Mango Salsa with Black Beans

May 30, 2006 1 Comment
Mango Salsa with Black Beans

For Entertaining We had a great weekend in State College celebrating a bunch of family birthdays. As usual, we stayed at my wife’s sister’s home, who takes on organizing meals for every family gathering. She is a wonderful home cook who puts on these incredible feasts that are unique, entertaining and delicious. One of the […]

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Brining Really Is Better

May 26, 2006 11 Comments
Brining Really Is Better

Why Brine Before Cooking Do you happen to notice that every year one or two culinary ideas or cooking ingredients become all the rage and every cooking magazine writes about them as if they were the greatest concept since sliced bread? I remember years ago it was pesto. Every time I turned around I was […]

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Walnut Vinaigrette Over Wilted Arugula

May 20, 2006 1 Comment
Walnut Vinaigrette Over Wilted Arugula

Who ever heard of eating arugula as kids? When I was growing up anything more than iceberg lettuce was exotic. Sometimes my mom would throw in some carrot slices and we looked for the tablecloth. Remember those salads of perfectly cut iceberg lettuce with commercial bottled Thousand Island dressing? Now it’s back and being served […]

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Sea Scallops with Tomato Ginger Vinaigrette

May 17, 2006 3 Comments
Sea Scallops with Tomato Ginger Vinaigrette

I found this quick and easy recipe in Cuisine at Home magazine. I have made a few minor changes to the original from my experiences when making it. There are also a few changes I would make next time I prepare this meal. For example, you might want to up the amounts of spices called […]

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Good Substitution for Rum

May 14, 2006 8 Comments
Good Substitution for Rum

Rum Extract Works As A Substitution for Rum Someone wrote and asked about my tiramisu recipe and wanted to know if they could “substitute rum extract for the rum and if so how much?”  I wasn’t sure so I looked up McCormick & Company’s web site and found they have an extract. According to McCormick […]

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Crab Cakes Recipe

May 10, 2006 26 Comments
Crab Cakes Recipe

  Or as my kids call them, “Crabby Patties” Whenever I tell people how easy it is to make crab cakes they look at me as if I’m kidding. I tell them, “If you can prepare a meatloaf and cook a hamburger, you can make a great crab cake!” If you are a purist and […]

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Red Pepper Coulis Recipe

May 10, 2006 0 Comments
Red Pepper Coulis Recipe

What is Coulis? Coulis is any thick sauce made of pureed fruit or vegetables. Most commonly seen in the dessert world is raspberry coulis.  This red pepper version goes particularly well with chicken or seafood. PrintRed Pepper Coulis Recipe Prep Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 10 minutes Yield: 1/2 cup Ingredients1 red bell pepper, roasted 2 […]

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Smoked Salmon Cones with Green Herb Salsa

May 4, 2006 1 Comment
Smoked Salmon Cones with Green Herb Salsa

One of my wife’s best friends from college, Beth Roberts, met her husband on the Internet. So did Beth’s best friend. So the two of them got together and wrote a book, Finding Your Mate Online: No Fear, No Embarrassment, Just Love! I asked Beth to send me the recipe to one of her first […]

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Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe

May 1, 2006 2 Comments
Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe

“Barbecue Bob’s Barbecue Sauce” Last night I had an impromptu dinner at my friend, Barbecue Bob’s house, where he was grilling up some chicken and hot dogs for the kids. He grills on a Weber Kettle Grill and uses 100% lump hard wood charcoal and you can really tell the difference. I will get into […]

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6 Great Grilling Tips

April 24, 2006 10 Comments
6 Great Grilling Tips

Six Of My Favorite Grilling Tips Either you love to grill or you hate it. There is no in between. I love to grill but I don’t always follow my own guidelines so I mess up. I compare it to day trading, something I tried a few years ago to some success but failed in […]

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