Bohemian Cabbage, Pork and Sauerkraut Casserole

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This is a perfect dish for a crowd, or a busy week.  You can make it on the weekend and just reheat it all…week…long!  It gets better each time you reheat it.  I swear it does.  This is peasant food at its very best…layers of cabbage, sauerkraut, onions, rice, and pork, slow cooked for hours…oh, yum!  Continue reading

Spanish-Style Braised Monkfish in Roasted Pepper-Saffron Sauce

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Monkfish is an ugly, ugly fish, but I have memories of watching Julia years ago, with this massive, ugly fish, holding it up by the tail.  When I’ve prepared it, I wasn’t happy with the results…I’ve grilled it, sautéed it, roasted it and while the flavor was nice, the texture was not to my liking.  Let’s just say, it was a little too chewy.  It always seemed underdone.  Then, I tried braising it.  Bingo!  From now on, this is my go-to way to cook monkfish. Continue reading

Tarragon-Shallot Cream Sauce

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Tarragon is a lovely herb.  The French use it extensively.  We should use it more.  It has a delicate, grassy flavor with a distinct licorice kick.  Chicken with Tarragon-Shallot Cream Sauce…a match made in heaven.  Continue reading

Julia’s Boeuf Bourguignon, Almost!

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Boeuf Borguignon is THE quintessential beef stew.  And Julia Child’s is the best.  I’ve been making a version of this for decades and it’s never failed me.  Don’t let the list of ingredients spook you.  The Goddess has changed a few things, and nothing seems to have suffered for it.  Continue reading

Sloppy Joe’s with Pimento Cheese Spread

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This was breakfast today!  What can I say?  The Goddess tends toward leftovers for breakfast and rarely does she do breakfast-type food.  This was a surprisingly fabulous combination.  Continue reading

Simply Delicious Sloppy Joe’s

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Sloppy Joe’s are pure comfort for me.  They were always my birthday request, with tons of raw onion slices and dill pickles.  I’m have a momentary ecstatic longing for my 8th birthday!  So, why no make them now?  Why long for something so delicious?  Continue reading

Shrimp with Toasted Orzo and Panko-Parmesan Crust

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The original recipe is from Southern Living Magazine.  But, we were introduced to this delicious dish at a friend’s house.  These are the kinds of friends you want to have!  We came almost an hour late and they still fed us.  And Laurie shared the recipe…a good friend, indeed.  Continue reading

Spicy Hunan-Style, Three-Onion-Shrimp with Cashews

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I love spicy.  I love The Spicy Honey, too…but that’s different.  I love sweet and sour.  I love shrimp.  I love cashews.  Okay, you get it…I really love this flavor combination, and I think you might, too.  And it’s just in time for the Asian New Year…January 25th, this year…the year of the Rat! Continue reading

Spicy Mussel Chowder with Fennel and Orange Zest

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We traveled North for the holidays.  it’s a bit chillier there than in the Carolinas, but decidedly more Christmas-y.  This soup/chowder came about through the wonderful duo, Dave and Terri!  They always come up with delicious fare and this was truly an inspiring way to ring in the New Year.  Continue reading