Char Siu Pork

I’m often asked by locals what I miss the most about moving away from home and my immediate answer has always been FOOD. The variety, the availability, the convenience of having countless food options available with a mere phone call or short drive. This is one of those cooking experiments that came out of desperation for food I would never have tried to make back in Cali. Usually, items like char siu, soy sauce chicken (another favorite I will one day make), and roast duck are bought from a little BBQ meat shop, filled with customers slurping noodles at greasy …

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Pork and Shrimp Fried Rice

Back in early November, I decided to take a stab at weekly menu planning in an effort to organize my grocery shopping lists, encourage the trying out of all those recipes I had stashed in my notebook and more efficiently make use of the ingredients I already had on hand. It worked surprisingly well for a few weeks, up until the holiday season hit and I was eaten alive by gingerbread. Just started up the process again a couple of weeks ago and although it’s been hard to get back into the groove (amazing how lazy you get after a …

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Baked Pork Chops

Hey, wow — this might be the first time I’ve written about a recipe featuring meat other than chicken or seafood. I guess that sort of shows where our typical dining tendencies lie. (Well, if you don’t count the ground meat in lasagna, which I don’t since it’s not really the standout ingredient nor can you even tell what animal it came from, by the time the dish is served.) At any rate, here is a pork recipe. Because pork can sometimes be underrated. It’s inexpensive, mild, and often ends up being used as “filler” meat because it doesn’t compete …

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