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 Mapleleaffarms.com and Dartagnan.com) 2 tablespoons duck fat (available from the above on line sources) 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onions 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons brandy 3…


Dandelion Greens 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…


Zucchini and Pasta Noodles with Garlicky Yogurt Sauce

  Serves 4 Hands-on-time: 15 minutes Total prep time:  30 minutes 4 cups baby zucchini 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Pinch of saffron 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 1/2 cups labneh 8 cups zucchini spiral noodles 4 cups cooked angel hair pasta 1/4 cup minced cilantro…


Kentucky Lemonade

Hands-on-time:  10 minutes Total prep time:  55 minutes There are two secrets to making great lemonade: Secret #1 – Roast your lemons. Secret #2 – Bourbon. Fortunately, this recipe incorporates both those tips to deliver one of the greatest summer taste sensations of them all: Kentucky Lemonade. You can use…


Hope to see you at the Chicago Housewares show, Saturday, March 18th!

If you are going to the Chicago Housewares Show, please check out my demo at the Cooking Theatre on Saturday, March 18th at 3:30. The show runs from Saturday March 18th to Tuesday, March 21st at McCormick Place in Chicago. For more information and to register for the show, go to Register.


This Friday and Saturday you’ll find me at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival.

This Friday and Saturday you’ll find me at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival in Charleston, SC. On Friday afternoon from 2 to 3:30 I will be doing a demo at the SieMatic VIP lounge and on Saturday from 1 to 1:45, I am  judging the biscuit battle. Come join me!!! The…


Huguenot Torte

  Serves 8 o 10 2 large eggs 1 ½ cups sugar 4 tablespoons flour 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup finely diced tart apple 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Whipped cream for garnish 1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts Preheat the oven to 325 F.…


Pimento Cheese

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.…


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…


Kitchen Shrink: Is there a way to save lemon rinds after squeezing out the juice?

I recently received an e-mail from Elsie asking, “Is there a way to save lemon rinds after squeezing out the juice . . . .  I hate tossing those beautiful lemon shells.” I put on my Kitchen Shrink apron and thought of lots of ways empty lemon shells could have a…


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