Slow Cooker Turkey Stock

Nov 27, 12 Slow Cooker Turkey Stock

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Thanksgiving night.Exhausted. Too much turkey.Too much wine.Too much stuffing. Ready to collapse. One last thing to do: make turkey stock.Break up turkey carcass to fit in the slow cooker.Add an onion, a carrot, a celery rib, and bay leaves.Cover with cold water.Set cooker on low for 12 hours. Stumble to my bedroom and sleep for 12...

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Pumpkin and Squash Soup

Oct 07, 10 Pumpkin and Squash Soup

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Diane had an unexpected bonus in our garden this year. Tim, our youngest, planted a seed while he was helping Diane, and it gave us a mystery squash that we were puzzling over for most of the summer. We assumed it was a rogue zucchini, but there was only one of them, and it kept getting bigger and rounder. It had tendrils reaching...

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Beef Burgundy

Mar 25, 10 Beef Burgundy

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And now, for a stew that is elegant enough to serve at a dinner party…if I ever had such a thing.*I just “have people over”, as Pam Anderson says. Beef Burgundy, Julia Child’s way, is a tour de force production.  It was the recipe she made in the first episode of “The French Chef”, and she...

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Texas Red Chili

Dec 03, 09 Texas Red Chili

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The first cookbook I bought after Diane and I got married wasn’t really a cookbook. It was a recipe booklet from Betty Crocker, the ones they sell in the checkout aisle at the grocery store. Soups, Stews and Chilis was full of very bland recipes, except… In the middle was an insert. In that insert were the recipes that...

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Lentil stew, Umbrian style

Nov 17, 09 Lentil stew, Umbrian style

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This recipe is another example of how to vary the flavor profile of a dish.  I’m using the basic technique from my Lentil Dal stew.  We’ll change the flavor from Indian to Italian by switching some of the aromatics and spices.*Oh, and by adding a little pancetta.  You can never go wrong when you...

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Rotisserie Cornish Game Hens, Brined and Herbed

May 26, 09 Rotisserie Cornish Game Hens, Brined and Herbed

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I’ve been writing this blog for a little while now, and I’ve been amazed at the number of readers that my rotisserie recipes attract. I know from my own research that rotisserie recipes are few and far between – when I find a new one, I get excited about something else I can try with my favorite grill gadget. The...

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Lentil stew, Dal style

Mar 20, 09 Lentil stew, Dal style

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Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything was the first general purpose cookbook I bought.* *The Betty Crocker cookbook we got as a wedding present doesn’t count. He says, shaking in horror from the memory. Unfortunately…I didn’t like it. The recipes are very stripped down, and I could tell. Some were simplified...

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Slow Cooker Caribbean Black Beans and Rice

Feb 26, 09 Slow Cooker Caribbean Black Beans and Rice

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I have three young, picky eaters at home. The book that helped us get through this tragedy is “Child of Mine” by Ellyn Satter. Her theory is a division of responsibility at the dinner table – a parent’s job is to put a healthy meal on the table; the kid’s job is to figure out if they’re going to...

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Quick Couscous

Feb 17, 09 Quick Couscous

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Here’s another quick weeknight recipe. Couscous will give you a starchy side dish in almost no time at all, especially if you have an eletcric kettle to boil your water in.  Also, because it’s fairly bland, the kids will eat it!OK, two out of three of my kids. I can’t get THAT lucky. Recipe: Quick...

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Rotisserie Cornish Game Hens

Jan 21, 09 Rotisserie Cornish Game Hens

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When my Grandpa would make his annual visit to my parent’s house, Cornish game hens were always on the menu.  Grandpa and my dad would work on their yearly home improvement project, and he would always want “little chickens” with rice pilaf stuffing when the project was over. But, before that, I’d get...

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Choucroute Garnie – Sauerkraut with pork and sausage

Jan 17, 09 Choucroute Garnie – Sauerkraut with pork and sausage

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Choucroute Garnie is a specialty of the Alsace region of France. It’s a collection of different types of pork – smoked, cured, sausage…but Choucroute Garnie is really all about the sauerkraut. You see all that wonderful pork, and think that it’s the important part. But it’s not. Now, don’t get me...

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