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Fragrant Chakhokhbili With Green Peas

Say It With Me: Chakhokhbili

Chakhokhbili. I can’t blame you if your first urge was to say Gesundheit when you read this.  Yes, sounds a lot like a sneeze, and for some people it is very hard to pronounce.  Khokhobi in Georgian means pheasant.  Traditionally this dish was made with pheasant, but chicken took its rightful place right next to pheasant because […]

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Sausage, Spinach & 'Sparagus Soup

Almost Springy Soup: Sausage, Spinach & ‘Sparagus

Spring is almost, almost, almost here.  Folks all over the place are visiting their local gardening supply centers, deep discount stores piled up mulch and compost outside their doors, and weather is dig-in-the-dirt friendly more days than it’s not.  Don’t know about you, but I have already caught the gardening bug and got started on […]

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Mushroom Barley Soup With Chanterelles

Barley Mushroom Soup With Chanterelles

You have to forgive me for giving you a false start of the soup season earlier this fall, in 85 degree weather. I hope you’ll be understanding because soup is my favorite thing.  But now I no longer have any formal restrictions. We are officially in the end of fall folks, even here in the […]

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Substitution Magic: Pasta With Sausage & Broccolini

Substitution Magic: Pasta With Sausage & Broccolini

How far do you think you can deviate from the original recipe and still be able to recognize it?  I mean, there are hardly any real people out there that have all ingredients on hand at all times.  We are bound to substitute here and there, even omit some stuff, but can we still call […]

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Putting together Spinach & Pumpkin Seed Pesto Pasta Bowl

Spinach & Pumpkin Seed Pesto Chicken Pasta Bowl

There are dishes that appear to be very complicated, while they are not.  As it was the case with my last night’s dinner, whose labor-to-yum ratio is extremely favorable.  The whole meal start-to-finish took about 20 minutes to put together.  It’s robust, bright in both color and flavor and irresistibly good looking.  The secret is […]

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Lamb Stuffed Pattypans - ready to eat

Lamb Stuffed Pattypans

Many vegetables happily serve as containers for tasty stuffing — peppers, squash, eggplants cut in half and scooped out will serve as boat-shape stuffing vessels… Some require a bit of work to be turned into containers, say, cabbage or brussels sprouts. But some of them just seem to be waiting to be used as containers, […]

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Sweet And Sour Brisket

Embracing The Inner Jew: Sweet & Sour Brisket

Originally posted on Eat Already!:
Every time I pass perfectly flat triangular brisket slabs in a store,  my inner Jew wakes up from a deep sleep and starts with the questions. “When are you gonna start cooking like a good Jewish girl?”  “Where are the Gefilte Fish and Latkes?”  “Why aren’t you making Mandlech for…

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