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Main Dishes

Escarole with Cannellini Beans, Sausage and Pan Fried Croutons

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Escarole with Cannellini Beans, Sausage and Pan Fried Croutons is based on an Italian style of preparing greens. It would also work well as a vegetarian dish if you take out the sausage. And, it will work with most any leafy green vegetable.  But the slight bitterness of the escarole really works. Any of the greens […]

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Mac and Cheese – The Gooey Version

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About a year ago I had a request for a gooey runny mac and cheese. I was thinking about never having gotten around to the request. I decided to look up the last time I wrote about mac and cheese (recipe here). It’s not that. Not even close to the request. But, I figured it out. […]

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Red Posole (Pozole Rojo)

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As the holidays approach, it’s time  make tamales. One of the regional things we picked up in Phoenix. It seems that every grandmother has them on sale for  $15 a dozen. We started out making it a party, I would prepare the meat and the masa and then everybody would how up and fill and […]

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Siew Yoke – Chinese BBQ Crispy Pork Belly

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Siew Yoke or BBQ crispy pork belly. Yep, heart pleasing and clogging at the same time. You will have to look for some of this – primarily the pork belly (fresh bacon usually available at Whole Foods – you just have to ask) and the red fermented bean curd  but it is worth the time. You might not […]

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Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca

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Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca or “Whore’s style spaghetti” in Italian. Sounds like an old and ancient dish harkening back to a whore’s dilemma of having few ingredients to cook with. But really, this was popularized by name in the 1960”s based upon many Southern Italian sauces. The recipe varies across Italy and really I think that it […]

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Sage Fried Egg With Pan Fried Egg Noodles

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Leftovers are a hard sell to the kids. But if you transform it, they will eat. this sage fried egg with pan fried egg doodles recipe nailed it. We had leftover egg noodles – really great Polish/Amish Kluski egg noodles coated with butter. I pan-fried them until a bit crispy. Meanwhile I melted a pat […]

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Fresh Green Bean and Bacon Pasta

July 1, 2012
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So Jan brings home a giant bag of purple string beans.  Her work mate, Angelia, has this absurdly large garden managed by her husband whose personality is as outsized as his garden. And generous! My guess is they gave us about one and one half pounds of twisty turny right off the vine goodness. I […]

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Pasta with Salami. Veggi Option Included.

March 1, 2012
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Just in case anyone ever wondered, I do cook from cookbooks, sometimes. I am just really bad at following directions. And  I am really bad at following directions. Did I mention that? Actually if I were not able to compartmentalize my arrogance about how to cook, I would probably have had a verbal disagreement with […]

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Eggplant Parmesan

February 28, 2012
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Jan and Matt were off shopping early Sunday morning for breakfast goods. Somehow Matt was out of bed early agreed to go to the store at his Mom’s request. This in itself is a miracle.But he was apparently hungry. He came back with eggplant and  he wanted eggplant parmesan right then. But being the evil dad that […]

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Grandma Peggy’s Irish Chicken Curry

February 1, 2012

On Thursday, 14 January 2010 at about 5:20 my son asked if I could make Grandma’s chicken curry. We had just had it a month ago at my Mom’s house and he had a need. It’s meatloaf of your dreams good. Mom has been making this for years and her mom for years before that. […]

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