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Ropa Vieja Recipe

It doesn’t look very appetizing now, does it? And its name, “old clothing” in Spanish, doesn’t make it sound like something you want to rush to eat.  And yet, this simple Cuban dish is as delicious as anything you’ll ever eat.  It takes some time to make, but it’s well worth it. I first discovered […]

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Chicken Canzanese

This is another winner from Epicurious.com.  It’s delicious beyond words and as easy a dinner as it gets – though you need close to 2 hours to get it ready.  The recipe is pretty similar to a couple of others in my repertoire, but this one took less work. It apparently originates in the Abruzzo […]

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I got this recipe from Allrecipes.com and it’s absolutely delicious!  Heart attack worthy, but well, worthy. 1 package pasta (penne, ziti, rigatoni or something of the sort). 2 tsp. olive oil 1/2 large onion, chopped 1 lb mild Italian sausage 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 cup white wine 1 15-oz can tomato sauce 1 14.5 […]

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Steak Diane Recipe

After 12 years (yes, 12 years), I have finally arrived at the “Fs” in my international cooking project.  And, of course, that means I must cook classic French food.  Finding classic French recipes is not as easy as it sounds – I have already explored several French regional cuisines and I don’t like repeating dishes. […]

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It’s early January, Christmas is well passed and you don’t know what to do with the reindeer that Santa Claus left stranded on your backyard.  Well, here come the Finns to the rescue with a delicious (I’m sure, Santa Claus skipped me this year) recipe for reindeer hash.  It comes from the book Natural Cooking […]

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I wanted to make mushroom soup for my 2012 Christmas Eve dinner.  Mika wanted butternut squash soup.  I figured I’d compromise and find something else.  For some reason I was set on having a savory fruit-based soup, so when I came across this recipe I felt I had found gold.  It got amazing reviews, and […]

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Eggnog Recipe

I’m not the hugest eggnog fan in the world, but I wanted to have something to serve my Christmas Eve dinner guests when they first arrived.  For some reason eggnog came to mind. This recipe, from Alton Brown, was fairly easy and pretty tasty – if you like eggnog.  It was a bit too nutmeggish, […]

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This year – 2012 – short ribs were eatured as the main dish on my Christmas Eve dinner table.  I love short ribs and I couldn’t think of anything else to make for this dinner.  Of course, I had to try a new recipe because I wasn’t in love with any of the ones I […]

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I got some beautiful organic red chard from someone who was going on a trip, and decided to use it to make a side dish for the short ribs I’d be serving for Christmas Eve.  This recipe from Rachel Ray got great reviews and seemed easy enough, so I figured I’d give it a try.  […]

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One of my Facebook friends posts pictures of beautiful desserts from time to time, and some time ago I chanced upon one of peanut butter trifle.  I loved the idea and immediately decided that I would make it for Christmas.  It was  a great success.  I loved it!  Note that this is a pretty rich […]

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