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Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

Posted by Anthony on March 1, 2017 in Side


Serves: 4

Time: 30 min

Difficulty: Easy

I like to make a lot of Mexican dishes, and find myself coming back to using this recipe for Mexican Rice a lot. It’s simple and straightforward, and is a wonderful, flavorful addition to many Mexican dishes.
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Brie and Jam Crescent Roll Bites

Brie and Jam Crescent Roll Bites

Posted by Anthony on November 14, 2015 in Side


Serves: 8

Time: 15 min (active), 20 min (inactive)

Difficulty: Easy

A few days ago, I was making a “small plates” style dinner for my wife and I, and was inspired to make some brie as an appetizer. A friend of ours had told us about a recipe she had made, involving wrapping crescent rolls around Brie and jam. After looking at the recipe, I decided to try my own variation on it by making individual crescent rolls stuffed with Brie and jam, rather than one big serving. And since this was a new recipe for me, it was a perfect chance to add another entry into my 50 in 15 Challenge.

I have to admit, the end result was nothing short of phenomenal. These bad boys are easy to make, and are perfectly creamy and utterly delicious. They’re a perfect appetizer for a meal, offering a creamy and sweet addition to the menu. Trust me when I say that you really need to make these for yourself — you’ll be glad you did!

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Vegetable Sushi Rolls

Vegetable Sushi Rolls

Posted by Anthony on September 4, 2015 in Entree, Side


Serves: 5 Rolls

Time: 1–1.5 hrs

Difficulty: Medium

Today, I was really craving some vegetable sushi rolls. As it happened, I had some spare time in the evening, and being in an experimental mood (and wanting an additional recipe for my 50 in 15 Challenge), I decided to try my hand at making some myself. I had absolutely no idea where to start, so I did what 99% of people do — I turned to Google. Luckily, I found a lot of websites that had step-by-step instructions for how to make sushi rolls. The one I ended up using as my go-to guide was Vegetarian Sushi for Beginners: How to Create a Basic Sushi Roll. While I stuck to the instructions religiously, I did make one change as I swapped out the cream cheese for asparagus. But other than that, I did everything the same.

I must admit that I was hesitant to try my hand at sushi. For one, I didn’t have a bamboo rolling mat, and ended up using a piece of wax paper instead. Also, I’m notorious for over-filling dishes that get wrapped or rolled, like burritos, ravioli, calzones, etc. Despite any hesitation and fear that I had going in, I must say that after all was said and done, I was absolutely floored with the result. It took time and patience to make these rolls, but it was definitely worth it. They are flavorful and delicious, and are a great healthy meal (or side). If you’re a fan of sushi, give these a try. I think you’ll be pleased with the results!

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Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Puffs)

Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Puffs)

Posted by Anthony on August 8, 2015 in Side


Serves: 12

Time: 10 min (active), 20 min (inactive)

Difficulty: Easy

The other night, I was in the mood for some culinary exploration, and decided to do a “small plates” meal for my wife and I. While searching for ideas and inspiration, I stumbled upon a recipe for Pao de Queijo on the Spice or Die website. Admittedly, I had never even heard of Pao de Queijo. But after reading the post and recipe on Spice or Die, I knew I had to give the recipe a whirl. The end result was nothing short of phenomenal. Each puff was light, airy, and deliciously cheesy. If you’re looking for a nice light and cheesy side dish and/or appetizer for your next meal, look no further. This one is a definite winner!

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Sweet Cornbread Muffins

Sweet Cornbread Muffins

Posted by Anthony on March 8, 2015 in Side


Serves: 12

Time: 15 min (active), 20 min (inactive)

Difficulty: Easy

Since I was making Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili this weekend, I decided to add in another new recipe for my 50 in 15 Challenge and make some Sweet Cornbread Muffins to accompany the chili. I found many variations of cornbread recipes, with the biggest difference being the flour-to-cornmeal ratio. And being a fan of sweet cornbread, I specifically looked for a recipe that used sugar. The recipe I ended up using is the Cornbread Muffins recipe by Jennifer Segal from the website Once Upon a Chef. And the end result was absolutely delicious — a perfect, tender, and sweet pairing to my Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili.

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