Golden Vegetable Empanadas with Jalepeno Aji

Jesse’s mom gave me the recipe for these delicious savory empanadas!  They are pretty labor-intensive but trust me they are worth it; each one is a little pocket of delicious goodness.   These are Columbian style– they are like little arepas stuffed with filling and fried, as opposed to other styles of empanadas that have more of a bready or doughy crust.

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Easy Spinach Latkes

These are so easy they barely count as cooking, but they taste really good and for one of those days where you don’t feel like spending a ton of time in the kitchen, why not make make some quick comfort food from scratch?  You can cook these in about 15 minutes, and they have a really great homemade taste and texture to them.

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Polenta Triangles with Fried Olive Sauce

I always struggled with polenta; when I tried to pan fry it it was always too thin, or I had too much oil and it would totally disintegrate. I experimented this time and came up with a great recipe that is easy to make and tastes great! It takes a bit of prep, but it’s not hard, you just have to be patient!

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Parsley Potato Breakfast Hash

Breakfast potatoes are one of those things that you think are a no-brainer until you try to fry a raw potato for the first time. With a few simple steps, you can make a delicious and easy breakfast that’s a healthy update to traditional fried potatoes.

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Arancini- Italian Rice Balls

This was one of my favorite recipes when I was a kid; my parents would buy them from the Italian store! We would eat them with our hands as a snack. These are also great with tomato sauce on top as part of a larger meal, or you can make them small and serve them as an appetizer. They are so delicious and are both kid friendly and impressive for an adult dinner!

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Spicy Lemongrass Thai Rice

Jesse requested a rice recipe last weekend. He is away for a few weeks this summer working on his masters and has been subject to bad college cafeteria food; I told him when he came back to visit I would make him whatever he wanted. Apparently the dining hall doesn’t have any “fresh food” or “vegetarian options” and “all their salad dressings are nasty.” Lucky for him I made a ton of food as usual and sent him back with leftovers!

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Roasted Pepper Risotto

Here’s an easy risotto recipe that has a lot of flavor and color! We roasted the peppers ourselves, but you could easily use roasted red peppers from a jar or can to cut down on preparation time. It takes about an hour to cook, but most of that time is just the rice sitting on the stove top, so you can spend time doing other things while the meal is cooking! We made a lot of risotto so we would have leftovers to make rice balls with. For two people you would want half of this recipe.

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