Pierogi Lasagne

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The Goddess has never met a potato she doesn’t like…you too?  And mashed potatoes offer the most amazing amount of comfort to her.  I think they do to many people.  If you’re a purest, then take a look at Mashed Potato PerfectionContinue reading

Great Depression Chocolate Cake – Updated

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_4604-e1612293090234.jpgDepression Chocolate Cake reaches back to a time when, with very little, people made some pretty delicious things…necessity being the Mother of Invention and all.  This is one of those delicious things.  Continue reading

Sicilian Fish with Onions, Peppers, Raisins and Olives

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_3539.jpgSicilian cooking is really fusion cooking.  The Moors were in Sicily in the 10th and 11th centuries, and they brought all kinds of good things, like, apricots, sugar, citrus, sweet melons, rice, saffron, raisins, nutmeg, clove, pepper, pine nuts and cinnamon.  This recipe is sort of an homage to the Moorish presence. Continue reading

Eggplant Parmesan and Fennel Soup

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We’ve done Eggplant Parmesan Soup, lo those many years ago, when we began this little adventure.  I loved that version, but as you must be sick to death of hearing, The Goddess is a Being who enjoys change…and it just so happens she had some really nice fennel, ergo this version was born! Continue reading

Braised Veal Breast with Pearl Onions, Fennel and Artichokes

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_1771.jpgI haven’t cooked a veal breast in years.  The last one I made was stuffed and it was good, but….  Well, let’s put it this way, it didn’t make my taste buds do cartwheels.  This one, which is based on Jacques Pépin’s recipe, does!  Continue reading

Persian Saffron-Scented Rice Pilaf

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_8564-2-e1611524829864.jpgThis is a nice change of pace from regular rice.  Truth be told, The Goddess isn’t too enamored with rice.  Oh, it has its purpose.  Rice is good as a sponge to suck up sauces, but The Goddess will always, always take potatoes.  But, this rice…mmmmm!  This rice pilaf is delicious.   Continue reading

Not Hollandaise Sauce Sauce

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No, you didn’t misread that.  This is “almost” hollandaise sauce.  It looks like it.  It tastes like it…so what’s the deal?  Well, no butter!  Yes!  Now you’re asking, why, for the love of all that’s holy in the kitchen, wouldn’t you want butter in a hollandaise sauce?  Let’s face it, hollandaise has to be made last minute…it really does.  It doesn’t reheat well and it’s a bit on the rich side, right?  This has all the really good properties of a real-deal hollandaise sauce, but without the drawbacks…and you can have more without feeling like over-stuffed! Continue reading

Holiday Cheese Ball

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_5921.jpgAt our house, a cheese ball is synonymous with the holiday buffet table.  I it’s perfect holiday food…best made ahead, keeps well and is just plain delicious.  Have you ever really tasted a bad cheese ball?  I haven’t, but this one is stellar.  Continue reading

Baked Chicken with General Tso’s-Orange Sauce

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Baked Chicken with General Tso's-Orange SauceThis General Tso’s chicken is different, not the usual take-out variety.  First, the chicken isn’t diced, but left in pieces and then roasted.  Secondly, this really combines General Tso’s sauce with some orange zest and juice, creating the best of both worlds, General Tso’s and Orange chicken.  Both of The Goddess’s favorites, rolled into one lovely dish.  Continue reading

Sometimes You Feel Like a Spicy, Savory Mixed Nut

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_6967-2.jpgI received a jar of delicious mixed nuts for my birthday.  The Unbound Reader and Middle Son, we the source of this goodness.  These nuts (not the children!) were addictive.  I’m certain you noticed that past tense reference.  They were crisp, ever so slightly sweet and salty, with a really savory spice flavor.  Well, I thought it worthwhile to try and reproduce them in far greater quantity.  This is that experiment.  Continue reading