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No Post-Christmas Hangover This Year?

The gifts are all opened, the paper’s been cleaned up and tossed, the stockings have been emptied and stored for next year. Now what? Some folks complain of a hangover about now. Nothing to do with excess partying! Too much other stuff. In-laws who are over-staying their welcome. Credit cards maxed out. A whole new […]

Chile Relleno Casserole

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

I wanted to make chile rellenos the other day, and I got some really nice-looking, deep green poblano chiles at the market that would have been ideal for that. I could hardly wait to try out my new stuffing recipe! Then disaster struck.

Oh, nothing too disastrous, […]

What’s a Pastitsio? I’ll Tell You…

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

Short answer: It’s a really tasty Greek casserole. Easy to make. And relatively inexpensive…

Here’s a recipe, adapted from one that appeared recently in Family Circle magazine:

8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
1½ pounds lean ground beef
1 can petite-diced tomatoes (onion/garlic flavored preferred)
1 cup chopped green […]

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 […]

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 […]

Recipe du Jour Marathon, First Post: Christine's Hamburger Pie

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When I was in graduate school, I had a few good friends who would occasionally feed me or play Atari games all night and drink beer. Dennis was one of these good friends. And he had a wonderful girlfriend, Christine, who could really […]

Recipe du Jour: Slow-Cooker Burrito Beef, and Baked Burritos

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One dish that my spouse and I have fine-tuned to our tastes over the years is baked beef burritos. This past week I tried a variation in the meat preparation that we really liked. Maybe you can try something like this for your next homemade Tex-Mex […]

Fish 4 Friday: Why Let the Kids Get All the Good Stuff? Cajun Shrimp Mac 'n' Cheese

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2011»

One of my favorite food magazines, Chile Pepper (sadly, it now appears the mag is defunct), recently shared an article that really attracted my attention. As a kid, I could eat my weight in my mom’s homemade macaroni-and-cheese. (My mom’s still the best home cook […]