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Welcome to my collection of interesting recipes. Recipes here meet at least one of the following criteria:t
I've tried it and liked the result
A friend recommended it to me and I want to try/have tried it
I saw the recipe somewhere and aspire to make it at some point.

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Recipes to research
Sobolo drink (hibiscus based)
Fried plantain and beans
Banku and Okro stew
Grilled tilapia
Bambara beans (yellow Ghana beans on Amazon)

Food items to explore
delice de bourgogne
the drinks from

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On Deck
Pastelillos de carne (puerto rican meat turnovers)
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Sheet-Pan Shrimp Boil



1 pound baby red or yellow potatoes, halved (or quartered, if large)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt and black pepper


4 ears fresh corn, husked, cut into 4 segments
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay, or Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon ground paprika
½ teaspoon ground cayenne, or to taste
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 pounds peeled and deveined tail-on jumbo shrimp, fresh or frozen and thawed, patted dry
1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves (optional)


Heat oven to 425 degrees. Place a rack in the center of the oven.
Prepare the potatoes: In a large bowl, toss potatoes with oil and garlic until coated. Season with salt and pepper, then pour onto a large baking sheet and set aside.
Prepare the corn: Spread each piece of corn with some of the butter and set aside.
Prepare the shrimp: In the same big bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, seafood or Cajun seasoning, paprika, cayenne and pepper. Add the shrimp and stir to coat evenly. Set aside.
Bake the potatoes until golden brown and fork tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the oven, set the rack in the middle of the oven and switch oven to broil. Scatter the corn over the potatoes and broil 3 to 4 minutes, or until kernels begin to brown slightly.
Remove the pan from the oven, and flip the corn. Scatter shrimp all over the pan and broil for 2 minutes, or until the shrimp have curled and turned pink.
Turn the shrimp, scatter the lemon wedges on top and broil 2 more minutes. Squeeze the lemon juice over everything and sprinkle with parsley, if using. Serve immediately, on its own or tossed with pasta.
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Dapan Niu
try one of the above recipes and add red peppers and scallions and handpulled noodles

IG post from Handpulled Noodle ー
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2-Day Chocolate Chip Cookies
PREP TIME: 45 MINUTES COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES TOTAL TIME: 2 DAYS 65 MINUTES INGREDIENTS Toffee 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter ¾ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed 1 teaspoon kosher salt Water, as needed Cookie Dough 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 4 ice cubes ¾ cup granulated sugar 1½ cups light brown sugar, packed 2 teaspoons espresso powder 2 teaspoons kosher salt ½ teaspoon baking soda 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2½ cups all-purpose flour 6 ounces 50-70% cacao chocolate, chopped Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling PREPARATION 1. Make the toffee: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a medium nonstick saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, brown sugar, and salt, stirring until evenly incorporated. If there are grainy lumps or if the fat starts to separate, add a couple splashes of water and stir vigorously to emulsify. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 290°F (143°C), about 10-15 minutes. 3. Pour the toffee onto the prepared baking sheet and spread out slightly with a spatula. Freeze until ready to use, about 30 minutes. 4. Make the cookie dough: Add the butter to a medium nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the butter turns dark brown and smells nutty. Watch carefully so the butter does not burn. Remove the pot from the heat. 5. Add an ice cube to the butter and slowly let it melt. It may froth and bubble. Add the remaining 3 ice cubes and gently stir until melted. 6. In a large bowl, combine the granulated and brown sugar, espresso powder, salt, and baking soda. 7. Pour the brown butter into the sugar mixture and mix until combined. Don’t worry if it looks separated. 8. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and vanilla. Pour into the sugar and butter mixture and whisk until glossy and smooth. 9. Add the flour and fold with a rubber spatula to incorporate until the dough has no visible flour streaks. 10. Remove the toffee from the freezer (it should be a frozen disc) and break it into chunks that will fit inside a gallon zip-top bag. Double bag the toffee and seal both bags. With a rolling pin, break the toffee into small pieces. 11. Fold the crushed toffee and chopped chocolate into the dough until evenly distributed. 12. Using a large ice cream scoop or a ½ cup measure, scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Wrap the baking sheet in plastic wrap, but leave a small opening at the corner of the tray. 13. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for at least 48 hours. This will allow the flavor to develop and the dough to dry out a little as it rests, which will result in less spread when it bakes. 14. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C). Line 2 baking sheet with parchment paper. 15. Arrange the cookies on the baking sheets, leaving at least 2 inches of space between the cookies and away from the edges of the pan. 16. Bake until the cookies are golden brown with crispy edges, but are still slightly soft in the center, 18-20 minutes. Immediately sprinkle the cookies with flaky sea salt. then let cool completely. The cookies will be very soft at first but will set after they are fully cooled. 17. Enjoy!Show less
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Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream
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Colored Croissants
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Confetti Cookies (Milk bar)
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Hilton Chocolate Chip Cookie
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Mango Pie



2 ½ cups (280 grams) finely ground graham-cracker crumbs
⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
1 large pinch sea salt
9 tablespoons (128 grams) unsalted butter, melted


¾ cup cold water
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons plus 1/4 teaspoon powdered gelatin (2 1/2 packages at 2 1/2 teaspoons per pack)
½ cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 30-ounce can Alphonso mango purée (3 1/4 cups)
1 large pinch sea salt


Stir crumbs, sugar, cardamom and salt together in a medium bowl. Add butter, and stir with a fork until evenly combined.
Pour half the crumb mixture into a 9-inch round metal pie pan, and spread evenly. Press down with fingers, a metal measuring cup or a second pie pan to compact the crumbs as much as possible across the bottom and up the sides of the pan into an even crust. (The more compressed the crust, the less it will crumble.) Repeat to form the remaining crumb mixture into a crust in a second pan.
Heat oven to 325. Transfer both crusts to freezer, and chill for 15 minutes. Bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Place 3/4 cup cold water in a large bowl. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup sugar with the gelatin; sprinkle mixture evenly over the surface of the cold water. Let sit a few minutes to bloom.
In the meantime, whip the cream and remaining 1/4 cup sugar together until medium-stiff peaks form. Set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm 1 cup of the mango purée to body temperature (stir to make sure you are just warming it and not bringing it to a boil). Pour warmed mango purée over gelatin mixture, and whisk until well combined. Gelatin should dissolve into mango completely. Gradually whisk in remaining mango purée.
Use a rubber spatula to beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl until it is soft and smooth, then add to mango mixture along with a large pinch of sea salt. Use an immersion blender to blend until completely smooth, tipping the bowl to make sure you’ve incorporated everything well. Gently tap the bowl on the counter once or twice to pop any air bubbles. Use the spatula to gently fold about 1/4 of the mango mixture into the whipped cream, then fold cream into the larger amount of mixture until no streaks remain.
Divide custard between cooled crusts. Use a rubber spatula to smooth out the filling. Refrigerate 5 hours or overnight until firm and chilled. Serve chilled.
Want to try
Mango Tres Leches Cake


5 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more to grease pan
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup plus 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar, more to taste
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon plus a pinch fine sea salt
6 large eggs, separated
⅓ cup plus 3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
2 cups cubed very ripe mango
1 can (15 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup Spanish brandy or Cognac
1 ½ cups heavy cream
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch-by-13-inch baking pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, 3/4 cup of the sugar, the baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, melted butter, 3 tablespoons of the milk and vanilla.
Using an electric mixer set on medium, beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until thick, fluffy and white but before peaks form. Add 1/4 cup of sugar, a little at a time, and continue beating until the whites are glossy and firm peaks form when the beaters are lifted.
Whisk half the flour mixture into the yolks (it will seem like paste). Whisk a quarter of the egg whites into the yolk mixture to lighten it. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in another quarter of the whites. Sift half of the remaining flour mixture over the batter and fold in. Fold in another quarter of the egg whites followed by the rest of the sifted flour and finally the rest of the whites. Scrape batter into the pan and smooth the top with the spatula. Bake until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool.
Meanwhile in a blender or food processor, purée the mango with 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar, or to taste depending upon how sweet your mango is.
When the cake is cool, use a fork to poke holes all over the top, then cut the cake into 18 pieces, but don’t take the pieces out of the pan.
In a small saucepan over medium heat stir together the coconut milk, condensed milk, remaining 1/3 cup milk, brandy and a pinch of salt. Heat until steaming, then pour it evenly over the cake. Cover and chill the cake for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Just before serving, whip the cream with the cinnamon and half of the puréed mango until thick and mousse-like. Taste and add more sugar if it tastes flat. Spread the mango cream on the cake, then dollop on the remaining mango purée. Use a spatula to swirl the mango purée into a marble-like pattern. Or use the purée as a sauce when you serve the cake.
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Olive Oil Blondies w/ Salted Caramel
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Red Velvet Cake
Instructions attached as screenshots
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Starbucks Mango Pineapple Empanada
plan to make the jam and put in an empanada dough
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Alcoholic beverage
Alcoholic beverageNon-alcoholic beverage
INGREDIENTS Spicy Miso Sauce 2 tbsp white miso 2 tbsp gochujang or other chile paste 1 tbsp hoisin sauce 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp sesame oil 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 bunch bok choy, quartered ¼ cup water ¼ cup peanuts, toasted and roughly chopped ¼ cup cilantro leaves 1 pinch sea salt METHOD 1. In a small bowl, whisk together the miso, gochujang, hoisin, soy sauce, sesame oil and sesame seeds. Set aside. 2. Heat vegetable oil in a sauté pan over high heat. 3. Place bok choy cut side down and sear for 3-4 minutes on each side until it is slightly charred. Season with salt. 4. Reduce the heat to medium, add water, and cover to lightly steam the rest of the way. 5. Once tender, remove the bok choy from the pan, leaving behind any excess liquid. 6. Place on a serving platter. Drizzle spicy miso sauce overtop and finish with chopped peanuts and cilantro leaves. Serve with fresh lime wedges.
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Lemon Broccoli w/ Avocado
Preparation: 10 minutes Ingredients 1 cup broccoli 1/4 avocado 1 lemon 1 tsp olive oil Pinch salt
Wash, cut, and quickly boil the broccoli, until it is still light green and crunchy. Let aside to cool down for a few minutes.
In a mixing bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, and salt
Chop the avocado into chunks and add to the bowl
Add the broccoli, mix, and serve.

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