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Shredded Sweet Potatoes ideal for Passover or Easter

With spring just down the road, you've likely already figured out the main dish for the feast accompanying whichever of the two big seasonal holidays - Easter or Passover - you celebrate. Leg of lamb and glazed ham are Easter favorites. Braised … more

Slow-cooked pork - eat it alone, wrap it up or serve with a side

Slowly cooking a big hunk of tough, inexpensive meat isn't just the best way to cook this cut of meat. It's really the only way. Most tough cuts of meat come from the hardest working parts of the animal, and therefore have a lot of collagen. This … more

Mini pizzas are perfect for a gathering

If you want to wow your gang during an Oscar viewing party, game day, or a movie-watching or Netflix-binging session, mini pizzas are a great way to go. And no need to make this an all-day project; there are plenty of shortcuts to take. You could … more

Smoky soup has depth, flavor without meat

Rich bean soups are classic winter comfort food. They are filling, healthy and inexpensive, making them a worthy addition to the menu rotation. The downside to dried bean cookery is the time it takes … more

Serve stuffed petite beef filet for Christmas

Want to serve a fancy roast for Christmas dinner without breaking the bank? Try a petite beef filet. Cut from the shoulder, long and thin, and weighing between 8-10 ounces, the petite filet looks like a mini tenderloin of beef - one of the priciest … more

Quinoa-Stuffed Tomatoes are hearty enough for a meal, can be made ahead

Does your meatless Monday game need an overhaul? As a meat-eater myself, I find that the trick to meatless meal-making is to have a small repertoire of recipes that can work as a side dish or first course, or be eaten in larger quantities as a … more

Rich French beef stew is made healthier

When it comes to making beef stews, the French are clear winners. French beef stews - from wine country's Boeuf Bourguignon to southern France's Daube a la Provencale - get their unmistakable flavor from onions, red wine, chunks of beef, herbs … more

A hearty stew and a trick or 2

During the recent bomb cyclone snowstorm, I couldn't go to the store for several days as I waited to get plowed out of my driveway. I had plenty of food, but a lot of it was that first of January "diet" food, and I was craving a warm stick-to-your … more

Coconut milk, curry paste take chicken to new heights

Boneless skinless chicken breasts save the day for so many busy folks who want to get a lean, protein-filled, affordable dinner on the table in a hurry. I always have a package or two in my freezer - I buy them when they are on super-sale (which … more

Mix up this year's Super Bowl party with steak fajitas

This year I'm looking to shake up the Super Bowl gathering a bit. Normally, a pot of chili anchors our party, but this year I'm thinking fajitas. They are customizable, have lots of visual appeal and will definitely fuel the armchair athletes as … more

Homemade jam uses berries to sweeten, instead of sugar

My grandmother used to make jam every year out of the summer bounty of berries. It was a multi-day project involving scorching-hot vats of berries, thickened by pectin and pounds of white sugar, which she balanced with the tang of lemon or lime … more

Onion Beer Bread is a crowd-pleaser

A larger-than-usual crowd meeting up at your house for dinner? This Onion Beer Bread would add a lot to the menu. It's delicious, of course, but it's also very easy to whip up. Unlike more conventional breads, this one doesn't involve yeast or … more

Over-ripe bananas make better pancakes

I hate to throw over-ripe bananas away. It is such a wasted opportunity for fresh, fragrant banana bread. But, there is only so much banana bread that one can eat. That is why I asked myself, what else can I make with over-ripe bananas? And, … more

Pair pork, cabbage for a tasty main dish

If you're tired of the same old vegetable side dishes, here's a recipe that promotes the lowly red cabbage from side dish to protein partner. All you have to do is cook it up sweet and sour and - voila! - your side dish is now ready to walk down the … more

Beef, beer & barbecue

Let's just start by saying that the words beef, beer and barbecue in a recipe title don't make my husband sad. When browning beef for a stew (whether you're making it in a slow cooker, or a regular old pot or Dutch oven), it's less important to … more

Serve Spanish-style crispy potatoes for New Year's

The classic New Year's libation is champagne, but what to eat is a matter of broader choice. This year why not make it a tapas party - a feast of various little bites? And, if indeed that's how you choose to roll, one of those dishes should be these … more
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