Oven Fries Recipe

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Whether you call them fries, french fries, Pomme Frite’s or chips, they go with everything.  Who in America can imagine a summer without a burger and fries or fish and chips?  No matter what name they go by, they’re as much a part of eating in the Western world as is apple or cherry pie.

I think the reason more people don’t make their own fries at home is that they think it will be difficult, messy or dangerous.  … Read the rest

Sausage Gravy, a Southern Staple

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While I’ve shared a basic Southern gravy recipe here before, if you’re thinking of making biscuits and gravy it can’t be done with restaurant style gravy. It must be made with sausage gravy.  Sausage gravy is a Southern staple.  It can be found in nearly every restaurant and diner in the South and the Southwest and is undoubtedly made in nearly every home in the area as well.… Read the rest

Balsamic Braised Beef Ribs

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Beef Ribs.  For me, the very mention of this wonderful finger food immediately conjures up memories of the massive wood fired pits I became accustomed to in Texas.  Those BBQ places that actually had ribs on the menu were few and far between, but they were invariably my favorite places to eat.  Brisket is great, but for me ribs are far more succulent and I was there for the grease-covered jaw gloriousness of the affair.… Read the rest

Chicken, Mushroom and Broccoli Alfredo

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Sometimes the aim of a dish is simply to get something on the table that everyone will eat.  Add-in that you have a house full of kids who cringe at the thought of anything made with vegetables and it can become an issue.  The answer?  Cover those veggies in something they’ll gobble up so that the dog doesn’t get fed under the table.… Read the rest

Chicken Salad with Citrus and Cashews

Chicken Salad with Citrus and Cashews

Simple, quick and tasty.  That’s what comes to mind when I think of this salad.  The sweetness of honey, the tang of mustard and a good hearty blast of sweet red grapefruit make this a sure-fire winner on even the hottest day. It puts a smile on my face every time I make it.

It only takes a few minutes to put this together, which makes it a great choice for a quick-lunch.  … Read the rest

Poached Cod with Sweet Pepper and Tomato

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Summer dishes should be quick.  Who wants to stand in a hot kitchen when you could be out enjoying the weather or escaping the heat in the pool?  There are other, better uses for your time in the long days of summer than standing in front of a stove. (Unless you happen to be a food geek like me of course.)

Heavy meals and warm weather make for terrible bed fellows.… Read the rest

Cucumber and Radish Salad

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With temperatures in the high double and low triple digits, it’s time for lighter meals that pack a ton of flavor without being heavy.  This dish provides all the flavor you could ever want and mingles it with an abundance of color and simple preparation.  From idea to plate in less than five minutes and no stove required.  It’s the perfect summertime snack.… Read the rest

Feta Stuffed Lamb Burgers

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It’s grilling time here in Northern California. While this normally means making up a batch of burgers or dogs to appease the always-starving hordes of small people running around our house, every once in a while it’s also time to get seriously creative and try something new and completely different.

This recipe is inspired completely by my wife.  We were discussing her preference for thinner burgers vs.… Read the rest