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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, […]

Old-Timey Eats: Texas Depression Days Stew

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It may not be the Depression anymore (although I know some folks who would dispute that), but some of the poor-folk food that was invented to feed families on next-to-nothing has come back into vogue recently. It’s more than the economic tough times; some of […]

Aunt Alma's Taco Soup

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My aunt Alma and my uncle Jack recently celebrated a major milestone: Their 70th wedding anniversary. They’re still going strong, in spite of some o f the usual challenges facing the elderly these days.

When Alma got married, the joke around the Clan was that she […]

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 […]