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Sumac Seared Chicken with Spinach and Tahini Honey Lemon Dressing
Sumac Seared Chicken with Spinach and Tahini Honey Lemon Dressing

Salad piled on top of a seared chicken breast and drizzled with dressing is one of my favorite recipe templates. It satisfies the craving for a lighter dinner and yet the chicken makes it substantial enough. Using boneless, skinless chicken breasts pounded to an even thinness speeds up the cooking and gives more surface area […]

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Ginger Chicken Noodle Bowl
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Ginger Chicken Noodle Bowl

Those of us who used to pass on Brussels sprouts are giving them a second look. In the past the motivation to eat them might have been more for their nutritional attributes than their flavor qualities. All that has changed. Thinly sliced and quartered, and roasted and grilled have pushed aside whole and steamed making […]

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One Pan Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Parmesan
One Pan Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is simple enough for inexperienced cooks to prepare yet worthy for those who aren’t and it fits my resolution to give you a monthly recipe using a short list of ingredients. It could be your answer for an easy Valentine’s dinner. This abbreviated version, does away with the traditional dunking the chicken in […]

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Individual Pot Roasts
Individual Pot Roasts

    In the countless times I’ve prepared pot roast I never once thought to cut the beef into individual pieces. So I was intrigued when Jamie Callison introduced me to the idea with his pot roast recipe while working on the Crimson Spoon Cookbook. I guess I’d never thought to mess with something that […]

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Spinach Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad
Spinach Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

  I know it’s winter and a bowl of warm bean soup or a slow simmering chunk of meat are mostly on your mind (and they’re on mine too), but I’m still craving a good, substantial leafy salad for dinner. And something healthy to increase the amount of vegetables I am eating. January brings lofty […]

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30-Minute Green Curry Chicken with Sweet Potato and Red Pepper
30-Minute Green Curry Chicken with Sweet Potato and Red Pepper

My New Year’s challenge is on. To include recipes each month with just six to eight ingredients or less (not including very basic ingredients like olive oil, kosher salt, soy sauce, etc.) My daughter thinks it should be every recipe, but hey I don’t want to set the bar too high and not be able […]

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New Years Eve Ravioli Party (December Entertaining Part 2)
New Years Eve Ravioli Party (December Entertaining Part 2)

This time it’s not about the meat but instead homemade Italian Bianco and Marinara sauces to go with fresh cheese ravioli. Is it a leap of faith to center a menu on something other than a roast, fillet or breast? Not with this menu. Bianco sauce is one of my absolute favorites. Inspired by the […]

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Thanksgiving Starters
Thanksgiving Starters

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I’m straying from posting a main dish recipe just long enough to give you a cocktail and appetizer recipe to serve before the big meal. For the Old Fashioned, I went back to my recipe files from the newspaper column I used to write. The recipe was inspired by Brad’s […]

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Something’s Cooking in the Palouse
Something’s Cooking in the Palouse

My good news is that I am co-authoring a cookbook. The downside is that right now and for several weeks I am in a crunch phase with final recipe testing, writing and editing and so my weekly blog posts are not very weekly. Here’s the scoop on the book. Jamie Callison, The Executive Chef of […]

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Oven Cooked Beef Brisket with Barbecue Sauce
Oven Cooked Beef Brisket with Barbecue Sauce

Tasting beef brisket eluded me most of my life. I am not sure how this happened, considering my Mom grew up on a farm and my childhood was graced with the typical American beef recipes like pot roast and beef stew. So when I tasted it for the first time several years ago at my girlfriend’s […]

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Top Five Recipes From 2012
Top Five Recipes From 2012

After the first year of writing this blog, someone asked me if I was going to continue. She went on to explain how the name “A Year at The Table” had implied to her one year. It made sense even though I had never looked at it that way. The name, in part, came from […]

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Food Makes Love Go Around – Chicken and Broccoli Pesto Fettucine
Food Makes Love Go Around – Chicken and Broccoli Pesto Fettucine

For some, cooking is simply about getting food on the table and the faster the better. For many it’s a consuming passion without regard to a time element. And there’s the huge swath of people who fall somewhere in between. That’s where I put myself. But for me and for most of you who follow […]

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Smashed and Roasted
Smashed and Roasted

I’m sharing my obsession with two different vegetable preparations – Crispy Smashed Potatoes and Roasted Kale Chips. I’ve hesitated to post them because in my commitment to give you a main dish recipe, I hate to take a weekly post with a side dish. The other reason is that cauliflower is supposed to be this […]

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Skillet Tamale Cobbler
Skillet Tamale Cobbler

One pan recipes intrigue me. But only if they rely on the flavors of the central ingredients and not a can of creamed soup or a package of dry seasoning like the casseroles a generation of us were raised on. My kids don’t want anything to do with these. The comfort food combination of butternut […]

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15-Minute Lemon Caper Petrale Sole
15-Minute Lemon Caper Petrale Sole

January cooking is all about healthy and easy, without sacrificing taste, especially after a December of lengthy meal preparation and consuming copious amounts of sugar, fat and alcohol. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to seafood, preferring it to be mild flavored and lean. Petrale sole floats to the top of my […]

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Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup with Kale
Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup with Kale

Spring is getting close, but for now, wintery soup will still grace my table. I am a lover of beans and especially when they are in a soup. I’m so happy when I remember ahead of time to soak the dried ones. But I forget just as much as I remember and so I use the […]

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Yaki Soba
Yaki Soba

Yaki Soba is a Japanese fried noodle dish typically made by stir-frying noodles with chicken, shrimp or beef and vegetables with a flavorful sauce. You could say it’s the Japanese equivalent of Chinese chow mein. The beauty of it is you get protein, starch and vegetables all in one dish and just like that you’re dinner […]

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Croque Monsieur
Croque Monsieur

Ah, such a simple dish, really.  Bread, ham and cheese. I’m tempted to say the French version of our American grilled cheese, but I think it works the other way around. I so distinctly remember my first croque monsieur in Paris at the very hip “le Pain et le Vin” wine bar just around the […]

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Beef Stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff

Is it spring already, someone. This relentless winter carries on. So bring on the beef stroganoff. Years ago, I used to make this recipe all the time. I’m not sure at what point I stopped because my family always loved it. I used to make it with a less expensive cut of beef and simmer […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day
Happy Valentine’s Day

I apologize in advance for not providing you with a dinner recipe this week. But honestly I could not resist featuring this recipe because it is one of my absolute favorites and I love making them for Valentine’s  Day. My Grandma Blanche lived her entire life on a farm in North Dakota. She raised 10 […]

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30-Minute Italian Lemon Chicken Saute
30-Minute Italian Lemon Chicken Saute

This recipe pretty much never fails to deliver for an easy, simple popular dinner. Kids and adults will both love it. You can easily double it for a larger crowd and serve it for a weekend dinner party.The best part is you can use this recipe as a template and change it up by substituting fresh […]

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Super Sunday Coconut Shrimp
Super Sunday Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp tend to be considered “restaurant food”, something that most people do not make at home. The lack of a doable recipe, not enough time or unfamiliarity with buying and handling shrimp are possible reasons for this. Now you’ll have no reason not to make them at home. What better time than Super Bowl […]

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Spaghetti Puttanesca
Spaghetti Puttanesca

One of my favorite winter pasta dishes is this recipe for Spaghetti Puttanesca. All of the ingredients are available this time of year and many of them in my pantry or on the condiment shelf in my refrigerator. Those that aren’t can be easily found in the grocery store. Perhaps that was the inspiration when […]

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Wintery Beef Stew with Curry
Wintery Beef Stew with Curry

  Curry brings something different to a classic winter favorite. And Basmati or jasmine rice replaces the more traditional potatoes. Browning the beef is necessary to give good deep color to the sauce and flavor to the meat and stew. Heat the oil in the pan sufficiently before adding the beef and in just one […]

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Rosemary Chicken Wilted Spinach Salad
Rosemary Chicken Wilted Spinach Salad

Something a little lighter, yet still in the category of wintery warm and hearty… Start to finish this can be on the table and ready to eat in 30 minutes. Happy New Year! Rosemary Chicken Wilted Spinach Salad Makes 4 servings 4 slices bacon, chopped 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 1-1/2 pounds 1 tablespoon chopped fresh […]

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Petrale Sole Meuniere
Petrale Sole Meuniere

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 incognito on the bottom […]

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Chicken Riviera Salad
Chicken Riviera Salad

This salad became an instant favorite when it hit the menu at the restaurant we owned many years ago. The restaurant is long gone but the recipe lives on and my family never tires of eating it. The secret to this recipe is the thickness and flavor of the chicken breasts. Pounding them before marinating […]

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Slow Cooked Pork For Tacos
Slow Cooked Pork For Tacos

I think slow cookers are magical as they cook food for you while you are away from the kitchen. In the morning the ingredients go in and when you return later in the day they have turned into something fabulous smelling and wonderful tasting. For this reason they are perfect for taco meat. And while […]

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Shortcut Chicken Noodle Soup
Shortcut Chicken Noodle Soup

Who doesn’t like chicken noodle soup. It’s the ideal comfort food for a Sunday night dinner or a weeknight meal. A touch of tarragon adds a unique flavor to the soup. Some recipes have you make your own stock or broth, but to save time I use good quality store bought broth and enrich it […]

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Chicken Chilaquiles
Chicken Chilaquiles

This is a Mexican dish originally created to use leftovers. Tortillas, chicken, cheese and chiles are layered to make a casserole-style dish. But don’t use the word “casserole” with your family, because if they are anything like mine they will refuse to eat it at the sound of this word. I like to prepare my […]

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Fettucine Carbonara
Fettucine Carbonara

Here is a possibility for your Valentine’s Day dinner. Not only is this recipe quick and easy, it’s a less expensive way to say I love you than a pricey cut of beef or filet of seafood. I guarantee you will find as many recipe versions for Fettucine Carbonara as the number of people you […]

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Pad Thai
Pad Thai

  Okay – so this recipe is a little more involved than my last several posts. But believe me, it’s worth it. I might suggest making it on the weekend the first time you try it, rather than a weeknight when you’re in a hurry to eat. Or planning ahead and prepping some of the […]

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Lightly Blackened Cod with Sauteed Fennel and Onions
Lightly Blackened Cod with Sauteed Fennel and Onions

I first learned about Cajun “blackened” seasoning in the 80’s when Paul Prudhomme made his splash on the culinary scene. Typically to prepare blackened fish you dip the fish fillet in butter and then coat it with blackened seasoning and sear it over high heat in a cast iron skillet. It’s then served with an […]

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Coq au Vin
Coq au Vin

  This is one of my favorite classic winter dishes. Easy to make during the week as it can be prepared start to finish in about an hour and yet it’s fabulous for weekend entertaining too. You can use chicken breasts or thighs or a combination of breasts, thigh and even legs depending on your […]

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Spanish Tortilla
Spanish Tortilla

Don’t be mislead by the name of this recipe. It’s not a typical Mexican-style tortilla, but instead a classical Spanish egg dish made with potatoes in the circular shape of a tortilla. This is simple home cooking at its best.  All of the ingredients you can easily keep on hand so you put this together […]

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