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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, […]

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…

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 […]

Another “Too Many Tomatoes” Solution, and Green Too

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Most of us who have dirt-stained pants knees nurture vegetable gardens south of the Dixon-Mason Line have now reached a common state of affairs. The tomatoes now look like Little Shop of Horrors plants, just as we’re all getting a bit tired of tomatoes for dinner. […]

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 […]

Kitchen Experiments: Sometimes They Turn Out All Right

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Early in the day I began to think about what to fix for dinner. I hit on the idea for stuffed peppers, which is a family favorite and one which we hadn’t had in ages. Somehow, working in the garden has me thinking about all sorts […]

Chicken With Orange-Thyme Sauce and Rum-Soaked Bread Pudding

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Tonight’s dinner was the talk of the town, everywhere. Well, almost everywhere. My spouse enjoyed it so much she called her best friend, who usually dines with us on Wednesdays but couldn’t make it this evening, and bragged so much that she came over anyway.

And she […]

Recipe du Jour: Pulled Pork and Waffles

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Some of you may know of the great Southern comfort-food dish, Chicken and Waffles. (It’s actually German/Dutch in origin!) If not, I bet many of you know about pulled pork, as barbeque or in sandwiches. It’s not required that this meat be “barbeque style” with sauce, […]