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Thai Curry Beef Stew

April 5, 2015

If you had to guess how much liquid is in a spoonful of soup, what would you say? A teaspoon? Tablespoon? Well, when I eat this Thai Curry Beef Stew, I ask myself, how can so much flavor be contained in one little spoonful. How can there be such depth and complexity in that [...]

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Thai Beef Salad from Patricia Rose at Fresh Food in a Flash Cooking Class

July 14, 2014

I am a cooking class junky. I love going to cooking classes. So imagine my happiness when I was recently invited to the Main Dish Salads Cooking Class by Patricia Rose of Fresh Food in a Flash. Her classes are hands-on and it is so fun to watch her students preparing her recipes, cutting and [...]

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Rib-Eye Carpaccio with Salmoriglio Oregano Sauce

April 23, 2014

In my experience, there are two kinds of beef people. On one side of the spectrum are the rare or medium rare guys, who want theirs soft and red, possibly still kicking. And waaay on the other side, the well-done guys, who for some unfathomable reason, want theirs gray throughout with the texture of leather. [...]

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My Mom’s Goulash

June 14, 2012

This whole story starts with me looking at the grocery list on the kitchen counter and seeing that a family member has written MAYO. Well, at our house, mayo is one of the staples that we do not want to run out of. In fact, it is one of the items that I always have [...]

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Pecorino Romano Meatballs & Spaghetti

June 3, 2012

If I was Italian, I might be calling this dish Pasta with Sunday Gravy. But I’m Norwegian, Danish, French and German, so I get to call it the American name, Spaghetti and Meatballs. But whatever it’s called, I had a big craving to make some and eat it all up ASAP. We had a guest [...]

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Corned Beef and Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day

March 21, 2012

I am writing my story about Corned Beef and Cabbage today, because on St. Patrick’s Day I was cooking, photographing and eating my Corned Beef. And no, I didn’t cook my Corned Beef before St. Patrick’s Day or last year so I could just re-post. Actually, I made my Corned Beef in anticipation of the [...]

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Tomatillo Albondigas Soup & Two Tomatillo Tales

August 8, 2011

Tale One
One afternoon last week my doorbell rang, which was a surprise, because I wasn’t expecting anyone. I opened the door and there stood a beautiful young woman with a toddler clinging to her knee, holding a huge platter piled with fresh vegetables. “Hi,” she said, “I’m your next door neighbor and I have a [...]

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Mirepoix Meatloaf Recipe ~ Simple & Easy

March 15, 2011

After writing my post about Leftover Oddments Soup and mentioning the best leftovers possible – meatloaf sandwiches – all of a sudden I just had to make meatloaf. Imagining that sandwich with soft white bread, mayonnaise and a thick slab of meatloaf had me rushing to the market to buy the ingredients. In fact, I [...]

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Korean-Style Marinated Beef

March 13, 2010

When I was at the market the other day, I saw some Flanken Style Short Ribs in the meat case. I was thinking about how I have been touting myself as this stone carnivore and I don’t have one meat dish in my recipe index yet. So I bought the long, thin cross-cut ribs and [...]

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Chili Soup by Aunt Ena

January 24, 2010

This story is one of my most precious food memories. I am one of those people who remember the first time they ate a particular ingredient or dish, who gave me a recipe or with whom I was eating. The smell or taste of a dish can transport me right back to that place and [...]

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