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Food on Friday ~ Salads

Early Summer Salad Days

The sky is bright blue, the breeze is warm, and the sea is as calm as it gets.  Even here in England it’s warm enough to be thinking salads for lunch and dinner, rather than something hot, filling, and comforting.

For the busy independent lady there are a lot of upsides to making a salad for dinner; it’s a healthy option, salads are usually quick and easy, and you can have some for dinner and take some to work for lunch the following day(s).  The major downside is that you may have to go to the store more often to stock up on really fresh ingredients ~ however, if you learn to shop fast and efficiently, (like a cool guy goes to the store), than that’s not such a big issue.

These dishes are mostly vegetarian, vegan, and maybe gluten-free.

Talking about sunshine; from Averie Cooks California girl Averie Sunshine has this pink and purple potato salad. This looks so ‘pretty’, and isn’t is so much nicer to have a visually attractive dish?  A really good potato salad is such a versatile dish, and this one looks so much better than an average, run-of-the-mill potato salad.

Pink and Purple Potato Salad

Averie also has a pina colada fruit salad for us for dessert.  Personally, if I was making this I’d eschew the idea on using n0n-alcoholic pina colada mix and splash in some booze.

Pina Colada Fruit Salad

Next, from Cookie and Kate, (Cookie is the dog), we have this quinoa broccoli slaw with honey-mustard dressing.  This is vegetarian, but I have no idea if quinoa or almonds are gluten-free.  I think this dish would be great alongside Averie Sunshine’s pink and purple potato salad.

Quinoa Broccoli Slaw with Honey-Mustard Dressing

I know you guys love recipe collections, and this week we have a collection from Cookie and Kate, 20 epic salad recipes ~ including this cool Thai mango salad with peanut dressing.

Thai Mango Salad with Peanut Dressing

From English girl Petra at Food Eat Love we have this most excellent and truly amazing Tasmanian olive leaf tea jelly tricolore salad.  This recipe isn’t vegan because we use mozzarella cheese, but I guess you could substitute that for a vegan cheese.

Tasmanian Olive Leaf Tea Jelly Tricolore Salad

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has spring green tossed with beets, avocado, tomato, blood oranges to give us roasted beet salad with blood orange balsamic vinaigrette.

Roasted Beet Salad with Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

From Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is, we have this dead easy and very tasty marinated mozzarella melon salad.  Remember, if you want to make a vegan dish there are plenty of vegan ‘cheeses’ to choose from.

Marinated Mozzarella melon Salad

Finally for this week, from Heather Christo, how about this gorgeous nectarine panzella salad.  You can make this in less than a half-hour, it’s vegan and gluten free.  What’s not to like.

Nectarine Panzella Salad

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Thank you to all the great cooks featured

in this week’s Food on Friday.

jack collier

jack collier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Frittata

Real Men don’t eat quiche.

Not all frittata are called frittata, sometimes they’re called a quiche, and in this part of the world they may be called a ham and egg pie.  The thing is a good frittata is an extremely versatile dish.  One can make it for lunch, or a light dinner, and then have it for breakfast, lunch at work, or dinner with a salad the following day.

This is an interesting, quick, and easy recipe from Averie at Averie Cooks ~ kale and tomato frittata.  You can make this in 10 minutes, or if you’re like my friend in Southern California ~ a half-hour.

Kale and Tomato Frittata

This is a fabulous recipe from Heather Christo ~ frittata with shitiake mushrooms and goat’s cheese.  Some say they’re not a fan of goat’s cheese, without ever actually having tried it.  Trust me, this is a great combination.

Frittata with Shitiake Mushrooms and Goat’s Cheese

Heather has another fabulous-looking frittata, which was first featured in the Eggs post of Food on Friday ~ chive and brie frittata.

Chive and Brie Frittata

From Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is we have a spiralized sweet potato, kale, and bacon quiche, which looks a fabulous dish.  This recipe may also be better than a normal frittata to take to work for lunch because of the pasty base.

Spiralized Sweet Potato, Kale, and Bacon Quiche

From Amanda Wren-Grimwood at Chez Le Rêve Français we have this wonderful seasonal vegetable frittata ~ and I think that’s brave for an English Lady living in France!

Seasonal Vegetable Frittata

I know that my friend in Southern California like butternut squash, (don’t ask me why), so just to please her I have found this recipe from English Lady Petra at Food Eat Love ~ butternut squash frittata.  I guess I could make it for my friend in SoCal…

Butternut Squash Frittata

In this part of England the nearest thing we usually get to a frittata, or a quiche for that matter, is a ham and egg pie, (sometimes and egg and bacon pie).  Savoury pie isn’t something I’ve often seen in my travels around the USA, but you guys should really try this old-fashioned egg and bacon pie.  What a great recipe for a picnic, or as something to take to the office for lunch.

Old Fashioned Egg and Bacon Pie

Finally for this week’s Food on Friday we have another one of those recipe compilations.  This one from All Recipes UK has 62 different frittata for you, including this dead easy onion frittata from Maria Antoniette.

Onion Frittata

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I’m afraid my friend Marmaduke

only likes his eggs soft boiled.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Fish

all men are equal before fish

It’s possible to make some very boring, and even quite nasty meals with fish ~ stargazy pie for one ~ but there are some great recipes out there ~ just don’t make it over-complicated.  For this week’s Food on Friday we have some fantastic fish dishes from some fabulous cooks.  There will be no pieces of salmon among these recipes ~ sometimes salmon is just a cop out, and sometimes farmed salmon isn’t so healthy.

Since most fish dishes cook really quickly, a nice piece of fish makes a great midweek dinner as well as something special for when you have more time.  Choose your fresh fish with care.

Fist up this week; crispy miso cod from Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français.  This is an easy dish, but you have to give the fish long enough in the marinade to let it really absorb the flavours ~ it’s worth it.  If you’ve never cooked with miso before, give yourself a treat, buy a jar, try a miso recipe, I hope you’ll love it.

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Crispy Miso Cod

Cod is such a great fish ~ cod and chips is a great English dish ~ that I make no excuse for more dishes featuring this white fish.  Here we have roast cod and cherry tomatoes from Heather Christo.  If you haven’t tried it before, fish and tomato is a magical combination.

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Roast Cod and Cherry Tomatoes

From Petra at Food Eat Love we have a very quick, very easy, and very interesting dish; quick cured,pan fried cod with sauce verte.   Really, this is a 20 minute recipe you could serve as a starter or a light meal.  I love the colours in this dish.

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Quick Cured, Pan Fried Cod with Sauce Verte

As a change from cod, we have another white fish, sea bass.  This recipe for crisp skillet sea bass with pistachio butter is from Jessica Merchant, at How Sweet It Is, and it should take you about 40 minute from start to plate ~ looks fabulous.  And for good measure, from BBC Good Food, here’s another 27 sea bass recipes.  You know what?  Unless you’re a fisherman, and have caught the bass yourself, I wouldn’t necessarily choose sea bass over cod.

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Crisp Skillet Sea Bass with Pistachio Butter

For those of you in California we have another really colourful sea bass recipe, this time from Averie Sunshine; orange glazed Chilean sea bass with dill, cucumber, and orange champagne relish.  Trust me ~ there’s no champagne in this, and if you have cider vinegar you’ll do just fine.

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 Orange Glazed Chilean Sea Bass with Dill, Cucumber, and Champagne Relish

Finally for this week we have a recipe collection from The Huffington Post Canada; 23 cod recipes you’ll want to cook tonight….  Among the great dishes is this simple black cod, black radish, and turmeric, which I’d serve with rice and a side salad.  It’s a simple dish from a simple guy at Six Course Dinner ~ and trust me, the fish isn’t actually black.

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Black Cod, Black Radish and Turmeric

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P1030584many thanks to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday # 53 Winter Soups

Here in England the winter is now grey, wet, and miserable.  In some parts of the USA, the winter has come howling in with a vengeance.  The time for salads has passed in most of the Northern Hemisphere, and we all need something warming and comforting on the table.  I need no excuses to devote another Food on Friday to soups ~ even though it’s not so long ago that I gave you all a post about Late Summer Soups.

I love this recipe from Chungah Rhee at Damn delicious.  Perfect for a cold winter’s night, a rich and warming potato ham chowder.  Trust me, it’s easy, filling, creamy, and very delicious.

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Potato Ham Chowder

From Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower we have this great looking leftover turkey noodle soup, and Andrea also gives us a nourishing leftover turkey and dumpling soup.  Looks great to me.

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Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

I love French Onion soup, but the way I make it takes forever.  Petra at Food Eat Love has this recipe for French onion and marrow soup she says takes about a half an hour.  Who am I to argue?

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French Onion and Marrow Soup

Elise Buaer at Simply Recipes has a really thrifty and nourishing soup for turkey leftovers ~ Mom’s turkey soup.  And don’t worry if it’s too late to use up the leftover Thanksgiving turkey because Christmas is just around the corner.

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Mom’s Turkey Soup

Heather Christo always has beautifully photographed dishes, and this vegan roasted butternut squash soup is no exception.  This serving is garnished with coconut cream and fresh chives.  And remember, Heather’s recipes are always deliciously allergen free.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

From Gura at Cooking Without Limits I can offer you something different, packed with ‘superfoods’ ~ a sweet potato soup with ginger.  I have to try this, and maybe I can persuade my friend in Southern California to try making this recipe too.

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Sweet Potato Soup with Ginger

Finally for this week, from House and Garden Magazine we have this smashing collection of easy soup recipes, including this Indian chickpea soup.  I love Indian food, (that’s Asian Indian, not Native American).  I also love all these recipe collections I’m finding for you.

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Indian Chickpea Soup.

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dscf0002A very big thanks to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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I owned a book,

and it had never been opened.

So all I knew of books was that there were words on the cover,

and some more words on the spine.

And then, one day,

I opened the book and started to read the words inside.

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Vincent  ~ Don McLean

Please listen responsibly

We can only go so far in making our life the way we would wish it to be.

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liebster-12poem and musing by jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday # 47 ~ Slow Cooker

Here in England the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness in truly upon us.  Outside my garret the temperature is about 50 degrees, and there’s a brisk wind to encourage the adoption of hat, scarf, and gloves.   For me, that means that salads are pretty much a thing of the past until April 2017.  Instead, the crockpot or slow cooker makes a return.

For anyone with a busy lifestyle, this is good news.  Meals can be prepared in the evening, left pretty much to their own devices while you’re at work, and you’ll have at hot dinner when you get home.  Better still, the leftovers will probably make you another couple of meals for later on during the week.

You may have to get smart with the timer, but what the heck!  This is not rocket science.

First up this week we have from Tieghan Gerad from Half Baked Harvest, with her crockpot beef chili.  I love that Tieghan calls her kitchen ‘the barn’.  So? I call where I live ‘the garret’.

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Crockpot Beef Chili

I am definitely going to try this next dish from Damn Delicious.  Chungah makes this slow cooker chicken and corn chowder look great.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Corn Chowder

I know that some of you really like dishes from The Pioneer Woman, well I found this slow cooker Asian chicken lettuce cups recipe via Heather Christo.  If it’s still warm enough where you live to have a salad, this is a great mixture of crockpot and crisp salad ingredients.

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Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups

Next, something really interesting from the lovely Averie, slow cooker stuffed  pepper soup.  I like stuffed peppers, and the thought of making them in a soup form sounds fabulously warming for a cold autumn night.

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Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

Now, a recipe I found by accident when I was looking for something else.  From Love Food Eat based in Bangalore in India, Chinmayie gives us a vegetarian dish; shell bean vegetable soup.  Looks fantastic.

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Shell Bean Vegetable Soup

So, from English girl Petra at Food Eat Love, we have something that’s as far away from Chinmayie’s bean soup as you can get; cured, slow, prosecco chipotle cooked, pulled brisket.  I have to try this.

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Cured Slow Cooked Pulled Brisket

Nicky is from Cheshire in England, and on her site Kitchen Sanctuary she has this great recipe for slow cooked Scottish beef stew.  Nicky says it’s perfect for Burns Night, which is long past, but I think it’s also perfect for Halloween, which is almost upon us.  Halloween is really a Scottish festival anyway.

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Slow Cooked Scottish Beef Stew

My friend from Orange County really likes me to include a recipe collection in Food on Friday, so finally for this week from Midwestliving we have 35 favourite chicken slow cooker recipes, including this red wine braised chicken.

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Red Wine Braised Chicken

You should also check out my earlier post; Food on Friday #24, which is also a slow cooker.

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liebster-12A very big thank you to everyone featured today.

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

love, trust, doubt

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when a man cannot trust himself

then he can never truly trust another

when a man does not appreciate beauty

he will never trust the honesty of true love

once that selfish man was me, but nevermore

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P1010716words and pictures by jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Food on Friday # 44 ~ Late Summer Soups

There’s nothing quite as nice as a home-made soup.  So, how about some soups for early autumn?

Here in my part of England there has been a sudden change in the weather.  The bright sunshine has gone, to be replaced by cold, grey, damp mists.  A warming soup is the perfect thing to come home to after a long walk in the early autumn.

Also, soup is great to make for dinner, and then taking to work for lunch the following day.  A good tip, when you cook, always make enough so there are some leftovers for another meal.  Who can find the time to cook every single meal from scratch?!?

First this week, from Simply Recipes we have a dish by Sally Vargas ~ creamy tomato and white bean soup.  I know my friend in Orange County will like this because the recipe calls for a lot of garlic.  I think I’d be tempted to cheat on this dish and use canned chopped tomato ~ if I couldn’t find the time to go and buy fresh wholesome produce.

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Creamy Tomato and White Bean Soup

This is a cracking dish from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest ~ crockpot French onion soup with cheesy French toast.  And this post from Tieghan is a video.  You know what, a couple of bowls of this would make a lovely dinner for a cooler evening.

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Crockpot French Onion Soup with Cheesy French Toast

I can’t say that I’m a big fan of pumpkins, but I like the look of this creamy pumpkin and cumin soup from English girl Petra at Food Eat Love.  And, I’ve just been reading some stuff that says cumin, especially black cumin, is incredibly good for you.  So, I’m going to try this dish with black cumin…

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Creamy Pumpkin and Cumin Soup

Now from Ros at Cooking Up The Pantry we have a great looking, and different, cream of carrot soup with fresh garlic and thyme.  What’s not to like?

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Cream of Carrot Soup with Fresh Garlic and Thyme

Chungah at Damn Delicious gives us this tasty, healthy, and unbelievably easy 30 minute recipe for Thai shrimp soup.  This looks bloody brilliant!

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Easy Thai Shrimp Soup

This is just a fabulous recipe from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is ~ late summer corn tortilla soup.  And I know my friend in Orange County will be impressed with this, because it’s garnished with sliced radishes ~ and there’s no cheese!

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Late Summer Corn Tortilla Soup

Finally for this week from Heather Christo we have this great collection of 25 soups to soothe.  How cool is that?

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25 Soups To Soothe You

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liebster-12A big thank you to the fabulous cooks featured

in this week’s Food on Friday

I hope ‘the girl riding shotgun’ appreciates

these recipes I’ve found.

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday # 42 California

Don’t get me wrong, I like California, but sometimes the food there owes a lot to everywhere else.  So, for this week’s Food on Friday I’ve tried to come up with some dishes that I think would go down well with my friend, ‘the girl riding shotgun’ and especially dishes that aren’t so Mexican or Spanish in flavour.

No, that didn’t make much sense to me either.  But here are some great recipes from some great cooks.

First up this week, from we have this hoisin salmon with zucchini slaw from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.

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Hoisin Salmon With Zucchini Slaw

Also from Tieghan there’s this great looking heirloom tomato and zucchini galette with honey and thyme.

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Heirloom Tomato Galette With Honey & Thyme

Heather Christo makes the very best looking salads of all, and this grilled chicken, beet and cherry salad with honey balsamic dressing is no exception.  Only in California.

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Grilled Chicken Beet And Cherry Salad

Jessica Merchant, (aka How Sweet It Is), is from Pittsburgh PA, but I think this BBQ shrimp and lime avocado toast is quintessentially Californian.  So sue me.

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BBQ Shrimp And Lime Avocado Toast

Silicon Velley girl Elise Bauer created a lot of her recipes in Carmichael, but this very Califonian sauteed shrimp with warm tropical fruit salsa would go down well anywhere in SoCal.   Check out all Elise’ dishes at Simply Recipes.

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Sauteed Shrimp With Warm Tropical Fruit Salsa

I know, for a fact, that most Californians can’t even poach an egg, but this dish of wild fennel poached trout with courgette taziki would go down well at the end of a hot Californian day.  Petra from Food Eat Love may be English, but the name of Petra’s blog is very Californian.

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Wild Fennel Poached Trout With Courgette Taziki

Completely different from England the LA based White on Rice Couple, Todd Porter and Diane Cu have a great low carb chicken zucchini noodle pad Thai.  OK, low carb is cool.  Right?

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Low Carb Chicken Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

From the very Californian Chungah we have this seriously easy and seriously good dish of lemon dill salmon in foil.  Really this great looking fish is a 30 minute dish, tops.  And, I’m pretty certain anyone can make a great job of cooking this. damn delicious dish.

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Lemon Dill Salmon In Foil

If you want something even easier, also from Chungah, we have these zucchini parmesan foil packets.  This idea is just so, so very simple to do.  Trust me, I’ve tried cooking like this, and it works.

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Zucchini Parmesan Foil Packets

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P1030451California is a great place for a long, long road trip, the road trip with no timetable and no destination.

Trust me, I know

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Food on Friday #39 ~ Lettuce Wraps

Say No to wheat flour.  A couple of days ago I bought a garlic baguette, the first bread I’d eaten in months.  The anticipation was much better than the actuality.  So, as an alternative to stodgy bread, (or other wheat products), why not try lettuce as a vehicle for meat / fish / protein?  And in the hotter parts of the world, lettuce is so much more refreshing that carb-rich bread.  Ergo, lettuce wraps and cups are on the menu today.

From Southern California,  Todd Porter & Dian Cu, the White On Rice Couple, there’s these nice looking lettuce wraps with almond-basil chicken.  This is a pretty easy 30 minute dish for a lighter dinner, and a great lunch to take to work the following day.

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Also from Todd and Diane, (lettuce wraps are a great dish for hot and sunny Orange County), we have Thai larb chicken lettuce cups.  (One reason I’m reposting this this is that I think I got the link wrong in a previous Food on Friday.)

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Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Another cooling dish I think my American friends will love, from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is, bbq chicken and pineapple lettuce wraps with cilantro yogurt sauce.  There’s also a healthy serving of avocado in this recipe.

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BBQ Chicken & Pineapple Lettuce Wraps with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

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I haven’t featured Ree, The Pioneer Woman, for a while.  But, you have just got to look at this post for a step by step easy introduction to lettuce wraps.  Cool

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Teighan Gerard has a different recipe here, one that I must try because I love slow-roasted pork.  Half Baked Harvest gives us Korean pineapple pork lettuce wraps ~ seriously good, and seriously good to take to work the following day.

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Korean Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps

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English girl Petra, (aka Food Eat Love), has these lovely little recipe for a salmon lettuce wrap with potato salad and wasabi peas.  That should be a spicy wrap.

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And, finally for this week, Chungah Rhee has a copy-cat recipe you can make in 20 minutes, Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps.  These look damn delicious. ha ha ha ~ same old joke again.  Jeez.

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liebster-12A big thank you to all the great cooks featured today.

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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