tomato soup.  There must be dozens of variations on this soup:  plain, creamed, bisque, with rice, with spinach.  The one I like best is the variety I’ve had at my favorite place to eat in Portland, Oregon, the Flying Elephant Deli. …

Curried Red Bean Stew

   Uncategorized   March 9, 2014  No Comments

Chris’ comments:  In all of our twenty-five years together this is the first thing I’ve ever cooked that Cee has asked for again.  She’s had it for two meals today, so that is a huge compliment.  Yes, I’m bragging. I found a basic white bean stew recipe that looked pretty…

Usuyaki Tamago (Japanese Egg Crêpes)

   Uncategorized   March 2, 2014  No Comments

Chris’ comments:  I like crepes but this is the first time I’ve tried a Japanese version.  Talk about an instant hit!  The combination of a little sugar and soy sauce is delicious.  You can serve them rolled up and cut into noodles to put on top of rice, or fill…

Autumn Millet Bake – Matt Bittman

   Uncategorized   February 28, 2014  No Comments

Chris’ comments:  I found this while looking for good millet recipes.  I wanted to feature millet because of its health benefits.  (See our new Healing Foods page that we are building.)  The recipe is by Matt Bittman, the author of many cookbooks, newspaper and magazine columns.  I actually found it…

The Americanization of Food

   Uncategorized   February 26, 2014  No Comments

I walked into a conversation at work yesterday.  I don’t know how it started, but one of the guys was saying that Diet Coke was on sale at a local grocery chain and he really stocked up.  Everyone except two of us chimed in about their addictions to soda.  It…

Spice of Life

   Uncategorized   February 25, 2014  No Comments

When I first started this experiment, the one thing I was most afraid of were spices, those mysterious ingredients that caused the discovery of America (Columbus was sailing west to find a better route for the spice trade) and have nursed countless people back to good health over the millennia.  …