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Pepper Crusted Rump Roast of Lamb

Eat more lamb! That thought drifted into my mind as I approached the butcher’s department of the grocery store. I satisfied that idea with a rump roast of lamb. It’s the top back part of the lamb and is full of flavor. It’s also quite easy to roast. The simplest method is to pan fry or rather seer its exterior and finish it in the oven. And like any roast, one doesn’t want to overcook it!

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A Christmas Menu Idea For Two (or four)

Often after having experienced a very social Thanksgiving dinner (or not), I look forward to a quiet Christmas dinner. The menus for my Christmas dinner sometimes included ham baked with cloves and pineapples and a range of complimentary sides. Sometimes, . . .

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Pistachio-Crusted Pork Loin Roast

Dress up a pork loin roast with a crust of pistachios, adding more texture and flavor. Slow cook the roast to release and enjoy its juicy mild flavors. If you’re feeding a small or large group of people on a limited budget, the pork lion roast is a perfect choice.

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How To Roast Chicken Thigh Quarters

By now, if you’ve been following me, you know I LOVE roasted anything! Roasting is just easy to do. But most importantly, the roasting intensifies the flavor of the food with every bite an absolute palate pleasure.

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Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Acorn Squash

I used a sweet Italian bulk sausage and sweet onion to compliment the sweet flavor of this sweet dumpling acorn squash. You can of course use a white acorn squash but I simply love the colorful tripes of the deep green and cream. Anyway, to that I wanted to keep a kind of confetti look and added an orange bell pepper. Well, when it’s fall, some orange simply must be in the mix!

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Skillet Jambalaya

After that deliciously wonderful New Orleans Style Bloody Mary from James Gaffney, photographer, my thoughts and appetite turned to one of my most favored Big Easy dish: Jambalaya. It’s so easy to make, very hearty and filled with wonderful flavors from fresh vegetables and meats, as well as seafood.

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Pan-Fried Chicken Breast Tenderloin With Celery Gravy

This is an easy, quick and tasty recipe to make.  Similar to my recipe No-Flour Pan Fried Pork Chop, Gravy and Vegetables, well seasoned chicken brest tenderloins are pan fried in oil and butter.  The vegetables include onions, garlic and celery which were first sauteed in the oil and butter.  Canned creamed celery soup provides the gravy which is given additional flavors from whip cream. 

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No-Flour Pan Fried Pork Chops, Gravy and Vegetables

I've found that a fresh, well-seasoned pork chop with just salt and pepper and paprika, than seared and simmered in chicken broth is just as delicious.  The vegetables are first sauteed in olive oil and butter, after which the pork chops are introduced to the left over oil and butter.  A wonderful gravy is made with chicken stock.  All the ingredients come together at the end, simmering for just a few minutes.    

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Pan Roasted Italian Sausages And Vegetables With Rosemary

Fresh butcher-made Italian sausages, hot and regular, add the key flavors for this dish.  I found these fresh butcher-made Italian sausages to have little fat compared to pre-packaged Italian sausages by popular brands.  Yet, the butcher-made Italian sausages were filled with spices and flavors. 

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Faux Chicago-Style Hot Dog

If you can't get to Chicago for this famous hot dog and you can't find all of the right ingredients, then fake it!!

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How To Cook A Tomahawk Ribeye Steak

Grill it, sautee it and finish in the oven.  So easy to make for such a delicious reward to enjoy.

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One Corned Beef Brisket, Three Food Dishes

One Corned Beef Brisket, Three Food Dishes: corned beef with roasted vegetables, corned beef sandwiches, and corned beef hash with eggs-- for the lovers of leftovers!

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Parmesan Breaded Chicken Cordon Bleu

No short cuts here which makes this recipe for a parmesan breaded chicken cordon bleu a weekend project.  The beauty is that it can be made a day or two ahead before just popping it into the oven to bake.  So choose to try it.  Just add a bottle of wine, your favorite music and invite your signifcant other or a friend to join you.

The chicken is thinly flatten, layered with ham and cheese, rolled in breading and then baked.  Chicken is tender and you can really taste the cheeses.  I've added a white wine sauce that also carries a creamy, cheesy flavor.

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Deep-Dish Chicken Pot Pie

Made for hearty appetites, this deep dish chicken pot pie has a double crust.  It's loaded with chicken and vegetables:  broccoli, celery, onions, and carrots.  A simple chicken broth is enhanced with roasted garlic (recipe: How To Roast Garlic Bulbs) and just salt and pepper.  One of the best part is that this deep dish chicken pot pie is also healthy!

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Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas For One

Dining alone for Thanksgiving this year?  So am I.  And I shall enjoy my Thanksgiving Dinner to the max with my girl, Susie, a Portuguese water dog.

My Thanksgiving dinner menu depends on how I feel and is often based on one of three basic menus that I follow or alter.  Here are the three menus to inspire you.  Follow a menu or make a substitution with your own favorites. Most important is to just have fun!!   

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5 Comfort Foods For Cool Weather

Comfort food:  Consoles.  Gives a feeling of well-being.  Provokes nostalgic memories of happy times.  Whether it's sugar or carbohydrates, with the arrival of cool weather, comfort food can warm the body.

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Bake A Tasty Juicy Rock Cornish Hen

Many years ago, in place of turkey I started alternating winter holiday dinners with rock Cornish hens.  The Cornish hens tasted, well, okay--just okay but sometimes even dry.  One year, I started basting the hens in the run-off juices of the butter and the hen.  To my amazement, they were best rock Cornish hens I had ever cooked.  

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Sausage Beans Roasted Vegetable Soup

What makes this sausage, beans and roasted vegetable soup so delicious?  Red bell peppers, tomatoes and garlic are roasted, then blended with a vegetable broth and seasoned with a herb bouquet garni--creating a beautifully rich yet subtle flavor-filled soup base.  Sweet Italian sausage and a Vidalia onion add a layer of sweetness and texture along with cannellini beans.

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Pan-Charred Pork Chops With Chipotle Butter
Sausage Cheese Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers