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Spicy Korean Pork & Vegetable Noodle Bowl

Nova_9530April 27, 2016asian stoupThis recipe was inspired by a Trader Joe’s purchase of fully-cooked Korean-inspired spicy pork shoulder. I don’t usually buy their prepared food — mainly, because although I hear it’s good, I enjoy the cooking process. However, this item intrigued me, it was priced right, and I decided to take a chance. It was very well-seasoned and tender — so, once bought and tried, I bought it a second time and made this noodle bowl.

The depth of flavor in this dish belies the quick and easy preparation. Continue reading Spicy Korean Pork & Vegetable Noodle Bowl

Savory Spinach Salad with Bacon, Dates, Blue Cheese, Nuts and a Chocolate-Ginger Vinaigrette | A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

Nova_7230January 13, 2016spinach saladWhen chocolate was announced as this month’s theme, I thought “not for me“. I’m a savory gal. But I hated to miss out on the challenge and the opportunity to shake up the pages of FOODalogue which have lain dormant for a month.

So, I played a game of “what if?” employing my usual methodology … whatever was on-hand. Continue reading Savory Spinach Salad with Bacon, Dates, Blue Cheese, Nuts and a Chocolate-Ginger Vinaigrette | A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge