Kitchen Shrink: How can you keep Scalloped Potatoes from curdling?

I recently got a question from Phyllis who asked, “Every time I make scalloped potatoes my sauce breaks. What am I doing wrong.” This seems to be a frequent problem with scalloped potatoes particularly when you use a recipe that calls for layering the potatoes, onions, and cheese and pouring…


Sesame Peanut Sauce

Hands-on time: 10 minutes Total preparation time: 10 minutes Makes about 1 3/4 cups 3 medium scallions 3/4 cup smooth unsalted peanut butter 1/2 cup hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon soy sauce (low sodium, if you prefer) 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil Tabasco or your favorite…


Crispy Pasta Pizza

For each 10-inch pizza: 1 tablespoons olive oil 1/6 pound cooked capellini 1/2 small green bell pepper, sliced into thin rings 1/2 cup Quick Tomato Sauce, recipe follows, or your favorite store-bought tomato sauce 2 ounces thinly sliced provolone 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, ripped into pieces Fresh basil sprigs…


Grilled Pizza with Blistered Corn and Asparagus

Makes 2 to 4 servings Hands-on Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes Suggested Accompaniments: Super Celery Salad – shaved celery and parmesan tossed with lemon juice and olive oil (for a detailed recipe go to “Taming the Flame: Secrets for Hot-and-Quick Grilling and Low-and-Slow BBQ,” Wiley Publishing, 2005,…


Goan Wild Striped Bass Curry

Hands-On Time: 15 minutes Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes Suggested Accompaniments Basmati Rice Sautéed Zucchini   6 cloves garlic, peeled 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 2 tablespoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground turmeric 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 6 (4-ounce) wild striped bass fillets, skin on and 1 1/2…


Greek Farro and Greens with Shrimp and Feta

Start to finish: 50 minutes Hands on time: 40 minutes Servings: 4 ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided 12 ounces peeled, and deveined jumbo shrimp 1 cup finely chopped onion Kosher salt 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes 10 ounces baby spinach,…


Five Ingredient Scallop and Prosciutto Kebabs with Pink Sangria

Start to finish: 30 minutes Hands on time: 15 minutes hands on Servings: 4 16 sea scallops (about 1 ½ inches in diameter 1 ¼ pounds) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Kosher salt 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 8 thin slices prosciutto di Parma (about 4 ounces) 16 large…


Duck Breasts with Apricot Szechuan Peppercorn Sauce

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 15 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 25 Minutes Suggested accompaniments: Parsnip puree (recipe below) Pea shoots tossed lightly with olive oil and fresh lemon juice Ingredients 1 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns 4 Pekin duck breast halves Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup apricot preserves…


Buffalo Chicken Rice

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time 25 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 25 Minutes Suggested accompaniment: Tossed green salad 1 cup long-grain white rice 8 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast halves 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Kosher Salt 2 tablespoons hot sauce 4 ounces blue cheese 1 cup celery leaves, for garnish Bring…


I will be teaching a class at The Kitchen Shoppe in Carlisle, PA on November 10th.

On Friday, November 10th, I will be teaching a Demo class at The Kitchen Shoppe in Carlisle, PA from 6 to 8 pm. The Kitchen Shoppe is located at 101 Shady Lane in Carlisle. The menu will be  Smokey Broccoli Soup, Cubano Burger, and Ruthie’s Chocolate French Toast with Raspberry Sauce,…


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