Virginia Tedrow’s Chicken Breast Pate with Smokehouse Almonds

March 17, 2017

Today is my sweet Mother’s 90th Birthday!!! She has inspired my life-long love affair with food, and is the reason I associate cooking with Love. I can still picture her before dinner in her lovely kitchen, listening to her small radio and chopping and dicing away. This recipe was her special appetizer that was served […]

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Dijon and Cognac Beef Stew

March 11, 2017

Regina Schrambling is a contributor to the New York Times, and brought this recipe to them in the dark days in 2001 following the attack on the World Trade Center. “Long before there were anti-depressants, ” she wrote, “there was stew”. She explains that comfort food is what someone cooks for you. Comfort cooking is […]

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White Bean Chicken Chili

March 4, 2017

This recipe is not authentic, but full of the best Mexican flavors and ingredients even though they come from cans, dried spices, and leftover chicken! Easy and quick to prepare, it is tasty and satisfying and perfect to make ahead and take to a friend needing a warming meal. The fresh corn gives a nice […]

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Sausage, Lentil, and Kale Soup

February 27, 2017

Here’s a hearty soup for cold February evenings. Real Simple Magazine published it back in October as one of their Easy Dinners, and it took me this long to try it. Thanks Doreen for sending it along! Everything you need for a savory supper all in one bowl; sausage, lentils, tomatoes, and onions simmer in […]

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Sara Moulton’s Amped-Up Beef Stroganoff

February 21, 2017

This classic dinner party staple of 30 years ago remains a favorite of both my husband and son-in-law, not that anybody makes it for them very often (sorry). So when public television star and cookbook author Sara Moulton featured this as the perfect meal to serve your Valentine, she ended my February 14th recipe search. […]

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Short Ribs

February 13, 2017

Something about having a half cord of firewood newly stacked outside the back door puts you in the mood to try something hearty in the slow cooker, especially on a cold Friday night in February. After scrolling through many short ribs recipes, I settled on this one due to the appealing ingredients and ease of […]

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Chicken Breast Valdostana

February 5, 2017

When a restaurant in San Diego’s Little Italy ignored repeated requests from the Union-Tribune for the recipe for their Pollo Valdostana, the paper gave up and published one from a cookbook by famous restaurateur Lidia Bastianich. No one really has a lock on the recipe, as it is a popular dish in the Val D”Aosta […]

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Barbara Lynch’s Spicy Tomato Soup

January 29, 2017

This soup can be whipped up quickly from mostly pantry staples and is perfect for this rainy weather! Barbara Lynch is the chef owner of 7 restaurants in the Boston area, and this is from her cookbook called “Stir”. If you have an immersion blender I suggest pureeing the hot soup right in the pan […]

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Pork Chile Verde

January 18, 2017

Usually I wouldn’t dare make a double batch of a recipe I have never tried before and serve it to 9 guests. But I so trust my friend Terri’s judgement in the food department that when she sent me this recipe by both e-mail and text message, I went with it! Padma Lakshmi is a […]

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World Peace Cookies by Pierre Herme and Dorie Greenspan

January 12, 2017

Chef Pierre Herme has a cutting edge restaurant in Paris where he developed this cookie, and Dorie tested and translated the recipe for the American kitchen. It’s a buttery cocoa dough with pockets of chocolate throughout, and a soft, sandy texture. Dorie’s neighbor loved these so much that she told her a daily dose of […]

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