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Newly Added Recipes

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Pickle Brined Pork Chops

Pickle Brined Pork Chops
Pickle Brined Pork Chops makes excellent use of leftover bread & butter pickle juice and other seasonings to create a tasty brine marinade for bone-in pork chops.  While we favor sirloin cut chops, the recipe works fine with center cut pork chops too, just be sure to select pork chops of at least ½-inch thickness. …
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Savory Sweet Cauliflower Rice

Savory Sweet Cauliflower Rice
Savory Sweet Cauliflower Rice uses Calabrian chilis for a savory, spicy element and sun-dried tomatoes add sweet balance with a bit of umami to this great side dish. Using an orange cauliflower, as pictured, adds even more color to this already colorful, flavor-packed dish.  With only six ingredients, Savory Sweet Cauliflower Rice is easy to…
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Pumpkin and Rye Whiskey Pie

Pumpkin and Rye Whiskey Pie
Pumpkin and Rye Whiskey Pie adds rye whiskey’s spicy, fruity flavor notes to silky pumpkin pie, yielding a more adult but not boozy version of an old favorite.  American rye whisky, which must be made with at least 51% rye grain, is less sweet and with a lighter body than it’s more well-known cousin, bourbon,…
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Pork and Imitation Crab Stir Fry

Pork and Imitation Crab Stir Fry
Pork and Imitation Crab Stir Fry offers a great combination of land and sea proteins in a tasty and attractive stir fry. It is easy to prepare and relatively inexpensive. You can use pork stew meat or boneless pork loin chops for the pork.  Imitation crab, sometimes referred to as krab, is not actually crab…
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Brandied Beef Tri Tip

Brandied Beef Tri Tip
Brandied Beef Tri Tip roast is a great way to make this cut of beef shine. Tri Tip, as it’s popularly known, comes from the bottom tip of the sirloin.  It derives its name from its triangle shape and that it is at the very bottom tip of the sirloin. Tri tip is rich in…
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Green Peppercorn Brandy Cream Sauce

Green Peppercorn Brandy Cream Sauce
The key to Green Peppercorn Brandy Cream Sauce is using the juices of the protein as an integral part of the sauce. A variety of meats lend themselves to rich and flavorful Green Peppercorn Brandy Cream Sauce. If you want to “do it up”, use filet mignon and a French cognac; for a weeknight dinner,…
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Korean Flanken Short Ribs

Korean Flanken Short Ribs
Korean Flanken Short Ribs makes great use of less-familiar flanken short ribs in a gochujang-forward marinade/sauce. This recipe utilizes the flanken style of short rib, a thin cut about 1/2-inch thick, which cuts across the rib bones, so each slice contains a few pieces of bone. This is a popular cut for short ribs for…
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Cod with Turmeric and Garam Masala

Cod with Turmeric and Garam Masala
Cod with Turmeric and Garam Masala offers a fresh and flavorful take on pan-fried cod fillets.  Turmeric brings a bright, golden color and garam masala contributes warm, deep, aromatic essence to this easy to prepare recipe without adding any spicy or hot element.  With its short preparation and cooking time, Cod with Turmeric and Garam…
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Lenten Recipes

For those of us who are of the Catholic faith, Lent has arrived.  A time for reflection and dietary restrictions, our Lenten recipes offer meal options for observant Catholics and others seeking delicious dishes to prepare and share.

Sicilian Style Cauliflower Pasta

Sicilian Style Cauliflower Pasta
Sicilian Style Cauliflower Pasta is real Sicilian home cooking, humble but with flavor and texture.  Vito’s Dad would make it, adding the pine nuts only on special occasions, always advising that the pinch of nutmeg was crucial to the flavor of the dish and he was right!  Use grated sheep or goat milk cheese for…
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Lemony Egg Salad

Lemony Egg Salad
Full of bright lemon flavor and the juicy crunch of celery, our Lemony Egg Salad offers a fresh take on an old favorite.  Lemony Egg Salad is easy to prepare using available ingredients and it's ready in no time. Delicious on its own, enjoy Lemony Egg Salad in a sandwich on soft potato bread or…
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Grilled Red Pepper Sauce and Shrimp

Grilled Red Pepper Sauce and Shrimp
Grilled Red Pepper Sauce and Shrimp brings sweet red bell peppers and spicy red Fresno chilis together for a sauce which starts at the grill and finishes in the sauce pan.  The sweet and spicy sauce balances and complements simply grilled shrimp, with fettuccine pasta filling out this eye-catching dish. While the flavors of Grilled…
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Ginned Tomato Sauce

Ginned Tomato Sauce
Ginned Tomato Sauce brings together the woodsy-herbal elements of dry gin with the sweetness of fresh tomatoes.  Relatively quick and easy to make, Ginned Tomato Sauce imbues the tomato sauce with the gin’s flavor elements, yielding a surprisingly tasty yet simple sauce.  Ginned Tomato Sauce is best served with a long form pasta like fettuccine,…
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Dirty Martini Pasta Sauce

Dirty Martini Pasta Sauce
Inspired by the dirty martini cocktail, Dirty Martini Pasta Sauce is luscious, rich and surprisingly simple to prepare. The shallot and garlic melt into the sauce and the gin and dry vermouth are reduced to their herbaceous essences yet not lost in the final thick, creamy sauce. Dirty Martini Pasta sauce pairs well with pasta…
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Grilled Soy Marinated Tuna

Grilled Soy Marinated Tuna
Grilled Soy Marinated Tuna is one of our favorite grilled fish dishes.  The marinade will permeate the tuna and create a dark brown glaze on the tuna steaks when grilled while the interior of the tuna will stay moist and flavorful.  Easy to make, Grilled Soy Marinated Tuna pairs well with simply prepared vegetable side…
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Fish with Baharat and Lemon

Fish with Baharat and Lemon
Fish with Baharat and Lemon is an exotic yet easy recipe. Bahārāt is a blend of finely ground spices used in Middle Eastern and Turkish cuisine; it is the Arabic word for “spices”.  It is often used to season chicken, lamb, beef and fish; it is savory-sweet and there is no heat element to it. …
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Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus
Grilled Asparagus is a perfect appetizer or side dish for an all-from-the-grill dinner or lunch; grilling unexpectedly heightens the natural grassy flavor of fresh asparagus. A welcome change from the more common steamed asparagus, grilled asparagus is easy to prepare; the only challenge is to use asparagus stalks of similar diameter for even cooking. We…
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Warm, hearty and wonderful…

Days are getting longer but temperatures are still cold and the weather inclement.  It’s time for comfort food! Our cooking adventure has moved inside, filling your home with mouth-watering aromas and delicious meals. Check out our stews, chilis, curries, and gumbos recipes and make something warm, hearty and wonderful as the cold days continue.

Mini Beef Rolls Rouladen

Mini Beef Rolls Rouladen
Mini Beef Rolls Rouladen are a riff on a well-know German dish Rouladen or Rinderrouladen, “Rolls” or “Beef Rolls”, adapted by memory from a recipe as prepared by Vito’s aunt.  While Aunt Tess was Italian-American, she was a very good cook with a fine appreciation of many cuisines, particularly German. We’ve lightened the traditional recipe…
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Hoppin’ John

Hoppin' John
Hoppin' John, the dish with the curious name.  Black-eyed peas are a staple of Southern cooking in the United States, featured on every table, rich and poor, city and country.  Black-eyed peas are the base ingredient of this dish. Hoppin’ John is traditionally served over steamed white rice on New Year’s Day accompanied by sautéed…
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Creole Gumbo with Lentils

Creole Gumbo with Lentils
Creole Gumbo with Lentils is a lower carbohydrate version of this Louisiana classic.  Made without a roux, Creole Gumbo with Lentils is very flavorful and hearty; there is no need to serve it over or with additional rice. Incorporating the “Holy Trinity” ingredients of Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun cuisines, okra and the all-important seasonings, Creole…
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Beef Stew with a French Accent

Beef Stew with a French Accent
Beef Stew with a French Accent is savory and hearty.  Jolie Laide ("Pretty Ugly" in French or "beautiful despite its looks") in appearance, its complex flavors belie its humble, everyday ingredients and its ease of preparation.  The onion and garlic provide a flavor base for the beef and the thyme and bay leaves add subtle herbal…
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Cooking should be inspired and bring you joy.  Culinary inspiration can spring from many sources.  Childhood memories of family get-togethers and at-home meals, lovingly prepared. Travel, a particular favorite of mine, to places some familiar, some foreign and exotic.  Meals taken at great restaurants, neighborhood joints, stand-up only kiosks, boardwalk stands, drive-ins, and falling-down fishing shacks on beaches.  Holiday gatherings, small and large, with family, friends and strangers too.  We will share what inspires us and hope it will inspire you too.  Now it’s time to cook and eat at home!

So, let’s start with a few questions for you.  Are you already a home chef of modest ability who wants to expand and refresh their repertoire of recipes and kitchen techniques?  Are you a cooking novice for whom the kitchen represents uncharted territory, a terra incognita of untold dangers and as-yet imagined delights?  Are you a confident master of the kitchen who is looking for fresh ideas?  Are you perhaps a bit of all three?  You are in the right place! Now it’s time to cook and eat at home!