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Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

Dairy-free, condensed soup-free and pie crust-free, this alternative to a traditional pot pie starts with a sauce made from a roux and is slow cooked. 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 pound red potatoes, diced […]

Mary Ellen’s Beef Bourguignon

Mary Ellen’s Beef Bourguignon

My first taste of this mouth-watering version of the classic French stew was during a trip to Vermont for my goddaughter’s christening.  It was made by her grandmother, Mary Ellen, for both sides of the family, and I have been a devotee of it ever […]

Marinated Asian Flank Steak

Marinated Asian Flank Steak

This flank steak has been a favorite of mine and my guests for many years – the flavors of the marinade are unexpected and wonderful! It can be doubled or tripled depending on the number of guests – the quantities used in this recipe will […]

Turkey Piccata

Turkey Piccata

Here’s a quick and delicious version of an Italian classic that is similar to Turkey Scallopini. Double or triple the recipe depending on how many servings you’d like – this recips yields two servings. 1 whole turkey breast, approximately 1 1/2 to 2 pounds Kosher […]

Southern-Style Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing (or Dressing)

Southern-Style Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing (or Dressing)

To be truly Southern, it would be called “dressing” instead of stuffing, but this recipe was passed down to me by my Mom, a Louisiana native, and was passed down to her by her grandmother. So it’s about as close to being Southern as it […]

Rosemary Dijon Pork Tenderloin Roast

Rosemary Dijon Pork Tenderloin Roast

You want something that’s 1) super easy, 2) scrumpdel-i-icious, and 3) versatile? You’ve come to the right place! This marinated pork tenderloin can be prepped in 5 minutes flat, then baked in the oven or slapped on the grill, and either served immediately or saved […]

German Sauerbraten

German Sauerbraten

Sauerbraten brings back many memories for me, from the wonderful aromas emanating from the kitchen of my Czech Oma, a New Year’s spent with relatives in the Black Forest region of Germany, to the dinners made for my extended family by my German Aunt Isolde. […]

Slow Cooker Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup

This soup is delicious, nutritious and easy to make. I prefer the addition of chicken sausage, which makes it even heartier and filling on those chilly winter days. This is also a good weekday meal, as the preparation takes about 15 – 20 minutes. Added […]

Cilantro Crusted Mahi Mahi

Cilantro Crusted Mahi Mahi

Here’s a quick and easy recipe that’s delicious and versatile – use any mild white fish fillet, such as mahi mahi or tilapia. 1 1/2 lbs (4 – 6) mahi mahi fillets, bones and skin removed 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped […]

Country Style Pork Shoulder Ribs

Country Style Pork Shoulder Ribs

I’ve made these “ribs” (which, as mentioned in an earlier post, Two Options For Dry Rub Marinated Baby Back Ribs, are not technically ribs) more often than any other dish in my blog, and they are consistently tender, flavorful, and delicious.  My Mom, who would […]

Crab Imperial

Crab Imperial

Growing up, our local fine dining restaurant, The Bistro, featured this main dish on its menu. It was baked and served in individual scallop shells, which was a nice touch. Here it’s made in a single baking dish. While simple to prepare, the flavor is […]

Penn Dutch New Year’s Day Pork and Sauerkraut

Penn Dutch New Year’s Day Pork and Sauerkraut

The area of Western Maryland where I grew up is home to many families of Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish and Mennonite descent, and this dish is one of my favorite memories from child – and adult – hood.  It’s a recipe for Penn Dutch New Years […]



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