Short-Cut Spiced Apple Butter

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Short-Cut Spiced Apple ButterApple butter is autumn in a jar.  I love it spread on toast, or along side slices of pork.  It’s comforting and just plain, delicious.  But, it can be quite a bit of work, and you know The Goddess is one lazy…uh, well, Goddess.  So, she came up with this version and she’s happy to report, it’s delicious.  Continue reading

Afghan Vegetable Soup…Sort of!

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Afghan Vegetable SoupI just recently had a wonderful meal at Ariana, in Philadelphia’s Old Town.  It was a frigid cold night, as one can expect in February.  I didn’t have their “Aush” or “Mashawa”, which are typical Afghan soups, but I saw bowls or it going by and it smelled heavenly.  Turns out, it is.  Continue reading

Cuban-Style Picadillo

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Cuban-Style PicadilloEvery Cuban woman (or man, I suppose) knows how to make Picadillo.  It’s quick and delicious, but it’s never as good as “mami makes”!  Some things transcend cultures, don’t they?  I learned how to make this from my mother-in-law and from The Latin Lover’s great-aunt, both damn fine cooks.  It’s a very valuable recipe to have.  Continue reading

Meatloaf, Cuban-Style

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Meatloaf, Cuban-StyleYou may remember, in the past…yes, The Goddess is a deity with a past!  Everyone has a past, and goddess-willing, it’s interesting and rich with memories.  Anyway, there were a couple of posts for Boliche and Boliche, Deconstructed, as well as picadillo.  This is simply boliche in meatloaf form.  An experiment going deliciously well!  Continue reading

Skillet Pizza-in-a-Meatloaf

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Skillet Pizza-in-a-MeatloafI had some mini-pepperoni that just seemed like they would be a nice addition to some lean ground beef…I was thinking maybe a taco-like thing, but The Latin Lover said, “We haven’t had meatloaf in a while.  I love meatloaf”…well, what more could a Goddess want to hear?  Continue reading

Fried Bologna “Reuben” Sandwich

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Fried Bologna "Reuben" SandwichI love me a good Reuben Sandwich.  I’ve posted a couple of versions before, The Classic and The Breakfast Reuben.  I’m not such a purest that I’m not willing to try a new angle on my old favorite, hence The Fried Bologna Reuben Sandwich!  Continue reading

Creamy Russian Dressing

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Creamy Russian DressingRussian dressing?  No.  This is really more of a spread or dip.  It’s this creamy version that absolutely makes a perfect Reuben sandwich.  I love Reuben sandwiches.  I think they are my favorite grilled sandwich and largely it’s because of a good, thick schmear of this little bit of heaven.  This is pretty decent on a burger and it absolutely makes a roast beef sandwich.  Oh, yeah…you can actually dress a salad, with it too! Continue reading

Danish Red Cabbage Salad with Apples & Mandarins – Part Two

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Danish Red Cabbage Salad with Apples & MandarinsI’ve decided to inundate you with slaws…I’m loving them, so I feel the need to force feed them to you!  This one is beautiful, very holiday-looking, and is particularly nice in winter.  It drowns out the grey, days of dreariness with its vivid colors and it just tastes great!  Continue reading

Slaw with Mandarin Orange and Jicama – Part One

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Slaw with Mandarin Orange and JicamaSlaws are underrated, in The Goddess’s ever so humble opinion.  I think perhaps we think they are too ordinary, which is too bad.  They don’t have to be.  Explore your inner, creative side and slaw away!   Continue reading