Beef & Lamb · Uncategorized

Braised Tri-Tip Noodle Bowl

Braised Tri Tip Bowl 3 - The Duo Dishes

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There are always ingredients to play around with when I’m ready to get in the kitchen. After taking another peek, it was time to get to business with all of the frozen meat in my freezer. My line of work means I’m constantly bringing home leftovers–some cooked, much of it raw. Late last year, I packed up chunks of tri-tip that I knew would make for good eating. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled them out with an idea for a big bowl that would hit the spot.

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Poultry & Pork · Uncategorized

Bacon Mushroom Fried Rice

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There are some things that should always be eaten as a pair–summer’s peaches and fresh whipped cream, salty fried chicken and syrupy waffles, rich Irish butter and warm, hearty bread. And of course bacon and mushrooms. They are often a match in a number of recipes. Broil bacon-wrapped mushrooms for an appetizer, or saute up a batch as a topping for your burger. You can toss them over a cheesy pizza, or fold them into a creamy pasta dish. The combination is usually decadent, so if you’re going to do it, go all the way! If you are looking for another way to serve up bacon and mushrooms, here is a fried rice dish that is worth a try.  Continue reading “Bacon Mushroom Fried Rice”

Seafood · Uncategorized

A Case of Que Sera

Spicy Shrimp with Rice Noodles 1 - The Duo Dishes

“What do you do when you don’t know what to do?” That was the question I tossed out into the world via Twitter last week. As I walked through the grocery store aisles, my stride was lazy and slow. My eyes scanned the bright, round produce, sterile metal cans and study cardboard boxed meals as I retraced my steps through the store, hoping something, anything, would literally hit me upside the head with inspiration. Instead, I just looked like that girl who was mumbling to herself as she retraced her steps through the store. Over and over again. Amir and I have both been running around with our respective day jobs lately, as well as planning a beer-paired menu for an upcoming birthday and a group trip to Portland. Some of the meals in our kitchens have been the kind of dishes you make for yourself when you don’t want to make anything at all. Others have been takeout. But today, oh today, we have a recipe hot and fresh just for you. Continue reading “A Case of Que Sera”

Seafood

A Case of Que Sera

Spicy Shrimp with Rice Noodles 1 - The Duo Dishes“What do you do when you don’t know what to do?” That was the question I tossed out into the world via Twitter last week. As I walked through the grocery store aisles, my stride was lazy and slow. My eyes scanned the bright, round produce, sterile metal cans and study cardboard boxed meals as I retraced my steps through the store, hoping something, anything, would literally hit me upside the head with inspiration. Instead, I just looked like that girl who was mumbling to herself as she retraced her steps through the store. Over and over again. Amir and I have both been running around with our respective day jobs lately, as well as planning a beer-paired menu for an upcoming birthday and a group trip to Portland. Some of the meals in our kitchens have been the kind of dishes you make for yourself when you don’t want to make anything at all. Others have been takeout. But today, oh today, we have a recipe hot and fresh just for you.

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Poultry & Pork · Uncategorized

You Asked For It

Orange Teriyaki Chicken

Not too long ago, we celebrated two years of this website’s existence, and we opened the doors to your constructive criticism. We enjoy finding ways to make our blog stand out and also be better. To that end, we wanted to know what you enjoy, what you could do without and what dishes you’d like to see. You guys were so encouraging, which is always nice. A couple of our readers got straight to the point and asked for healthier recipes. This was valid. It’s not always cupcakes and cookies over here, but we do make a number of more decadent dishes. That being said, we’re going to try to shake in a few more well-rounded meals, so you don’t think we survive on ice cream and pop tarts alone.

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Poultry & Pork

Last of the Bounty

Asian bbq Lettuce Wraps-Duo Dishes

If you’ve read our blog regularly, you know by now that we do not like to waste food.  Nothing.  Nada.  Nope!  Whatever is leftover will be used in the next cooking venture.  It will be eaten one way or the other.  So, when we reached the end of our Farm Fresh box a few weeks ago, all that remained for both of us were two large heads of romaine lettuce.  We made a couple of salads among other things from the items in the box, but other than tossed greens or a beefed up sandwich, what else can one do with a head of lettuce?  Unlike other greens like spinach or arugula, it doesn’t have the most distinct flavor.  Not long after we got the box of Farm Fresh goods, we surfed our cabinets and fridges for inspiration.  We remembered the many lettuce wraps we’ve had throughout the ages that head most appetizer menus nowadays.  Finally, a solution.

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Vegetarian

No Need for Takeout

Ginger Garlic Vegetable Stir Fry

Los Angeles is an impressive food city.  Restaurants run by world famous chefs to small ethnic grocery stores packed with goodies you’ll never find in the usual markets.   There is no need to go to chain eateries because every neighborhood has its share of unique dining spots.   Most towns have local farmers markets at least once a week, so fresh and organic ingredients are always at the finger tip.  We’re lucky.  The only thing missing is good Chinese!  Maybe that’s a bit harsh.  It’s not that Chinese food is the worst here…it’s just not the same as what we remember from our days on the East coast.  So when takeout just won’t do, here’s our solution.

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