Salad Dressing Tip

April 9, 2006 5 Comments
Salad Dressing Tip

Tip – Don’t Use Expensive Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Salad Dressing There is no reason to use good olive oil when making a mustard vinaigrette. Why? The mustard overpowers the taste of the olive oil. You might as well use vegetable oil or canola oil. You do however want to use decent French mustard […]

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Shortcut Meals

April 8, 2006 13 Comments
Shortcut Meals

For Nights You Wanna Cook But Don’t Really Feel Like It There are nights I just don’t feel like working too hard to put together a dinner for the family. I’m sure every home cook responsible for preparing meals every day feels this way once in a while. In fact, it’s my opinion finding “short […]

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Osso Buco Leftovers

April 4, 2006 0 Comments
Osso Buco Leftovers

What to Do With Leftover Osso Buco If you tried my beef shank osso buco recipe from the other night and had any leftovers, you may be interested in knowing what I did with mine. Osso buco is one of those great meals that not only is fantastic the night you make it, but may […]

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Osso Buco Revisited

April 2, 2006 12 Comments
Osso Buco Revisited

Osso Buco with Beef Shanks I love classic osso buco (AW-soh BOO-koh) made with veal shanks that are braised in wine, stock and a whole bunch of vegetable ingredients. Some home cooks are not thrilled with using veal as an ingredient, others may find veal shanks too expensive so I thought I would give beef […]

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What Are Your Favorite Cookbooks?

March 30, 2006 52 Comments
What Are Your Favorite Cookbooks?

Some of Your Favorite Cookbooks Right now Philadelphia is hosting the 22nd Book and the Cook event that pairs cookbook authors with local restaurants. In past years, the event has brought Philadelphia such food stars as the late Julia Child, Craig Claiborne, Ming Tsai and many more. So I thought it would be fun to learn […]

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Toasted Shrimp and Tomato Recipe

March 30, 2006 3 Comments
Toasted Shrimp and Tomato Recipe

I love finding recipes in unusual places like this one that I found under the lid of a container of Nature Sweet grape tomatoes from Costco. I’m the type of home cook who can’t pass a rack of recipes in the supermarket without thumbing through to find a few that might work at home. Not […]

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Salt is Salt – The Rest is Hype

March 25, 2006 28 Comments
Salt is Salt – The Rest is Hype

Did you know that there is no difference between sea salt, kosher salt and regular table salt? Well, that is except for size, shape, texture, added ingredients and PRICE. Yesterday I was listening to Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane while in the car driving to the supermarket to find something for dinner. She was interviewing […]

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Pasta Tip – Don’t Add Oil

March 23, 2006 4 Comments
Pasta Tip – Don’t Add Oil

Why You Don’t Want to Add Oil to the Water When Cooking Pasta I get a lot of emails from visitors who have read my pasta tips page with the suggestion of adding a little oil to the pot of boiling water to prevent the pasta from sticking together. I did this for years until […]

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Gnocchi with Bacon & Peas Cream Sauce Recipe

March 20, 2006 28 Comments
Gnocchi with Bacon & Peas Cream Sauce Recipe

Bacon and Pea Gnocchi We often visit State College, PA (Town of Knowledge and Penn State Football) to visit my wife’s parents and her sister Judy who is an excellent home cook and someone you will see me write about often. On a visit a couple of months ago Judy told me about her neighbor’s […]

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Simple Pecan Pie Recipe

March 17, 2006 0 Comments
Simple Pecan Pie Recipe

How’s This For A Simple Pecan Pie I received an email today that said, “Love your site — very charming and informative and am going to try the Key Lime Pie this weekend!!! Will you be adding any more desserts??” I responded by telling the writer I will try. Truth is, I’m not much of […]

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