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Dinner, Essentials, Party, Pasta

Simple Vegetarian Lasagna

 

 We don’t eat much meat in our family. We aren’t vegetarians, but I just don’t bother with it very often. I’ve been making a traditional lasagna bolognese recipe for years, and the sauce alone simmers for four hours, before I even get started on the lasagna assembly. It’s a process, […]

Essentials, Sauces

Preserved Lemon Compound Butter

 

 “What exactly is a compound butter?” my husband asked me last week while we were enjoying this specific recipe melted over monkfish. A compound butter is a technical term for butter softened to room temperature then mixed with the seasonings of your choice. A simple classic compound butter could be […]

Essentials, Meat, Salads, Snacks

Chicken Salad With Cashews

 

 Chicken salad preferences are polarizing. The favorite Waldorf variety with nuts and grapes makes my stomach turn. I have no interest in seeing a piece of celery in the same location as a grape..and apples? GTFO. That might be something you’re into, but I’ll continue to steer clear. I love […]

Dinner, Essentials, Meat

The Humble Roast Chicken

 

 There are fewer food items I will get more passionate about than a roast chicken. When I stroll the grocery store and pass the shriveled up rotisserie chickens I ramble to my husband about the ease and money savings of a simple roast chicken at home. When I have a […]

Dinner, Pasta

Spaghetti Pie

 

 We’ve talked about it before. I’m not a casserole kind of chef, I’m an over-thinker who genuinely enjoys multiple components. The more complicated, the better. I crave a challenge. That is all well and good in a life that revolves only around me, but alas, I am married to midwestern […]

Essentials, Sauces

Bechamel

 

 One of the five french mother sauces (bechamel, veloute, hollandaise, espagnole, tomato sauce), bechamel is a versatile base for a variety of dishes. If you’ve ever made a macaroni and cheese casserole, you’ve likely made a bechamel. Flour, butter and milk make the base of this recipe, and it can […]

Pasta, Salads, Sides, Snacks

Herby Pasta Salad

 

 It’s summertime and with July 4th rapidly approaching, it’s outdoor picnic and grilling season everywhere except for here in hotter than hell Florida. Summer is our rainy season, so it rains every single day. It’s not exactly ideal picnic weather down here, and you certainly couldn’t pay me any sum […]