Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 in review

  Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances … Continue reading

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Basque Fish Stew

My mom has been making this for years with the sturgeon that my uncle Mark catches in Tillamook Bay.  If you don’t have an uncle Mark you can use any dense white fish like halibut or swordfish.  The saffron threads … Continue reading

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Quick Stroganoff

A good beef Stroganoff will be very tender.  Tender meat takes time.  I used ground meat in this dish to save myself hours of braising.  You can use whatever ground meat you like: beef, turkey, bison, etc.  I used some … Continue reading

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Crown Roast of Pork

Here is a stunning main course for your next party.  A crown roast looks incredible and tastes terrific.  Ask your butcher to prepare the meat for you so all you have to do is roast it.  I used to smirk … Continue reading

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Lobster Bisque

This is my favorite kind of recipe; it’s special and unusual, but still appeals to nearly everyone.  Rather than use whole, live lobsters (expensive and scary) I chose to use lobster tails that I bought on sale and stored in … Continue reading

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Ham and Egg Hand Pies

What am I going to do with all this leftover ham?  I thought about scrambled eggs and ham, but that’s nothing to blog about.  How about wrapping up some ham and eggs inside some buttery, flaky puff pastry?  We have … Continue reading

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Smoky Links Forever

This delightfully decadent dish has been made in my family for at least 25 years.  I’m not sure what the origin of the recipe is, I just know that we have been making and eating them for as long as … Continue reading

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Asian Beef in Lettuce Cups

This is a tasty, healthy weeknight meal.  It’s quick and easy as well as inexpensive.  I know it seems like a lot of ingredients, but if you like to cook Asian food you probably have most of this in your … Continue reading

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Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

These are my favorite cookies to make for the holidays.  They are sophisticated enough to give as gifts, yet they are a simple drop cookie; no frosting or decorating needed.  They also freeze extremely well once they are baked.  The … Continue reading

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Raspberry Jammies

We kicked around names for these cookies for a while.  Jam Pockets was a top contender.  Raspberry Ravioli, or Raspioli were other choices.  I went with Raspberry Jammies when my brother-in-law said, “they ARE pretty comforting”.  The best thing about … Continue reading


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