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    My favorite way to prepare tuna steaks is from the cookbook, ONE POT SPANISH, by the late Penelope Casas. A Greek-American writer from Queens, she helped introduce Americans to Spanish cuisine in the 80s. Sadly, she passed away in August, 2013, at the age of 70, following complications of treatment for leukemia. In this recipe she suggests cutting the tuna into 1 inch cubes for a tapa. As a sidebar, thanks to Chef Casas, I learned to add more depth to paella by serving it with a dollop of garlicky and pungent aioli.

    Recipe #510705

    Now that I know how to cure salmon, I will never buy lox-style salmon again. This is great on a bagel or on brown bread with either cream cheese or creme fraiche and the usual garnishes of sliced tomato, red onion, and capers Served on a platter with additional grated citrus atop the cured salmon makes for an elegant presentation for serving a crowd. Please note, the format here does not want to accept singular "fillet" and is stating "fillets." However, a whole side of salmon fillet is used in one big piece, not several fillets. Happy Cooking!

    Recipe #488258

    Having researched many recipes for this condiment, it seems most of them have basic components of smokiness, heat, nuts, red peppers, tomatoes, olive oil and sherry vinegar. They also often include bread as a thickener, but mine does not. In fact, my recipe is so very simple I wonder if it is truly a Romesco sauce. I never measure the amount of nuts, olive oil, or sherry vinegar so the amounts below are approximate. Goes well with grilled fish, chicken, or meat or use as a dip for bread or veggies. A food processor makes this come together easily. I guess it is possible to make something more complicated by not using ingredients that are already processed, like the Smokehouse Almonds, jarred roasted red peppers, or canned tomatoes. But this works well consistently and friends always enjoy it. A very good quality Sherry Vinegar can add a nice touch, but I usually use what I find at the store, Big Lots, or TJ Max. Spanish chef, Penelope Casas, recommends Pimenton De le Vera for paprika.

    Recipe #489194

    This is my go-to recipe for an easy entree salad. My French cookbook advises to use Frisee lettuce, but I just use a Mesclun mix. I have yet to find Frisee that has a good flavor, but I have been told that a very white head is superb. I don't measure the amount of white vinegar I use in poaching the eggs, but just add a short "glug." I love the flavor of bacon with all of its glory in the "drippings." But to decrease the amount of animal fat in this recipe, I replace most of the drippings with olive oil and find that I still get all the flavor of the bacon from the browned bits that remain. (The fat in the egg yolk is a very healthy fat) This recipe can serve 2, but usually this is a solo dinner for me.

    Recipe #488388

    This very simple salad is from Food & Wine. Very easy first course or light lunch.

    Recipe #488719

    Although I seldom use processed foods like dehydrated mashed potatoes, this is very good. Would think you could just use leftover mashed potatoes instead of the dehydrated ones. This is slightly adapted from DEANN'S POTATO CHEESE HALIBUT which I ran across years ago on Deeann, whoever and wherever you are, thanks so much!

    Recipe #506664

    Ohhhh for the love of duck. If you use my recipe on this site for Roast Duck with Apricot Glaze, you will have a lovely duck stock, as well as some decadent duck fat. I love to enrich my duck stock further with veal bones from my nearby ethnic market. This recipe is adapted from one on the Saveur web site. Although typically Parmesan cheese is used, Manchego is also very good; and since that is what I had available, that is what I used.

    Recipe #511465

    Who knew that steel-cut oatmeal could be treated like risotto? It would have never occurred to me until some friends suggested it. is so very comprehensive, should have known I would find a few versions of it here. Perfect comfort food on a chilly autumn day, warm, filling, and healthy. Mushrooms are optional. But if you are using them, wipe them clean with a paper towel. If they are washed, they act like a sponge, soaking up the water. I have only tried this with steel-cut oats, like McCann's or Bob's Red Mill.

    Recipe #489975

    With good fresh salmon, less is always more. But sometimes I like to kick it up a notch with some Indian spices. This curry sauce can be made ahead and reheated while your salmon (or whatever type of fish you have) grillls. You can serve with steamed rice, but to be more carb friendly, sometimes I serve with cauliflower puree. In reviewing the nutritional content listed here, I don't agree with the carbohydrate content that has been calculated. The can of coconut milk has 2 grams of carbs per serving listed. So am stymied with how this system came up with over 50 grams per serving. Now if you include a few glasses of rose wine with this, maybe your carb content will be higher, but still not over 50 grams.

    Recipe #506586

    This is a modified version of an authentic curry from the Urban Rajah's web site. It also works great with fish, too. To make it a little more carb friendly, I serve it on steamed baby spinach, rather than rice. When using fish, I will add in a little light cream during the simmer time; with chicken, I add in a little chicken stock.

    Recipe #489866

    This recipe is adapted from Guy Fieri's recipe on Food Network. When cooking any type of animal protein, my own personal preference is cook with bone in. I like to think that the oozing marrow from the bone adds richness and flavor. Guy's recipe included green beans, but we used our favorite veggie, cauliflower. Allow at least 4 hours for marinating. If you are refrigerating your lamb while marinating, allow to come to room to room temperature before grilling. Guy F. suggests 20 minutes. Often times, Indian recipes are served with rice. However, to be a little more carb smart, serving pureed cauliflower is a great alternative to starches like rice or potatoes.

    Recipe #487098

    We were wondering what to do with our rack of lamb. Since we had some Ras el hanout, preserved lemon, pomegranate molasses, and pomegranate seeds, we prepared this with excellent results. I have never been to Morocco. But from what I have seen of recipes by Paula Wolfert, the preparation of Moroccan cuisine seems much more complicated than this. Your own Ras el hanout will be better than anything you find already prepared. And if you can find spices at an ethnic market, it will cost less, too. ( has many very good Ras el hanout blends, including my own :-)) As for preserved lemon, guess where you can find a recipe? You guessed it--right here on But I will also provide one at the end of this recipe

    Recipe #493364

    Here is yet another version of that mysterious spice blend with its origins in Morocco. This version is based on Paula Wolfert's, the authority on Moroccan cooking (outside of Morocco). Ras el hanout roughly translates to "head of the shop" and according to sources on the internet (and we all know that everything we read on the internet is true ;-)) the authentic versions can contain up to 100 ingredients, among them Spanish Fly and hashish. My version contains only ingredients that I am able to find at my nearby neighborhood ethnic markets; hence, no hashish or Spanish Fly. Since I have been unable to find certain types of peppers included in some recipes, I use dried chipotle peppers. No, it is not Morrocan; but it adds a hint of smokiness, on top of the smoked paprika, which I add later during the actual food prep. Although some versions of Ras include paprika, I feel that I have more control over the flavor if it is added later. Then I use Spanish smoked paprika (De la Vera).

    Recipe #486491

    Spatchcocking a whole chicken is the process of removing the backbone and flattening it. It reduces roasting time and produces an evenly roasted bird. Weighting it down with a brick covered with foil is supposed to be a great way to grill a whole chicken, but I have never done this. In this recipe by Jacques Pepin, he spatchcocks the chicken, then partially cuts through leg and thigh to reduce cooking time even further. This very easy recipe involves 2 steps in cooking, first on top of the stove over high heat, followed by roasting in the oven. Although I followed the recipe this time by cutting through the joints, I find I still get excellent results by simply removing the backbone, foregoing cutting through the joints until serving. WONDERFUL FLAVORS! Chef Jacques suggests serving with mashed potatoes. I found his recipe on the Food & Wine web site, and it is from his book, FAST FOOD MY WAY. With a beautiful organic chicken on hand and limited time, this is a fave.

    Recipe #489391

    This recipe has been adapted from FoodNetworks Halibut in Sicilian Sauce. I guess any firm white fleshy fish can be used, but I used Black Cod, also known as Sablefish or Butterfish. I always prefer to buy a whole fish and fillet it myself, as I feel that it is fresher and has a better flavor. Then I can make stock out of the bones and freeze away for later use. The sauce is a savory, salty, sweet combination that combines unlikely ingredients creating a lovely marrying of flavors and could probably be prepared a day ahead. As you prepare the sauce, add salt sparingly, since you are adding salty ingredients toward the end of the preparation. I have served this over risotto before, but it is still excellent without starch-stacking.

    Recipe #486175

    I like to serve oysters on special occasions.This bisque is based on a recipe from Sarah Leah Chase's cookbook, COLD WEATHER COOKING. It begins by first making your base by sauteing onion and celery in butter, adding rehydrated wild mushrooms, then seasoning with thyme and nutmeg, making a rue with some flour, then stirring in your juices from the rehydrated wild mushrooms, oyster liquor, fish stock, and sherry. While the soup base simmers, prepare wild rice, and saute your fresh mushrooms. This is where you can really be creative with different types of mushrooms, like my fave, Hen of the Woods, AKA Maitake, which adds an intense earthiness and an interesting texture. Once the soup base has simmered, add in your light cream and blend with an immersion blender. Add in your sauteed mushrooms, wild rice, and oysters.The base and the wild rice can be made ahead. The original recipe uses heavy cream and cream sherry. Makes a lovely first course for a holiday dinner.

    Recipe #491037

    One of my favorite desserts to prepare, this recipe is right out of Conde Nast's 1997 publication of PARTIES, page 119. I like it because it is low in gluten and not too sweet. Next time, I will try using gluten-free flour. The cardamom glaze adds a nice surprise.

    Recipe #514277

    This recipe is based on one from Sarah Leah Chase's cookbook, COLD WEATHER COOKING. In the original recipe, Chef Sarah uses a Hazelnut crust, which will be included at the end of this recipe. I prefer a regular pie crust. Although not a baker, I make a foolproof crust with my food processor. However, even a ready-prepared purchased crust works fine, too. I won't tell if you won't. Pears can be poached and custard made a day ahead and refrigerated, just bring to room temp before baking.

    Recipe #491060

    Adapted from Emeril’s recipe, on FoodNetwork,Tequila Marinated Chicken in Mole Sauce, the first step in creating Mole Sauce is to make this paste, which yields 3 1/2 cups. The paste is then further combined with additional chocolate and chicken stock to make an exquisitely complex Mole Sauce to serve with roasted chicken, turkey, pork, fish, Emeril's Tequila Marinated Chicken or in enchiladas. Garnish with the usual in Mexican cuisine, diced avocado, corn tortillas, cilantro, and pickled onion. Since only about a cup is used at a time, the remainder freezes well for use at a later time. I will try this with duck and/or rabbit and get back with you on this one.

    Recipe #486722

    With the bone attached, these bite-sized lamb chops are a great finger-food/appetizer for a small crowd. Also, they can be made a day ahead, refrigerated, then served at room temperature. The gremolata topping adds some nice color and brightness but should be prepared on same day of your event. If you would like to prepare your own Ras el hanout, there are many blends, including my own, here on If you are using a blend commercially prepared, the only one I can recommend is from Williams/Sonoma. I have tried another one that is popular and available in markets and online, but the Williams/Sonama blend is far better, JMHO. If you purchase preserved lemon, they are quite spendy. It is easy to make your own, but they need to be made a month ahead of time so they can ripen.

    Recipe #513988

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