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Episode 1: Rehearsal Curry (Curried Chicken & Cashews Recipe)

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Episode 1: Rehearsal Curry (Curried Chicken & Cashews Recipe)

Hey, it’s a video! I visited my friend Debi J. at her house and we decided to make our friends a curry feast.

We cooked. We filmed. We cried (well, Debi did) and we had one too many Stella Artois ciders. Enjoy.

Curried Chicken and Cashews
adapted from Cooking Light

Serves 4-5

For the sauce:

2/3 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
6 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons rice vinegar

For the rest:

1 1/2 pounds …Continue Reading

How I Learned to Step Up My Spaghetti Game

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How I Learned to Step Up My Spaghetti Game

As a fifth-grader with an enormous appetite for carbohydrates and Nickelodeon, you could often find me sitting in my parent’s pink leather recliner eating a bowl of delicious processed foods every day after school.

Sitting in my lap was usually a bowl containing a small mountain of spaghetti, topped with Prego-brand tomato sauce, a flurry of Kraft shredded mozzarella cheese and a single hard-boiled egg, sliced in half.

I’d be lying if I said my mother didn’t still tempt …Continue Reading

Coca Cola Ribs in the Slow Cooker

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Coca Cola Ribs in the Slow Cooker

I find it fascinating to learn about a person’s go-to recipe. Their secret weapon. A tried-and-true recipe that they’ve kept close to their heart not only for its versatility, but also for its crowd-pleasing ability. These are the recipes that define a person. Astrological signs? Pfft. Ask them what they cook for the people they love.

I have an uncle who brings out the big guns every Christmas Eve – a huge, creamy caramel flan. Every year we experience the same routine – cr…Continue Reading

Slow Cooker Lasagna (Or: Things You Shouldn’t Slow-Cook)

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Slow Cooker Lasagna (Or: Things You Shouldn’t Slow-Cook)

Using the slow cooker to make your dinner is kind of like making your bed in the morning. You’re doing a really nice favor to a future, more tired version of yourself. The few times I ever accomplish this feat in premeditation, I get home to a hot meal and a crisply made bed. “I should’ve just married myself,” I usually decide.

In searching for a new slow cooker recipe, I came across the concept of slow cooked lasagna. Lasagna has always been the epitome of convenience in m…Continue Reading

How to Make a French 75

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How to Make a French 75

This is a French 75. It looks wimpy and inappropriate for most drunken occasions. I have often found myself in the middle of a sports bar delicately sipping on a champagne glass adorned with a lemon peel while a bunch of sweaty bros elbow me in the face during a celebratory cheer.

They don’t know the secret.

Everything about the French 75 is deceiving. The fragile glass. The bubbly champagne. The stupid, curly lemon peel. It’s secret weapon is a healthy dose of gin h…Continue Reading

How to Make the Perfect Cuban Colada

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How to Make the Perfect Cuban Colada

Every morning before school, I’d wake up to the familiar clink-clink-clink of a spoon stirring around a metal cup as my dad toiled over the morning’s coffee. The smell of roasting Bustelo wafting toward my bedroom only meant my dad would come lumbering in any second now to drag me out of bed and into my school uniform.

As an adult, the daily clink-clink-clink sound became the promise of an awesome, new day. Sweet, delicious cafecito is here to punch you in your face, and yo…Continue Reading

A Ojo: First Generation Attempts at Cooking Mom’s Recipes

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A Ojo: First Generation Attempts at Cooking Mom’s Recipes

I used to be a very picky eater, a likely result of my mother cooking the same rotation of seven dishes for the entirety of my childhood. This perfectly orchestrated dinner schedule suited my risk-averse personality, and the fact that my parents are Cuban meant dinners always comprised of protein, rice, and magic mom sauce.

On weekends, we deviated from the traditional and went for some “outside” food — cheese pizza from Pizza Hut or some lo mein and orange chicken fr…Continue Reading