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Potato Salad with Bacon and Eggs (Instant Pot or Stovetop)

This recipe joins together two of my favorite backyard barbecue side dishes, potato salad and stuffed eggs with bacon.  I really love stuffed eggs. Making them ahead of time, and finding a good spot to store them before they get mushed in the fridge (especially when it is stocked up for a party) can be …

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Brussel Sprout Slaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Brussel Sprout Slaw is an easy salad and a great alternative to tradtional slaws. This is also a slaw without mayonnaise, making it, in my opinion, a little more refreshing. I’ll be the first to admit that, for many years, Brussel sprouts were not my favorite vegetable. As with most vegetables that I didn’t appreciate, …

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Romanian White Cabbage Salad – Salatǎ de Varzǎ

Traditional Romanian cuisine is particularly known for its meaty dishes. Roasted pork knuckle, a variety of sausages, cabbages stuffed with pork, or savory meatballs (chiftale) are on the top of the menu.  Alongside such dishes are often very simple salads, which are meant to offset the heavy entrées. Romanian White Cabbage Salad (Salatǎ de Varzǎ) …

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Spicy Sriracha Korean Kimchi

Kimchi is a spicy fermented condiment, similar in concept to German sauerkraut. Both of these two cabbage-based foods are used as strong flavor enhancers, but there are sharp differences between the two dishes. Korean kimchi is characterized by its intense spiciness and pungent notes. Traditional kimchi is made with gochujang, which is a paste made …

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Mexican Charro Beans (Frijoles Charros)

What are Charro Beans? Charro beans (also called Ranchero Beans or simply Mexican Bean Soup) are a simple dish of slow cooked Pinto beans flavored with bacon and chiles. A charro is a traditional horseman from Mexico, originally from the Jalisco region of the state of Mexico. The Spanish terms vaquero (cowboy) and ranchero (rancher) reference …

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