Leftover Prime Rib Roast Beef Stew (crock pot or slow cooker recipe)

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Now that Christmas is over, many of us have leftover prime rib sitting in the refrigerator.  What to do with the leftover meat slices is easy… you can make french dip sandwiches, or just reheat and serve another meal of prime rib.  But what about the rib bones and meat in-between (the rib plate that [...]

Creamy Chicken (or Turkey) and Black Rice Soup


With Thanksgiving over (even after giving away a ton of leftovers)… I still have quite a bit of turkey meat and stock in the refrigerator.  (I make turkey stock every year from the leftover turkey carcass).  We’ve now reached the point where we can no longer eat Thanksgiving leftovers without feeling bored… time to change [...]

Potato Leek Soup

Homemade Potato Leek Soup

Here’s a hearty fall soup recipe to warm you up… Potato Leek Soup!  It’s quite simple to make because there are only 2 main ingredients: potatoes and leeks (plus stuff you probably already have in the pantry).  From start to finish, this soup is usually done in less than 30 minutes, so it makes a [...]

Spicy Chicken Corn Chowder

Spicy Chicken Corn Chowder

Here’s a quick weeknight dinner recipe… spicy chicken corn chowder, which can be made (mostly) with pantry ingredients: canned chicken broth, a can of evaporated milk, and a can of Costco chicken breast.  For fresh ingredients, I use 2 ears of corn (you can substitute with frozen corn kernels), an onion, bell pepper, cilantro, and [...]

Cioppino (Seafood Stew)

Homemade Cioppino

Cioppino is a tomato-based seafood stew which is traditionally made from the catch of the day (typically a combination of Dungeness crab, clam, mussels, shrimp, scallops, squid, and fish).  While many people think of this dish as being Italian, it actually hails from San Francisco, California!  During the late 1800′s, San Francisco fisherman would cook up [...]

Mexican Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Soup

Ahh, November!  Around here… whenever this time of year comes around, it means crisp fall weather, Santa Ana winds… and cold/flu season!  :(  Last week, I came down with a terrible cold.  I was so incredibly miserable, and I found myself craving the Mexican chicken soup that we usually get at a local hole-in-the wall [...]

Pumpkin & Chicken Chili

Pumpkin & Chicken Chili... a warm and hearty fall stew!

Happy Halloween!  Earlier this week, I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Cornbread – a slightly sweet cornbread that you can make with leftover pumpkin puree.  Today, I’m posting a recipe for Pumpkin and Chicken Chili – another way to use leftover pumpkin – which goes really well as a main dish with the pumpkin cornbread. [...]

Soondubu Jjigae (Korean Spicy Tofu Stew)

Soondubu Jjigae

Back when I was in school, I have great memories of visiting BCD Tofu House late at night after a long evening of studying.  They were open very late, so it was worth the drive to get a decent meal at that hour of night.  If you haven’t had a chance to try soondubu… it’s [...]

Chicken and Dumplings (or Turkey and Dumplings with leftover Thanksgiving turkey)

Chicken (or Turkey) and Dumplings

After Thanksgiving, many people wonder what they can make with all the leftover turkey!  After the meal is over, I usually simmer the leftover roasted turkey carcass (bones, skin, & wings) to make a hearty turkey stock to use another day.  That stock, combined with any leftover meat, will make a wonderful meal of “Turkey [...]

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Every time I buy a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the market, I save the bones, scraps, and skins to make chicken stock.  (I dump it all into a pot, cover with water, and simmer for an hour or so.  Then I cool it, strain it, and store it in the refrigerator to make soup the [...]