Rice Bun Burgers

Rice Bun Burgers

Before I get into this post, I just wanted to to let everyone know that I am taking a 2 week vacation from the blog starting today. I am taking a big trip to Italy with my whole family and I am beyond excited! I haven’t taken a real vacation in a very very long time, and I am hoping to truly unplug from the internet and the real world, and just have a wonderful time seeing things and eating things. Now on to the post.

I actually ended up making these burgers twice because I had forgotten my camera at work the night I was originally making them. It’s ok though because I think they had a much better flavor profile the second time around, and I had no problem eating these amazing burgers twice in one week! The sushi rice makes a really fun replacement bun, and with the addition of mint, cucumber, peanuts, and sriracha, this burger had flavors going on that I have never had or associated with a burger!

Filipino Pork Belly Adobo

Filipino Pork Belly Adobo

I’ve been dying to get together with my blogger friend Bianca to cook some Filipino food for years, and the stars finally aligned to make this happen a few weeks ago. She recently quit her job so she could finish up her degree and we realized that we both have Wednesday afternoons completely free. Check out her blog today for more on this same recipe, and again later this week for some other stuff that we cooked that day. Hopefully we can do this again a few more times before her semester is over so I can taste more of this delicious cuisine I have never been exposed to before!

Lemon Pepper Chicken Soup

Lemon Pepper Chicken Soup

Some people say that your soup is only going to be as good as your stock, and that store bought stock is not really an option if you want a really good soup. If you read this blog at all, you probably know that I disagree with this statement, and have no problem using store bought stock in most of my soups. Most of my soups though, are loaded with lots of stuff, and the broth isn’t really the star. This soup however, making your own broth is essential because the broth IS the soup. It’s loaded with spicy peppercorns, savory parmesan cheese, and bright lemon flavors. I get this soup as takeout when it’s been a long week, but I decided to make it from scratch last week. It worked out well because I was sick over the weekend, but I had a ton of this soup to help make me feel better!

The Burgerrito

The Burgerrito

Anytime a recipe not only combines two foods, but forms a perfect portmanteau out of their combined names, you KNOW it’s a winner. The Burgerrito was no exception. This thing packed soo much flavor and walked the line between burger and burrito perfectly.

Salmon Dolsot Bipimbap

Salmon Dolsot Bipimbap

I bought Mandi these nice stone bowls, known as dolsot in Korean, intending to make some bipimbap with her one night. Well that was in July, that’s how busy the summer has been! Finally we had a chance to cook together for just the two of us the other day and the bipimbap stars aligned. This is not the most authentic version around(I need to add this disclaimer for angry food police on reddit), but the flavors were fantastic and we both devoured it! Best thing we made in awhile.

Just a quick note, if you tried to click my Tablespoon link from Wednesday and it didn’t work, sorry about that! Tablespoon was down for a day because they were revamping the website and the new version looks great!

Roasted Veggies in a Creamy Tomato-Bean Sauce

Roasted Veggies in a Creamy Tomato-Bean Sauce

When I am eating less meat, I make sure to get a good amount of protein in my diet via nuts, beans, and quinoa. Since I work in a burrito shop, you could imagine that I get kinda bored with eating beans. The idea for this casserole was that I had a bunch of veggies in my fridge, and I wanted to douse them with tomato and bake them, so I decided to puree beans in with the tomato to get the protein in there without really noticing the beans. I also was pretty curious about how the texture and flavor would be. In the end, I absolutely loved everything about this dish and will make it again for sure.