As Good As It Gets Recipes

Pan Fried Scallops with Bacon and Grapefruit

Pan Fried Scallops with Bacon and Grapefruit

Scallops, Bacon & Grapefruit – How Good Can It Get One thing I love about my wife is how she enjoys experimenting with new recipes. If I happen to leave one of my old cooking magazines lying around the kitchen, she’ll pick it up and decide to try a few recipes from it. Or if […]

Soft Shell Crabs Recipe

Soft Shell Crabs Recipe

An Easy Soft Shell Crab Recipe Soft Shell Crabs are a special treat when they are in season and that comes in late Spring down the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. This is the time when these blue-claw crabs wake up from their hibernation under the ocean floor and shed (molt) their hard […]

Soup Recipes

Lettuce Soup Recipe

Lettuce Soup Recipe

Incredibly Simple Yet Amazingly Tasty We enjoyed a great meal at the home of one of our oldest daughter’s friends recently. To start the meal Cathy served this lettuce soup recipe from her Grandma Marilyn. When I first heard we were having “lettuce” soup I thought to myself this isn’t going to taste like much […]

Peruvian Potato Leek Soup Recipe

Peruvian Potato Leek Soup Recipe

Delicious Purple Potato Leek Soup For Real This potato leek soup is not really Peruvian, I just used purple potatoes someone had dug out of their garden and had on hand. However, if you do use a purple potato, you may be surprised by the color of the soup. It’s different. If you don’t have […]

All About Baking

8 Tips For Better Bread Making

8 Tips For Better Bread Making

How to Bake Great Bread at Home Many people are extremely intimidated by bread making. I’ve heard folks say everything from “I’m afraid of yeast,” to “I can’t make bread.” And that last is usually before they even try their hand at it. With the proliferation of helpful tools–everything wonderful bread cookbooks to stand mixers […]

Bread Making Ingredients

Bread Making Ingredients

How Ingredients change bread characteristics As I described in How to Make Bread and then again in Basic Bread Recipe, most bread recipes include 4 ingredients (not counting the sugar that the yeast ate) and a very straightforward mixing method. There are infinite types of yeast breads out in the world, everything from bagels to […]

What's On Hand Recipes

Simple Roasted Chicken Thighs and Vegetables Recipe

Simple Roasted Chicken Thighs and Vegetables Recipe

“The Perfect Mid-Week Meal For Busy Homecooks” In our house, this is one of those staples we’ll prepare once or twice a month becuse it’s so easy to make, provides a balanced meal and everyone enjoys it. It’s also very adaptable and depending on what you have on hand, you can substitute ingredients to make […]

Whats On Hand Risotto

Whats On Hand Risotto

What Do I Make With Leftover Chicken? How About Chicken Risotto? You could call this recipe What’s On Hand, Quick & Easy, or Clean Out The Fridge risotto but in the end you’ll be calling it delicious. What do I love about risotto? Great when you can’t think of what to cook tonight and need […]

All About Cheese

Bloomy Cheese or Washed Rind Cheese

Bloomy Cheese or Washed Rind Cheese

What’s The Difference Between Bloomy  and Washed Rind Cheeses? Both are surfaced ripened cheeses but different. There is an exponential amount of information to know about cheese and cheese classification. Go to any cheese counter or crack open a guide to cheese and you will be inundated with endless choices, varieties, and classifications of cheese. […]

Conversation with a Cheesemonger

Conversation with a Cheesemonger

Let’s talk about cheese I grew up eating pre-sliced American cheese on my grilled sandwiches, ham and cheese sandwiches, and open-faced broiled tomato and cheese sandwiches (my dad’s version of pizza) Now I serve my 15 month old daughter slices of American cheese. She loves it! Some things never change, except today’s American cheese slices […]

Cooking Gadgets

Pepper Mills

Pepper Mills

All About Pepper Mills Chef’s All Say, “Use Freshly Ground Pepper”   Why?  Because once the peppercorns are ground they start to lose flavor and after about 3 months there will be a noticeable difference. Test it yourself by grinding some fresh pepper and comparing it to the pepper in your spice cabinet that’s been there […]

Wine Corkscrew

Wine Corkscrew

Yes, It’s A Screwpull A Good Corkscrew is an important item to have in your kitchen toolbox especially if you enjoy a glass of wine with your meals. The Reluctant Gourmet has been known to enjoy a sip or two while preparing a meal. So lucky for me, I was given the Cadillac of corkscrews […]

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Dining Out In Washington DC

April 23, 2014 0 Comments
Dining Out In Washington DC

Our Dining Experience In The Nation’s Capital Over Spring Break we visited Washington DC for a few days going to the great museums, monuments and even were able to tour the White House which was a blast. Because Maddie was in her wheelchair and could not climb up the stairs, we had to go through […]

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Cracked Wheat Berries with Jalapeno Herb Salsa

April 14, 2014 0 Comments
Cracked Wheat Berries with Jalapeno Herb Salsa

A Tasty Side Dish That’s Also Good For You This recipe is part of the third meal we received from Blue Apron and was served with roasted bone-in chicken breasts. Roasting chicken breasts is easy but finding a delicious side dish to go with them can turn a very simple, basic meal into something spectacular […]

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Sauce Veracruz Recipe

April 11, 2014 0 Comments
Sauce Veracruz Recipe

  Veracruz Sauce Recipe for Fish, Chicken or Pork Tenderloin This is an adaptation of another meal we received from Blue Apron and our favorite of the three. You may recall the recipe I posted for 3 – Chili Beef Chili and talked about this new service (to us) called Blue Apron where you receive […]

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3 Chili Beef Chili Recipe

April 7, 2014 3 Comments
3 Chili Beef Chili Recipe

Have You Discovered Blue Apron Yet? On Saturday Fed Ex dropped off a couple of large boxes from Blue Apron, “a new concept in grocery delivery, built around incredible cooking experiences.” A friend of ours sent us their once-a-week subscription service because they were out of town and thought we would enjoy the service and […]

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Sunbathing Lobsters Cartoon

April 4, 2014 0 Comments
Sunbathing Lobsters Cartoon

You’re Getting Awfully Red Honey Not sure where the idea for this cartoon came but the thought of two lobsters sunbathing in a large pot of boiling water getting sunburned made me laugh. 10 Lobster Facts You May Not Know Lobsters are unique creatures so I posted some fun lobster facts that may surprise you […]

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Creamy Polenta Recipe

April 3, 2014 1 Comment
Creamy Polenta Recipe

The Best Polenta Recipe Recently we enjoyed dinner at our friend’s Madeline and Lou who recently moved into a new home. Madeline is a great cook and has been cooking for a large family for years before they all went to college and moved out. For this dinner party, Madeline prepared a side dish of […]

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Penne with Chicken Sausage Spinach and Mushrooms Recipe

March 31, 2014 3 Comments
Penne with Chicken Sausage Spinach and Mushrooms Recipe

 Penne Pasta Recipe As Good As It Gets We prepared this penne pasta with chicken grillers (chicken sausages) my wife picked up at the Farmers Market. We went with chicken sausages because my oldest daughter gave up red meat for Lent. It’s really changed our cooking habits this month but really isn’t that big a […]

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Drop It Zoe Cartoon

March 27, 2014 0 Comments
Drop It Zoe Cartoon

Drop It Please The idea of this cartoon came from my youngest daughter when she was 9 years old. Zoe was our Labrador/Rottweiler dog who didn’t start begging for food until she got up there in years and I started giving her scraps from the table. She was a good girl and a great companion […]

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