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This recipe is loaded with great flavor, the meat is moist and tender and there is lots of gravy.

April 20, 2016
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Oven Braised Barbecue Brisket

With apologies to my mom, Minerva, the only thing I remember about her brisket was that she used Lipton Onion Soup mix as the secret and only ingredient. I tried her recipe years ago and the brisket was kind of tough, flavorless, and didn’t have enough liquid for gravy. When I explored other recipes, the […]

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October 22, 2015
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Olive Tapenade Tart with Ricotta Cheese

This is another one of those recipes that I can put together using pantry staples. I always keep different kinds of olives in my pantry, frozen puff pastry thawed in the refrigerator and whole milk ricotta or soft goat cheese in the cheese drawer. Even though I make my own tapenade, you can even use […]

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September 14, 2015
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My Cooking Class in Hvar

Every time I travel, I try to take a cooking class with a local chef. I never really know what to expect and this time was no different. On my last day in Hvar, I was fortunate to spend a morning cooking with Ivan Buzolić and his daughter Maja Mačković, in the kitchen of their […]

Spicy Walnut, Beet & Carrot Salad

July 9, 2015
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Spicy Walnut, Beet & Carrot Salad

This menu has so many assertive flavors that I wanted a salad that was equally assertive and also fresh and delicious. This salad is really all about the dressing. My tasters were asking if they could just eat it right out of the bowl on crackers. The flavors are a bit exotic and seductive. Maybe […]

July 2, 2015
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Homemade Tomato Sauce

Ingredients 3 cloves of garlic, crushed 6 tablespoons olive oil One 2-lbs can Italian tomatoes, coarsely chopped or crushed * 1 tablespoon fresh basil Salt and pepper to taste Directions In a medium sauce pan, over low heat, cook the garlic until translucent. Don’t overcook or burn the garlic. Add the canned tomatoes with their […]

I roast several dozen cloves of garlic at once and keep them on hand.

May 1, 2015
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Sautéed Spinach

Sautéed Spinach is quick, easy and delicious. This takes on a depth of flavor because I sauté the spinach with oven roasted garlic. I roast several dozen cloves of garlic at once and keep them on hand for vegetable sauté, homemade pizzas, or for garlic lovers, spread it directly on a toasted baguette. OVEN ROASTED […]

Cool the eggplant mixture slightly. Mix in chunks of mozzarella and set aside.

April 20, 2015
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Polpettone Stuffed with Eggplant and Smoked Mozzarella

Meatloaf is a standard in many home kitchens. For many people meatloaf is immediately associated with mashed potatoes and gravy, and it evokes childhood memories. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes is comfort food to be eaten when it’s cold outside and we need to feel the warmth of hearth and home. I would never take away […]

March 16, 2015
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Boneless Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Goat Cheese

When I was growing up, my mom made chicken that we lovingly called “crummy chicken”. She cut up a whole chicken, bathed each piece in melted butter and coated it with a mixture of seasoned breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper. I later saw recipes that called this Parmesan Chicken but I will […]