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Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Kick

Butter. Chocolate. Chiles. A new food trinity! It’s found in spicy chocolate chip cookies (among other great dishes). Add the other basic ingredients and you can make all kinds of cookies: Chewy or crisp; thick or thin; bite-sized or humongous. A special treat in any case!

We’re also coming into Hatch chile season. Mild or hot, […]

Best. Burritos. Ever…

This weekend the weather turned off cool and crisp. Not cold, I don’t think my veggie plants are in any danger, but cooler than I like this time of year. (Then again, I’m into shorts and bare feet by Texas Independence.) Cool weather is a good excuse to break out the slow cooker and make […]

Chicken Marsala Worthy of Self-Inflicted Wounds

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Looking for a great dish for a romantic little dinner at home? Well, have we got a deal for you…

Chicken Marsala is one of those ingenious Italian inventions that looks difficult to make, but really isn’t. It can even be a show piece. You’ll love it, […]

What’s a Pastitsio? I’ll Tell You…

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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 […]

Recipe du Jour: Rosemary Lager Focaccia for Dipping…

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Here’s a quick, summery bread recipe that uses beer. (Yes, I’m on a beer-cooking kick. You’ll just have to suffer.) It’s easy to make, and I think it’s ideal for cutting into crouton-sized pieces and dipping into olive oil:

1 1/4 cups lager beer (I suggest Paulaner, […]

Tomatoes, Tomatoes Everywhere; What to Do? East India Sauce!

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Our small patch of a dozen tomato plants has gone into overdrive this week. Especially the alien cherry tomatoes that have grown to over eight feet tall. There’s only two of them in the garden, but they’re producing a quart of tasty red spheres each day. […]

Best. Southern. Green Beans. Ever…

It’s not a brag, it’s a fact. Or maybe a simple statement of philosophy…

Green beans are something that all too many families take for granted these days. Even in the South, where we really, really know how to cook beans. Canned green beans now are the go-to version of this classic vegetable side. Frozen […]

Speed Challenge: On-the-Spot Slumgullion

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I was issued an impromptu cooking challenge on Sunday. Seems daughterperson and her beau suddenly found themselves short of time, and also in need of a meal. My snide aside cogent observation that sleeping in was the culprit of their compressed schedule nearly got me beat […]