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 29 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 5 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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Green Peppercorn Sauce – 20 minute version

March 14, 2006 0 Comments
Green Peppercorn Sauce – 20 minute version

The Secret to Making a Quick Green Peppercorn Sauce Recipe Demi-Glace The big difference between this shorter version of the Green Peppercorn Sauce recipe and the longer version is the use of Demi-Glace.  Demi glace is a brown sauce reduction made from beef and veal stock that has been reduced for hours and hours down […]

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Green Peppercorn Sauce – 50 minute version

March 13, 2006 0 Comments
Green Peppercorn Sauce – 50 minute version

50 Minute Recipe for Preparing Green Peppercorn Sauce My wife handed me this recipe cut out from our local newspaper the other day and said let’s try this. It was for Meatballs with a Green-Peppercorn Sauce. The meatballs looked pretty standard and I will talk about them some other time but I was really interested […]

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Last Minute Cooking Thoughts

March 9, 2006 3 Comments
Last Minute Cooking Thoughts

What Am I Going To Cook For Dinner Tonight? It’s 5:45 pm. The kids are asking what’s for dinner, your wife (husband) will be home in 30 minutes and you haven’t even given a thought of what to make. What do you do? I find myself in this situation all the time in our house. […]

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