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Pork Carnitas

| February 4, 2010

An incredibly simple recipe for braised pork carnitas that delivers a huge punch of flavor.

Filling in the Gaps

| January 24, 2010

This is a summary post overviewing the meals and baked goods I made over the holidays, concluding with the highlight of my father making ebelskivers.

Grilled Ribs and Sauteed Sweets

| November 24, 2009


This recipe may be one of the only ways I enjoy eating sweet potatoes: They are tender, flavorful, and not overly sweet thanks to caramelized onion, ginger, smoked paprika, and a splash of sherry vinegar. The grilled ribs they accompanied were tasty, but nowhere near as revolutionary.

Muffin-Cup Gratins

| October 19, 2009


This easy recipe for potato gratins built in a muffin tin, from the winner of The Next Food Network Star, Melissa d’Arabian, is absolutely brilliant, adaptable, and a new favorite side dish in our home. And the chicken is alright too.

Splurging, Two Ways

| September 28, 2009


This special-occasion meal is composed of porcini-crusted filet mignon, pan-roasted and topped with gorgonzola garlic butter. The remaining steak was then transformed into sandwiches on homemade potato rolls (made from leftover chard-laced mashers), smeared with the same compound butter and topped with caramelized onion.

Huffing and Puffing

| September 28, 2009


The September 2009 Daring Bakers challenge featured homemade puff pastry baked up into little cups called vols-au-vent. I filled mine with scrambled eggs, sauteed spinach and mornay sauce, in a breakfast-for-dinner riff.

Big Boy Meatballs

| June 29, 2009

This has become my basic meatball recipe for serving over spaghetti, along with any number of flavor variations.

Creamy Goodness

| March 14, 2009

A simple method for creamed corn that is a 180-degree change from the gloppy canned variety.

Home Delivery

| January 31, 2009


An initial take on homemade pizza with a simple yeasted crust and a variety of toppings.

Arroz con Pollo and Friends

| November 11, 2008

This easy boneless version of arroz con pollo shows its versatility with an array of leftovers, including breakfast burritos and tortilla soup. Also included is my go-to recipe for fresh flour tortillas.

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