This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Smoking”. I am definitely a fan of a good smoked meat or something similar but where I live does not allow for charcoal or smokers so I decided to play around with some liquid smoke. This BBQ sauce ended up turning out really good with a good ration of smokiness, bourbon, and a little bit of heat that lingers a little after you ate it. Given how easy this is to make, I do not see a reason to buy BBQ sauce ever again.
This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Poaching”. Honestly, I have no idea what it means to poach anything other than an egg. It does not mean that I have not done it, I just did not know that it was the name of a process. That being said, this turned out to be one of my top 10 dishes I have ever made. I cannot remember the other 9 because I have not been keeping track but this is definitely up there. Plus, how could it not be? Shrimp is good, grits are good. Boom!
This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Portuguese”. Honestly, nothing really came to mind when I saw this theme. I have always wanted to visit Portugal and I have no doubt the food is amazing but I had no idea the kind of food that was made. Then I found this recipe and I thought of it like Portuguese lasagna due to the layering of the casserole. Plus, just like lasagna, this was much better the next day!
This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Spicy”. Kind of a boring theme because I am a spice head and most of my dishes have some sort of heat but I was really craving peanut sauce and I needed to use up some of the peanut butter I made so I stop eating it with a spoon. These bowls were really good and a good way to raid my freezer for chicken and pork that I have been meaning to use. Just looking at it makes me want to eat it again. Also, I hate chopping up peanuts when my food processor is in use. Can you tell?
This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “American Midwest”. While I usually do not go for chicken when cooking, I have always had a soft spot for wings, drumsticks, and thighs. Also, the fact that these were cooked “St. Louis” style intrigued me because I want to go to St. Louis just for the food. Hell, I have traveled for worse reasons before.
This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Thai”. I am just going to start to say that Thai food is one of my favourite cuisines, so much so that I constantly try to recreate it. Thus, why I had issue with this theme was trying to come up with something I have never attempted before. Then I remembered this small Thai place near my old work that made killer Pad Kee Mao. This dish also gave me a chance to try out my new wok that I have been meaning to break in.
This dish was part of a meal that was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Southern”. I am just going to start that this makes a lot but I am 100% ok with that. I plan to eat this for days because of how good it is. It might look like a pain due to the waiting and simmering time but I barely noticed it.