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Homemade Ginger Ale

093I was inspired by my cyclical ginger obsession to experiment with some homemade ginger ale.  I juiced some ginger, made a simple syrup, and experimented with some proportions.  It was refreshing and ahem, mixed well with others.

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Honey Ginger Wings

Honey Ginger WingsI love me some wings!  We have a turkey deep fryer that we used for Thanksgiving and since there is so much costly leftover oil, I keep it around and fire it up a few more times.  Most of those coincide with football watching and fried finger foods.  This was a deviation from classic buffalo or garlic parm which we have made before and as much as I love good ol hot buffalo I welcomed some new flavors.  This recipe was cool since it uses fresh ingredients like ginger and garlic.  I made it twice and achieved more of a thick sticky glaze the second time around and no dipping sauce was needed.

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Salmon Cakes

Sorry for the gap in posts.  Bizzy!  These are basically crab cakes (here is a Spicy Cilantro and Green Onion Crab Cake) with salmon instead.  A similar consistency, fairly similar taste, and a little cheaper than crab most of the time.  We had been having a lot of salmon because of a sale at Wholey’s and this was a good way to switch it up a bit and maximize the fish.

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Seared Scallop Pad Thai

Good ol cliche Pad Thai.  What can I say, it is darn good despite being the most cliche and possibly Americanized Asian dish.  Eileen is much more skilled in Asian cuisine (Curry is one of her specialties) than I am but I was inspired to give this old favorite a try.  I looked up some recipes and sort of used them as a basis and tailored it to my taste.

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Street Style Chicken on a Stick with Teryaki Bourbon Glaze

I had a hankering for Chinese street style chicken on a stick and decided to expand and make my own glaze.  I have used Soy Vay brand teriyaki sauce before but wanted to make my own and make it spicier and alcoholier.  These are boneless skinless chicken thighs with my improvised recipe of a bourbon teriyaki glaze.

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Chinese Style Shrimp in Garlic Sauce

There’s something fun and extra challenging about recreating favorite Chinese food takeout dishes at home. Maybe it’s the extra difficulty of trying to find and choose the ingredients from the shelves of the Asian market or maybe it’s because of the exotic nature of some of the ingredients. Either way the end result is great- Chinese food from your own kitchen. Yum!

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Ginger-Miso Salad Dressing

I’ve professed my love for homemade salad dressings on numerous occasions and I have made a few recently that were particularly delicious. The picture you see above is of a seared tuna salad with ginger-miso dressing, like one you would get a good Japanese restaurant. The work involved in this dressing mostly comes in the shopping for the ingredients! Otherwise, it’s pretty much a process of prepping the ingredients and throwing them in a food processor (or blender).  It can’t get much easier and you will love the way it tastes.

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Seared Tuna Stir Fry

I was trying to think of a way to diversify our meal ideas and different ways to use seared tuna.  The final decision was to marinate and sear the tuna on the grill and place it on top of stir fried veggies, both with an Asian emphasis.  Both parts of the dish were good alone and worked really well together.

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Pork and Ginger Dumplings

We were making some finger foods for guests and while dumplings are not the typical “finger food”  they were a good munchie to have out.  We kept it pretty simple with pork, ginger, and green onion.  We tried a few different cooking types as can be seen above before deciding on the best.

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Kung Pao Shrimp

So, we did not end up making it to the next round of project food blog (sad I know) but we were inspired by the next challenge anyway. The challenge was to make an ethnic dish that you never have before. Hence, kung pao shrimp.

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