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The Final Word on Macaroni and Cheese

The food trend in recent years is to go back to basics.  We’ve had pizza wars, burger wars and mac ‘n cheese wars.  High end restaurants are more likely to serve ribs (albeit short ribs, rather than BBQ ribs) than Duck á L’Orange.  Comfort food (or variations thereof) is king. So let me throw my […]

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Stir-Fried Beef with Vegetables

People who know me, know I like Costco for meat. Especially the Prime NY Strip steaks in the blue Styrofoam trays that come in a 4 pack.  They also know that I am not a huge red meat eater, and that if I am going to eat red meat, it is in the form of […]

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Cajun Shrimp with Warm Remoulade Sauce

Last week there was Cajun Rice.  This week, I’m making a VERY simple shrimp dish to accompany it.  This dish uses Remoulade, a traditional sauce in The Big Easy.  There are as many kinds of Remoulade as there are parishes in Louisiana.  Some made with ketchup and some with mayonnaise.  Everyone who has their own […]

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The Best Hot Dog Recipe Ever, Jim Dogs!

As a last summer hurrah, when the days are still warm yet the nights are cool, it’s nice to use the grill for some heavier fare. My fabulous, upscale food-centric Art Director friend invented these as a tribute to his hotdog loving father; both to satisfy his Dad’s obsession for plebeian carnival food and my […]

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A Recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes: It IS Easy Being Green

Yeah, I used to think that fried green tomatoes was the name of a movie (it was) and was eaten by the same people who ate trotters and chicken fried steak-what is that anyway??  Unripe tomatoes.  Fried.  Oh, let’s take a healthy vegetable and make it unhealthy. Crusted with gritty cornmeal. Nah. I’ll take my […]

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Emeril’s Cajun Chicken and Waffles

Happy Belated Father’s Day to all you Dads out there.  This week I’m posting the longest recipe to date, but I assure you 1) there is nothing in here, if you cook often, that you haven’t done or can’t do by following these instructions and 2) it’s worth it.  It looks like a lot, but […]

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Nicoise Salad

A Recipe for Salad Nicoise

For some reason, this salad always feels like spring to me.  I’m not sure why, since it doesn’t particularly use spring ingredients and can certainly be made deliciously all year round.  I think it is because many of us don’t think to eat a main course salad in the colder weather and this salad, while […]

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Smoked BBQ Brisket

Texas Style Bar-B-Que Beef Brisket

If you’re Jewish, you probably grew up with brisket.  This ornery, tough piece from the chest of the cow is tamed by putting it into a pot with lots of vegetables and liquid.  After hours of cooking, the fibrous muscles relax and the whole thing is tender enough to cut with a fork.  Delish.  But […]

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Winter Bounty Gratin

I use this recipe when I am absolutely SICK of winter and its produce.  If I have left over eggplant, mushrooms and/or zucchini and it’s not quite enough to feed multiple people on its own or if I am down to the last few crackers in a box…or all three (as in this weekend’s case).  […]

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Broccoli Rabe

In continuation of my series on leafy green vegetables, I give you BROCCOLI RABE! Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Rabe: This is one of my favorite go-to dishes for a quick non-tomato weeknight pasta dish.  It utilizes broccoli rabe (aka rapini) which is a leafy green vegetable with tiny broccoli-like flowers.  It is slightly […]

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