Pear and Gouda Soup with Dried Cranberry-Toasted Walnut Garnish

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This was one of those recipes that you read and think, “Oh, my God…I need to make this right now”…except it’s two o’clock in the morning and you’re reading cookbooks because…who knows why?  Except you aren’t asleep.  But, the next morning…okay, later in the morning, I was in the kitchen peeling pears!  Continue reading

Marinated Chicken Thighs with Turkish Flavors

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I had paid a visit to the local Penzey’s, where I encountered the lovely, well-informed and very interesting, Kristen.  She recommended their Turkish Seasoning, and I’m so very glad she did…that was the impetus for these lovelies. Continue reading

Turkish Black Olive-Lemon Yogurt Sauce

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I have no idea if you would ever find this on a dinner table in Turkey.  But, it has those flavors and I think, any Turkish cook might approve.  For me, this is a stand-over-the-sink-and-eat-with-a-spoon-type of condiment.  Continue reading

Rhubarb Pudding (Cake)

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The Goddess loves rhubarb.  It’s tart, yet sweet.  It’s a vegetable, but we treat it more like a fruit.  It’s old-fashioned and delicious.  And it makes a fabulous pie, crisp or this lovely little concoction. Continue reading

Northern Prairie Bread

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This bread came by way of a local supermarket, in the small town, I grew up in.  They had a good bakery and this bread was a winner.  It’s loaded with protein, different flours and it’s wonderful…really wonderful, toasted.  Continue reading

Slow-Roasted Sirloin Cap “Sunday” Roast

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Slow-Roasted Sirloin Cap "Sunday" RoastA friend extraordinaire, wants to improve her beef roasting skills and who doesn’t need to hone those, anyway?  You know, a “Sunday” roast, rather than a hulking mass of prime rib.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing quite like a perfectly cooked medium-rare prime rib, but it’s nice to know how to roast a more reasonable (both price and size) type of roast.  You know…a good Sunday-dinner-with-the-family-type of roast.  That’s what we’re doing here.  Continue reading

Friday Night Pizza

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I don’t know about you, but The Latin Lover and The Goddess seem to like to begin their weekend with pizza.  Sure, we can get take-out.  It’s good.  Sometimes it’s even great pizza, but you can make your own and it isn’t that difficult.  Really.  It isn’t.  Continue reading

White Bean and Eggplant Soup

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This is a nice, filling soup…almost a stew, really.  It’s loaded with flavor and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.  “Cooking the pantry”, so to speak, makes for a perfect, perfectly delicious mid-week meal.  Though, I do think this is even better reheated.  Continue reading

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