Vietnamese Style Bahn Mi Burger Recipe

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This Vietnamese style bahn mi burger recipe was a lark. I usually ask my kids what they want for dinner and they usually reply with the ever helpful “I dunno.” Is there punctuation for apathy? Anyway, I wanted bahn mi sandwiches. But as it turned out, they both answered hamburgers. So here we are. Bahn […]

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Roasted Italian Sausage and Grapes Over Polenta

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This recipe for roasted Italian sausage  and grapes over polenta is nothing new. I just haven’t made it in about 20 years. Not since Chicago. The kitchen there was almost smaller than our bathroom and one or two pot dinners were required. So for a small city kitchen, this is ideal. But this has been […]

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Cucumber & Smoked Salmon Rolls with Dill & Cream Cheese.

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This cucumber and salmon roll recipe with dill and cream cheese is a pretty simple and quick appetizer. The fresh dill fronds make a great display on the plate. Instead of cream cheese you could substitute sour cream or goat cheese. Ingredients: 8 oz smoked nova salmon thinly sliced. large cucumber – the seedless English ones […]

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Whole Smoked Rib Roast – Prime Rib Recipe.

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Mmmmmm…. meat. Smoked meat at that. I told myself that I would keep all the smoking and curing off the blog but this was just too good. The whole rib roast gets 4 hours in the smoker and then finished to your desired doneness on the grill. This is a pretty easy recipe. And the […]

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Pan Seared Scallops with Sage and Capers

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Pan seared scallops with sage and capers over arugula is a great spring dish. It’s what I would be eating if I could have found some dry scallops. But alas, Richmond is an oyster town when it comes to fresh shellfish. I can find wet packed scallops, but they are full of sodium tripolyphosphate, a […]

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Orecchiette with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

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Orecchiette with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon. And don’t forget the hazelnuts. It’s been awhile since I looked at this recipe and the first draft was OK. The second was better and now this one makes sense. Actually it;s the fourth version. The first having been written in the little blue book of recipes. When you […]

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Fresh Oregano Pesto

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Fresh Oregano Pesto. I am usually a basil kind of pesto guy, but the oregano has been just bursting out of the ground. Oregano can be a bit assertive when dried, but in the spring, the fresh leaves are mild and flavorful. I have taken a few liberties with this pesto. But, in reality, pesto is […]

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Grilled Pork Loin with Green Chili Gravy, Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Spring Onions

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Green chili gravy… mmm. When we left Arizona, the thing that I missed the most other than my friends, was the food. And to be specific, green chilies. Roasted, peeled and chopped, the New Mexico chili rivals mushrooms for their meaty taste. Riffing on my green chili pork recipe, I came up with green chili […]

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Roasted Portobello and Eggplant Parmesan

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I was driving along from here to there and I decided that this is what I wanted for dinner. No real reason: sometimes visions just dance. So here we have roasted portobello and eggplant parmesan Eggplant can be tough. It’s full of air and water. It’s a sponge. Both the air and water are traditionally […]

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Danny’s Lemon Pasta Sauce with Grilled Pesto Shrimp & Broccoli

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Danny’s lemon pasta sauce with Grilled Pesto Shrimp & Broccoli Ruth Reichl, the NY Times food critic, apparently ate many meals with the actor Danny Kaye and Danny’s Lemon Pasta was one his dishes that she loved.  Should you like to make it like Danny, just add ¼ cup of the pasta water to the […]

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