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Glorified Leftovers: Meaty Pies

Leftovers Glorified: Meaty Pies

If you ever cooked a large hunk of meat, say, pot roast, picnic pork, leg of lamb, the abominable Thanksgiving turkey, or chicken, you probably have experienced the big feast aftermath syndrome.  Doesn’t ring the bell?  Well… you cook that beautiful cut of meat, you feed everyone until their are full to the brim, and then… and then […]

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Green Slaw With Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Green Slaw With Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Summer is here.  Suddenly we notice the change in our taste — we crave lighter dishes, we see more vegetables in our fridge and on our plate, we sip iced drinks, and I don’t know about you, but I am just not in the mood for elaborate dinner cooking marathons. Summer laziness sets in. To […]

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Asparagus Pesto

Must Try: Asparagus Pesto

There is nothing to discuss here, really. I love asparagus. I love pesto. I love pasta. My initially intended dinner wasn’t ready in time, so here is a quickly whipped asparagus pesto to save the day. Served with spaghetti as an emergency dinner option, but that’s not the only use, as you may guess: chicken, […]

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Freshly made plăcintă pies stacked on a plate

Theme With Variations: Quick Plăcintă Pies

Grab a piece of simple soft dough, roll it out and it will open a world of possibilities to you.  A skillet pie can turn your ordinary weeknight into a  feast fit for a king. Should you feel like you need to be convinced, let me give you just a few bullet points: making the dough […]

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Koubiteh -- Lamb Pie From Crimea

Easy As Pie, A Lamb Pie From Crimea

As days are getting warmer — some places already headed full-throttle into scorching summer heat — meal preparation is dwindling down to a few quick and easy basics. I don’t blame you people,  I mean, who wants to spend the entire evening after a stressful work day cooking when it’s so nice outside (well, that excludes me, […]

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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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Pickling Bliss Attained…

Finally, a batch of sauerkraut I can get behind. I think I finally figured out the perfect salt to cabbage ratio, and the air insulation in my pickling crock helped develop that amazing zest. No spices needed — cabbage has its own perfect punch…

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