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Lemongrass Pork Egg Rolls

Lemongrass Pork Egg Rolls Uncooked - The Duo Dishes

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How often do you make egg rolls? If you’re like me, you probably eat them more than you make them. As a kid, I enjoyed more than my share of chinese take-out. No meal was complete without an egg roll. I didn’t have time for the slim spring rolls, even if they were fried. I wanted the big, fat ones stuffed with pork, cabbage and carrots. Some restaurants called them New York-style egg rolls. Others didn’t specify, so it was a gamble. I still get cravings for those fat, NY-style egg rolls, but today, I’m going to showcase the smaller, three-bite cousin. With tubes of lemongrass and ginger paste, bottles of fish sauce and soy sauce, and a bunch of cilantro in the fridge, these egg rolls have a Thai flavor that differentiates them from the monster rolls of years ago.

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Uncategorized · Vegetarian

Thai Roasted Carrot Ribbons Salad

Raw Carrot Ribbons - The Duo Dishes

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Admittedly, my favorite vegetable during this season is the sweet potato. I’ve said it a million times before, and it will be a statement that remains on repeat. They are usually my favorite tuber to play with during the fall. That being said, there’s no sweet potatoes in this recipe. It’s time to switch it up, right? Today, I am sharing a simple recipe featuring my second favorite orange vegetable–carrots. They’re sweet, crunchy and versatile. And best of all, they’re pretty. Especially if you explore all of the colors.

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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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Uncategorized · Vegetarian

Susan’s Test Kitchen

=Udon Soup Ingredients - The Duo Dishes

Susan is an amazing cook, and it’s been a long time coming that she has her chance to be featured on our site. Her knowledge of different types of cuisine is admirable, and she has a natural interest and excitement when it comes to learning more. She’s a talented chef, an interesting writer, a lover of photographer, a budding food stylist, a doting mother and a reliable friend. Susan has recently returned to blog she set up a couple of years ago, The Home Artist. You can check out her blog for other great recipes, but today, she’s sharing one right here.

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Seafood · Uncategorized

The Fish Taco Is King

For the next four months, Alaska Seafood is celebrating the fish taco. They’ve invited us, along with a few other food bloggers, to join in. The next few months will feature posts filled with many new fish taco creations, some fun recipe contests, and a few exciting giveaways all leading up to one lucky blog winning a trip to the great land of Alaska when it’s all said and done. The grand prize is the main reason we decided to hop on board. We hope to be that winning blog and are eager to share our first of five installments featuring our different spins on the mighty fish taco. Continue reading “The Fish Taco Is King”

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The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Filipino

Lauriat Soy Sauce & Paufina Pastis-The Duo Dishes

With the holidays in full swing, this month’s Ethnic Exploration was hard to squeeze in. We have to stay true to schedule though, so here is the 2010 finale. Food can take you places, and this time, we’ve gone to the Philippines. We have made a couple of very traditional Filipino dishes before (adobo and lumpia), so maybe we are not brand new to the cuisine, but there is a lot of good Filipino food out there. We just barely skimmed the surface. A trip to a local market, and we were armed with a few must-haves to create another meal. It was easy, and it was good. And we can’t wait to share it with you.
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