The Slow Cooker: Moroccan-Spiced Tomato Chicken with Almonds

Here is a totally different flavored chicken laced with some subtle spices, currants, and honey in a tomato based sauce that uses cooked salsa. It is a brilliantly simple recipe that tastes like a whole lot more…

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Feeding R.C.

While I was catering, over the decades, I worked for some really wonderful people who owned businesses and needed to have catered affairs as part of their PR. One of these was the now-defunct Sunbird Fine Art Gallery in Los Altos, California, a small but affluent town at the foothills of the Coast Range in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Duck Liver Pâté

I was served this fabulous appetizer pâté de foie de canard at a cooking class with local chef Scottie McKinney decades ago at the newly opened Hotel Meridien in downtown San Francisco. We sat in the corner of the empty dining room for the demonstrations. Never having been much interested in eating pâté, I flipped for this one.

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Slow Cooker: Braised Quail on Toast

I met my first quail at dinner in the Chez Panisse restaurant back in the 1970s. When the diminutive whole braised game bird was set in front of me, little legs splayed all to heaven in my direction, I commented: “Well, aren’t these indecent little birds!” Quail are a real gourmet treat. They are easy to cook at home for a special dinner.

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Bunny’s Day-After Thanksgiving Turkey, Stuffing, and Vegetable Pie

This is a recipe created by my friend Bunny Dimmel for the day after Thanksgiving main meal. “We had it for supper on Friday,” she wrote on a Thanksgiving weekend. “And it was the best ever. We all liked it better than the Thanksgiving dinner itself.”

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Roast Boneless Turkey with Chestnuts and Dried Cherries


This rolled and stuffed turkey breast is a wonderful alternative to the whole stuffed bird at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is easier to prep and takes up lots less room in the fridge. I have made this umpteen times for…

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Cooking for a Crowd: Moroccan Chicken with Dried Fruit and Olives

Moroccan cuisine is influenced by Spanish and French cooking techniques and their main dish meat and vegetable casserole stews are called tagines, which has become a household word in the culinary circles. It is also the name of the traditional baking dish.

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Favorites From Not Your Mother’s Weeknight Cooking

Can you share five recipes from your book Not Your Mother’s Weeknight Cooking and tell us why you like these recipes for busy weeknights.

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Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker-Revised Edition Recipes

Creamy Kheer Oatmeal

photo courtesy design mom

Rice kheer is a beloved cardamom-scented pudding dessert in India. It is so special it is also served for weddings. There are many regional household versions since it is homemade. Here the kheer moves…

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Duck Breast Salad with Blueberries, Walnuts, and Currant Vinaigrette

Main dish salads are good all year round and yet reflect seasonality by their components. There are many exceptional main dish salads and you only need to know two and you are a wiz in the kitchen. Here is a very special main dish salad with spring in mind and its source of protein is duck.

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