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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Naan – Indian Flat Bread

  Homemade Naan just off the griddle and slathered with butter or wrapped around grilled meat, or used as a utensil to scoop up a spicy tikka masala and coriander chutney.  So soft, tender, and delicious. This is why I make my own naan at home. Who could resist this traditional flat bread from India?  You don’t even […]

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Ensaïmada of Mallorca, Spain: Porky Pastry Goodness

The Ensaïmada, the official pastry from the island of Mallorca, Spain.  A pastry set apart from all others by its recipe, time honored process, and the use of lard. A traditional pastry dating back to the 17th century. The Ensaïmada tells of the history of  the Romans and the Moors who once ruled Mallorca and then left […]

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Chả Giò (Vietnamese Pork Spring Rolls)

Have you ever eaten something at a restaurant that tasted so good you couldn’t stop thinking about it? For me, my cravings got the best of me this week.  Ever since visiting San Antonio this past April. I’ve been thinking about the Spring Rolls at Viet-Nam Restaurant on Broadway. During the fifteen years I lived in San […]

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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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Mexican Rice and Beans the Dynamic Duo!

In Italy the Tuscan’s are know as the “mangiafagioli” or the bean eaters.  I’m proud to count myself among the bean eaters of the world.  For that matter a rice eater too!  Beans and rice the unsung hero’s of any Mexican meal. What a perfect pairing as side dishes to accompany Chicken Mole, Enchiladas, Tamales, Tostadas, Fajitas, or any […]

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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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Old School Pie Dough | The Proof Is In The Crust?

‘Easy as Pie!’  A saying that we all have heard before, but for many home bakers why does making a tender, flaky, crisp, and oh so rich and buttery pie dough remain so elusive? Is it the recipe?  Is it the ingredients?  Is it the skill of the baker?  The answer is yes to all of the […]

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What Happens When A Nice American Apple Pie meets a French Tart?

  The fields behind my home were glazed with frost as the sun came up this morning. Triggering memories of visiting apple orchards around Marshall, Michigan in the fall when I was a kid. Picking up an apple from the ground in the early morning. Covered with a light frost of frozen dew. That first […]

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A Morning Ritual, Espressoly for Me.

Is it the caffeine?  Is it the ritual of making my morning latte?  Is the smell of the freshly ground coffee as the coffee grinder whirls the whole beans into a magical powder.  Or is it that first taste of a perfect blend of a freshly pulled double shot with its thick crema and the […]

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