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

A Sweet Greek Vinaigrette

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A Sweet Greek VinaigretteRecently I had the privilege of breaking bread, well pita, with an incredibly talented and sharp woman.  Her family has been a part of our lives for over two decades!  Where does the time go?  Anyway, we dined at Mythos, in Burlington, Ontario.  The dinner was delicious, but their Greek salad was divine.  Continue reading

Hints-of-the-Mediterranean Braised Lamb

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I know we’ve talked about this before…I am a dyed-in-the-wool lamb lover.  It’s special and it’s delicious.  Lamb tends to be a bit more expensive than beef or pork, but shoulder chops are an economical option.  They can be fried quickly, but braising them really develops some lovely flavors.  Continue reading

Greek-Style Roasted Potatoes

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I’ve never met a potato that I didn’t love.  Potato versatility is, without a doubt, endless.  But, what the Greeks do with potatoes, is heavenly. These are the perfect side dish.  And on a busy day, they go together so quickly, you can easily make them for dinner.  They are perfect with a nice lemony, roasted chicken.  Or better yet, buy a supermarket roasted chicken.  Sometimes life just needs to be that easy.  Continue reading

Caponata with a Twist

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Caponata is incredibly delicious.  It is the perfect end-of-the-summer-garden dish to prepare.  This version “twisted” or “evolved”, as I was searching through the garden.  Only it’s roots are traditional.  Then it wanders.  And it wanders into pretty, delicious territory.  Continue reading

One Layer Chocolate-Cherry Cake

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One Layer Chocolate-Cherry CakeThe Goddess likes cake.  Yes, she does.  She doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, but chocolate cake is so good for breakfast.  This recipe is a riff on that old Peg Bracken cake from her “I Hate to Cook” cookbook.  In her recipe, you mix the cake right in the pan you’re going to bake it in.  It was a drop-dead easy recipe and had such a good flavor, so naturally The Goddess tossed in some bing cherries…naturally.  Continue reading