Japanese Curry Rice

Here’s something from my mom’s standard repertoire when we were growing up. It was easy to toss together and made lots of leftovers, which is great when you want a fast meal for a family of 5. We probably had it at least every month. Really, this is like the Japanese version of mac and cheese — warm, filling and full of starchy goodness. Except without the lactose issues, because Asians, yo. My version departs only a little bit from hers, which in turn departs a little from the original recipe that is printed on the back of the box. …

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Un-matzo Ball Soup

Having been a resident of LA’s Westside for a good portion of my life, you could say I was influenced by a healthy dose of Jewish culture. No, really, it was awesome because you could totally walk down the street and think “Hmmm, gefilte or sushi for lunch today?” And stop at places that did BOTH. So I was totally excited when cim invited us to her Hanukkah dinner my first year living in Finland. She was all, “You can make something!” and I was like, “Sweet! I’m gonna make matzo balls!” Because I had (still do, actually) a serious …

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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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Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Version Two)

I dusted off another dinner recipe requiring condensed cream soup this past weekend, so it’s time to break out the substitutions notebook! This is the second version of homemade condensed cream of chicken soup I’ll be trying out. The first attempt last month, for use in enchiladas, ended on an ambivalent note. That cream ended up a bit milder than I would have liked, and there were a couple of issues with consistency and proportion which would keep me from using that as a go-to recipe. It was serviceable, but I found myself wanting to test out other options. So …

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Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

I made a discovery the other day when I was buying ingredients for my weekly family dinner — alfredo sauce as we know it, typically available on grocery store shelves alongside the tomato sauces? Not really a thing here. When I asked around, I found out that Italian restaurants served it, but it wasn’t so much something that was done at home. Even when white sauce is made at home for pasta, it usually isn’t the sort with copious quantities of butter and cream that I’ve come to associate with the concept of white sauce. That is purely a North …

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Chicken Enchiladas

Right-o. Following the confusion that yesterday’s mention of condensed cream soup stirred up, perhaps I should have posted this recipe first as sort of a context for its use! As I mentioned earlier, we had Mexican theme night. Well, pseudo-Mexican, since we had to make do with what was available in a place which is just about as non-Mexican as you can get. I ended up going with a salad of baby greens tossed with avocado and cucumber, a pitcher of lemon-limeade, flan for dessert, and… chicken enchiladas. Keep in mind that I have never made Mexican food in my …

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Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Version One)

A little over a year ago, Emmuzka and I had a short chat about the lack of condensed soups in certain areas after I’d posted a recipe using condensed cream of chicken soup. I took that as a cue to look up and bookmark a small list of homemade substitutes for the ingredient, so I was conveniently able to bust them out again earlier this week when my enchilada recipe (coming tomorrow) called for it. There are a few different ones, so I figured I’d give them each a try and then report on the varying results before coming to …

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Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup

The boy’s mom caught a summer cold (ugh, aren’t they the worst?) this past week, so it was time to bust out the chicken noodle soup. I went and searched this blog, certain that I’d written it down already for easy access, only to discover that it wasn’t here! Very much an oversight, since it’s a recipe that I want to keep at my fingertips and also have available for friends (I’m looking at you, Keva) who might be in need of the non-canned variety. So yes, this is the chicken noodle that I usually make when somebody is ailing. …

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Pineapple Chicken Curried Rice

Made dinner for the first time the other day, and decided to start out with something fairly basic. Especially since we don’t have a rice maker (the old one wasn’t electrically compliant and even though my father got us a European model, there was no room to pack it in our already jammed full bags) and I had never made rice without a machine before. Crazy, isn’t it, how you can get so used to specialized equipment that you don’t even realize it’s been done the old fashioned way for countless centuries before? We don’t have a microwave, either, but …

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Chicken and Dumplingless Stew

I discovered a nice little backlog of half-finished posts while setting up the computer, so am going to put them up now in lieu of newer stuff. Mostly because my current kitchen still has gaping equipment holes and won’t be suitable for making anything more than small portions of store-bought pasta for another week or so. And because it makes me kinda happy to see my old beat-up stuff in these photos, most of which didn’t make the journey over with us. Chicken and dumplingless stew. Because sometimes, you’re not in the mood for chewy lumps of dough in your …

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