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Pear Clafouti, the Tasty Dessert With the Funny Name

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

In my mind, pears are an overlooked fruit option for many dishes. Pears aren’t available lots of places or a lot of the year, like apples and other hand fruit are these days. They are usually more expensive than other options, although the price per-item […]

A Creamy Cheese Soup That's Good for You

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

Until I got to graduate school, I detested broccoli. In any form. It was often bitter, and usually overcooked. Even butter or cheese sauce couldn’t hide the taste or the texture.

Why the change at grad school? Well, I could have my own garden. In fact, […]

Tex-Mex Lasagna, the Ninth Wonder of the World?

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

Almost everybody loves lasagna. I mean, what’s not to like? Pasta, cheese, rich sauce, herbs and spices. Maybe some meat, maybe some veggies; depends on the type of lasagna. All baked to bring out the best in the flavor combinations.

Tex-Mex cooking shares some of the […]

Pork Chops and Apples Go Together Like, Like ...

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Well, like Gable and Lombard; like Newman and Woodward; like Burton and Taylor (more than once); like Astaire and Rogers; like Tracy and Hepburn. (Lewis and Martin? Abbott and Costello? Uhh…) You get my drift.

Pork, the other other white meat, goes especially well with sweet […]

This Stew Will Make You (Feel) Pregnant

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My wife had a tough time of it when she was pregnant. Four months of morning sickness, and often days when she couldn’t keep anything down all day long. Ever since then she’s never been a morning person. (I claim there’s a direct causal link.)

My […]

Poppy Seed Chicken, Heaven in a Casserole Dish

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While we’re on the subject of comfort food, here’s a dish that I learned from Christine back in grad school. This meal is a Clan favorite, and when the weather’s cold out we make a big batch of it and kick back. It’s ridiculously easy […]

The Devil's Own Chicken, as Hot as Your Conscience Can Stand

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All I can say about this recipe is, the devil made me do it. And eat it too!

There are many versions of this dish, with names from Chicken Diablo to Pollo del Diavolo and more. Each one lays claim to the “original” title, of course, […]