Muscadine Grape Preserves

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Muscadine Grape PreservesThe Goddess has always been a huge believer in sampling local products and cuisine.  She was there long before it became a “thing”.  But, she’s darned glad it did become a thing.  To that end, she found some Muscadine grapes at the Farmer’s Market.  They are pretty much a wild grape, that’s indigenous to the Southern part of the US, in particular North Carolina.  So she bought herself some and made preserves.  Continue reading

Shrimp-Avocado Cocktail

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Shrimp-Avocado CocktailThis is a nice alternative to the typical shrimp cocktail.  Also, it has dill.  Dill is an underused herb and it’s a great foil for shrimp.  Ketchup adds a little touch of sweetness and the lemon juice adds a nice little acidic bite…balance.  It’s all about balance, Baby!  Continue reading

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom, Onion and Caper Sauce

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Salisbury Steak with Mushroom, Onion and Caper SauceSalisbury Steak is just a lovely way of saying that we’re looking at a thick hamburger “steak” with gravy.  And I’m all over that.  I hate those thick burgers, that in order to eat them you have to unhinge your jaw, like a python.  I always eat those types of burgers with a knife and fork anyway, so why not add some terrific gravy?  Continue reading

Chicken with Peppers and Onions, Portuguese-Style

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Chicken with Peppers and Onions, Portuguese-StyleThis is the way you might find chicken prepared in a Portuguese kitchen.  I found it surprising how much oregano is used in their cooking.  I knew that cilantro and bay leaves were used frequently, but why not?  It makes for some tasty dishes.  Continue reading

Spicy Caribbean Orange-Guava Mayonnaise

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Spicy Caribbean Orange-Guava MayonnaiseThis is the perfect foil for the Caribbean Pork Burger, but feel free to serve it with a pork roast, French fries, a wooden plank, steamed shrimp, grilled chicken or whatever you’re eating at the moment.  It’s plain and simple, a great little sauce.   Continue reading

Herbed Tomato Tarte Tatin with Lemon-Ricotta

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Herbed Tomato Tarte Tatin with Lemon-RicottaI love tomato sandwiches.  When the tomatoes are bursting with flavor, falling off their vines and are in great abundance, The Goddess is in heaven.  But a Goddess doesn’t live by tomato sandwiches alone.  No.  No, she doesn’t.  This is relatively quick and easy, particularly if you purchase one of those rolled up pie crusts…and they are quite tasty and work great for this recipe.  Continue reading

Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomato Casserole with Lebanese 7-Spice

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Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomato Casserole with Lebanese 7-SpiceThis is a layered affair.  If you aren’t familiar with Lebanese 7-Spice or Baharat, you might want to wander into a Middle Eastern market and pick some up.  This blend uses the “sweet” spices, like allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, etc.  But, it’s wonderful in savory dishes.  It lends itself particularly well to lamb and as it turns out, eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes.  Continue reading

Creamed Spinach with Summer Squash and Corn Casserole

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Creamed Spinach with Summer Squash and Corn CasseroleThe Goddess loves creamed spinach, but for some reason, she doesn’t make it too frequently.  It’s particularly nice with steak, don’t you think?  Well, she was serving steak with Bleu Cheese Butter and Mocha-Merlot Sauce with Shallots.  So, creamed spinach seemed like a good idea…but then… Continue reading

Pizza-Flavored Stuffed Patty Pan Squash

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Pizza-Flavored Stuffed Patty Pan SquashNo, you’re not seeing double.  This isn’t yesterdays Vegetarian Stuffed Patty Pan Squash.  Wasn’t that yummy?  Aren’t patty pan squash just fun?  It’s even fun to say “patty pan”!  You know how The Goddess goes on about “options”.  Continue reading