Chicken and Pineapple Calzones

Back when I was attending UCLA, our default place for ordering pizza was Tony Maroni’s on Wilshire. While it wasn’t necessarily the best pizza I’d ever had in my life, the staff was friendly, the food was dependably good and they were really talented at remembering our orders and faces. The place is run by this sweet older Korean couple with the help of the typical parade of chipper college students. They also were really good about substitutions and special orders, which is where the Hawaiian chicken calzone here came from. T is a hardcore pineapple fan — put pineapple …

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Basic White-ish Bread

One of the things about growing up in an Asian-American household? Bread wasn’t so much of a staple item the way it was in many of my friends’ families. Sure, my mom would occasionally buy a loaf or two to make our sandwiches when we were younger and still took brown paper bags with us in the mornings. Once we started making or buying our own lunches around junior high, though, even that became a rare commodity. Between the dorm cafeterias, countless takeout places and my mom’s sizable culinary contributions in the following years, I never had much cause to …

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Italian Bread Crumbs

Keeping it short today, since we’re still dealing with the aftermath of a three-week bout of cold/flu. I’ve lately been prone to fall asleep at the most inconvenient times of day, thanks to the interesting medication cocktail I’m on. As a result, there has been no real rhyme or reason to my posting this month, though I still try to toss out whatever happens to be going on in the kitchen as time permits. I mentioned in my previous baked pork chops post that I’ve been using homemade Italian bread crumbs for breading and frying stuff now, since it’s not …

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Tasty Toasty Tuna Melts

This particular post is dedicated to Cim, who made a shocking revelation one day while we were out at lunch — she has had close to no contact with tuna in any form. This is even more surprising considering the very notable presence of two cats in their living space. Then again, I recognize that tuna is an overused staple in so many American households (casseroles and salads in countless housekeeping magazines spring to mind) and can sympathize with how some people might choose to avoid it entirely when given the choice. I, however, did not grow up in one …

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Kalakukko -or- Fish-filled Bread Loaf

You want to hear something funny? I got a hit the other day from somebody searching for “kiwi mussels how to cook those bitches”. Somewhere out there is a very angry mollusk eater, and I hope that they found what they were looking for here. A quick search shows that I have three recipes for mussels currently available, so that must be what all the search engine love is about. Yay for bivalves. You want to see something kinda funny looking? Breadfish! What, you thought it was just an internet meme? Far from it! Yes, that filling is fish. European …

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Sweet Corn Bread Muffins

Muffins! Everybody likes a good muffin, especially with a cup of tea on a rainy day. I still had a fair amount of cornmeal left over from making cat treats, so I thought I’d make people treats as well. I like my corn bread on the sweet side, usually, so that’s what these are. Adapted from the AR Amusement Park Cornbread recipe with only slight tweaking.

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Bread Machine Love: Spiced Applesauce Bread

So while you all know I love the banana bread, the boy is not such a big fan of it. He believes bananas should only be eaten in their original unaltered state. So in an attempt to introduce another form of sweet breakfast bread into the repertoire, I made up some spiced applesauce bread the other day. He tried a bit of it and didn’t mind it, which is at least a better reaction than what I get when I even suggest banana bread. Still not what I was hoping for, though. All the same, I found the applesauce bread …

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Bread Machine Love: Banana Quickbread Edition

I have a slight obsession with bread machines. My parents got our first one in the early 90’s, when I was in junior high. I remember trying out many experimental concoctions (with varying degrees of success) using that poor machine, and am amazed at how long it survived despite the abuse I put it through. Noting how attached I’d gotten to it, my parents gave it over to my ownership when I moved away to university. It went with me through two schools, countless LA apartments, and finally ended up here in our little home. That trusty old machine only recently met its end …

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