All American Beef Stew

Yankee Cooking At Its Best This New England Classic is easy to make, but does require a long braise. The active cooking time is probably an hour or less. It is even better the second day. The first time I made this, the aroma filled my SoCal home and brought me straight back to my … Continue reading All American Beef Stew

Cedar Wrapped Salmon & Asparagus

Infused with the sweet, smoky aura of cedarwood, this salmon and asparagus preparation makes for a killer presentation, and is easy to put together! Ingredients 4 fresh salmon portions, approximately 4-6 ounces each1 lb asparagus, divided into 4 portions (see note*)1 lemon sliced into 8 thin rounds1/4 cup mayo1 teaspoon Aleppo chili flakes1 tablespoon brown … Continue reading Cedar Wrapped Salmon & Asparagus

Corned Beef and Cabbage

I vaguely remember my mom attempting to make this St. Patrick's Day classic one time during my childhood.  As I remember, it involved braising the corned beef by itself in beef broth in the slow cooker, all while every burner on the stove was taken up cooking each ingredient - carrots, potatoes, cabbage, onions - … Continue reading Corned Beef and Cabbage

How to Make Chowder

This post invites you to experiment - it is a blueprint and a technique, not a rigid recipe that must be followed. Use whatever ingredients you have on hand, or whatever you like. There is a lot of fierce debate about what makes a soup a chowder - or if chowder is a type of … Continue reading How to Make Chowder

New England Yankee Pot Roast

Yankee Cooking At Its Best This New England Classic is easy to make, but does require a long braise. The active cooking time is probably an hour or less. It is even better the second day. The first time I made this, the aroma filled my SoCal home and brought me straight back to my … Continue reading New England Yankee Pot Roast

Vegan Mushroom Bisque

I've been trying to make one vegan/vegetarian dish each week to cut down a bit on my meat consumption.  The secret ingredient to this dish is homemade cashew cream which, in the finished product, you wouldn't know isn't dairy.  You could make this recipe using heavy cream rather than the cashew cream for a vegetarian … Continue reading Vegan Mushroom Bisque

Hearty Beef Stew with Red Wine

Perfect for a cold winter's night, this hearty stew takes about 30 minutes to prep and then cooks all day (or part of the day, depending on your method).  The addition of red wine makes it quite similar to beef bourginon, but this version also includes potatoes.  It can be made in the slow cooker … Continue reading Hearty Beef Stew with Red Wine

Chicken A La King

I know what you might be thinking.  For many, the thought of Chicken A La King conjures up the worst of that era of the 50s and 60s when everything came from a can.  When people couldn't figure out what to do with leftover chicken,  they smothered it in cream with canned mushrooms - or … Continue reading Chicken A La King

Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

This method for roasting a pork loin is the best I've found so far.  It yields a juicy, tender roast accented by savory garlic and herbs.  Served with Shiitake Mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes it makes the perfect autumn dinner for those first few crisp, cool nights.  Although it takes a couple of hours to … Continue reading Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy