Category Archives: Meat Recipes

Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe

I was talking to a friend who interviews people on video for a local on-line media publication. She had no experience when she started, but she accepted the challenge and went ahead and said yes. She could have failed. Most … Continue reading

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Ground Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers

Our table has been host to ground beef stuffed bell peppers three times this summer, and there will most likely be a fourth time soon as bell peppers are awaiting me in the garden. I made a fresh tomato sauce … Continue reading

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Venison Sausage Gravy with Sage Biscuits

In my last Sunday’s post, I presented you with a black pepper-herbed biscuit and fried green tomatoes.  I promised to return with sausage gravy biscuits in a celebration of southeastern cuisine, which has become refined in the last ten years, … Continue reading

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Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken from Retro Rose

This past Sunday, we had a good old fashioned Sunday Supper with buttermilk fried chicken, buttermilk blueberry pie, buttermilk salad dressing. Friends brought mashed potatoes and a flourless chocolate cake made with Guiness that I’m going to share with you … Continue reading

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Easy Carnitas, Slow Cooker or Dutch Oven

Had I known carnitas was this easy, I would have made this meal years ago. Carnitas means little meats. This carnitas is pork braised in broth for at least 3 hours, then pulled apart and crisped up and caramelized  in … Continue reading

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Cold Fighting Soup: Tomato Beef Soup with Einkorn Wheat Berries and Bone Broth

Tomato Beef Soup with Einkorn Wheat Berries and Bone Broth was created to fight a household of colds and give a giant boost to the immune system.  The bone broth was cooked in a slow cooker all night long to … Continue reading

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No Beans Chili with Ground Beef and Italian Sausage

It’s another cold winter, and Doug is at it again. He made chili. He makes it once a year. Last year he knocked it out of the park with this five bean chili. He changes it every year. He made … Continue reading

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Rack of Lamb and Brussels Sprouts in Under 30 Minutes

The super bowl was about to start. You have to eat well on Super Bowl Sunday. Rack of lamb with roasted Brussels sprouts is a bit out of the ordinary for game day, but I had no choice. It’s a … Continue reading

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Homemade Italian Beef Stew with Wine, Paleo Friendly, Grain Free

Cold weather drives us to comfort food dishes like homemade Italian beef stew, paleo friendly, grain free. This is what healthy comfort food looks like. It’s NOT diet food. It’s not fat free. It’s not stuck in some frozen wrapper … Continue reading

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Homemade Italian Meatballs, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free

I love meatballs. In fact, I love ground beef. I have a friend who hates ground beef, having grown up with in a family of eleven, where ground beef was served too often. Such a shame, for in our family … Continue reading

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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic and Video: How to Peel Garlic in 10 Seconds

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is an old classic with at least 40 ways to make it. Saveur Magazine has a recipe that says you can use up to 100 cloves. Nigella Lawson’s recipe seemed to be the easiest … Continue reading

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Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup – Grain Free, Paleo Friendly

Grain free vegetable beef soup just might be the quintessential one pot Spinach Tiger dish. It’s full of all the super foods including my ever loving kale, and it has plenty of beef. I will never ever be a vegetarian … Continue reading

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Ground Beef Italian Style with Pancetta, Kale, Sweet Peas

This is an upgraded version of a dish my family eats all the time. I first discovered the amazing combination of two simple ingredients, when put together are magical, at an Italian Club potluck. At first I was put off.Who … Continue reading

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Roasting Chicken in Rock Salt

The next time someone calls you a chicken, take it as a compliment. I can’t imagine the world without chickens or the eggs they produce. I know I know, someone vegan will show me differently, but they’ll never convince me. … Continue reading

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Oven Fried Sunny Side Up Eggs

Editor’s Note: Since this post was written, I did this video. Oven Fried Sunny Side Up Eggs! Who knew. I didn’t know. I accidentally discovered this today when I was making bacon in the oven on my new Lodge griddle. … Continue reading

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Cornflake Crusted Baked Chicken Tenders and Cookbook Review for Breakfast for Dinner

Cornflake Crusted Baked Chicken Tenders are my go to chicken recipe when I’m looking for a snack for kids, lunch for anyone or an easy dinner. The baking, not frying, blew me away because they were just as crispy to … Continue reading

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Chicken Stuffed Poblano Pepper with Avocado Sauce

A chicken stuffed poblano pepper made with peaches, almonds, apples and cilantro is a bit unique in texture, flavor, sweet juiciness, creaminess and bold heat. This is the best healthy recipe combining chicken and poblano peppers that I have ever … Continue reading

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Veal Stew with Onion Sauce, Sage, Peas and Purple Potatoes on the Lighter Side

What do you do when someone picks six big sweet onions while visiting their farm and hands them to you? You make veal stew with onion sauce, add in some peas increasing the sweetness and give it a little depth … Continue reading

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Pan Roasted Chicken with Golden Grape Tomato Agridolce (Sweet and Sour) with Polenta

The Creative Cooking Group came up with an amazing theme this month. Color, but only one color. I thought for weeks about the color yellow. At first I was thrilled with this concept, thinking that it gave us lots of … Continue reading

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Papparadelle with Prosciutto Meatballs, Chunky Tomato Sauce

I didn’t grow up eating papparadelle with prosciutto meatballs. I didn’t grow up eating chunky tomato sauce either. It was always spaghetti or rigatoni, meatballs and a smooth sauce that looked like this. The food rules in our family (unwritten, … Continue reading

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Open Face Sandwich of Bangers and Lentil Mash, Pineapple Sage, Tabasco Mayonnaise

Bangers and Lentil Mash Sandwich is hearty and flavorful piled on top of grilled crusty sour dough with spicy tabasco sauce and only needs a cold beer for perfection. How in the world did I come up with Bangers and … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Pie Made Two Ways, as an Entree and a Party Bite

We have a favorite “go to” easy recipe that we keep to ourselves. It’s not the kind of dish we typically share with others, thinking of it as too plain or simple. In the recipe category here it’s known as … Continue reading

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Mock Porchetta with Root Vegetables, the Best Roast Pork You’ll Ever Eat

This is premier man food that any sensible meat eating woman would love too. I am not exaggerating. The Italian flavor profile of rosemary, sage, thyme and fennel  is seductive enough to destroy any low fat diet, and paired with … Continue reading

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Braised Chicken, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peas

I live in the South, where the weather is 75 one day, 35 the next. Even on the coldest day, we can trek the outdoors. I am surrounded by steep, tree covered hills, some might call small mountains with trails … Continue reading

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Veal and Turnip Stew with White Wine

Veal and turnip stew with white wine ended up in a pot today because I was given two bags of freshly picked purple top turnips. A veal and turnip stew with white wine is a classic dish that brings an … Continue reading

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Easy Mini-Turkey Pies with Sage Pie Crust from Thanksgiving Leftovers

Yesterday I roasted my famous mummy wrapped turkey, and it was every bit as good as I expected it to be. I made turkey stock and silky homemade gravy and was happy to have leftovers. One year I got really … Continue reading

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No Baste Holiday Turkey, Roasted with Cheesecloth Technique

As turkey recipes abound, I’m just like everyone else. I only cook a turkey once a year, so I watch all the cooking shows, and read the latest news on turkey cooking. When Michael Symon draped his turkey in a … Continue reading

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Chicken Thighs, Lemon, Onions, Turmeric, Sweet Potatoes

I’ve been making this wonderful chicken dish for two years now and forgetting to post it. It’s simple, a little unique and offers room for your own take on it. I only use a few ingredients, some olive oil, tumeric … Continue reading

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Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti

Turkey meatballs with spaghetti is right now today separating me from anyone else in my family. I guess you could say I am third second generation American, first generation ground turkey. I’m fairly late in the game when it comes … Continue reading

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Halloween Stuffed Peppers and the Scarecrows of Cheekwood

Healthy Halloween is on the way! Ground turkey and brown rice stuffed into funny pumpkins is one way to do it, or to at offset the candy corn and there will be candy corn! My tradition every year is to … Continue reading

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Fig Bloghop: Roast Chicken with Figs, Shallots and Mustard Rosemary Potatoes

I am embracing figs in the way figs should be embraced. As part of the mother of all comfort food, the roast chicken. This is a blog hop and will be linking recipes using figs, which promises to be a … Continue reading

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Grilled Turkey Burgers Made with Dried Fruit, Fresh Spinach

I am a burger lover.  It has to be a good one, like the one here or here or here. I especially like beef burgers, but lately I’ve taken to making turkey burgers and cutting the fat. Let’s be honest. … Continue reading

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Lamb Feta Party Bites

When I think of Greek food, I always think of lamb, olive oil, feta cheese. Each component was made separately. I skewered marinated lamb and olive oil brushed chunks of bread to assemble the perfect Greek party bite. I used … Continue reading

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Caprese Sandwich with Margherita Pepperoni

My grandfather was often referred to as a piece of bread in Italian,  pezzo di pane. If someone is a piece of bread, it means they are like the salt of the earth, someone you treasure for all the right … Continue reading

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Teres Major Steak Tacos and Our Favorite Tortilla

Last week it was  108 degrees here in Nashville. This means all the cooking is best done outside, even grilling the tortillas. We turned to  Tortilla Land fresh uncooked tortillas which I wrote about here. They are raw and have … Continue reading

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Teres Major Steak, a Filet Knock Off

I suffer from painful shyness, but the world doesn’t know this. It peaked at its worst when I was 11 years old. We moved to a new neighborhood (for the 30th time) and I didn’t leave the house, outside of … Continue reading

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How to Tenderly Grill Boneless Chicken Breasts and Hazan Family Favorites Cookbook

Have you noticed the kind of stuff that trends on twitter?  It used to be good, relevant. Last week,  “If I had  a gun” was trending. I think twitter should have a different category for viral stupidity and relevant trending. … Continue reading

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A Roasted Chicken Cacciatore that Reminds Me of Our Wedding

This roast chicken reminds me of our wedding. It was fast and cheap, but executed so well that nobody knew the corners that were cut. I put the money on what was important to me, flowers and food. We feasted … Continue reading

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Hunger Games Lamb Stew with Dried Plums

Post Edit: This recipe won Hunger Games Lamb Stew recipe contest with Stapleton-Spence and published in Huffington Post for Best Children’s Book Food. In the third book of the Hunger Games Trilogy,  The Mockingjay, Katniss Everdeen, by this point, a … Continue reading

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Beef Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine with Spinach Mashed Potatoes

I swing both ways in the kitchen. I like to make what I call my five-minute meals like this grilled salmon which makes  an ordinary day of the week seem celebratory because the food is so good. Then on other … Continue reading

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Meatballs with Savory Blueberry and Pear Compote

It’s time again for the 5 Star Makeover. We are a group of bloggers who take an ordinary dish with a theme and turn it to something unexpected with a gourmet twist. This dish certainly does that. Meatballs with savory … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Dutch Pork and Sauerkraut, A Lighter Version

I grew up in Pennsylvania where food traditions are embedded in a serious and delicious way. I wrote more about it here. The Pennsylvania Dutch food influence is so strong that you can guarantee that every single household in the … Continue reading

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Beef and Veal Stew Shepherd’s Pie

Beef and veal stew shepherd’s pie is a feast. It’s for a Sunday Supper. It’s for company and loved ones. It’s a slow cook with lingering pleasure. The recipe was guest posted over at Lazaro Cooks, and there are process … Continue reading

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Tailgating with Bolognese Sliders, the Five Star Sloppy Joe Makeover

It’s time again for the Five Star Foodie Makeover, and to kick off Autumn, our theme is tailgating. When I think of a tailgating party, I think of food that is hearty, mobile, easy to eat with one hand and … Continue reading

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Baked Pork Chops with Rosemary, Apples and Caramelized Onions

Homer: Are you saying you’re never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon? Lisa: No. Homer: Ham? Lisa: No! Homer: Pork chops? Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal! Homer: Heh heh heh… ooh… yeah… right, … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Cooking: One Hour Roast Chicken with Tarragon and Oranges

Yes, it’s just another roast chicken recipe, but I just don’t think there can be enough variations on America’s, possibly much of the world’s favorite dinner. The lovely thing about roast chicken is the versatility. The left overs will give … Continue reading

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Turkey Pie Reinvented

I really should have posted this last week. Your turkey is all gone by now. But, you know you’re going to do it all over again in a few weeks. So this is for then, with a few hints on … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Cooking: Oven-Fried Chicken with Aromatic Spice Rub

When your Italian mother nags you to no end for your recipes, you know you’re doing something right in the kitchen! I called Retro Rose to come to dinner just to show off a little. You see, Retro Rose is … Continue reading

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Walking Onions Jazz Up Pepper Steak

Fussing in the kitchen, if only for five minutes, is all it takes to ground me, even in a Nashville hot and humid summer. I have to touch food to get my peace. I need to cut, or chop, or … Continue reading

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Summer Garden Spaghetti and Meatballs

I call these naked meatballs. They have no sauce; they need no sauce. They are just too good all on their own. We love pasta, but in the summer, it has to be on the lighter side. Even my meat … Continue reading

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Flank Steak in Blackberry Honey Marinade

There was a time, it was a given that if I was going to order a steak in a restaurant, it would be filet mignon and it would cost $29, ala carte. I was so sure I was getting the … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Grilled Chicken alla Diavola, Roman Style

If it were not for the olive oil, one might not recognize this as “Italian.” It might seem to simply be “chicken on the grill.” But, the intense amount of peppercorns awaken the palate to something a bit special and … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Parmesan Crusted Lamb Chops

These just might be the best lamb chops you have ever eaten. You won’t believe how juicy and flavorful they are, as you gaze upon the parmesan crust. I like meat that requires no sauces, etc. And, these are just … Continue reading

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Spring Picnic: Chicken Roulade with Rainbow Chard

The first food I ever cooked for a crowd without anyone’s help was picnic food when I was 15. I Back in those times, picnic food meant fried chicken and potato salad, both of which I was a master at. … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Cast Iron Roast Chicken with Lemons

Last November I attended the Food Buzz Festival in San Francisco and was fortunate enough to have a free night to dine with a fellow food blogger, Peter G. We went to the Zuni Cafe, and at his suggestion we … Continue reading

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Pot Roast of Beef Braised in Red Wine, Mashed Potatoes

Roast beef, mashed potatoes, a smattering a root vegetables. Sounds like something in an American diner right? But, if you think about it, the Italians and French (especially in the north) eat red meat, and they prepare roast beef just … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Pig Out: Hot Dogs Wrapped in Bacon

Normally on Saturday I do a healthy dish, but tomorrow is the Super Bowl and it’s American Tradition to eat “guy” food and not care. We are a funny lot, we Americans. We diet more than any other country and … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Ossobuco with Falls Mill White Corn Grits

I am always amazed at the reaction of people at the mention of grits. If they are not from the south, they all too often make one of those faces and promptly proclaim, “I don’t eat grits.” And, they say … Continue reading

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Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms, Filet Mignon with Mushroom Champagne Sauce

Firstly let me say Happy New Year. Your arrival at more door means a lot, so please keep coming back. You can look forward to getting here much more quickly as soon as I convert over to my new software … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween – Chicken and Sausage with Muscadine Grapes or…are they Eyeballs?

I’m not as clever as many of my fellow food bloggers, who have gone over the top with crazy, scary foods and made me laugh out loud. Three off the top of my head include, Not Quite Nigella’s Green Witch … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Pan Roasted Lamb with Juniper Berries

I am such a food blogger personality type. Earlier this year, I purchased juniper berries, just because they sounded interesting. They sat in my pantry in a mason jar, waiting for a recipe. Every month I pick our weekly dish … Continue reading

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Purple Food: Muscadine Grapes and Dressing Up a Pork Sandwich

Continuing in my series of  Purple Food, muscadine grapes are a rich source of polyphenols and are considered a super anti-oxidant. Find out more about the muscadine nutrition profile here. If you want to increase your knowledge of food, write … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Pork Loin Braised in Milk Bolognese Style

When I first purchased Marcella’s book, after pining over many choices for  Cooking Italy  I had some time to kill before meeting a friend. I went into Provence, a french bakery, for a coffee, a pastry and a place to … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Bolognese Sauce with Fresh Pasta

Post Edit: Note: After making this, I tried another bolognese sauce that is also delicious and can be found here.  Today we visit Bologna, capital of the northern region of Italy, Emilia-Romanga, for the very best Bolognese sauce I have eaten … Continue reading

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Slow-Roasted Rosemary Chicken Again and Again

No one gets tired of roasted chicken made with fresh rosemary, especially when September brings a bit of cooler air and “comfort” food recipes come out of hibernation. And, if you were around sometime in March, you just might remember … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Arrosticini Abruzzesi – Skewered Marinated Lamb Tidbits

Today we visit Abruzzo, and prepare a dish the shepherd’s made on their outside campfire. Looking at the boot, Abruzzo is the lower half in central Italy. Lamb is the signature meat of this region. This is yet another simple … Continue reading

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Recession Delicious – Italian Ground Beef, Peas and Onions and the Three Things Food Bloggers Avoid Discussing

Yesterday, I stumbled upon a video of a 91-year old Italian-American grandmother, cooking pasta and peas just the way her mother cooked them nearly every night for her family during the depression. She used an onion, a potato, and a … Continue reading

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Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Marinade, Roasted Corn

I am a little different in that I don’t like too many marinades, at least the kind that call for soy sauce, heavy garlic, vinegar, etc. But, I saw a chimichurri marinade/sauce at a gourmet food shop, the color and … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Bisteca Fiorentine-T-Bone Steak, Florentine Style

Toscana or Tuscany is the region we visit today and in that region you will easily find Bisteca Fiorentina being served in most restaurants. It’s grilled porterhouse steak for two, specially cut as one large 2-3 pound steak using Chianina … Continue reading

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Spring Chicken Parmesan

I know today is the first day of summer, and I’m a little late bringing you my springtime version of chicken parmigiana or what we americans refer to as chicken parmesan. Some years ago I stopped frying food (exception last … Continue reading

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Saffron Pasta with Mussels and Sausage

When I posted Mouclade, a few days ago, remember, I promised an Italian version of mussels made with fennel, onion and sausage. I made the dish from Bon Appetit Magazine and while it looks fantastic and appetizing, the flavors and … Continue reading

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Chicken with Mushrooms and Walnuts in Red Wine Sauce

This week the group made frog’s legs and I opted out to do an improvisation of last week’s recipe. You don’t want to miss the posts on frog’s legs at From Laptop to Stovetop and Whisk: a food blog. Last … Continue reading

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Beef and Bean Pie, in Honor of National Pi Day

Today is national PI day, not to be confused with national PIE day. But what the heck? So let’s talk math and update a 1950’s meat pie by adding a ton of nutritionally dense beans and using ultra grain flour. … Continue reading

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Cornish Game Hen with Cabbage – Le Cordon Bleu Style

This really is a wonderful winter dish, as cabbage, carrots and onions are easily accessible and are reminiscent of hearty, comfort food, but as you can see it can be prepared quite bright and healthy, with a little reconstructing. This … Continue reading

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Crunchy Lollipop Lamb Chops

Remember when you were a child and you received a lollipop as a special treat. The lollipop lamb chop is one good reason to be a grown up. The treats get better. If this is how my new year starts, … Continue reading

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