Dinner

“Crack” Chicken

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2013

When I was stationed in Korea a few years ago, my family and I used to frequent a fried chicken place that served the most delicious chicken…

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Ahi Tuna Poke

Posted on Oct 15th, 2013

Poke is a Hawaiian dish traditionally served as an appetizer, but it can also be a main dish when served with rice or corn titiyas. Modern…

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Baked Salmon with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Posted on Nov 17th, 2013

Salmon is one of my favorite varieties of fish. I love it anyway you prepare it -- grill it with my teriyaki sauce, make fresh salmon kelaguen, or…

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Baked Sushi Casserole

Posted on Feb 27th, 2015

My family loves, LOVES, LOVES sushi.  We love both the sushi with cooked ingredients (especially those with tempura shrimp -- YUM!) as well as…

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Beef Stir Fry with Eggplant, Mushrooms and Bean Sprouts

Posted on Aug 9th, 2013

Beef...it's what's for dinner.  🙂  I love that commercialized tag line. Beef stir fry is another one of those versatile dishes that you…

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Beef Stir Fry with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers and Onions

Posted on Sep 30th, 2013

I posted a recipe a while back for another version of Beef Stir Fry (with mushrooms, onions, broccoli, eggplant and bean sprouts).  Here is another…

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Braised Oxtail Soup

Posted on Oct 7th, 2014

Don't let the name of this dish turn you off.  Oxtail, as the name describes, was commonly the meaty part of the tail of an ox.  Nowadays, they are…

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Carolyn’s Kådun Pika (Spicy Chicken)

Posted on Dec 29th, 2013

Kådun pika is a spicy Chamorro chicken dish that's somewhat similar to chicken adobo. It's an easy dish to make -- it takes only a few ingredients…

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Chamorro Bistek (or Bisteak)

Posted on Sep 26th, 2013

Bistek (or Bisteak) is a favorite Chamorro dish.  The addition of achote (or annatto) gives a unique flavor, along with the tanginess of the added…

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Chicken ala King

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2013

Chicken ala King is a classic comfort dish. Growing up, chicken ala king was usually served at rosaries, after the prayers were completed, of…

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Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Posted on Mar 4th, 2014

Chicken pot pie is a favorite in my family.  There's something about the tender chicken, delicious vegetables and cream sauce that makes us…

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Chicken Soup (Kådun Månuk)

Posted on Oct 20th, 2014

Kådu is the Chamorro term for soup or broth.  Think of it as Chamorro Comfort Food.  It could be 90 degrees outside on Guam, but serve…

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Corned Beef with Cabbage and Onions

Posted on May 11th, 2014

This is another classic Chamorro comfort dish.  Most Chamorros grew up eating corned beef, maybe because it used to be inexpensive.  Now, it's…

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Corned Beef with Corn and Tomato Sauce

Posted on Oct 6th, 2013

Chamorros love canned corned beef!  It's called Latan Kåtne (canned meat) in Chamorro. Corned beef can be prepared many different ways, depending…

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Escabeche

Posted on Mar 20th, 2014

Escabeche is a dish made with fried fish and vegetables with a ginger-vinegar sauce. It's usually prepared for special occasions, but since we're in…

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Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Tangy Coleslaw

Posted on Mar 5th, 2014

This is not your typical fish taco.  It's even better if you ask me, but then I might be a bit biased. 😉 When I think of fish tacos, I picture…

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Green Chicken Curry

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2014

There are so many varieties of curries -- from chicken, to beef, to all vegetable -- I haven't found a curry I didn't like. 😉 It's such a…

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Ground Beef Stir Fry

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2014

Stir fried lean meat and vegetables are delicious and healthy meal choices. Use your favorite vegetables or whatever is in season. I like using…

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Gumbo-laya

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2014

My family loves both Gumbo and Jambalaya. Today, we couldn't decide which dish to make so I combined the two and made a combo that I call…

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Hannah’s Carne Asada Tacos

Posted on Feb 21st, 2014

My daughter loves to cook as much as I do, and she loves to experiment with new dishes.  This is her take on Carne Asada Tacos, complete with her…

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Hannah’s Teriyaki Burgers

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2013

My daughter is quite the budding chef.  She whipped these burgers up from some ingredients she found in the fridge and pantry.  She calls them…

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Hawaiian Pulled Pork

Posted on Jun 17th, 2014

This is a cross between two of my family's favorites -- Kahlua Pork and traditional pulled pork with BBQ sauce. The pork has that hint of…

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Hearty Beef Stew

Posted on Sep 11th, 2014

Beef stew is a comfort dish that everyone should know how to make.  That and chicken soup -- both are recipes you should have in your cooking…

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Homemade Beer Chili

Posted on Sep 7th, 2013

Homemade chili such a versatile dish that can be changed up depending on the ingredients you add. My family's favorite is chili made with ground…

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Japchae (or Chapchae), Korean Stir-fried Noodles with Vegetables

Posted on Aug 16th, 2013

I love Korean food.  Japchae is one of my favorites because it has noodles, beef, and a lot of my favorite vegetables like mushrooms, onions,…

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Juicy Cheeseburgers with Baked Smothered Fries

Posted on Feb 25th, 2014

I may be dating myself, but one of my favorite burger places to eat was Cool Spot, a quaint drive-in burger joint in Barrigada owned and operated by…

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Korean Lettuce Wraps (Ssambap)

Posted on Aug 17th, 2013

When my family and I lived in Seoul, we had a favorite restaurant that was nestled along the Han River.  Like many Korean BBQ restaurants, this…

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Lasagne al Forno

Posted on Sep 15th, 2013

I first made this lasagne years ago, when I lived in Germany (yes, Germany, not Italy).  There was this small family run Italian…

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Mussels with Garlic Tomato Sauce

Posted on Sep 26th, 2014

This is a very simple recipe that my daughter, Hannah, created for dinner one evening. (Have I mentioned that she's a natural in the kitchen? Proud…

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No Tomato Chili

Posted on Mar 10th, 2014

My family loves chili. Chili with rice, chili dogs, chili with Frito's corn chips, or Chili with Doritos chips -- you name it, we love…

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Panko Crusted Fried Fish & Shrimp

Posted on Aug 1st, 2014

Our family loves seafood.  One of our favorite ways to serve fish and shrimp is to coat them in panko breadcrumbs and fry them until golden brown…

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Penne with Sausage and Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Posted on Nov 9th, 2014

in pasta sauce?!  Why, YES! 🙂 My daughter, Hannah, loves pasta.  Actually, my entire family loves pasta.  She wanted to make something off the…

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Pork & Shrimp Chop Suey with Noodles

Posted on Aug 7th, 2013

Chop suey most often refers to a stir fried noodle dish, but I like my version of chop suey with a bit of gravy.  I guess my brain refuses to…

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Pot Roast, Chamorro Style

Posted on Sep 28th, 2013

Whenever I find myself feeling a bit homesick, I think of something to cook that soothes my longing for my island home. Chamorro Pot Roast is one of…

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Salmon Cakes

Posted on Mar 19th, 2015

Salmon cakes are my take on one of my favorite seafood dishes -- crab cakes.  These savory patties are crisp on the outside, thanks to a quick…

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Short Ribs Soup (Kådun Kåtne)

Posted on Sep 12th, 2013

It's cold and rainy right now in the Colorado Rockies...perfect weather for Short Ribs Soup.  We call this Kådun Kåtne in Chamorro.…

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Shrimp Pasta in Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce

Posted on Mar 24th, 2017

Hafa adai, everyone!  It's been quite a while since I added a new recipe.  What can I say?  Life happens. 🙂  Let's see...since my last post, I…

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Smoked Beef Brisket – A slightly sweet, smoky version

Posted on May 4th, 2014

I love a good BBQ.  It's rare that I use a dry rub when we BBQ at our house, especially since my daughter makes excellent marinades.  However, when…

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Tater Tot Casserole

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

If you're looking for a stick-to-your-ribs comfort dish, this one is it.  Tater tots, seasoned ground beef and cheese sauce are all baked into a…

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Tender and Juicy Burgers

Posted on Dec 13th, 2014

I love grilled ribs and steaks, but occasionally I crave a really good, juicy burger. I'm not talking about those flat, plain, frozen patties…

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Thai BBQ Pork

Posted on Oct 26th, 2014

Thai BBQ Pork is one recipe you'll definitely want to try.  The secret is really in the marinade and basting sauce.  Cilantro, soy sauce, lots of…

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Tomato-Braised Pork Ribs

Posted on Apr 4th, 2014

One of my family's favorite ways for me to cook pork ribs (other than Chamorro BBQ) is to braise it in a thick and sweet tomato sauce. My mom used…

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