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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, […]

Chimichurri — a perfect sauce for grilled meats

Chimichurri is a sauce from Argentina. It is an herbed sauce, typically with parsley, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper. It works well with roasted and grilled meats. In addition, it is quite good drizzled over grilled or roasted veggies. In Argentina, this sauce is usually on every table at all times.   Chimichurri sauce atop […]