Recipes

Chinese Egg Roll

The Chinese have been well known for their egg rolls over the years. However, these egg rolls are special. My son-in-laws family fled China in the late 30's because of WW2 when the Japanese invaded. They fled to the Philippines and shortly after the Japanese invaded that country also. Melvin's family feared persecution and annihilation so they moved to the mountains where they lived for many years. In the 70's his parents moved to the U.S.A and this is were Melvin was born. So what makes these egg rolls different? It is the wrapper, which is very similar to the...Read More
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Homemade Ramen Noodles

Did you ever think you could make Homemade Ramen Noodles? Remember those days in the college dorm?  Boiling a package of dried ramen noodles and adding the powder flavoring they called broth? It was adequate in your younger days, when flavor was not your primary concern, just sustenance. Now we're all grown up and want a more sophisticated broth and noodle. Culinary Immigration is where you'll get the knowhow to making your own Homemade Ramen Noodles and broth that will rival the local Japanese restaurant. You'll want to get the family in on all the fun making the noodles. You...Read More
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Stiff Sourdough Starter Recipe

You say you can't get your sourdough loaf to rise properly. Well I have the solution, stiff sourdough starter. Use the sourdough starter in the no-knead or traditional process. I have included a recipe which takes more time then the no-knead, but it is virtually a no-knead bread. Treat yourself and your family to this beautiful boule. Perfect for entertaining and if it drys out use it for toast the next day. Delicious with slices of avocado and olive oil. For a healthy breakfast and quick snack.    
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Savory Galette

The French savory galette is one of my favorite and a fast way of making a pie. Wether it is savory or sweet the process is the same. Roll the dough in a circle and fill with desired filling, fold edges into the center and bake. Couldn't be any easier, right? This recipe has a squash filling, however you can change it to anything you like. Try a zucchini, eggplant or for a sweet version apples and berries go well with this dough, just add 1/2 teaspoon sugar to the dough when making it into a sweet galette.    

Chili Relleno Recipe

This Chili Relleno recipe will WOW the family. Not only is it easy to make, but it has the best flavor when paired with my Red Sauce.  Sweet pasilla peppers are stuffed with jack cheese for a mildly hot flavor, while the red sauce gives a kick.
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Corn Tortilla Recipe

A corn tortilla recipe can be a dime a dozen on the internet. Why, because it is the simplest and most rewarding flavor you'll ever experience. It takes a bit of practice and a good quality masa harina to get the right flavor and texture. Once you've mastered the technique, experiment by adding poblano pepper juice for a green tortilla or turmeric for orange ones. The ideas are endless, start making them today and you'll be on your way creating your own street tacos that everyone will request. Serve them with refried beans for a meatless meal. I enjoy making...Read More
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Sardinian Cracker

Sardinian cracker called Carta Da Musica, meaning "sheets of music" are a treat for anyone.  These wonderfully crisp crackers pair well with a summer salad acting like a crouton, or even eaten as a snack. Sardinian sheep herdsmen ate these crackers while they worked the hills of Sardinia.  Served with a bit of hard sheep's cheese like Pecorino Toscano for added protein. I had a creative idea, by adding fresh oregano and sourdough to the cracker dough for added flavor and nutrition. I also make them without the oregano and top with cinnamon and sugar for the grandkids to enjoy.
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Chili Verde Recipe

Green is the perfect color for this Chili Verde Recipe. The perfect color was given by Pasilla chilis and tomatillos, sharing their vibrant green with our delicious roasted chicken for an enchilada or tamales. Why buy when you can experience this one of a kind sauce, store bought doesn't compare. See the difference for yourself!  
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Sourdough Crêpe

Do you have a lot of sourdough starter on hand? Then try these delicious sourdough crêpes that can be made sweet for breakfast and savory for dinner. I enjoy them both ways, try my turkey filled crêpe with chicken and the mushroom sauce, you won't  be disappointed. Stack your crêpes, layering with ground nuts and powdered sugar for a Hungarian crêpe called Palacsinta.  How ever you fill or stack your family will enjoy their mildly sour taste and healthy benefits.

Chinese Pork Bao

The Chinese pork Bao is over 2,000 years old. Made before the terra cotta warriors and before the 1st Emperor of China. It has a very impressive history to say the least. In the USA every China Town has the humble Chinese pork Bao to buy. I was on a quest to make this humble Bao for myself. As a student of Asian cooking I sought out the chefs with knowledge of traditional Chinese foods and customs. My son-in-law is Chinese and his family couldn't give me advice on the Bao. If they want Dim Sum they will go out....Read More
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Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies

You will want to eat every last one of these sourdough chocolate chip cookies! I made a batch and over indulged myself. However if you have self control more power to you. Delicious is all I can say!! For added health benefit place the raw dough in the refrigerator overnight to reduce the gluten content, thanks to the sourdough.  

Sourdough Flour Tortillas

Why not make your sourdough flour tortillas they become healthy by adding that secret ingredient sourdough. These flour tortillas are slightly sour, with a soft texture. The sourdough elevates the flavor and gives the tortillas a delicious taste with any Mexican meal . They are my choice over store bought, because of their taste and texture. Simple to make and worth the small amount of effort it will take you. Stuff them with my refried beans and cheese for a healthy meal.

Sourdough Banana Bread Recipe

Are you gluten intolerant? Try this delicious sourdough banana bread recipe, 98% gluten free. Comforting and perfect for the kids lunch or a snack during the day. Read more about sourdough and its usage here. 

Irish Barm Brack Bread

Irish Barm Brack bread is a yeast bread with raisins. It is traditionally eaten around Halloween, when charms are baked into the dough as part of an ancient ritual. However you can make it anytime of the year. Delicious served at breakfast or as it dries as toast for the week. A pat of Irish butter will do please, you'll find it at Costco! Try me other delicious Irish Recipes, you'll get lucky!
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Sicilian Fried Calzone

Sicilian fried calzone are from Southern Italy. Many homes have ovens that are fired by wood so baking calzone is expensive and inconvenient. Frying calzone in virgin olive oil produces a fluffier texture then baked calzone have. The oil lends an earthy perfume all its own. You must experience the fried calzone for yourself. There is nothing like this fluffy donut like bread. In fact I make donuts out of the dough also!