Kalua Pork Sliders

Kalua Pork sliders - a crowd-pleasing, simple party food! Make the shredded pork in your slowcooker or oven

As you may well know, kalua is a traditional Hawaiian method of cooking that involves cooking food in an underground sort of oven called an imu. It’s a slow cooking method that lends itself well to big hunks of meat, often pork or turkey. I’d guess kalua pig — or kalua pork as it’s typically…

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Chipotle-Roasted Artichoke Hearts

Hearty, vegetarian quesadillas filled with pepper jack cheese and chipotle-marinated roasted artichoke hearts. The chipotle roasted artichokes make a great appetizer on their own, too!

I saw something about roasted jarred, marinated artichoke hearts as an appetizer and it gave me the idea to marinate my own damn artichoke hearts and roast them. And then I made quesadillas out of them and then I married the quesadillas and nobody ever saw me again. The End. Just kidding. It’s not over.…

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Turkey Burger Stacks

Healthy, low-carb, grain-free turkey burger "stacks" with a layer of fried sweet potato, spiced turkey patty and creamy green chile sauce

Ahh, the good ol’ turkey burger. Popularized during the low-fat 90s and then coldly abandoned, along with Snackwells cookies and Lay’s WOW! chips. Or so I thought. Turns out, turkey burgers have not lost their place in California. They’re still on restaurant menus, like, a lot. And not in the “substitute turkey patty” kind of…

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Shrimp and Sweet Potato Quesadillas

shrimp sweet potato quesadillas make a healthy, quick dinner or lunch. Also a great way to use up leftover shrimp

Couple things I’ve figured out by now are that quesadillas are a perfect vessel to use up any and every bit of leftover-whatever that you have in your fridgerator and also, quesadillas are the perfect thing to make whenever you are too tired, too irritated or too drunk to give a shit about cooking dinner…

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Curried Chicken Salad

curried chicken salad

Chicken salad, like egg salad and tuna salad, gets a bad rap (is it rap? Or rep, like “reputation”? Rep makes more sense but it sounds like everyone is saying rap. Is it like “rap sheet”? And where does that come from? Aaaaaanyways . . .)  Chicken salad is a thing that everyone’s grandma made…

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Homemade GardenBurgers Recipe

These homemade GardenBurgers remind me so much of the original GardenBurger, which I was powerless over as a newly-vegetarian teenager. I don’t even know if that original burger is still made. I couldn’t find them recently when I was really craving one. So I made my own. My dad used to make a really good sandwich with…

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Taco Pockets! Homemade Hot Pockets

homemade hot pockets

I’m calling these “taco pockets” because it has a nice ring to it, but they’re really just homemade Hot Pockets. Except I don’t think Hot Pockets has a “taco” flavor; or at least they didn’t start out that way. I know because I used to eat a shitload of Hot Pockets when I was in…

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World’s Best Tuna Melt!

best tuna melt

It truly is the world’s best. This tuna melt recipe was shown to me by Chris, of all people. I say that because he’s not really much of a cook and it’s the only thing I can recall that he showed me in the kitchen. What makes it super special is the pineapple! Before you…

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Vegetarian Tamales de Rajas con Queso

vegetarian tamales

My favorite tamales are filled with roasted chiles and cheese — tamales de rajas con queso. Whenever the “tamale lady” would stop by my old job, I’d buy a dozen and eat half of them before lunch break even came around. They were still hot because she carried them in a cooler, wrapped up in…

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