Archive | November, 2009

Roasting a Turkey: Both White and Dark Meat can be Succulent and Moist

One of the greatest challenges of the Thanksgiving feast is being able to present a magnificent eye appealing bird that has palate appeal as well.  How does one prepare the star of the day in a way that allows both the white and dark meats to be juicy and succulent?  I’ve sat down at numerous […]

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Yucatan Style Arroz con Pollo

During my years of professional business travel I have been fortunate  to dine in many venues all around the globe.  How much better could it get for someone who loves great food than being required to travel to exotic international destinations as well as the great metropolitan cities of our country, spanning East to West and North to […]

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Seafood Chowder with Tarragon and Parmesan Pastry Rounds

This week a reader asked if we might have any great ideas for a seafood chowder.  The morning after reading the request I stepped out the door on my way to the market and was greeted by a blustery blast of frigid air combined with a shower of extremely cold rain and knew immediately that the evening meal would […]

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Gentleness and Patience: The Keys to a Perfect Pastry and Pie Crust

Cranberries are not only a traditional accompaniment to the Thanksgiving turkey but can also be an ingredient for a luscious palate pleasing dessert to end your holiday meal.  There’s nothing better than a scrumptious slice of Cranberry Walnut Tart topped with a generous dollop of homemade whipped cream served while comfortably sitting in the living […]

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Cranberries: Two Delicious Ways to Accompany The Bird

Memories of holiday dinners past float through my mind as we concentrate on the final details of our upcoming Thanksgiving feast.  I think back to those much anticipated meals at Grandpa and Grandma Neve’s home in Walters, a small rural town in southern Minnesota.   As we drove into their driveway late each Thanksgiving morning for the noontime […]

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Baked Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sweet Italian Sausage

   We find it fascinating to walk down the pasta aisle of our local market and marvel with amazement at all of the different shapes, many of them whimsical, that are available for preparation in our kitchens and dining enjoyment at our tables.  In our home we most often use, like many of you probably do, spaghetti, […]

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Braised Pork Shoulder with Tarragon and Thyme

Growing up on a farm in our country’s heartland was filled with many adventures for a youngster!  There were always new things to do, see and smell as the seasons went from spring planting to fall’s bountiful harvest.  I remember well the fragrance of the rich black topsoil as it would be prepared for planting corn, […]

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Crisp Fresh Romaine and Baby Arugula Salad… with a Twist

A generous garden salad is a mainstay at our table nearly every evening.  There is nothing quicker and easier than filling a large wooden bowl with a combination of chopped or torn salad greens and then adding whatever else happens to be in the produce drawer of the refrigerator.  We seem to always have on hand fresh white […]

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Salmon Cakes with Lemon and Fresh Dill

We love salmon… period!  One indulgent dining out lunch to which we always look forward is a seasonal trek to Skates by the Bay, a local restaurant perched like a seagull on pilings out over the San Francisco Bay in Berkeley.  For a very short period of time, mid-May to mid-June only, Copper River salmon is on […]

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Risotto With Butternut Squash Croutons

Inspiration in the kitchen comes to us in a variety of ways, and this risotto dish definitely proves that fact to be true!  The challenge for the creation of this delicious dish was presented to us by our dear friend Fran from southern California when she wrote asking if we had any new ideas for the […]

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