Han Restaurant – Hartford, CT

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Han Restaurant Hot PotAre you familiar with Asian Hot Pots?  No?  Then you need to immediately, and I mean right now, drag yourself over to Han Restaurant in Hartford, CT.  Han offers a wonderful dining experience.   Oh, did I mention that the food is fantastic?
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Summer Pasta-Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Corn and Avocado

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Summer Pasta-Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Corn and AvocadoPasta and bean salads are great for summer.  Because this doesn’t have any mayonnaise in the dressing, it holds up well when the sun sizzles and you don’t want to.  Continue reading

Olives Marinated with Orange, Garlic, Red Pepper & Rosemary

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Olives Marinated with Orange, Garlic, Red Pepper & RosemaryWhen you put out a bowl of good olives, they always seems to disappear quickly, don’t they?  When I put these little orbs of tastiness out to nibble, with drinks, before dinner, they fly out of the bowl!  If you’re lucky enough to have some left, they are mighty delicious strewn over a salad.  Continue reading

Florentine Pork Roast with Garlic and Rosemary

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Florentine Pork Roast with Garlic and RosemaryA pork roast is a thing of beauty.  It’s also delicious.  You know The Goddess has never met a cut of pork she didn’t dream about, and then devour.  This is based on a pork roast we ate in a little trattoria in Florence, Italy.  Maybe it was the place in time, the fact that “The David” was nearby, or that we’d walked for hours, but I don’t think so.  I think it was a fabulous piece of pork, beautifully flavored with rosemary, thyme and garlic.  Continue reading

Mushroom-Leek Bisque with Thyme & Bacon Bits

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Mushroom-Leek Bisque with Thyme & Bacon BitsThe Spicy Honey loves his mushroom soup.  Usually, he’s happy with the canned stuff, but this is so simple to make; it is really soooooo delicious.  I thought I probably should share the recipe.  Because, you need to make this.  Continue reading

Banana-Coconut Cake with Rum

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Banana-Coconut Cake with RumThis is a light, but moist cake, with a nice pure flavor and a great texture.  It doesn’t have an over-pronounced banana flavor.  It’s subtle.  And it’s tropical, with bananas, coconut and rum.     Continue reading

South-of-the-Border Bean Salad (or Salsa)

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South-of-the-Border Bean Salad (or Salsa)You’ve heard about Texas Caviar, Cowboy Caviar, Bean Dip or whatever, right?  You  probably make it or at the very least, have eaten it.  This isn’t exactly that…it’s really a riff on my mother’s Three Bean Salad and we could consider it “friends” with my Three Bean Salad with Potatoes and Corn.  What makes this salad different?  It has those lovely Tex-Mex flavors.  I’m not a big fan of beans and rice, but give me a bean salad and I’m there to the very end…of the bowl!  Chips are good, too.  Continue reading

Hangover Eggs–They’re Worth the Headache!

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Hangover EggsThese eggs are quick to prepare and delicious…just what you need when you’ve over-imbibed…or just ‘cuz they’re damn delicious.  So, order another sangria!  Or not…these are a great breakfast, no matter what your condition. Continue reading

Schug (Yemeni Hot Sauce)

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Schug (Yemeni Hot Sauce)Move over chimichurri!  This will be your go-to sauce for the summer.  I found this over at the Tasting Table.  Those folks come up with some amazing dishes, it’s not surprising to find this gem on their website.  And this most certainly is a gem.  Continue reading