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December Entertaining Part 1
December Entertaining Part 1

I’m devoting my first posts this month to giving you main dish ideas for holiday entertaining. I’m not sure how your thinking goes about what to make for your significant gatherings but I go back and forth between doing a more formal sit down or a more casual buffet style dinner gathering. You need to […]

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Tip -Making Mashed Potatoes Ahead
Last Minute Thanksgiving Tip -Making Mashed Potatoes Ahead

Even with all my experience cooking, my good intentioned Thanksgiving meal planning seems to go sideways during the last half hour before the meal goes on the table. It’s so frustrating and I hate feeling so overwhelmed at the last minute when there is the gravy to make, the potatoes to mash and whatever else […]

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Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup
Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup

It baffles me that archeologists can estimate when a food originated from so long ago. I know it’s based on a multitude of things but I still have to wonder with a bit of awe and question how do they really know? Like with lentils it is estimated they were grown and eaten some 10,000 […]

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Chanterelle Mushroom and Chicken Pasta
Chanterelle Mushroom and Chicken Pasta

My good friend Carol has a special place where she hunts for chanterelle mushrooms. She’s graciously invited me to follow along with her a few times but much to my loss our schedules haven’t lined up for me to be the fortunate beneficiary. So like most of us I buy mine at the grocery store […]

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45-Minute Rosemary Garlic Chicken and Rice
45-Minute Rosemary Garlic Chicken and Rice

My son has been using A Year At The Table recipes to cook dinner. Having graduated from college he is living in an apartment and facing the often-daunting task of what to cook for dinner. He’s frustrated though with the cooking process. Doing the shopping, organizing the right equipment and doing the actual cooking can be overwhelming, he says. Can’t there be a simpler way?

I promised him I would develop a recipe “template” that he can use over and over, reminding him that like anything, the more you cook the same recipe the better you get at it…

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Fennel Rosemary Orange Roasted Pork Loin with Cranberry Sauce
Fennel Rosemary Orange Roasted Pork Loin with Cranberry Sauce

Fresh rosemary, fennel seeds and orange zest form a savory herb rub for this pork loin roast and slivers of garlic randomly poked into the meat before it is roasted guarantee each slice is savory and flavorful. I like pork loin roast because it’s an affordable alternative to beef and it’s mild flavor takes on […]

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Skillet Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms
Skillet Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms

My quest for the all in one dinner continues… this time with pasta and roasted brussels sprouts. What I love is not using a separate pan to cook the pasta and instead do it all together with the other ingredients. One less pan to clean and the pasta takes on more flavor from the broth […]

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Thai Coconut Turkey Soup
Thai Coconut Turkey Soup

This year I’m throwing out the traditional way to use Thanksgiving leftover turkey. My recipe slips cooked, shredded turkey into the beloved Thai Tom Kha Gai soup (coconut chicken soup). It’s a different way to use your turkey and will only take about 30 minutes from start to finish. Relief after so many hours spent […]

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Petrale Sole Meuniere (repost of a favorite)
Petrale Sole Meuniere (repost of a favorite)

First posted March 2011 Quite often I come across people who are not familiar with Petrale Sole. Awareness of this fish is similar to how it behaves at the bottom of the ocean. Shaped like an oval platter with one side of its skin olive brown and the other creamy white, it eludes predators, swimming […]

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Moroccan Skillet Chicken with Butternut Squash
Moroccan Skillet Chicken with Butternut Squash

In my humble experience as a Mom, I have found there are windows of opportunity for introducing new foods to kids. When they’re very young most kids want plain foods that don’t touch on the plate. Gradually as they get older you can introduce them to more exotic flavors and textures but it does take […]

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30 Minute Dijon Chicken with Mushrooms
30 Minute Dijon Chicken with Mushrooms

Many years ago I came across a recipe for Chicken Breasts with Mustard Sauce by Pierre Franey, the “60-Minute Gourmet” from the New York Times food section. I was drawn to the recipe because of the ingredients, as well as the fact that it went together quickly. My rule is to always follow someone else’s […]

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Slow Cooked Pork for Tacos (repost of a favorite)
Slow Cooked Pork for Tacos (repost of a favorite)

This is one of my followers favorite, easy recipes so I am reposting it as a reminder this is a good time of year to make this and also to inspire those who have recently become followers. From 2011 I think slow cookers are magical as they cook food for you while you are away […]

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French Lentil Soup (with vegan and vegetarian option)
French Lentil Soup (with vegan and vegetarian option)

Soup for dinner is a favorite to transition into the seasonal weather change. It’s dinner in one pot with an easy addition of bread. The smoky bacon flavor and fragrant rosemary and thyme simmered together with a variety of chopped vegetables highlight the base flavor of the soup. But the real star is French green […]

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Autumn Falafel Salad
Autumn Falafel Salad

Things are getting challenging in my kitchen. Gone are the days when all four of us would eat most kinds of food. Instead I hear things like “I won’t eat that kind of meat” or “no dairy for me”. My kids are typical Gen Y who are more aware of what food they eat and […]

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Crispy Cod with Basil Cream Dipping Sauce
Crispy Cod with Basil Cream Dipping Sauce

Four of the loveliest words to hear when you’re trying to get dinner on the table in a hurry are “thirty minutes or less.” Crispy Cod with Basil Cream Dipping Sauce delivers that promise. This is one of my dependable recipes when I want something fresh and fast for dinner. What’s not to love about […]

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Chicken Meatballs with Marinara Sauce
Chicken Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

My daughter’s boyfriend is a huge fan of turkey meatballs. Particularly the ones pre-made at Trader Joe’s because as a college student athlete who does a lot of his own cooking – easy, healthy and good tasting food is a priority. So when he was visiting last week, I knew I would have a captive […]

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Herb Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Herb Roasted Beef Tenderloin

R Few cuts of beef have the ability to inspire anxiety for the cook like beef tenderloin. The anxiety begins the moment you take out a small mortgage paying for it at the grocery store. All the way home you wonder if it is worth what you just paid for it considering you may not […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash Fettucine
Roasted Butternut Squash Fettucine

Butternut squash may not be the first ingredient that comes to mind when you think of pasta, but it works really well in this vegetarian pasta recipe. Especially when it’s roasted first and all you have to do is toss it with the pasta. If you haven’t seen or worked with a butternut squash before, […]

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Indian Chicken Curry with Peach Chutney
Indian Chicken Curry with Peach Chutney

As much as I feel strongly about keeping my Thanksgiving menu traditional, I like to change it up for Christmas and New Year’s. A recipe that can be partly or fully made ahead is my only requirement so I can enjoy myself too. So this recipe for Indian Chicken Curry is a fun change for a […]

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Mongolian Beef
Mongolian Beef

Some   Sometimes after Thanksgiving I need a complete departure from traditional American cooking and from the hours spent in the kitchen. You’ll get just that with this simple and quick recipe for Mongolian Beef. Typically this is ordered in restaurants and not made at home, but I think it’s a great weeknight meal. Here […]

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Slightly Made Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Slightly Made Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Even with all my experience cooking, my good intentioned Thanksgiving meal planning seems to go sideways during the last half hour before the meal goes on the table. It’s so frustrating and I hate feeling so overwhelmed at the last minute when there is the gravy to make, the potatoes to mash and whatever else […]

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Pork Loin Chops with Apples and Onions
Pork Loin Chops with Apples and Onions

One of the lines from the Brady Bunch show that forever stays with me is when Alice, the family’s cook says “pork chops and applesauce”. My husband remembers it to. I’m not really proud of this memory, but for some reason it has stuck with me. Well this recipe is not exactly porks chops and […]

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Chicken and White Bean Chili Simmered with Beer
Chicken and White Bean Chili Simmered with Beer

Chicken and white beans refresh the more traditional style of chili with this recipe. And all simmered together with beer gives it a subtle but distinct flavor. For a change I suggest serving the chili over rice. A friend taught me this a few years ago and I’ve served it that way ever since. It […]

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Breakfast For Dinner Mix Up
Breakfast For Dinner Mix Up

There are very few of us who would turn down the chance to have breakfast for dinner, especially the cook because preparation is easy and expectations are low. No one is expecting traditional dinner food. Don’t balk at the fact that all the ingredients are mixed together in one dish in this recipe. That’s what […]

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Slow Cooked Pot Roast with Herbs and Vegetables
Slow Cooked Pot Roast with Herbs and Vegetables

Nothing short of amazing is how your house will smell while this pot roast is slowly simmering away in your oven and the aroma of beef, vegetables and herbs fill the the air. The cooking smells might just rival the actual eating of the finished fabulous pot roast. One of the most important components of […]

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Chicken Sauteed with Artichokes and Mushrooms
Chicken Sauteed with Artichokes and Mushrooms

When my Mother in law sadly passed away from cancer at too young an age, I was the fortunate recipient of her small index card sized recipe box. Early in my marriage she frequently asked us to Sunday dinner at their house. I always knew we could look forward to a lovely meal as she […]

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Asian Chicken Salad with Crispy Won Tons
Asian Chicken Salad with Crispy Won Tons

Okay, I know that last Thursday was the final day of summer but I just couldn’t resist posting this salad recipe in hopes that we’ll have a few more warm days in the coming weeks and you still may want something lighter to eat. Not to mention that it has become my favorite salad. Even […]

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Skillet Lasagna with Fresh Mozzarella and Sausage
Skillet Lasagna with Fresh Mozzarella and Sausage

You can literally make and serve this recipe within an hour from start to finish. The preparation is made easy with “oven-ready” lasagna noodles that do not require boiling. This is definitely one of my family’s favorite recipes for the taste and mine for the preparation. I love the fresh mozzarella for the texture and […]

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