Archive for November, 2015

Pumpkin Shortcakes with Winter Fruit Compote

Although shortcakes are normally served with juicy fresh fruit in the summer, a compote that takes advantage of premium canned, dried, and frozen fruit is the perfect shortcake filling for the winter months.

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Gringo Chili for a Crowd with Sour Cream Cornmeal Muffins

Sounds amazing, but the thick heat and meat stew called chili con carne, or chile with meat, is as American as apple pie. It is a traditional homespun dish displaying the qualities of creativity and originality of its cooks born and bred in the borderland desert of the U.S. and northern Mexico.

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Slow Cooker Thanksgiving

Oh is it Thanksgiving again already? A month until Christmas? It was just Fourth of July…where did the year go? So gearing up to the month devoted to eating and gatherings of all type, why not have an easy Thanksgiving feast?

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Old-Fashioned Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy and Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cooking turkey in a slow cooker is so easy it is almost what we would call a no-brainer: load up the crock with the ingredients and turn it on.

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Cornish Game Hens with Cornbread Stuffing and Sweet Potatoes

Cornish game hens are like a small plump chicken. They are the poultry of choice when serving only a few diners. Here is a basic recipe for crock-roasting and cooked with a stuffing on one side and sweet potatoes on the other.

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Winter Corn Pudding


One year my mother asked me to bring a vegetable side dish for our family Thanksgiving. Wanting to do something new, I brought the ingredients for this ultra simple corn pudding, from Irena Chalmer’s little Holiday recipe book, and whipped…

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The Thanksgiving Roll Basket

It is the very fresh, golden brown, tender dinner roll that dominates a fully provisioned traditional Thanksgiving table. My favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving is the only holiday devoted entirely to enjoying food. It is a time to share a meal with family and guests, as well as showcasing some of your culinary specialties.

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Cobb Salad

I have had many Cobbs in my life, since it is an all-time favorite salad. Cobb Salad was created in the legendary Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles (which was constructed like an oversized hut), and its patronage included old Hollywood from the 40s and 50s, and new Hollywood faces from the 60s and 70s.

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soup and stew season: Slow Cooker Ragoût of Veal for 20

Every so often you need a good dinner party dish or family-style stew. Here is a luscious braised veal stew for that occasion. You must have a very large, family sized slow cooker for this recipe.

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soup and stew season: Italian Potato Leek Soup


I always describe Potato Leek Soup as the workhorse of the French kitchen and it is not surprisingly made all over Europe as well, besides being one of my favorite toss-in-the-pot soups. This version, probably from the Jura Mountains between…

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