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Easy Chinese Spare Ribs

This is essentially a “one pot… or should we say, a one sheet tray” dish. All you need is a few flavor packed ingredients, and a food processor, baking sheet and oven to make these delectable treats. ** Note: feel free to double the sauce to keep on hand for dipping of other meats and […]

Vegetable Biryani — vibrant spices and flavorful

This is a popular dish in India and surrounding countries. There are many variations of Biryani but it is a basically a mixture of rice, herbs, spices, and other flavors as desired. Ideas for altering spices to your liking include cloves, ginger, saffron, and mint. Ingredients  2 tablespoons butter, divided 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 […]

Late Winter Ragout with Pappardelle

Pappardelle is a wide noodle pasta which is very comforting with richer sauces. Perfect for fall or winter dining. Note: serves two healthy portions – – 4 smaller portions. Italians prefer to just “coat the pasta” with any sauce as the pasta is the star of the meal. If you want big portions of the […]

Plated… Never worry about what to eat or where to find the ingredients…

Have you ever come home after a long day at work and wondered what to have for dinner – – to follow a recipe or not, and are the ingredients around to make it? Well, Plated is a new concept that has the potential of making our nightly dining experiences much easier. First, they have created […]

Spatchcock chicken you say? Easy and worth it.

The plating of Spatchcock Chicken – – bright flavors with the lemons and parsley  Spatchcocking is an older cooking term in which a small bird is split down the back, which opens it out. It is then flattened into two sides much like a book. It allows for cooking the bird usually in a heavy […]

Minestrone – - fall beckons

Minestra is an Italian word for “soup” similar to “zuppa.” MinestrONE refers to a BIG soup. Sometimes all vegetable, but in this case I incorporated pancetta. I also placed grilled pieces of ciabatta at the bottom of the bowl for extra texture. Perfect for fall and winter weather. Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large […]

Thai Relish with Basil and Peanuts

This is dedicated to a good guy with good taste, Matt Pucci. Keep up the good work! INGREDIENTS 3 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped 3/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped 1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced 
(to taste) – – placing the garlic through a garlic […]

Chipotle Corn Salad

The smokiness of the adobo with chipotle and the bright flavor of lime and sweetness of corn make this a wonderful addition to the table. Ingredients 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, cut in half 4 cobs of corn, with kernels sliced from the cob 2 bell peppers, preferably yellow and orange for color interest, seeded […]

Fast, easy and delicious “BBQ” chicken with homemade sauce

This is a “Martha” recipe which we tried recently. Absolutely delicious. The sauce is very easy to make and created lots of “yummmm…..” noises at the table. Ingredients 1/2 cup ketchup 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1/3 cup cider vinegar 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup light-brown sugar 1/4 cup molasses 1 […]

This summer, go for spicy!

Jerk is a spicy seasoning traditionally used with grilled chicken or pork and hails from Jamaica. The seasoning can be dry or mixed with wet ingredients to create more of a marinade. This recipe will be more of a marinade consistency. Most of the key spices in a traditional jerk recipe are thyme, chilies, cinnamon, […]