Last Minute Lamb
Last Minute Lamb

Many people have their favorite way to prepare lamb this time of year. Bust in case you don’t and you haven’t seen my lamb posts from a few years back or you’re like me and sometimes wait until just a few days before your event to decide how to prepare something… I am reposting two of my favorites. The butterflied leg of lamb works well for a larger group and the rack of lamb for a smaller gathering.

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Chorizo Tortilla Soup
Chorizo Tortilla Soup

By now it won’t surprise you I think sausage is a cooking secret weapon. I love that one ingredient can have so much power, unleashing its robust flavor on whatever it comes in contact with. In this case it’s soup and with Spanish style chorizo. I used to think making soup always meant a long […]

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Spicy Italian Sausage Bucatini
Spicy Italian Sausage Bucatini

Big flavors, healthy ingredients and dinner on the table in 30 minutes with bucatini pasta, spicy Italian chicken sausage and fresh oregano. Bucatini is my favorite pasta shape. Slightly thicker than a spaghetti noodle with a hole running down the center, buco means hole in Italian. That little gap of air creates the best texture […]

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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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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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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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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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Grilled Corn and Dungeness Crab Chowder
Grilled Corn and Dungeness Crab Chowder

Grilled corn. I am posting another recipe using it because it’s just so darn good when used with the right ingredients. This recipe is actually a repost of one of my favorite ones from a few years ago that I recently made for dinner and modified by eliminating the bacon as I thought it took […]

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Chipotle Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn Salsa
Chipotle Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn Salsa

A good chicken marinade is worth a lot. One that calls for just a few ingredients and still packs flavor is even more valuable. Smoky chipotle powder complimented with a bit of fresh lime and garlic delivers big flavor in this recipe for Chipotle Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn Salsa. Sweet, seasonal corn on the […]

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Ancient Grains, Super Tasters and Yin and Yang – Kamut, Almond and Kale Salad
Ancient Grains, Super Tasters and Yin and Yang – Kamut, Almond and Kale Salad

Kamut is one of the grains I have been experimenting with in green salads. The inspiration came from a salad I ate at the Whale Wins – Renee Erickson’s Seattle restaurant. Pronounced “kah-moot”, kamut is an ancient grain with origins in Egypt. It’s a high protein wheat that when cooked has a firm, pleasantly chewy […]

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Orechiette Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Basil and Sausage
Orechiette Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Basil and Sausage

There’s no substitute for a juicy, full flavored tomato. My Grandma’s garden at her farm in North Dakota was always overflowing with them. They were deep red colored and soft. My aunt would pluck one off the vine and eat it like an apple while I stood there watching, both fascinated and shocked at the […]

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30-Minute Curry Dusted Pan-Seared Salmon
30-Minute Curry Dusted Pan-Seared Salmon

When I find myself thinking… hmmm salmon again… I quickly quiet that inner voice. I should be saying “yes, salmon again” because it tastes good and is equally good for you. But being a bit spoiled living here in the Pacific Northwest, I am sometimes guilty of taking one of our natural food resources for […]

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Mexican Chop Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Mexican Chop Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

This salad is a regular at our house. It has won its way into our recurring recipe rotation and we never seem to tire of it. That is why I am reposting it after several years. And to celebrate the official beginning of summer, of course. It’s also my favorite time of year when the […]

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Here’s the Beef – Three of My Favorites
Here’s the Beef – Three of My Favorites

  In case you haven’t had the chance to try one of these recipes or maybe you have but they are just off your radar I am reposting them to remind you for summer grilling. All three involve a little marinating. I always feel content and a bit smug when I know I have something […]

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Spring Mix Salad with Chicken and Lemon Thyme Buttermilk Vinaigrette
Spring Mix Salad with Chicken and Lemon Thyme Buttermilk Vinaigrette

I’m back and I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I really hope you haven’t stopped relying on my recipes and wandered off somewhere else looking for dinner inspiration. Here it comes. I found new salad recipe ideas in several places, some in Seattle and some a bit farther away. I’m seeing more use […]

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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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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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Mac ‘n Cheese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Rosemary
Mac ‘n Cheese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Rosemary

For a young Mom yearning for a night out of the house it was an easy thing to leave for the baby sitter. Anyone can follow those directions and make it.  And I redeemed myself by leaving instructions for steaming fresh broccoli and where to find the frozen blueberries in the freezer. It’s a parenting […]

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Auggie’s Chicken Stir-Fry
Auggie’s Chicken Stir-Fry

“Jeunes filles dans la cuisines, jeunes filles dans la cuisines”. Each time he said it his voice would get louder and his head would shake from side to side. I remember it like it was yesterday, particularly his tone and his French accent. And even though he said it with a look of mischief in […]

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Rosemary Orange Planked Shrimp
Rosemary Orange Planked Shrimp

Summer is nearly over and I am stubbornly and sadly hanging on. There have not been enough clear blue skies from dawn to dusk for me to accept that it’s Labor Day weekend. With a heart still hoping for more summer I am giving you this recipe for Rosemary Orange Planked Shrimp. If you haven’t, […]

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Asian Glazed Grilled Salmon with Sauteed Bok Choy
Asian Glazed Grilled Salmon with Sauteed Bok Choy

A good salmon recipe should highlight and not overpower the naturally rich flavor and texture of this well loved fish. Whisking together soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey and a bit of garlic and ginger doubles as a sauce to brush on and briefly marinate the salmon and then as a glaze thickened with a bit […]

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Angel Hair Pasta with Dungeness Crab, Tomatoes and Basil
Angel Hair Pasta with Dungeness Crab, Tomatoes and Basil

I think this is the simplest recipe I’ve posted. Dungeness crab inspires this. So good on its own, it needs very little to enhance its sweet flavor and delicate texture. Just a little garlic carefully cooked over low heat to release its flavor then marinated briefly with ripe sweet tomatoes and fragrant basil. All tossed […]

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Middle Eastern Salad with Greens, Couscous and Chicken
Middle Eastern Salad with Greens, Couscous and Chicken

My daughter brought home a take out salad a few weeks ago excited for me to try it because she thought it was amazing. Just one bite into it and I agreed. It reminded me of a salad recipe  I used in my summer salad cooking class. She wanted to make it at home so […]

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Grilled Hanger Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Grilled Hanger Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Most people are more familiar with cooking and eating flank steak than they are with hanger steak. Hanger steak gets its name from its location of the diaphragm muscle that “hangs” on the underside of the cow. Flank steak is also from the underside but it is from the flank area. Hanger steak is long […]

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Rubbed Chicken Skewers with Chipotle Dipping Sauce
Rubbed Chicken Skewers with Chipotle Dipping Sauce

Dry rubs are a fast alternative to marinating. You can rub them on for as little as 30 minutes before grilling to impart flavor. They work especially well for something like boneless, skinless chicken breast that cooks quickly but needs the extra flavor that the skin and bone naturally give. Pureed canned Chipotle peppers in adobe […]

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Fourth of July Accompaniments
Fourth of July Accompaniments

Our Fourth of July dinner menu is always centered on barbecue pork back ribs (see June 27, 2011 post for the recipe). And this crazy side dish with beans, bacon and brown sugar. In the spirit of grilling and using recipes with olive oil rather than mayonnaise, these are the accompaniments I’ll add to our […]

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Camper’s Foil Packet Dinner
Camper’s Foil Packet Dinner

I was homesick the first time I went to summer camp. All I could think about was getting through the week so I could return home. So the first time our daughter went away to camp I was nervous she might feel the same way. I was wrong. She loved every minute of it. One […]

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Thai Chop Salad with Basil and Mint
Thai Chop Salad with Basil and Mint

Thai cooking was the most popular class I taught over a span of 15 years. The mystique of cooking from this culture which many people hadn’t experienced, combined with the exotic nature of the ingredients were my explanation of why. But true to most things popular in cooking, the incredible taste of flavors was what […]

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Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon with Beurre Blanc Sauce
Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon with Beurre Blanc Sauce

Native Americans had it about as close to how nature intended it when they invented the cedar plank method of cooking. They called it fire pit planking where they tacked a fish on a cedar plank and held it close to the fire. Hundreds of years later, we are still partaking in this timeless cooking method. […]

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Grilled Romaine Lettuce
Grilled Romaine Lettuce

A few years ago a good friend of mine introduced me to grilled Romaine lettuce. I’d grilled things you typically wouldn’t think of like fresh peach slices and pizza dough, but it hadn’t occurred to me to grill lettuce. After that night it became a regular thing at my house. It’s so incredibly simple to […]

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Maui-Style Ribs
Maui-Style Ribs

The recipe has to be really worth it for me to eat beef. These ribs are. They get me every time. And they’re easy to make. We used to serve them at our restaurant and they were incredibly popular. The recipe was inspired by Azeka’s market on the island of Maui. They are sometimes called […]

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Grilled Jerk Chicken with Cilantro Lime Sauce
Grilled Jerk Chicken with Cilantro Lime Sauce

My inspiration for this recipe was a recent sailing trip to the British Virgin Islands. The warm, tropical temperature, the brilliant turquoise water and the laid back atmosphere of this part of the world are nothing short of amazing. Most of the beachside restaurants offered jerk chicken. This recipe packs flavor. I’ve tried to keep […]

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Prawn and Roasted Red Pepper Linguini
Prawn and Roasted Red Pepper Linguini

With the Northwest wild spot prawn season almost upon us, you’ll want to make this. It goes together in 30 minutes with the help of using jarred roasted red peppers and is remarkable enough for guests, yet easy for a weeknight meal. If you’re not able to nab some spot prawns, the wild frozen ones […]

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Mediterranean Parchment Baked Cod
Mediterranean Parchment Baked Cod

Fresh cod has a firm texture, mild flavor and reasonable price. That’s why I love it. And especially with this method of cooking it in parchment paper. You feel like you’re cheating it’s so easy. Crimping and sealing the parchment paper edge package is about the most difficult part. I have to give a shout […]

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Pho
Pho

I’ve streamlined the technique for making Pho simple enough to make at home during the week. Forgive me Pho purists but I do think this version is really good. The key to good pho is the broth, which authentically is made by grilling onions and fresh ginger, then simmering them with meat bones and a […]

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Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s Pie

If I ever have leftover roast leg of lamb I make Shepherd’s Pie. It’s the sneakiest way to use leftovers without anyone knowing you’ve used them. And if there wasn’t a trace of leftover lamb, substitute ground beef and just like it’s called Cottage Pie. Mashed potatoes, vegetables and cheese make this pie pure comfort […]

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Herb Roasted Butterflied Leg of Lamb
Herb Roasted Butterflied Leg of Lamb

My grade school best friend’s Mom introduced me to lamb. She was an extraordinary cook and an avid reader of Gourmet magazine who went out of her way with an ingredient or method to enhance her cooking. From the flank steak she marinated for days in soy sauce, ginger and brown sugar to produce a […]

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Thai-Style Pork Tenderloin Skewers with Peanut Sauce
Thai-Style Pork Tenderloin Skewers with Peanut Sauce

I tend to forget about using pork tenderloin when making skewers and almost always default to chicken breast. It’s habit really and one I am trying to break. I truly feel like I am cheating when I make this recipe because it is so easy and so good. A quick whisk of the marinade ingredients […]

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Curry Chicken Salad with Coconut
Curry Chicken Salad with Coconut

I’m ushering in the spring equinox with one of my favorite salads and keeping my fingers crossed that the warmer weather will be finally coming our way. Cheers to the beginning of spring. Curried Chicken Salad with Coconut Makes 4 servings 4 cups cooked shredded or chopped chicken (1 pound)* 2/3 cup sweetened or unsweetened […]

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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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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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Louisiana-Style Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Louisiana-Style Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

This recipe is a long-standing loyal member of my arsenal of dependable and favorite dinner recipes. I have been making it for many, many years and to date, my family or friends have never tired of it. It was also a favorite at my cooking classes when the subject was easy weekday or entertaining dinner […]

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Grilled Corn Chowder with Dungeness Crab
Grilled Corn Chowder with Dungeness Crab

Smoky grilled corn and sweet Dungeness crab are the highlights of this chowder. I love making this for an easy September weekday dinner. You can prepare it and have it on the table in less than an hour. Grilled Corn Chowder with Dungeness Crab Makes 4 servings 4 ears corn, husks removed (3 cups kernels) […]

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Fresh Basil Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich
Fresh Basil Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

You can enjoy the last remnants of summer and make this warm sandwich for dinner during Labor Day weekend. It goes together quickly, can be doubled for a large group of people and is the perfect way to enjoy fresh fragrant basil, juicy ripe tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Fresh Basil Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich Makes […]

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Hazelnut Butter Grilled Salmon
Hazelnut Butter Grilled Salmon

Even though summer is winding down, I know everyone is still looking for ways to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible and as much time outside enjoying what remains of the season. And summer cooking does not get any easier than this. For the simplicity of this hazelnut butter recipe, the flavor […]

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Greek Chicken Skewers
Greek Chicken Skewers

These easy skewers feature the fabulous flavor combination of lemon, oregano and garlic that is so prevalent in Greek cooking. I love them for summer dinners as you can marinate the chicken the night before and throw them on the grill just before you want to eat dinner. The classic Tzatziki sauce with creamy Greek-style […]

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Dungeness Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Dungeness Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Some of my fondest food memories are from the summer months when the local Dungeness crab season is open. This began when our kids were toddlers and we lived on San Juan Island. In the beginning I complained about the piles of chicken bait crowding food in the refrigerator, dragging the boat through the mud […]

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Pistachio and Fresh Basil Pasta
Pistachio and Fresh Basil Pasta

Summer might be arriving in Seattle. We all know it is long overdue. It is possible that the long cycle of gray, wet and cold weather is over and we can finally bring out summer clothes and recipes. Fragrant fresh basil and nutty pistachios laced throughout the thin spaghetti strands are the dominant flavors in […]

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4th of July Rubbed Barbecue Pork Back Ribs
4th of July Rubbed Barbecue Pork Back Ribs

I’m not sure how long you have to do something before it qualifies as a tradition, but this will be our fifth year barbecuing pork back ribs for our Fourth of July dinner, so its probably safe to say that it is for us. Pork back ribs are my favorite for their flavor and the ease in […]

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Fresh Halibut Curry with Basil
Fresh Halibut Curry with Basil

I love cooking and eating halibut. The only downside is that its expensive price dictates that it be more of a special occasion food rather than a weekly one. One way to get around the price issue is by cutting the fillet into chunks and simmering it into a sauce. This method “extends” the servings […]

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Mexican Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Mexican Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Anyone that likes Mexican food will love this salad. It’s highlighted with thinly sliced crisp romaine lettuce, grilled kernels of corn, crunchy tortilla strips and avocado tossed with a lime cilantro dressing. There are a few extra steps to this salad that are worth doing. The first is to fry thinly sliced store-bought corn tortillas […]

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Copper River Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce
Copper River Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce

Just once a year and for only about three to four weeks, we are graced with fresh Copper River salmon. Such a short time to enjoy a food so memorable in flavor. Loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids, this salmon is some of the best tasting in the world due to its natural store of oils […]

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Balsamic and Rosemary Grilled Flank Steak with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola
Balsamic and Rosemary Grilled Flank Steak with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola

Fresh rosemary, caramelized onions and crumbled Gorgonzola highlight this flank steak. You only need to marinate it one to two hours to get the flavor benefits. Don’t marinate it overnight like you do with some flank steak recipe as the balsamic vinegar tends to make the meat tough if marinated too long. You can caramelize […]

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Chicken and Asparagus Pasta
Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

As much as I love to cook, I look for easy ways to make dinner quickly during the week with a recipe that does everything in one dish – protein, vegetable and starch. Highlighting the season’s fresh asparagus, this pasta recipe does it all in one. Long shreds of Parmesan cheese you can make by […]

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Coconut Curry Baked Chicken
Coconut Curry Baked Chicken

If you like the exotic flavor of curry and coconut  and the idea of marinating to save time then you will love this recipe. Marinating can be your best friend when it comes to putting together a weeknight meal because it does the majority of your meal prep work the night before. Pounding the chicken […]

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Fresh Fish Tacos
Fresh Fish Tacos

My favorite thing about these tacos is the cilantro and fresh lime flavor. For speed in making them quickly during the week, I cook the fish under the broiler or even in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove. But since I like to grill year round, if I have the time I will […]

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Roast Rack of Lamb With Fresh Mint Vinaigrette
Roast Rack of Lamb With Fresh Mint Vinaigrette

Roasting a rack of lamb is easier than you might think. The key is to begin with a high quality rack of lamb purchased at a reliable meat department or butcher. Most lamb racks have eight bones in them which means eight chops. They are usually “Frenched” and this simply means the meat has been […]

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Thai-Style Garlic Prawns
Thai-Style Garlic Prawns

I taught Thai cooking classes for years and this recipe was easily one of the all time favorites. Bursting with the flavors of fresh cilantro and garlic is how everyone describes it. The stems of cilantro have more flavor than the leaves and that is why they are used in this recipe, along with a […]

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Italian Sausage and Bell Pepper Fettucine
Italian Sausage and Bell Pepper Fettucine

If there ever was a dependable weekday recipe then here it is. Consistent and reliable, easy to prepare and happily devoured by anyone who encounters it, this rock star recipe is prepared all in one pan and on the table in less than an hour. I like to use Isernios mild Italian chicken sausage, but […]

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Barcelona Chicken
Barcelona Chicken

Little preparation and big rewards. That’s was this recipe for Barcelona Chicken, inspired from the Silver Palate Cookbook’s Chicken Marbella delivers. It’s the perfect recipe for entertaining because most of the work is done ahead allowing you the freedom to actually enjoy your guests rather than be stressed in the kitchen. Marinating the chicken gives […]

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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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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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Grilled Chicken Chop Salad
Grilled Chicken Chop Salad

I used to prepare everything for this salad from scratch. I would slice the cabbage, grate the carrots and make the dressing and marinade. Then in April my daughter and I were visiting a friend who lives in La Quinta, California who has a Trader Joe’s practically in her backyard. We were talking about what […]

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