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Hungry for Hunter Style Chicken?

Chicken alla cacciatore…who has not had it at sometime or another. It’s culinary roots come from the word cacciatore which means hunter style and was probably a dish enjoyed by hunters in the Italian countryside. There are so many versions of it that it would …

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Five Ways To Use Acorn Squash

Make a velvety tasting soup. Cut the squash in half and bake cut side down in a covered pan. When really soft, remove the flesh and place in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. In a soup pot cook 2 finely minced  leeks in 2 ta…

Potato Leek Soup

Serves 6 to 8 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes2 tablespoons butter3 large leeks, bulb part only thinly sliced2 whole bay leaves4 cups chicken broth1 cup buttermilk½ cup coconut milkSalt to tasteGrinding of fresh nutmeg Microwave the potatoes until cooked; cool, peel and…

The Overdone Veggies of 2016

1)   Cauliflower has been the snowy white, purple, green and orange darling of the year; cooked like rice, seared like a steak and pulverized into soups, It needs a rest. 2)   Avocado; sure it’s a heartthrob used to make guacamole, cakes, browni…

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Not Your Ordinary Elbow Macaroni Casserole

There are so many commonly prepared and predictable tasting macaroni casseroles and then comes along this impressive and fun to make timballo di maccarun. Timballo is a word that means drum, and in this case, a beautifully molded casserole made in a spring form pan to giv…

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Bring Back The Cheese Ball

Remember the holiday nut encrusted cheese ball sitting majestically on a throne of Bibb lettuce and surrounded by crackers? It’s back and looking ever so hip with new flavor nuances. I like to ratch up the flavor with dried fruits like figs and apricots but cranberr…

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Lucky Leftovers

Thanksgiving is not really over in my house until all the leftovers are gone. Scouring the refrigerator, there was still plenty of food to choose from so I decided a turkey pot pie was in order. I diced the leftover turkey along with the carrots and parsnips; there were m…

Ten Cookie Baking Tips

Now that the holiday mode is here (it gets earlier every year) maybe it is time for you to think about your holiday cookies. I start my baking early to ensure that I am not a mad woman by December and make cookies that are long keepers and can be made ahead and frozen. It…

Thanksgiving Turkey Tips

Pulling off Thanksgiving Day dinner for family and friends can be stressful. Especially if you are worried about how to manage everything being cooked at the right time and whether or not you should stuff the bird with your family’s heirloom stuffing recipe or just …

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Thanksgiving Butternut Squash Soup

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if you're not in charge of making the turkey, you're probably in charge of bringing a side dish. While everyone has their favorite mashed potatoes or green bean recipes, why not bring something a little bit different this year?…

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