Posts Tagged ‘Cooking’

Al Nakhil is an Iraqi restaurant in Houston, Texas that offers original dishes from Iraq. The food is really flavorful and prepared with time and love. Some may say, “Iraqi’s? Didn’t we go to war with them?” Well, I like to think we we were at war with a government, because the Iraqi people are very nice and they strive to build greatness just as many people do around the world. They have a wonderful culture and aim to be free just like Americans. Anytime I have been in their presence they have made me feel welcome and they are very willing to share culinary secrets. Iraqi food is a labor of love for sure. If you are in a hurry, you probably will be disappointed in Al Nakhil, because in Iraqi culture enjoying a meal is not about being in a hurry. Thank God not all cultures believe in stuffing their face real fast to get back to work right? As of now, I do not believe Al Nakhil has a website, but I will leave your with some photos and a menu. You can see more about them on YELP. These are images from the Family Kabob Platter with extra sides of Hummus and Baba Ganoush, and after dinner hot tea.

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Culinary – A Haiku

To cook is to love

For food is the fuel to live

And the art of life.

2015 Albert Moyer, Jr.

Today I cooked a four course Mother’s Day meal. I found all recipes online. The meal¬†consisted of the following:

Appetizers

Prosciutto, Pear, and Fig Tea Sandwiches

Smoked Salmon, Chive Cream Cheese, and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Salad

Arugula, Watermelon, and Peach Salad

Main Course

Tilapia with Mango Pico, Garlic Bacon Rice, and Black Beans

Dessert

Caramelized Bananas with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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This beautiful recipe is from the book Asian Flavors by Wendy Sweetser. It is one of the best cookbooks I have used covering a variety of Asian regions.

This is a quick, tasty, healthy sandwich that I love to make on my panini press. The summer is here, so light food is great when the temps top out over 90. All you need is some mayonnaise, whole wheat bread, mushrooms, tomato, fresh basil, and your choice of cheese and seasonings. I prefer Muenster or Mozzarella for my cheese and a little lemon pepper for season.

The summer is a great time to grow fresh basil which I do.

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This is how you should lay everything out on your bread before you place the two slices together.

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This is how it should look off the panini press with a side of veggie chips. A quick, easy, healthy, yummy panini sandwich.

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Healthy Quick Meal

Posted: April 16, 2013 in Food
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The question I am asked most often is,”Do you cook every night?” My answer is,”No.” With hectic schedules, sometimes there is just not enough time to make a fresh from scratch meal, but there are healthy options besides the local fast food joints.¬† Believe it or not, there are many frozen pizzas that offer healthy options. I am a big fan or the following brands for quality of ingredients and flavor on those time pinched days. I prefer thin crust to cut out the bread and carbohydrates, and I always have a fresh salad with my pizza.

Amy’s Pizza- http://www.amys.com/products/product-categories/pizzas

California Pizza Kitchen- http://www.cpkfrozen.com/

Kashi Pizza- http://www.kashi.com/products/category/Pizza

Freshetta Pizza- http://www.freschetta.com/

This is a quick meal with Freshetta Hawaiian BBQ Pizza, Freshetta Harvest Supreme Pizza, and a nice homemade salad topped with a little Newman’s Own Poppy Seed dressing.

Individuals and families can have this ready in about 15 minutes.

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