Three Bean Salad with Potatoes and Corn

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Three Bean Salad with Potatoes and CornI love Three Bean Salad.  It always seems to be on the summer dinner tables, but it is truly good all year long.  Anyway, I was hungry for it, but I decided to make a slightly different version than the one my mother made, which I have always loved.  I added corn and potatoes.  It works.  It works well. Continue reading

The Hot Mess Cheeseburger with a Crispy “Collar”

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The Hot Mess Cheeseburger with a Crispy "Collar"I know I’ve said eggs were the perfect food, but burgers are pretty high up on that list, too.  And today is National Cheeseburger Day, so here we have the perfect burger with a crispy, lacy “collar” of cheddar.  This is a serious burger and with crunch! Continue reading

Spiced Persian Chicken with Citrus & Plums

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Spiced Persian Chicken with Citrus & PlumsThis is true fusions cooking.  Seriously.  Citrus and plums?  From Persia you have cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin and oranges…and then there are those plums.  Oh wait…that’s also Indian, isn’t it?  Hmmm…but just to confuse things further, there’s some Sichuan pepper, allspice and hot chilies in the mix, too.  Continue reading

Lebanese-Style Eggplant with Tomatoes, Garlic and Mint

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Lebanese-Style Eggplant with Tomatoes, Garlic and MintWe had a fantastic eggplant appetizer at Noujaim’s in Winsted, Connecticut.  If you enjoy Lebanese food, and you know you do, because it’s so very delicious, then you should visit them.  Continue reading

Summer Shrimp Salad

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Summer Shrimp SaladThis is wonderful on a hot day.  And there are still have a few hot days around.  This is a riff on the shrimp salad my mother used to make.  She used canned shrimp, because we didn’t get much fresh or frozen shrimp in the Northern Plains back in the day.  But, we’ve come a long way baby.  Continue reading

Pan-Seared Coffee-Rubbed Salmon with Sesame Seed Crust

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Pan-Seared Coffee-Rubbed Salmon with Sesame Seed CrustCoffee is essential to the life-blood of The Goddess.  If she doesn’t have a cup in her hand, she’s thinking about getting one.  Coffee adds a wonderful richness to foods.  And well, it just tastes so damn good.    Continue reading

Papaya-Scallion Cream Sauce

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PapayaSeptember is National Papaya Month.  I just found this out, but you all probably knew that.  Who decides this sort of thing, I wonder?  Well, if we’re going to honor the papaya, then let’s see what we can do with this lovely, velvety, rich fruit other than eat it for breakfast.  Savory.  That’s what I was looking for.  And this sauce is savory, rich, subtly sweet and has a wonderful texture.  Continue reading

Cuban-Style Stuffed Peppers on Moving Day!

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Cuban-Style Stuffed PeppersIt’s moving day!  Finally, our things are arriving in Miami, so The Latin Lover will have a real life and wife, soon!  The Goddess was bone-tired, dead on her feet, but we wanted to eat in.  What’s easier than Stuffed Peppers?  This, right here, is why she loves, loves, loves leftovers.  Continue reading

Island Spiced Pork Roast with Orange-Guava-Beer and Onion Sauce

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Island Spiced Pork Roast with Orange-Guava-Beer and Onion SauceAllspice, guava, orange, beer and a pork butt…it’s a marriage made in the heavens.  Truly it is.  This was the perfect meal to cook in the pressure cooker.  Yes, The Goddess has a new toy.  Continue reading

Eggs Benedict Casserole

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Eggs Benedict CasseroleWe love Eggs Benedict.  But, really.  Who doesn’t?  This is the perfect make ahead, ready-in-the-fridge sort of breakfast, or any meal for that matter. The Goddess knows a homemade hollandaise is always the way to go, but she’s a realist.  She knows there are those among us, including herself, that periodically has a lapse and wants to just make things easy, so we use a mix.  She forgives these little human foibles.  Continue reading