All in dinner

Spicy Tomato Clams

Up until a few years ago I didn't eat most seafood. Aside from shrimp I hated anything that came from the sea. There is literally a story that gets bounced around at parties about the time I ate poke at a company christmas party and I turned green in the face. No kidding green in the face. So for me to be posting a recipe on clams means I've really grown and so has my palette. 

Tomatillo Salsa - Family Favorite

Salsa has always been one of those things that I eat non stop. I can sit down at a table and not stop till I eat the entire bag of chips. I hang my head in shame but then remember it was worth it. When restaurants offer chips and salsa I always fill up on it before the meal makes it to the table. Just put the salsa on the table and no one gets hurt. 

This recipe is my go to favorite. It's so simple but tastes like its from a restaurant. It makes about 48 oz of salsa. After letting the salsa sit for 30 minutes I pour into glass jars. Placing a little tag and a bow make this a great little hostess gift. The best part is most of the ingredients are things you keep in your pantry and fridge. Everyone has their favorite brand of tomato sauce so check out the different options in the store and see how the recipe can really change. Rotel makes it more spicy. Whole foods version (used today) gives it a less salty flavor. Del Monte has a great version but hard to find. 

Local Style Chili

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing went right. I got up bright and early and made a magical tofu scramble it was picture perfect as my friends and family would say. That was the last magical thing that happened. After I cleaned up breakfast I immediately started on what I thought would be today's post. Im not sure what happened but instead of a crumble I got a melty gooey mess. The insides of that first post were absolutely perfect. I had officially perfected it after years of trying, unfortunately the crumble topping  didn't crumble. So since I knew no amount of photo styling could make this dish look pretty. So I decided it's only 11 am on a Saturday I could make something else for today's post. Enter today's chili. I am a serious chili connoisseur. The funny part is though I hate beans. I will eat beans but beans just aren't my jam. If you look at my bowl after dinner I will have a bowl filled with beans left. 

Grandmother's Portuguese Vinha d'alhos

Now those of you unfamiliar with Hawaii wouldn't understand the melting pot of cultures that makes Hawaii so special. Myself, I am blended with Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Welsh, and more. The list goes on and on. This is pretty much the norm, so it is not unusual to have Chinese comfort food for breakfast and Portuguese comfort food for dinner. This post is something special that we would have on Christmas. I loved it so much I started making it all the time. The difference is I made it a one pot meal versus a three day love affair like the traditional recipe calls for. The true test was making this for the "Aunties" of the family and didn't tell them I didn't marinade it for three days in fresh bathes of vinegar and garlic daily. Once they finished eating dinner one night I broke the news to them and they didn't believe me.

Deep Deep Dish Pizza

There are few things I love more than pizza, any pizza. My guilty pleasure was Totino's Pizza Rolls or bagel bites but let's save that for another day. I've been to Chicago a few times and fell in love with deep dish pizza. Now that's a city doing pizza right.  I haven't found anyone in Hawaii doing deep dish pizza right so that's what inspired this post.

Miso Braised Short Ribs

I will pretty much braise anything at least once but my go to over and over again is shortribs. I love how tender it becomes after 3 hours of roasting in goodness. This recipe is so flexible I changed it all the time.