Pizza Night

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“Sausage Pizza” Cedar Park, 2020

Pizza nights are always great, but especially when there’s a baker in the family who knows how to make a delicious crust! I helped with the toppings, but the crust is probably the most critical part of the pizza to me. 💗🍕

Miso-Glazed Cod from Costco

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“Food Photo” Cedar Park, 2020


The miso-glazed cod from Costco was just okay. The fish was moist, the texture was nice, and it looked yummy, but there wasn’t a whole lot of flavor… it’s probably not a keeper for us. However, Mariko’s homemade side dish of watermelon radishes with bacon in a cream sauce was amazing! I’m looking forward to more of that, but we usually don’t think of radishes when we shop. Maybe we should change that?

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“Dinner” Cedar Park, 2020

Ribs on the Fourth

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“Sausage and Ribs” Cedar Park, 2020

Mariko said I should cook something for the holiday, so I asked Bay for ideas. He said ribs, and when I mentioned it to my brother, he told me about the method he uses to cook ribs. I tried it with a rack of baby-backs and they turned out great! Along with the ribs, I bought some sausages, Bay made au-gratin potatoes, and Mariko made jalapeño poppers. It was a delicious meal! And I am so happy to finally have a good, reliable cooking method for ribs. 😊

Carnitas Tacos

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“Carnitas Tacos” Cedar Park, 2020

Tonight we had carnitas tacos for dinner, which is one of my favorite foods. In fact, whenever carnitas is on the menu at the restaurant, it immediately jumps to the top spot among the other dishes. 😀

I used this Instant Pot Carnitas recipe today, which is a new one for me. It’s similar to others I’ve used, but it adds a decent amount of lime juice to the meat before cooking which was something that I hadn’t done before. The rest of the family said they didn’t taste the lime, but I think it added a little something extra which was good. Overall, I liked this recipe a lot, and will use it again. It’s not too heavily spiced, so the flavor of the pork comes through nicely. A previous recipe had me add a can of chipotle peppers to the meat, and while it tasted good, it overpowered the meat and is not what I was used to. So I prefer this simpler recipe. And the Instant Pot makes it incredibly easy to make!

We enjoyed the meat with corn tortillas, Serrano peppers, cilantro, onion, lime, and avocado. We also had a jar of homemade salsa from a friend, which complemented the dish perfectly. It was a yummy meal for sure. 🌮💗

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“Taco Dinner” Cedar Park, 2020

I hope you had a great day!

Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream Bars

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“Boba Ice Cream” Cedar Park, 2020

Mariko has been enjoying these brown sugar boba ice cream bars for a while now, but I had to jump on the bandwagon as well. I have to say, they are DELICIOUS! These things are very popular, so much so that I heard they are triple normal price in Hawai’i, and there is a limit to how many boxes you can buy. I am not surprised. They are soooooo good!