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Rice

Cilantro-lime rice is one of the things that makes life worth living. This recipe calls for jasmine rice. Don’t sweat it – use your preferred rice, cooking it as you would for plain white rice. The lime and cilantro go in after the rice is cooked.

The best rice pudding in the world.

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Candy

Almond paste is the needed for so many delicious recipes, including marzipan. You can make it yourself!

Tempering chocolate is so important in making candy or other sweet-making applications. It’s not as difficult as it might seem.

Cinnamon Sugared Almonds

Cookies

Make these dark-chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons and you will thank me – well, you’ll thank Barefeet in the Kitchen, really, but …). Super easy, super delicious. I used my small scoop (1 tblspn size) and got 24 macaroons. The recipe indicates 6 oz of dark chocolate but I ended up using 15 oz. No such thing as too much chocolate.

These Perfect Single-Serving Size Chocolate Chip Cookies are the greatest! I add about a cup of chopped pecans, and make “normal” size cookies, so I actually get between 15 and 18 cookies out of a recipe (I eyeball the quantity of nuts, so sometimes I get the higher number, sometimes the lower). It’s far quicker than making even a half batch recipe of chocolate chip cookies because they all fit on one cookie sheet.

Biscuits

Ridiculously Easy Buttermilk Biscuits has science behind them!

Scones

These double-decker filled scones by King Arthur are fantastic.

Beef

This Mexican braised beef made in a slow cooker is wonderful. I served it with cilantro-lime rice (just stir chopped cilantro and the juice of a lime into your cooked rice).

The best meatloaf I’ve ever made — Southwest Meatloaf with Salsa. Since I was making lime-cilantro rice to accompany this, I added fresh cilantro to the meatloaf. Instead of a red bell pepper, I used a poblano, and instead of “chunky salsa,” I chose a fire-roasted chipotle salsa.

This recipe for Mongolian Beef will put most Chinese restaurants to shame. I don’t have a wok, so to ensure that the oil was deep enough to quick fry the meat, I used a sauce pan. I had made it using a frying pan, and it didn’t work as well.

I got some very tiny (1 to 1-1/2 pound) beef roasts, and this information was very helpful. If you like your beef rare, be very careful about how long you cook it. The recommended time is certainly too long for rare.

Interesting recipe for Crispy Orange Beef that uses ground beef.

The versatility of ground beef! You can also use ground lamb for this Naan Wrap with Cucumber Raita.

Interesting discussion about cooking steak specifically on the stovetop but which also extends to other methods.

I love this for the pan gravy to go with the steak.

Seafood

Chilli Tuna Pasta is a recipe from Australia and indicates “chilli-flavoured tuna. I have never heard of such a thing, so I used Genova tuna in oil and it was a very delicious, easy dinner.

I still haven’t made this Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp but it sounds so good! It can also be made using chicken or pork.

Mmmmm, Slow Roasted Salmon in Parchment. It’s got onion, olives, raisins and cilantro.