Taylor’s Bar Big C Burger

Best BLT burger with a fried egg at a campus bar! Yummmm, great dinner after swimming with the family at a wave pool.



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Clam Chowder

Dinner tonight is clam chowder! I meant to boil the potatoes till the chowder thickens but I cheated adding some flour. I browned some onions in unsalted butter and mixed it into the pork broth that I saved earlier from boiling pork for my rice noodles. There are potatoes, clams, one stalk worth of chopped celery, cilantro and heavy whipped cream in the chowder. It is seasoned with white ground pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and Mediterranean Sea salt. Let’s tuck in! 😉

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Maple Syrup Bone-In Ham

Finally had a free afternoon to cook something again. Baking a bone in ham is easy peasy compare to preparing a stir-fry. It just takes time.

I gave the ham a quick rinse under cold running water, lined the Pyrex with non-stick foil, made criss-cross cuts on the ham and stuck cloves into where the cuts cross.

It is a 8.25 pounds ham, so I bake it in my convection oven at 325 degrees fahrenheit before converting to convection settings.

The bone in ham was on its side for about one and a half hours, then I turned the ham completely skin side up and baked it for about 20 minutes before dousing the skin with about one and a half tablespoons of good maple syrup and continued baking until it was up to temperature (which should be 160 degrees Fahrenheit) checking the temperature on the ham every twenty minutes or so.

The ham will go great sliced up with some plain white Jasmine rice, chopped up to make fried rice, with some home made apple sauce and au gratin or however you like. The sliced ham also freezes well and the ham bone can be use to make split pea and ham soup.

Bon appetite and have a great weekend everyone!

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Green Eggs and Ham

In celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday two days ago. I figured this breakfast would be appropriate for dinner.

“Do you like green eggs and ham? … Would you like them here or there?” ~ Dr. Seuss

I made the egg yolks green by adding a little pandan paste. The yolks will smell good with the pandan flavor added but will taste a little bitter for sure since the paste is a concentrate.

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Taken from Dr. Seuss “Green Eggs and Ham”:

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Homemade Crockpot Applesauce

Q: What do I do with five Washington/ honey crisp (don’t remember) regular apples, four organic Fuji apples and one Chinese pear in the fridge that really needed to be eaten to free up some space in the fridge?

A: I made homemade applesauce with the skin peeled, lemon juice (I just splash some on without measuring) and a cinnamon stick in the crock pot.

After cooking the fruits in the crock pot on low for at least six hours. I let everything cool down for a few hours after turning the heat off and blended them in a food processor. I did not add all of the juice in the crock pot as it would made the applesauce too watery. The extra bit of cider in the crock pot ended in my tummy, haha!

There is no added sugar or sweetener. The cinnamon stick and apples already made the apple sauce very sweet. Half a stick of cinnamon would have been enough if you prefer the apple sauce to be less “cinnamony”.

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