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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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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Chorizo and Greens

Soup for supper!  Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Chorizo and Greens — it’s so easy to make.  No chorizo around?  Any pork product will do:  Canadian bacon, pancetta, Italian sausage, regular bacon, kielbasa…heck, even hotdogs.  Don’t eat meat?  Just leave out the pork and add a generous sprinkling of smoked Spanish paprika.  Serve…

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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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Mussels and Bok Choy with Green Tea Pilaf

  Start to finish: 45 minutes Hands on time: 35 minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger 6 scallions, sliced thin crosswise and white and green parts kept separate 2 tablespoons fermented black beans rinsed well and mashed lightly…

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Eggs Baked in Red Wine

Makes 2 servings Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total Preparation time: 40 minutes Suggested Accompaniment steamed asparagus tossed with a little butter Ingredients 2 slices homemade-style white bread 2 garlic cloves, one halved and one minced 3 strips bacon 1 shallots minced ¾ c dry red wine ¾ c chicken stock,…

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Souffle Omelet filled with Broccoli and Goat Cheese

Makes 2 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 27 minutes Ingredients 1/2 pound cooked broccoli, coarsely chopped 3 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 5 large eggs, separated 2 tablespoons all purpose flour Directions Preheat oven to 375°…

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Ham, Egg and Cheese Galettes with Butter Lettuce Salad

  Makes 12 Galettes 2 cups buckwheat flour 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt 13 large eggs 1 cup whole milk 1 cup water clarified butter for brushing the pan 6 thin slices ham, cut into julienne strips 6 thin slices Emmenthaler, cut into julienne strips In a…

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Chicken Vaca Frita

CHICKEN VACA FRITA For the mojo: 10 garlic cloves, peeled 2 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon black peppercorns ½ cup fresh orange juice ¾ cup fresh lime juice done 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil For the Chicken Vaca frita 2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast 3…

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Dirty Duck Rice

Dirty Duck Rice Serves 4 to 6 people 3 large duck livers 1/2 cup whole milk 6 confit duck legs (available on line from Dartagnan.com and Mapleleaffarms.com) 2 tablespoons duck fat (available from the above on line sources) 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons…

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Dandelion Green Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pecan Dressing

Serves: 4 For the dressing: 2/3 cup raw sugar 1 cup toasted pecans 1 cup red wine vinegar 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 pinches salt 1 ½ teaspoons chile de arbol powder (or chile powder of your choice) 3 cups blended oil For the salad: 6 cups dandelion greens 1…

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Pork Medallions with Prunes and Spicy Mustard Cream Sauce

Start to finish: 45 minutes Servings: 4 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large pork tenderloin, about 1 ¼ – 1 ½-pounds, cut at an angle into ½-inch thick medallions Kosher salt 2 tablespoons minced shallots ½ cup dry white wine 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary ¼ – ½- teaspoon…

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