Oyakodon (Japanese Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl)

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I am a fan of comfort food.  This is probably evident if you look around the blog a lot.  My brother once mentioned how much I love dinner in bowls.  This is a great comfort food dinner in a bowl.  It is warm and savory and salty and a little sweet. As I am bringing back a lot of different foods into my diet I am leaning heavily on the comfort foods.

My husband makes this and it is quick and easy.  The only ingredient which may be a little tricky to find is the dashi powder/ dashi stock.  We ordered this packet from Amazon and expect it will last though many many meals.

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Mini Blueberry Muffins

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I love when the berries start to come in and suddenly there is a whole world of baking options before you.  My husband’s favorite berry is by far the blueberry.  So of course I would be baking with blueberries before the season has even really started yet.

Why mini-muffins?  Well you can use this recipe to make 12 regular sized muffins (just increase your baking time to about 20 minutes); the mini ones just seem more fun.  And they go a lot faster.  No one even thinks about eating a second muffin, but a fourth mini muffin… no problem!

This early the blueberries are a little on the tart side.  I like that but if you are not a fan feel free to add an additional tablespoon or two of sugar to the batter to help even things out.

And of course you can always substitute blackberries or raspberries in this recipe if you prefer.  They will make an equally delicious mini muffin.

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Naan

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I love carbs.  This we know.  So it probably isn’t surprising that I tend to judge an Indian meal on the naan.  And the store bought stuff I mostly find…. uninspiring. I like a fluffy buttery delicious bread, with fun bubbles and slightly crispy in spots.  I have not found this in any I have purchased.

So I set off to make my own and it is surprisingly easy.  And fun!  Though this is not classic and if you are a purist look away.  I use a cast iron skillet to get the bubbles.  I don’t own a tandoor.  Sorry.

I would recommend making some even if you have no interest in Indian food.  (Though if you do have interest in homemade indian food be sure to check back next weekend!) I have heard some people rave about how good pizza made with a naan crust is.  And really it would make a great accompaniment to any saucy dinner.

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Cranberry Crumb Bars

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How is it already the middle of November?  I suddenly feel very unprepared for the coming holidays.  I have a lot of planned knitting to knit.  A lot of holiday baking to bake.  And of course there is work.  Yesterday it got cold and it was like suddenly my brain kicked in.  I have so much to do before the holidays!  And what did I decide to do with my freaking out about the way the days seem to have speed up around me?  I decided to make cookies.

It seemed only logical.

I love cranberries.  This time of year just screams cranberry to me.  When I was young my father used to make a cranberry pie.  It was delicious but so rich you could just barely eat a whole slice before surrendering.  But it was so so good!

These cookies remind me of my father’s pie.  They are delicious and rich, sweet and tart, mmmmmmmmm.  But they have two advantages over my father’s pie.  One, they take barely an hour from start to finish to make.  Two, they cut into much smaller portions so you have to eat two or three before raising the white flag.

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Round Flat Garlic Bread

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Things get busy.  Things get hectic.  I am never sure how things get so busy.  I never plan for my days to get crazy.  Well, I rarely plan for my days to get crazy.  Somehow it just happens.

I’ll blame the beltway traffic.  I sometimes think the DC beltway traffic is the source of all my ills.  Plus it is easy to blame the traffic and not my time management skills deciding to take a holiday.

Anyway, if you have had a hectic day, and are anything like me, having a quick but tasty bread recipe in your back pocket is wonderful.  And this is a quick and tasty bread recipe.  Garlicky and delicious, just crying out for a comforting bowl of soup or saucy plate of spaghetti.  Enough to make you forget the traffic! (Seriously why was there traffic and how when we went around a turn did it all just magically disappear? There wasn’t an exit, the was same number of cars on the same number of lanes! Ahhhh!)

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Fridge Dill Pickles

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So I really really like the CSA we have joined!  It is a lot of fun and I do think we are eating healthier, or at least more veggies. But something happened about two weeks ago. I looked around my kitchen and realized that I had eight cucumbers.  Eight!

Now don’t get me wrong, I like cucumbers.  I enjoy them a lot but I had no idea what to do with eight cucumbers.

Luckily the Smitten Kitchen blog came to my rescue.  Apparently I am not the only one drowning in cucumbers this summer.  So what can we do with cucumbers… make pickles!

I have never made homemade pickles before.  I was actually a little afraid of making them.  But these were super-easy and turned out very very tasty.

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