comfort food

Pork Chop “Parisienne” With Orzo Al Pomodoro

Pork Chop “Parisienne” With Orzo Al Pomodoro

This wonderful dish is comfort food at its finest. (Obviously, pork chop is alway’s a hit with most folks, and so is pasta, so there is probably no argument here).
However, this dish up’s the ante another step by prepping the chop “à la parisienne”, as well as transforming the simple orzo into a flavorful and beautiful pasta dish, which I would be happy to eat all by itself without the chop or any other embellishment 🙂
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  Eating the orzo with a spoon rather than with a fork will double the pleasure of eating it) 🙂
#2:  Eating the orzo with a spoon rather than with a fork will most likely double the size of your belly 😦
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Pork Chop “Parisienne” With Orzo Al Pomodoro

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Pork Chop “Parisienne” With Orzo Al Pomodoro

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Pork Chop “Parisienne” With Orzo Al Pomodoro

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Announcing The Grand Prize Winner Of The “2017 Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup”

Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 "Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup"

Grand Prize Winner:  “Spicy Sausage-Stuffed Baked Pasta Shells In Creamy Tomato Sauce “

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Ok,  ok, – just kidding.
Its only day 2 of 2017, and there is no  2017 “Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup”, so I made it up 🙂
However, if there were such a thing as the “2017 Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup”, I would like to believe that this dish would have won in the following categories:
“Taste”, “Presentation”, “Texture” and “Comfort Food” 🙂
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Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 "Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup"

Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 “Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup”

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Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 "Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup"

Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 “Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup”

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Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 "Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup"

Grand Prize Winner At The 2017 “Baked Stuffed Pasta World Cup”

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Balls Galore

Balls Galore........

Balls Galore……..


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“Chicken Soup With Matzo Balls And Chicken Dumplings” 

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If  you love balls (pun intended?), this soup will make you happy. In my own opinion, these chicken balls (ok then, dumplings ! 🙂 ) and these Matzo Ba… Dumplings 🙂  are some of the best dumplings  you can find .
I have previously published quite a few dishes with matzo balls, but this is the first time I combine them with chicken dumplings.
One would think that chicken dumplings are nothing special, but these certainly are an exception to the sea of mediocre or even outright nasty stuff usually being served as chicken dumplings these days.
Very light and full of flavor, they are a far cry from the stuff which many “cooks” will serve you. How do I know that? Because I have been served so much crap labeled as chicken dumplings that I usually don’t order them in restaurants anymore. Mostly they contain less than fresh meat, lots of fillers and they look and taste as if somebody want’s to punish you by making you eat them.
Not these here baby’s !
Prepared from fresh chicken meat with no fillers, tasty and pretty to look at, accompanied by another gift to comfort food in the form of fluffy matzo balls and served in a strong, delicious chicken broth, this is comfort food as wonderful as it can get 🙂
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Pls note that this chicken soup recipe is just one version of many 🙂
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Balls Galore

Balls Galore

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Balls Galore

Balls Galore

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Balls Galore

notice how juicy the chicken dumplings are………..

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Ox Tripe Two Way’s

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Even  though ox tripe is not everybody’s cup of tea, I myself am an incurable fan of it.
Originally classified as “Poor Man’s Food”, it has lately become more widely used, especially since the “Head To Tail” movement has become popular and it is now  “in”  to classify former “Poor Man’s Food” as “Comfort Food 🙂 .
Well, I grew up loving this type of food, so for today’s lunch, I made two versions, one for lunch and one to be re-heated at dinner.
Of course, there are a million recipes for ox tripe from around the world and I love most of them. But these two versions of (almost) the same recipe are without a doubt on the very top of my list. Great looks, super taste and outstanding texture lift them to the level of excellence the humble ox tripe deserves.
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Clear Ox Tripe Stew

Clear Ox Tripe Stew

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Creamy Ox Tripe Stew

Creamy Ox Tripe Stew

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Creamy Ox Tripe Stew

Creamy Ox Tripe Stew

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Spinach, Potato & Garlic Cream Soup

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Here  now is a top-candidate for easiest to prepare comfort food of the month 🙂
– Actual prep time – less than 5 minutes.
– Total time from start to finish – 25 minutes max.
– Gratification – immense 🙂
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Spinach, Potato & Garlic Cream Soup

Spinach, Potato & Garlic Cream Soup

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Spinach, Potato & Garlic Cream Soup

Spinach, Potato & Garlic Cream Soup

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My Japanese Comfort Food – Chirashizushi (Scattered Sushi) ちらし寿司

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While  sushi is a popular favorite around the world these days, most folks outside of Japan or Korea shy away from making it at home because they think it is too difficult and time-consuming. What’s more, really fresh, high quality seafood  is not widely accessible or affordable for many people, so for the majority of us sushi has been and will remain a “Restaurant Treat”.
Chirashizushi  to the rescue !!! 🙂
You will need sushi rice, any raw, cooked or otherwise preserved protein and / or vegetables, maybe some seaweed and sesame seeds thrown-in and you are ready to go. You can prepare the most simple combination as shown here, or the most beautiful, complicated, exquisite concoction you can muster. Your fantasy, skill and wallet are the only limits.
No need to make perfect rolls, or other shapes which are the common restaurant staples. Just rice in a bowl, everything else neatly arranged on top and voilà – sushi heaven without the sweat 🙂
The only difficulty one needs to be able to skillfully execute is the preparation of the sushi rice. But, considering the reward of a great sushi rice, learning to prepare it on a decent level is well worth the trouble. And while you might never be a sushi rice master, after a bunch of trials (and errors) you should be fine and able to wow yourself, friends and family with sushi rice that is well on its way to perfection – and probably far better than the crap most cheap eateries pass-on as sushi rice 🙂
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CHIRASHIZUSHI (SCATTERED SUSHI) (ちらし寿司

CHIRASHIZUSHI (SCATTERED SUSHI) (ちらし寿司

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CHIRASHIZUSHI (SCATTERED SUSHI) (ちらし寿司

CHIRASHIZUSHI (SCATTERED SUSHI) (ちらし寿司

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Short Ribs, Bok Choy, Shiitake And Noodles In Spicy Ginger/Garlic Broth

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Soup!  – God’s gift to comfort food 🙂
I wonder how many different soups I have eaten in my life and how many different noodle soups in particular. And still, I never get tired of preparing and eating yet another version of this wonderful food category. Soup, to me,  never get’s old. To the contrary, I can never get enough of it, be it cream soup, purred soup, clear soup, soup made of meat, seafood, vegetables, fruit or any combination thereof, hot or cold. So without further ado, here is my latest concoction:
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Short Ribs, Bok Choy, Shiitake And Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth

Short Ribs, Bok Choy, Shiitake And Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth

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Short Ribs, Bok Choy, Shiitake And Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth

Short Ribs, Bok Choy, Shiitake And Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth

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Meal Plan – Week 4 “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food”

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Update after my own completion of Week Four of  “ Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food ” meal plan :
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Here is the final tally after my own completion of four weeks of  “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan :

1) Total weight loss: 28.5 lbs. (From 286.5 lbs on January 19th, to 258 lbs on February 16th).

2) No more need to inject Insulin. Before my change of eating habits, I had to inject twice a day for about ten years)

3) Tremendous increase in energy.

4) New-found ability to sleep well and deep.

5)  No more depressions and dark moods.

6) Overall increase in well-being

7) Even with occasional “falling off the wagon” from my meal plan, (ahhh, those pastries 😦 ), my weight has stabilized at 261 lbs. Obviously this is still too high and I will start with a new Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food meal plan (Same principles, different dinner menus) at the beginning of May to shed another 20 lbs.

As I mentioned before, I am sure that other changes in my life style, such as more exercise, alcohol abstinence and refraining from smoking have greatly contributed to my overall improvement of physical and mental well-being. However, all noticeable improvements have only started since I started Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food meal plan.
After just one month of adhering to my Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food meal plan, my physical and mental state has changed so much that I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anybody who is on a quest for a healthier lifestyle without being confined by a bland, boring, unrealistic diet which does not make sense and is impossible to maintain in the long run. 

However, please note that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you change your nutrition or your medication without consulting your physician and / or nutritionist  first, even getting a second or third opinion before considering any changes !!!

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Daily Breakfast – Fruit/Tea  (fibrous fruit + unsweetened tea of your choice)
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Daily Lunch – Energy bar/Fruits  (fruits of your choice + energy bar of your choice)
(many different brands / types of Energy Bars are available – consult your doctor/nutritionist)
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Daily Dinner

Monday – “ Chicken Noodle Soup ”
Tuesday – “ Salade De Pâtes” ”
Wednesday – “ Bombay Vegetable Omelette”
Thursday – “ Potato And Carrot Soup With Salami And Shrimp ”
Friday – “Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi”
Saturday – “ Curry Ribs ”
Sunday – “ Lentil Salad With Tandoori-Style Chicken ”
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"Special" Chicken Noodle Soup

Special Chicken Noodle Soup

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Salade De  Pâtes

Salade De Pâtes

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Bombay Vegetable Omelette

Bombay Vegetable Omelette

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Potato And Carrot Soup With Salami And Shrimp

Potato And Carrot Soup With Salami And Shrimp

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Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

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Curry Ribs & Naan

Curry Ribs & Naan

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Lentil/Yogurt Salad With Tandory-Style  Chicken

Lentil/Yogurt Salad With Tandoori-Style Chicken

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Meal Plan-Week Three

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Meal Plan – Week Three

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Update after my own completion of Week Four of  “ Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food ” meal plan  :
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During the four weeks I have adhered (more or less 😦 ) strictly to my “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan, I have lost a total of 24.5 lbs of weight. (From 286.5 lbs on January 19th, to 262 lbs on February 16th).
But most importantly for me, for the past 4 weeks (starting on February 11th), I do not have the need to inject myself twice a day with Insulin (I still take Metformin for my Diabetis). This is a decision I have made after monitoring my blood sugar levels 8 – 10 times a day and having an average blood sugar level of 100, compared with fluctuating levels of anywhere between 75 and 500 before starting  “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan.
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However, please note that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you change your medication without consulting your physician first, even getting a second or third opinion before considering any changes !!!
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I am sure that other changes in my life style, such as more exercise, as well as alcohol abstinence and refraining from smoking have greatly contributed to my overall improvement of physical and mental well-being (gone are the sluggishness and low energy, depressions and dark moods)
After just one month, I feel much better, sleep much better and on top of all the benefits of living a bit more on the sensible side of life, I eat as much as I want, when I want and what I want. (Except on the two days of the week which allow me a dinner of anything I crave, although in much smaller portions than I was used to).

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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Daily Breakfast – Fruit/Tea  (fibrous fruit + unsweetened tea of your choice)
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Daily Lunch – Energy bar/Fruits  (fruits of your choice + energy bar of your choice)
(many different brands / types of Energy Bars are available – consult your doctor/nutritionist)
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Daily Dinner

Monday – “ Braised Turkey Leg With Peppers And Great Northern Beans ”
Tuesday – “ Greek  Limburger Salad ”
Wednesday – “ Steamed Baby Bok Choy With Ginger Garlic Pork”
Thursday – “ Mama Tilly’s Quer Durch Den Garten Eintopf ”
Friday – “ Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice ”
Saturday – “ Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romaine In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing ”
Sunday – “ Chicken In A Nest ”
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Braised Turkey With Peppers And Great Northern Beans

Braised Turkey With Peppers And Great Northern Beans

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Greek  (Limburger)  Salad

(Limburger) Greek Salad

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Steamed Baby Bok Choy With Ginger Garlic Pork Cutlets

Steamed Baby Bok Choy With Ginger Garlic Pork

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Mama Tilly's Quer Durch Den Garten Eintopf

Mama Tilly’s Quer Durch Den Garten Eintopf

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Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice

Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice

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Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romain In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romain In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

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Chicken In A Nest

Chicken In A Nest

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Red Beet Delight

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Like  most kid’s, when I was little I used to hate vegetables. One of my favorites in the hate department were red beets. Mom used to make a salad with them, so that salad combined the TWO most hated food stuffs – beets and onions :-(.
My Mom used to bribe me sometimes (When my dad didn’t catch it) with 10 pfennig, or about a nickel, to eat the onions, which I otherwise sorted out and pushed to the side 🙂
Of course, things have changed, like so many other Issues ( I went from skinny to fat, from handsome to rugged?, from long-haired to bald and from a vegetable hater to a vegetable lover) 🙂
I have prepared red beet soup for many years, but as it is tradition, I usually included a (un)- healthy dose of heavy cream to lighten the color and to smoothen the texture. Not this time. This beauty is pure red beets, liquefied with vegetable stock and enriched with a topping of steamed broccoli and a bit of Greek yogurt.
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Red Beet Delight

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Red Beet Delight

Red Beet Delight


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