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Chicken Liver Pate coated with melted butter

Speedy Gourmet: Chicken Liver Pâté

I like liver, and there is nothing you can do about it.  When I cut up a whole chicken, I always save the chicken belly fat and liver for later. Then I buy another small box of livers and make this quick pâté. It’s divine on a warm croissant, crusty toast, water cracker, or anything […]

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Beef Short Ribs in A Clay Pot

Effortless: Beef Short Ribs In A Clay Pot

Today is going to be just a quick post. No nostalgic ramblings, no gastronomical musings, no pseudo-scientific reports.  This dish is effortless.  I did no research, no recipe comparison, no option evaluation. All I did was — chop and load, chop and load. Shocked? Me, too!

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Julia Child's Choucroute Royale

Hats off to Julia. Again. Choucroute Royale

Just wanted to put in a quick post this time.  Every time I cook something from Julia Child’s collection of recipes, I am amazed. I read through the ingredient list, glance over the instructions, and I swear, every time I have the same feeling: what’s so special about it? You see those five, six ingredients […]

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Veal Kidney Stroganoff served with mashed potatoes, pickle, and basic tomato salad

Scary Stroganoff

Ever cooked scary food? I used to cook it all the time back home, but now I have to adjust my scary food cooking schedule for local availability and my American family taste.  What’s scary food? You know. I am talking liver, kidneys, brains, heart, feet, tongue, bone marrow, and other such things that typically […]

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Additional browning after cooking through

Flounder with Lemon Sauce and Sauteed Garlic Squash

Had a nice trip down the memory lane today.  We picked up a nice size flounder at a farmer’s market.  Flounder has a special place in my gastronomically inclined heart, because I grew up eating it almost every other week.  Flounder came in two sizes and colors in my town — large black ones, the […]

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Scallops & Leeks served alongside steamed mixed grains

Scallops and Leek, and Everything … Not Greek?

This recipe was shared by my friend Tatiana, who now lives in Greece.  She swore it was a Greek recipe, but I didn’t believe her for one second.  It seems profoundly French to me in every respect — from vast quantity of onions used, to butter, to cream, to cooking in wine method, to extracting […]

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Embracing The Inner Jew: Sweet & Sour Brisket

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 your chicken soup any more, […]

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