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Positively Pot Stickers

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I love to cook but there are many times when I cringe at the thought of turning on the stove or making a huge mess prepping ingredients. Sometimes the effort of cooking doesn’t seem to be worth the resulting dish–which even I’ll admit doesn’t always taste as good as it looks. Yesterday I had one of those moments. In fact, I almost considered grabbing some Chinese food just so I didn’t have to cook. Naturally the guilt of ordering take-out kicked in and I decided to fight my lethargy and make something anyway. I love any food that’s both fun to make and eat so if I was going to make the effort to cook,  it had to be something interesting. Cue to the cute little pot sticker wrappers sitting on the grocery shelf just begging to be taken home.  Continue reading

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One Extraordinary Ingredient

Black Bean and Chili Stir-fry Noodles

Sometimes all it takes is one ingredient to elevate an otherwise ordinary dish. That ingredient could stand alone or be part of a whole–like Herbs de Provence to roasted poultry or green mango to a West Indian fish curry. When you’re eating it, you just know. I’ve discovered that everlasting ingredient for possibly every Asian dish I plan to make from now on. Black Bean Chili Paste. It’s so freaking good I could spread it on toast and eat it for breakfast! This is Chinese Stir-fry Noodles enhanced with the best chili bean paste I’ve ever had.

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Sweet Potato, Mushroom and Olive Empanadas

I try to focus my posts on recipes that are simple and easy to make but this is by far the most complicated one I’ve posted yet. I don’t bake well at all and since these are made with gluten-free flour, they were much more difficult to manage than regular flour dough. But, the result was very satisfying and so I pass this recipe along to you. This is Gluten-Free Vegetarian Empanadas made with sweet potato, olive and mushroom. Continue reading

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