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Tomato Cheese Tart

For almost as long as I can remember this recipe has been “in the family”. I can remember being a child slicing up tomatoes or inhaling the herby scent as I spread the marinated tomatoes out onto the tart shells. The smell of these baking was either the final hint that the holidays were upon […]


Autumn Paleo Sausage

I’m not even a huge sausage fan but these were beyond sausage and scrumptious in their clean simplicity. I found the recipe for these online and made a small adaptation for my adult daughter who is trying a Paleo – type diet for auto immune disease. I had a hard time refraining from eating more […]


Chai Tea

Is it cold where you are today? Are you holding your hot coffee or tea cup tightly while you sip down the warming liquid? How about a change of flavor pace this holiday season that might just outlast your Christmas tree? This recipe came to us on a recent visit to Norfolk Virginia and a […]


German Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen)

I would not consider myself a baker. I always sigh and move on, when I see a really delicious dessert that requires baking. I tend to mess up the recipes in some small way. It may be overly dry, or maybe it doesn’t rise properly, too dense or some other version of too much or […]


Cran Elderberry Pepita Relish

You spend days or even weeks planning Thanksgiving dinner and then you spend hours cooking an amazing turkey, perfect stuffing, fluffy mashed potatoes, delicious casseroles and pies pies pies! But what about the cranberry sauce? Most of us just make one simple decision – whole berry or jellied. We decant the can and call it […]


Vegan chocolate chip cookies

I am not a vegan, but these cookies are delicious! I doubt they are any better for you, the environment or anyone else except maybe the cows and chickens. They are not easier to make. So why did I make them? Well that’s easy, I didn’t have enough eggs or butter, but my pantry just […]


Hahnchenpfeffer

It’s always fun to come up with a menu based on a single ingredient. Sometimes it’s the protein, sometimes it’s a vegetable. This time around the recipe was based on something that wouldn’t even end up in the recipe! Enter the Gewurztraminer (pronounced gə-ˈvu̇rt-ˌstra-mə-nər). We tasted a bottle at our local wine shop and loved […]


Pasta with Swordfish, Tomato, & Eggplant

We live just down the street from a little roadside stand that sells arguably some of the freshest seafood possible. We love to stop in and pick up whatever they happen to have and fashion a dish around that ingredient. This past weekend that dish happened to be Swordfish. I’ve never cooked it before, and […]


Sprout Sandwich with Tofu Ricotta

When my wife came home with “The High-Protein Vegan Cookbook” I rolled my eyes and gave her a look like “You’re kidding right? Why do we need this?” We love meat and dairy and I find a lot of vegan versions of regular dishes to be poor substitutes. But I sucked in my desire to […]


Instant Pot Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

This Christmas, Terri, The Food Fairy, gifted each of her tenured head chefs a brand new Instant Pot. Initially I didn’t really understand what the hype was about, but after some experimenting, I am officially a fan. My plan for this Ragu was to make it “the old fashioned way” slow cooking in the oven. […]


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