Harvest Ramen Salad

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We had a neighborhood pot luck recently to celebrate fall.  We were asked to bring either a dessert or a side, with a pumpkin theme.  Well, I knew there would be plenty of desserts, so I decided a salad would be the thing.  I’ve always loved the ramen noodle salad that has made the rounds over the years.  So I decided to roast some pumpkin and add that.  Turns out, it was quite delicious.  Here we go…. Continue reading

Apple-Cranberry Cornbread Dressing

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Apple-Cranberry Cornbread DressingThis is a slightly fruity version of cornbread dressing, but with savory flavors dancing around in the back.  Cornbread and apple compliment each other, then throw in the bacon and cheese that temper the sweetness and add a lovely savory aspect.   Continue reading

Lentils with Onion, Bell Peppers, Garlic and Herbs

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Lentils with Onion, Bell Peppers, Garlic and HerbsLentils make a nice “bed” for some lovely roasted chicken.  Or a piece of grilled fish or pork chop.  Think lentils, instead of rice, pasta or potatoes.  And lentils offer some terrific vitamins and minerals, too.  Oh yes, did I mention they are also delicious?  Continue reading

Asian-Style Pasta & Meat Sauce

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Asian-Style Pasta & Meat SauceI was reading The Wok of Life blog yesterday.  Those gals (I think they’re women) have some unbelievable taste buds.  They made this, but of course, The Goddess changed a few things around.  Okay, she changed a lot.  Either way, you’re gonna’ love this.  Continue reading

Green Bean Salad with Sweet Sherry Vinegar-Mustard Vinaigrette

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We ate a lot of Three Bean Salad when I was a kid.  During the summer, my mother made it frequently.  I think it was because we all liked it, it made a huge batch and it kept well.  All that, and we had almost everything growing in the garden.  I started with her recipe, then took a flying leap!  Continue reading

Saffron Scented Chicken Curry with Chickpeas in Coconut Cream Sauce

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Saffron Scented Chicken Curry with Chickpeas in Coconut Cream SauceThough The Goddess tends toward being heavy-handed with garnishes on curry, this chicken curry has a very subtle curry flavor.  The flavors intermingle and literally “bounce” around your palate, but the “curry flavor” is a back flavor.  And, this curry is fast enough for a mid-week family meal and tasty enough for company.  Either way, it’s delicious.  Continue reading

Tonkatsu with Homemade “Bulldog” Sauce

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Tonkatsu with Homemade "Bulldog" SauceTonkatsu, simply put, is the Japanese version of chicken-fried pork cutlets.  Usually the breaded pork is deep-fried, but we’re going to shallow fry the cutlets and serve them with homemade “Bulldog” sauce…yum!  Continue reading

Dom Pedro’s Pot Roast

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Who the hell is Dom Pedro you’re asking?  And what does he have to do with pot roast?  The Portuguese-born Dom Pedro I was the first ruler of the Empire of Brazil back in the 19th century.  He has nothing to do with pot roast per se, but here we join together some of the best of both Portuguese and Brazilian flavors, for a winning combination.  Continue reading

Spiced Lamb Ragù

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Spiced Lamb RagùLamb makes a wonderful sauce to splash over pasta, or better yet, cheese-filled tortellini.  This version of ragú is wonderfully complex, with a deliciously interesting combination of herbs and spices.  This is company fare.  Continue reading

Pressure Cooker Bean, Kielbasa and Carrot Soup

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The Dynamite Doula, a young woman who is near-and-dear to us, invited us over for lunch.  She has a new “InstaPot”, the pressure cooker-sauté pan-slow cooker pot and a whole lot more.  It turns out we have the same one, kindred spirits that we are!  Anyway, she, and her Dear One, served us a version of this wonderful, rib-sticking, winter-chasing bean soup.  It was supremely delicious, The Spicy Honey loved it and so I decided to see if I can come close to repeating her soup.  Continue reading