Crockpot Mongolian Beef

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What's the big deal with crockpots anyway? Everywhere you look you see another crockpot recipe. If you ask me, there aren't enough crockpot recipes. I resisted buying one for a long time, but now I can tell you what the big deal is about crockpots. It literally takes you 5 minutes to get all the ingredients together, dump them in the crockpot, turn it on and forget about if for a few hours during which you can do whatever you wish. Spend more time with your family, work on what matters, go visit … [Read more...]

Lahmacun or Turkish Meat Pies

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As I'm sitting here writing this post I salivate just looking at these pictures and wish there were a couple more of these pies left. I had these for the first time years ago in Michigan from an Arabic bakery and ever since then I was hooked. I love these types of pies. Lahmacun simply means meat with dough and it's a round, very thin piece of dough, much thinner than pizza, topped with minced meat, usually beef or lamb, and vegetables and herbs. They are then baked and usually served … [Read more...]

Bacon and Cheese Perogies

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OK, I admit, I did not make these perogies from scratch. But why would you, when you can find perfectly good perogies at the Polish store. I don't know where you live, but pretty much everywhere I've lived before there was always a Polish store. Luckily I have one really close to where we live. Perogies are not something we have often, but every once in a while I do get in the mood for some good perogies. Now there are many different fillings for these perogies, from sweet fillings to savory. … [Read more...]

Pork and Potato Stew

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I made Naan again today and I needed to make something for dinner like a stew so I could really enjoy the Naan and dip it in some nice and tasty stew. This pork and potato stew is quite popular in my house because it's really easy to make and pretty quick, especially after a hard day at work. This is real comfort food for me. This stew would also go great with polenta, so really it's quite versatile. This potato stew is actually quite a popular Romanian dish, in fact potatoes are a staple in … [Read more...]

Indian Style Lentils with Pork Tenderloin

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I don't cook with lentils often, but I do love them, especially lentil soup. I should cook with them more often because lentils have lots of health benefits and are full of proteins. Benefits of lentils include: Cholesterol reduction Regulates your blood sugar levels Improves your digestion They include insoluble fiber which gives you the sensation of being full sooner therefore helping in weight loss Cancer prevention Cardiovascular disease prevention Those are some great … [Read more...]

Rigatoni in Blush Sauce with Chicken and Bacon

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I love long weekends, I especially love the fact that I have more time to do the things I enjoy doing and don't have to rush and get everything done. As much as I love long weekends, I hate when they are over. Yesterday was Labor day and I know everyone makes burgers and hot dogs for these long weekends, but I was in the mood for pasta, plus I can have leftovers to take to work for lunch. I for one love pasta dishes, my husband not so much, so that's why there are always left overs. But you … [Read more...]

Szechuan Pork

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I'm still here in Southern Ontario and I'm not happy with the weather at all. It's been raining for the past couple days and it looks like it's going to continue raining until I leave. So I'm pretty much stuck in the house with not much to do. Before I left Calgary though, I made this Szechuan pork. I love cooking with pork tenderloin, it's a very lean meat and it cooks quickly, so you could always have a great meal in less than half an hour. I used one tenderloin here, which I'd say was … [Read more...]

Coconut Ginger Chicken & Vegetables

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One of the cuisines I enjoy the most is Thai. Unfortunately since I've moved here to Calgary I haven't been to a Thai restaurant, but I really miss the strong and bold flavors. Here in Calgary there are a lot of Vietnamese restaurants, and the funny thing is I've never been to a Vietnamese restaurant until I came to Calgary. I don't think I've ever attempted to make Thai food before and I don't even know if this dish would qualify as Thai but I've seen similar Thai dishes. I think the coconut … [Read more...]

Cabbage Bacon Salad with Buttermilk Vinaigrette

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In my last posted recipe I've established that bacon is a vegetable. :) So having said that today's recipe also classifies as a vegetarian dish. It's a cabbage salad with a super delicious buttermilk vinaigrette that just has some bacon in it. Without bacon, it just wouldn't be the same. Bacon makes the world go round. I put bacon on my bacon! OMG ... BACON! Got bacon? Keep calm and eat bacon. Bacon is meat candy. MMM ... BACON! Peace, love, bacon! Press button, … [Read more...]

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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May is Vegetarian and Seafood Month at JoCooks. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am doing this to prove to myself that you can cook a variety of dishes with no meat. Today's recipe is one that I am a big fan of. I love mushrooms, and I love stuffed mushrooms. Portobello mushrooms are great for stuffing because they are so big and you can really stuff them with anything. These mushrooms were so delicious, they were gone instantly. I barely had time to take some pictures of them. … [Read more...]

Buffalo Chicken and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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If you like hot and spicy foods, then this buffalo chicken and grilled cheese sandwich is for you. Although it may not look very spicy, trust me when I say it was. Regardless, this sandwich is incredible! It is so much better than a regular chicken salad sandwich, there is so much more flavor in it. They were so good, my husband said they were the best sandwiches he ever ate. Well it's not that hard to achieve this from him, since sandwiches are his favorite food. But I can still surprise him … [Read more...]

Easy Asian Style Turkey and Beef Lettuce Wraps

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I remember the first time I had lettuce wraps at a restaurant, I loved them. Such an interesting combination, the cool lettuce with the warm and spicy meat mixture, full of flavors. I loved it. I have since then started making them at home. This is an ideal dish for those on a low carb diet and it is such a quick meal, you can really make this any night of the week. This version of lettuce wraps is very simple, not a whole lot of ingredients but still full of flavor. This is a healthier … [Read more...]