Hard Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Herbs & 40 Cloves of Garlic

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Hard Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Herbs & 40 Cloves of GarlicWOW!  That’s a real mouthful, isn’t it (pun intended!)?  Probably my favorite way of preparing pork shoulder or chuck roasts is braising.  It’s the ever-present aroma wafting through the kitchen, as a harbinger of good things to come.  This versions combines a few of The Goddess’s favorite things—garlic, rosemary, and hard cider.   Continue reading

Creamy, Cheesy Grits

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Creamy, Cheesy GritsGrits are Southern comfort food.  I was never that enamoured with them, until I had grits with cream and cheese added.  OH, yeah!  So good and so versatile.  You can eat them as is, with a nice plop of butter, melting and oozing into the grits, or use them as a side, instead of rice or mashed potatoes, or sprinkled with bacon.  Continue reading

The Perfect Grilled Cheese

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The Perfect Grilled CheeseSo, I posted Simple Tomato Soup the other day, and I realized I’ve never really posted a grilled cheese recipe.  Now, really…who needs a recipe for grilled cheese?  I suspect no one does, but I’m giving you one anyway.  Okay, it’s not really a recipe but more of a process, because everyone should be able to make The Perfect Grilled Cheese!  Continue reading

Simple Tomato Soup

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Tomato SoupThis is a simple, full-flavored version of tomato soup.  I’ve already posted Simply Tomato Soup (with Options) and this is more or less that.  But, I’ve tweaked and changed a few things and frankly, simplified the recipe.  This is in keeping with our recent discussions of “basic” soups.  And really, who doesn’t like a good, simple tomato soup?   Continue reading

Pizza Breakfast Sandwich or Burrito

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Pizza…mmmmm!  Is there anyone who doesn’t love, or at least like pizza?  And what’s better than leftover pizza for breakfast?  You know you love leftover pizza.  You can deny it, but The Goddess knows the truth! Continue reading

Simple Carrot Soup

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Simple Carrot SoupOkay, so Carrot Soup has been done before.  The Goddess does not live under a rock, so she’s aware of this.  But, she thinks it’s just a good idea to master “basic” recipes.  Then that recipe can then be a “jumping off” point for new flavor adventures.  This is such a recipe.  Continue reading

Simply Delicious Potato Soup

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Basic Potato SoupEvery now and then we need to return to the very “root” (or tuber, in this case) of cooking.  This is one of those “basic” recipes.  And soup is a great place to begin.  Most of us love soup, or at the very least, like it.  Particularly, when the thermometer begins to dip, as it is these days.  But, we shouldn’t leave soup off of our summer menu, as many soups have the wonderful flexibility of being served either hot or cold.  Potato soup is no exception…vichyssoise, anyone?  Continue reading

Coconut Crunch

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Coconut CrunchThe Spicy Honey has an office BBQ and thought it would be a good idea for The Goddess to “whip up” dessert.  He’s thoughtful that way.  But, The Goddess doesn’t mind, because dessert is good, and this is particularly good.  It’s rich, creamy and just delicious, so isn’t that just the perfect thing to have at a BBQ?  Continue reading

Creamy Caesar Dressing with South-of-the-Border Flavors

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Creamy Caesar Dressing with South-of-the-Border FlavorsThere is a plethora of origin stories for Caesar salad.  The most common is probably the one that suggests it originated in Mexico, in the early 1920’s, made by the Cardini brothers.  Mexico…Caesar salad…’Why not try using a more Mexican flavor profile?’, The Goddess wondered…it turns out it was a pretty tasty thought to have! Continue reading

Iberian Peninsula Braising Sauce

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Iberian Peninsula Braised BeefThis sauce is incredibly complex and absolutely delicious, with flavors leaning well into Spain and wandering just a bit into Portugal.  Sherry vinegar, smoked paprika, cinnamon, olives, orange and almonds are significant players in both countries, tracing their roots back to the Moorish habitation of the peninsula for some 700 years.  Make certain you have good bread to mop.  You don’t want to miss a drop! Continue reading