Sea Cucumber (Asian)

Sea cucumber, or namako (japanese) is rich in iron and good source of calcium. They are usually sold in the markets dried and are hard as rocks. Prepared by soaking in water for at least 24 hours, during which it doubles in size. It becomes gelatinous, slippery with a rubbery texture. Flavours to cook with: garlic, chill or fermented bean sauces. Dishes to incorporate with: Winter melon, dried scallop, kai-lan or Shiitake mushroom. My grandmother has a traditional soup recipe that includes the sea cucumber from her hometown in Chaozhou. She made a very delicious broth with pork bone, Chinese cabbage, Fish paste or Fiskbullar (Scandinavian) and Fish Maw.

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Stromboli and Calzone (Italian)

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Calzone is a folded pizza shaped like a semi-circle or half moon. Bread dough filled with pizza ingredients such as mozzarella, tomato and dry-cured ham or Prosciutto. You can make Mediterranean ones using Feta Cheese, and Mediterranean ingredients. For me, I like to add what is called 'erős paprika', in English - hot green pepper. The 'burst' flavor in every bite of this hot green pepper is just amazing! Of course, the cheese plays a big part of the great taste! Will post about Stromboli soon...

Sriracha Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps

This recipe shows a great way how to use Robert Rothschild Farm's new line of organic sauces. Try this Sriracha Teriyaki recipe:  

Family Friendly Fat Burning Meals

I have found a great website with family friendly fat burning recipes, that everyone would enjoy. These recipes are very important as nowadays 1 in 3 kids will develop diabetes due to the enormous sugar consumption.

On this website you will find real healthy recipes made with all natural ingredients, and 56% fewer calories, 43% less fat, 74% fewer carbs, 82% less sodium.

Pasta by klikk1

Angel hair pasta with shrimp.

A Pasta Creation by [Christine]

I've been cooking alot lately, but I've been too lazy to photograph my meals. But tonight's dinner was so delicious, I wanted to share. I didn't use a recipe... just a bunch of ingredients I thought would taste good together. The dish had gemelli pasta, shallots, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and chicken in a white wine - parmesan - cream sauce. So good! Here is everything in recipe format, in case you want to try the dish! 1) Cook about 1/2 - 3/4 pounds of gemelli pasta. In the last minute of cooking add several big handfuls of fresh baby spinach. Drain the pasta and spinach and set it aside in a big pot. 2) Pour a couple turns of olive oil in a large saute pan. Add a couple minced shallots and a few cloves of minced garlic to the oil and cook until soft. Turn the heat up to high for just a minute until the onion and garlic barely start to caramelize. Deglaze the pan with 3/4 cup white wine. Let it cook over medium heat until reduced by half. Add about 1/4 cup of minced sun-dried tomatoes to the pan. Stir in about 2 cups of cream or half and half and let the mixture simmer over medium-low heat until it reduces and thickens. Stir in a couple generous handfuls of grated parmesan. Stir to blend. 3) Cut 1/2 pound of button mushrooms into quarters. Cook the mushrooms in their own pot (or microwave) until tender - but not mushy. (You could probably cook the mushrooms in the pan with the onion, garlic and wine if you liked - personally, I find that makes them too soggy. I prefer my mushrooms to still have a little bite) 4) Cut about a half a pound of roast chicken into strips or cubes. You could either use a rotisserie chicken or precooked packaged roast chicken. (or... if you have extra time - you could cook your own fresh chicken) I like the rotisserie chicken for time-saving! 5) Add a handful of chopped parsley plus salt and pepper to taste to the sauce. Stir in the chicken and mushrooms. 6) Add the sauce mixture to the pasta/spinach mixture. Stir to blend. 7) Serve immediately with extra parmesan on top.

Pasta salad lunch by Biggie*

Morning prep time: 14 minutes. Recipes for the pasta salad using frozen unsauced spaghetti, a frugal pineapple drink using pineapple trimmings, full lunch details and packing info is here.

pasta salad by a.rud.beth

with tuna and vegetables. the pasta was still lukewarm..simply perfect : )

pasta by tamaki

I love cooking & eating pasta.

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