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Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Goat Cheese Sauce

When spaghetti squash is cooked, the scooped-out flesh emerges in thin strings, like transparent strands of spaghetti.  Its texture is crisp, its taste is mild, and it can indeed replace actual spaghetti in the recipe of your choice.  This is especially good news if you’re searching for an alternative to…

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Korean BBQ Tacos

Serves 4 Gochujang Roasted Tofu Filling 2 T. gochujang (Korean chili paste) 3 T. sesame oil 2 T. maple syrup 1 lb. extra firm tofu Preheat Oven to 400 degrees. Line a pan with parchment paper and lightly oil it’s surface. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the gochujang,…

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Sauteed Fish Meuniere with Sauce Grenobloise

Recommended side dish: buttered green beans and roasted potatoes tossed with parsley Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 40 minutes Four 6-ounce pieces, skinless, mild-flavored fish fillets, such as trout, tilapia or catfish 2 cups milk 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour Kosher salt and freshly ground…

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Steak with Homemade Steak Butter

STEAK BUTTER Start to finish: 10 minutes Hands-on time: 10 minutes Servings: Makes about 16 tablespoons (1/2 pound) 1/2 pound Homemade Butter (see recipe below) or store-bought unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons and softened to room temperature 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove, finely minced…

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Salmon with Crispy Skin and Pepperoncini Lemon Sauce

Start to finish: 40 minutes Servings: 4 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons minced seeded pepperoncini, plus 1 tablespoon liquid from the pepperoncini jar 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic Kosher salt and black pepper Four 6-ounce salmon fillets with the skin 1 1/2…

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Alsatian Onion Pie

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes Servings: Makes three 10- x 12-inch pizzas 6 ounces bacon, sliced thin crosswise 4 cups thinly sliced onion salt and black pepper 8 ounces crème fraiche 1 large egg yolk pinch nutmeg 3 ounces coarsely grated gruyere cheese Pizza dough (recipe below) or…

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Mushroom String Cheese Dip

10 sliced mushrooms (Refika used Fairy Ring Mushrooms, which I am not sure are easy to find in this country), your choice 2 big strips string cheese, separated into strings 5 garlic cloves salt and pepper 3 sprigs fresh thyme 3 tablespoons olive oil flat bread as an accompaniment Preheat…

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Spanish Omelet

Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet)  Makes 4 – 6-Servings Hands on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 40 minutes 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 large onion, sliced 3 potatoes Kosher salt 1 cup dry white wine 5 large eggs Place a medium size sauce pan, filled with salted water…

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Love biscuits but don’t have biscuit mix on hand? Here’s how to make your own.

These days we are all baking a bit more than usual and if you love biscuits, you can get them in the oven a lot faster if you have homemade biscuit mix on hand. You will find a number of recipes on line for a homemade substitute for commercial biscuit…

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds – Plain or Spicy

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? In the same vein, I propose that when fall gives us pumpkins, we should make toasted pumpkin seeds. We have to scoop them out anyway when we cook the squash itself, so why not turn them into something delicious instead of tossing…

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Comfort from your Kitchen: Recipes for Pandemic Times

  Earlier in the year I shared a collection of recipes that you might find helpful during these stressful times. You can find them here as comfort can often be found in the kitchen. There are comforting soups, pantry based recipes, a variety of entrees, breads and a few easy desserts.…

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Crawfish Etouffee

Serves: a crowd 2 sticks of butter 3 onions, finely chopped 1/2 bell pepper, finely chopped 3 stalks celery, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, minced 3 pounds cleaned crawfish tails 1 to 2 tablespoons “Slap Ya Mama” seasoning (or other Cajun seasoning) 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with water (enough to…

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Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

Serves 2 to 4 people 8 ounces sharp cheddar, coarsely shredded ½ cup jarred pimentos, drained and finely diced ¼ cup mayonnaise Homemade style whole wheat bread Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Spread the cheese on the bread to make sandwiches and cut into quarters.…

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Church Ladies’ Crab Soup

Serves 4 to 6 5 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ cup finely chopped onion ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ pound cooked crabmeat (the church ladies use canned) 2 ½ cups whole milk, divided 2 cups heavy cream 2 cups half and half ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce or to taste ¼…

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White Chicken Chili

Makes 6 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total Preparation time: 40 minutes 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon) 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne…

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Martha Lou’s Fried Chicken

  Martha Lou’s Fried Chicken Note: if you don’t have Lawry’s products handy substitute the homemade seasoning salt for both the Lawry’s products in the ingredient list Serves 6 1 1/2 tablespoons Lawry”s Seasoned Salt 1 1/2 tablespoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt ½ teaspoon Black pepper one 3 to 4 pound chicken,…

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Rosemary Honey and Georgia Peach Chutney Burgers

Serves 4 For Peach Chutney: 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar 1/2 cup Savannah Bee Rosemary Honey 1 large sweet red pepper, seeded, diced 1/4 inch, about 1/2 cup 1 small white onion, peeled and diced, about 1/2 cup 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced, 2…

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Kielbasa, Cheddar and Kimchi Sandwiches

Serves 4 1 cup well-drained Quick Kimchi (see recipe below) 4 hero rolls 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 1/2 pounds kielbasa 2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese Prepare Quick Kimchi. Heat a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Split the rolls horizontally to within 1/2 inch of the…

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Bahamian Fish Chowder

  Norman Van Aken, © 2001 Serves 8 to 10 2 ounces diced slab bacon, rind removed if any is on it ¼ cup olive oil 4 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced 1 Scotch bonnet, seeds and stems removed, minced 1 medium sweet onion, peeled and diced medium 4 celery…

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Key West Backyard “Cut Up” Salad

©2019 All rights reserved by Norman Van Aken I first learned of this salad like creation from a woman born and raised in Key West by the name of Sheila Sands-Davenport. We were at a party at her home having dinner when talk turned to true ‘conch’ cooking. ‘Conchs’ are…

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Chicken Paillard with Greek Salad and Tzatziki

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes Suggested Accompaniments Greek Farmer Salad (see recipe below) Tzatziki (see recipe below) 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves Olive oil 2 large cloves garlic, minced 3 lemons, 2 zested and 1 cut in wedges 1 teaspoon coarse sea…

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Two Melon Prosciutto and Feta Layered Salad

Makes 4 servings Hands-on time: about 15 minutes Total preparation time: 15 minutes 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, sweet or hot Kosher salt and freshly milled black pepper 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/8 medium watermelon (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into bite…

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Steakhouse Salad

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 30 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 35 Minutes 1 pound russet Potatoes (2 medium) 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper One 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pound beef sirloin steak (about 1 1/2 inches thick) 1…

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Korean Style Burgers

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 15 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 25 Minutes Quick Kimchi (recipe below) or store bought kimchi 4 medium scallions One 3/4 inch piece fresh ginger 3 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium if you prefer) 1 1/2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar 1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown…

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