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Thai Cilantro Pork Chops

I was perusing Pinterest and stumbled across this Cilantro Thai Grilled Chicken on my friend Nicole’s board and was inspired not only to try it, but also to create a new board of my own, for all the things that I see online and want to try (Dinner by Dagny Things to Try).

When we we were looking something to cook for mother’s day dinner, I knew that I had some pork chops in the freezer and this marinade came to mind. I made some modifications to it after following the recipe yielded a flavor a tad too salty. Nothing a little lime juice couldn’t solve.  But, in all, I stayed true to the Thai inspiration and flavor profile. We ate it with green beans sauted with spring onions (from my husband’s garden) and corn on the cob.  I was pleased with the outcome.


6 pork chops

4 cloves garlic chopped

3/4 cup cilantro chopped

3 tablespoons fish sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil

Juice of 1 1/2 limes

1/2 habanero pepper chopped

1 pound green beans

3 spring onions chopped

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

5-6 corn cobs


1.  Grind garlic, cilantro, fish sauce, sesame oil, habanero and lime juice together using mortar and pestle (you can also use blender or food processor)

2.  Pour marinade of pork chops and rub into meat

3.  Let sit for minimum of 15 minutes.  (I let it sit for several hours in pan covered with plastic wrap)


4.  Grill on medium heat for 30 minutes, flipping over at 15 minutes

5.  Saute green beans with olive oil and spring onions

6.  Bring large pot of water to a boil with a tablespoon of sugar.  Add corn cobs and cook for 5 minutes covered.  Turn off heat and let sit for 7-10 minutes.



This was a perfect mother’s day meal.  My husband jokes that it was my day off, since he grilled.  It doesn’t matter as I enjoy cooking and trying new things in the kitchen.  This is definitely on the things to eat again list.


Turkey Burgers

My husband will go through these diet phases. Sometimes, it is the warrior diet where he eats all his calories in one sitting, or the abs diet or…. Anyway, sometimes this means that he cooks separately for himself, while I cook for the girls and me. However sometimes these seemingly opposing food philosophies strike a balance. This happened quite a few times while he Was on the abs diet. As usual we made a few alterations, but this has been a hit.

People tend to have a love hate relationship with ground turkey. My family is fine with it. We treat it like ground beef for the most part and will use it for tacos, burritos or chili. This turkey burger also works really well, as the tomatoes give it moisture and the feta, garlic and fresh herbs give it flavor.

We had about 1/2 bag of potatoes left and I wanted potato salad. My husband has told for years now that he doesn’t like potato salad. Since I use the same dressing for my coleslaw and he said the same about that until he tried it, I figured that I would try it. I tossed in a little red onion and red pepper and called it a day. I gave the carrots a maple glaze as well.


1 large egg

1 package ground turkey

3 garlic cloves chopped

1/3 cup diced tomatoes ( I usually used canned, although fresh salsa also works well)

1 tbsp fresh herbs (whatever you have…tarragon, basil, cilantro, rosemary will all work)

1/3 cup crumbled feta

1/3 cup bread crumbs

Adobo and cracked black pepper to taste

1/2 bag russet potatoes, cut into chunks ( not too small or they will get mushy)

1/4 red onion chopped

1 red pepper diced

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2-3 tbsp vinegar (rice wine, red wine, white)

1 tbsp sugar

1 bag frozen carrots

1 tbsp butter

2 tablespoons maple syrup

Nutmeg, ginger, cloves to taste

Turkey Burger Directions

1. Mix ground turkey, egg, garlic, tomatoes, fresh herbs. Adobo, cracked pepper, and bread crumbs in a large bowl

2. Form into 6 patties

3. Heat grill pan to medium high heat

4. Grill burgers 6 mins per side

5. Let rest for 5-10 mins

Potato Salad Directions

1. Boil 4 quarts salted water in large pot

2. Add potato chunks and boil for 20 mins

3. Drain and chill potatoes

4. In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to tast

5. Gently stir potatoes, peppers, onions with dressing

6. Let rest in refrigerator for 30-60 mins

glazed Carrots

1. In covered sauce pan, cook carrots with about 1/3 cup water for about 10 mins

2. When tender, remove cover and add nutmeg, ginger, cloves, butter and maple syrup

3. Cook additional 5-10 mins until glaze cooks down and caramelizes carrots



The burger was moist and flavorful, as I have come to expect my turkey burgers.  The potato salad was a hit.  My husband said something along the lines of “if I ever said I didn’t like your potato salad, I was wrong.”  Even better, he ate it for leftovers voluntarily.

Carne Asada

Carne Asada refers to grilled steak that has marinated in a citrus heavy, jalapeño marinade and gets thinly sliced. It is most often done with skirt or flank steak. I started smoking this about 6 months ago and my family loves it. It is one of those fun meals where the girls get to make their own tacos and I can just eat it by itself with the other side dishes and accompanying condiments.

I usually serve it with rice and black beans, and I’ve been known to make a fresh batch of guacamole.


2 1.7 lb flank steaks

Zest of 1 lime

Juice of 3 1/2 limes

3 jalapeños, seeds removed and chopped

4 spring onions sliced (1 shallot or 1/2 onion will work too)

3/4 cup chopped cilantro

8 garlic cloves chopped

5 ripe avocados

3-4 cups orange juice

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tbsp Adobo

2 tbsp cumin

2 tbsp oregano

2 tbsp cracked pepper

2 tbsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Carne Asada Directions

1. Mix lime zest, lime juice of 1 1/2 limes, 2 chopped jalapeños, 1/2 cup chopped cilantro,4 garlic cloves, 3 spring onions, orange juice and olive oil together in medium bowl

2. Add Adobo, pepper, cayenne, cumin, chili powder and oregano. Mic well.

3. Place flank steaks in plastic bag with marinade. The marinade should mostly cover the steak. Seal and rest for several hours. I usually let it marinade overnight, rotating bag periodically

4. Heat up grill pan to medium high. Grill steak for 6 minutes on each side (these will yield medium on the edges to rare in the middle.). Let rest for 10 minutes and slice very thinly against the grain

Guacamole Recipe

1. Mix lime juice if 2 limes, 1 chopped jalapeño, 1 sliced spring onion, 1/4 cilantro, 4 chopped garlic cloves with 5 avocados

2. Mash the mixture with a potato masher and mix thoroughly

3. Taste guacamole and adjust seasoning by adding Adobo, cracked pepper, cayenne to taste. Make this several hours ahead to make sure flavors blend

4. To keep guacamole fresh and green, store with a couple of avocado seeds


This is definitely a family favorite. This time I had some lime cilantro yogurt to serve with it as well.

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