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Dinner last night

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I really enjoyed my dinner last night. It was the first time I actually looked through my blog to see what I would make for dinner instead of going through a cook book or pinterest. Over the years I’ve started posting more and more original recipes and it was sort of exciting for me to look through and see all the posts I’ve written.

I usually decide what I’m going to make for dinner based on what I have available in my fridge and pantry. I happened to have some beef stew meat in the freezer and decided to make spicy chipotle beef. I didn’t have fresh cilantro so I had to omit that but other than that I followed my recipe. It was just as good as I remember it being except in the original version I used 2 whole cans of chipotle peppers which turned out to be too spicy, even for me. Always learning in the kitchen! Continue reading

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Easy, flavorful marinade for beef stir fry

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I am constantly looking for easy meat dishes I can make. I could live off of carbs and veggies if I had to (I’m all about the side dishes) but Matt can’t so I’m always trying to find dishes that incorporate meat, which is why I’m so happy I’ve found this versatile marinade. It’s an adaptation of Ina Garten’s Indonesian grilled swordfish. I have no idea if this is authentically Indonesian, but I doubt it. Either way, this marinade is so simple and incredibly delicious. You could use it on any kind of meat you like. Ina uses it on swordfish. I’ve used it on chicken breasts before and then grilled them. The chicken came out so tender and full of flavor. This time I tried it on thinly sliced stir fry beef. It came out equally delicious. This is one you will want to keep on hand. I promise! Continue reading

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Spicy Chipotle Beef

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When I say spicy, I mean spicy. This recipe actually cuts down on the amount of chipotle peppers I used in the version I made last night. I had used two 7 oz. cans of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in the recipe I made and it about blew my socks off. Growing up in Asia, I can handle the spice so I still really enjoyed it, but for most people I think one 7 oz. can of chipotle peppers is plenty. I love the flavor of chipotle peppers but I am not all that familiar with cooking with them, just eating them. So I really wasn’t sure how many peppers or cans to use. Like I said, two cans turned out to be a bit too much.

I got this idea from a recipe I found on the pioneer woman’s blog but really this version is a different recipe entirely. I actually originally wanted to try this recipe out in my slow cooker but I didn’t plan ahead yesterday. This does take 2-3 hours to cook so be sure to factor that in if you’re making this for dinner. It’s delicious served over a baked potato or rice with a dollop of sour cream and a little extra cilantro.
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Japanese Beef

It’s probably not technically Japanese, but this is a recipe my mom always used to make us as kids and for some reason, we called it Japanese beef. The meat does sort of taste like the beef you get when you go to a hibachi steakhouse, so I guess that’s how we came up with the name. Flavored with simple ingredients like garlic, ginger, and wine this dish is simple to make and yet full of flavor. The other great thing about this dish is that it only calls for a few ingredients and most likely, you won’t have to go shopping for anything because you will probably already have these things on hand. Continue reading

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