Handmade Egg Pasta – Shaped 9 Ways

How can something so simple be so delicious, but yet few ventures to make their own fresh handmade egg pasta.  Learning to make fresh egg pasta might seem daunting at first, but if you follow the time-tested steps and with a little practice you’ll be making your own fresh pasta too. The alchemy and lore […]

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Limoncello Meringue Tart

Start with a tender and buttery crust, fill it with a rich, creamy, refreshing lemon custard filling that has been kissed with Southern Italian Limoncello liqueur and top it all off with a sweet meringue. All the glory of the summer sun in a tart! Nothing says summer better than sun kissed lemons, bursting with tart […]

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Homemade English Muffins

Split open with a fork reveals the nooks and crannies and regular holes through out the crumbs interior, just waiting to be toasted to a golden perfection and slathered with butter and enjoyed with your favorite fruit preserve and morning coffee or tea. You’ll be one happy person as you take that first delicious bite of […]

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Chicken Mole – Mexican Comfort Food

When I think of “Comfort Food,” my thoughts turn to my childhood and family gatherings on Bagley Street in Detroit. Grandma and Little Grandpa’s Victorian home was always filled with the smell of something cooking. Grandma was always present in her kitchen and that is where she reigned. Making something to eat for anyone who was […]

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Tandoori Chicken – Exploring the World of Spices

Flavorful, spicy, smoky, and savory, with just the right amount of heat from hot chilies. Roasted in a hot oven to a succulent tenderness. Tandoori Chicken is the perfect entrée for your first experience into the world of Indian cooking and spices. Tandoori Chicken is comfort food to me and has become one of my […]

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Texas BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

  When it comes to BBQ.  I think of Texas BBQ.  Low and slow.  The seasoning is kept simple too!  Salt and pepper are the main players in the rub.  While sweet paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder are just background notes.  No sauce is added to the ribs except when they’re served and that […]

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Bad to the De-bone!

“What is that?”  Was the question from my family this Thanksgiving as I readied the turkey for the oven.  This year, the turkey preparation wasn’t very traditional.  Instead of roasting the turkey whole on the bone.  I decided to de-bone and trussed two turkeys.  Why would I do this?  Well knowing we would be hosting twenty-four family members I wanted the […]

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Thanksgiving Prep Begins with a “To Do List”

I have been asked many times by my students, “How do you get everything to the table, hot and ready at the same time?”  “How do you not, get overwhelmed and stressed out?”  “How can I enjoy the hosting the holiday and still have time with the family?” Well, it all begins with with a “To Do […]

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New School Pumpkin Pie Filling

“Don’t mess with a good thing!”  Well sometimes messing with a tried and true recipe can be good!  The Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe is one of those recipes that has become the standard in the American home and professional kitchens for Thanksgiving.  When family and friends gather together in homes, hotels, and restaurants on this holiday, it is expected […]

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Cooking and Baking is Subjective

This past weekend I read an article in the Sunday New York Times Magazine: “Cooking Isn’t Creative, And It Isn’t Easy” by Alex Halberstadt where he interview Christopher Kimball of Cook’s Illustrated & Cook’s Country magazines. The quote “Cooking Isn’t Creative, And It Isn’t Easy” from Mr. Kimball was used as the title.  Provoking to say the least for anyone […]

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