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Easy Candied Pecan, Pear and Gorgonzola Salad

This is a simple and delicious summer salad and a great way to use up any extra pecans in the cabinet! Continue reading

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Zabar’s Black & White (Yin-Yang) Cookies

Despite these days of instant gratification via the internet, many of us still love our cookbooks. One of my favorite cookbooks is “New York Cookbook: From Pelham Bay to Park Avenue, Firehouses to Four-Star Restaurants” by Molly O’Neill. It is chock filled with New York stories and personality. In every NY or NJ deli you will find a Yin-Yang or Black ‘n White cookie. This recipe comes from Zabar’s and is in the NY Cookbook. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Bang Bang Fish

This is my rendition of the Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer that everyone raves over. The outside of the fish is crispy even with the sauce, while the fish is tender and moist. Continue reading

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Grilled Romaine Lettuce with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Don’t you love when you find a dish that is a surprise? I would have never thought to grill Romaine lettuce however I was served this as the prelude to a delicious meal at the Venice Café and immediately had to figure out a way to duplicate it. Continue reading

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Eat Local, Eat Fresh – Two Summer Salads

I don’t have many salad recipes. A salad is something I just whip together out of whatever I have on hand. These two salads are standbys in my home. We love the sharp bite of fresh lemon juice, the aroma and taste of extra virgin olive oil, and most of all the “close your eyes and sigh with pleasure” taste bud pleasure of local garden grown vegetables. Both salads are quick to fix and serve and are good for either casual or fancy meals.
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Honoring Family Traditions and Holidays – Scalloped (aka Au Gratin) Potatoes

Once we built the house our immediate family had a tradition of coming up to Maine for Easter and Thanksgiving holidays. As you’ve no doubt discerned, we love to eat foods from many cultures and our festivities weren’t always accompanied by the “turkey for Thanksgiving, ham for Christmas” type offerings. In fact we typically would serve lobster and steak for Thanksgiving in Maine. But no matter how we digressed from the all American offerings, I think my family would have boycotted the meals if I didn’t have scalloped potatoes on the menu. Continue reading

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The BEST Grilled Salmon

This is the best grilled salmon recipe I’ve ever had. Even people who don’t like fish love it served this way. This is a very easy recipe but it does take some advance planning so that you have time to marinade the salmon for at least an hour. It can be marinated longer if you wish, but I find it you marinade it for over two hours the salmon is too sweet. Continue reading

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Seafood Newburg (Lobster, Scallops, Shrimp or All Three)

Want a rich and creamy yet super easy recipe for seafood? This one is absolutely delicious! It can be served in a puff pastry (traditional) or with rice, fettuccine or mashed potatoes. I recently made it with leftover lobster (one of the joys of living on Deer Isle, Maine) and shrimp but don’t let this limit you. It’s great with one of the seafoods (lobster, shrimp or scallops) or any mixture therein. Continue reading

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Albondigas No Te Dije? (Meatballs didn’t I tell you?)

Albondigas tapas are little bite-sized meatballs. I serve them in a tomato sauce and accompany them with a hot crusty loaf of bread. Albondigas arent’ difficult to make however there are a few steps. You can make and freeze the meatballs cooked or uncooked for later. They are terrific the first day but even better the second.
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Quintessential Tapas – Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet)

Tortilla Espanola roughly translates into Spanish omelet. It is one of the mainstays in my cooking repetoire. One can hardly go wrong with a dish that calls for potatoes and eggs! I am told that in Spain one can go to a bar and order drinks and the tapas are free. Tapas (or appetizers) can be a variety of things but frequently tortilla Espanola is on the menu.
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My Favorite Tapas – Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp in garlic)

The word “tapas” means a cover and it is said that it derives from Spaniards who wanted to protect their beverages from the flies so they would cover them with a bit of bread. Today we use the word to describe appetizers or morsels served with sangria, beer, mojitos, or the beverage of your choice. I like to order a bit of this and a bit of that but my favorite is gambas al ajillo (shrimp in garlic).
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Tomato Basil Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes

Doesn’t food taste best when one uses fresh seasonal produce? This dish takes advantage of the tastebud popping flavors of summer tomatoes, basil, and sweet fingerling potatoes, all in a fruity Pinot Grigio sauce. The fingerling potatoes remind me of those I ate in Ireland. I made this for Bob the other night and we had the leftovers for lunch. I don’t have a fancy name for it as it’s just something I whipped up from what was in the refrigerator. Here’s my Chicken Tomato Basil with Fingerling Potatoes dish Continue reading

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Pollo (Chicken) Enchiladas Suizas

The word “suizas” means Swiss style and this Mexican recipe combines the traditional flavors of the cuisine with a rich sauce. It’s the perfect way to use up leftover chicken. This is a crowd pleaser for 4-6 people. Serve it with a green salad, Spanish rice and refried beans, and beer. Bowls of chopped green onion, chopped cilantro, and sour cream should accompany the food so that each may add according to their personal tastes. This is a tangy and flavorful comfort food. The sour and whipped cream help to mellow the heat of the Jalapeno peppers. It’s delicious!

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An Alternative to Filet Mignon – Fried Flank Steak

I’m receiving a number of requests for dishes I’ve served. Maybe it’s the cold weather or the fact that having posted a couple of family favorites has led people to remember other dishes they loved. This one was one my parents served. At that time flank steak was a cheaper cut of beef. It’s no longer quite the deal it was at one time but still reasonable. I consider it a middle-class filet mignon. It is one of the tastiest pieces of beef and this method of cooking preserves the juiciness. Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Pie (aka Cottage Pie)

In almost every culture there is a dish that makes use of leftovers, a kind of “everything but the kitchen sink” recipe. The Irish Shepherd’s Pie was originally made with leftover mutton or lamb, covered with a gravy, combined with whatever vegetables were available, and covered with mashed potatoes. Once this dish came to the United States we modified it to include beef rather than mutton. Continue reading

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Chicken Soup with Dumplings – The perfect comfort food

These chilly rainy/snowy days are perfect for soup making. We have had just about every kind of weather today from winds, to snow, to rain, to some form of precipitation that is somewhere between rain and snow and accompanied by wind. It’s time for the comfort of chicken soup with dumplings. Continue reading

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Shrimp Ceviche (Ceviche de camarones)

A favorite way to eat fish is a dish that I first ate in Mexico, then in the Dominican Republic, and finally all over Panama – ceviche. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this delicacy, it consists of raw fish which is marinated in lime or lemon juice which “cooks” the fish until it turns white. The acidic juice tones down the fishy taste. It can be kept in a covered container for a week providing plenty of appetizers for the evening cocktail hour. Continue reading

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Cioppino for Two

A Christmas tradition started in New Jersey was to have a huge pot of Cioppino on Christmas eve. Cioppino is a fish and shell-fish stew in a tomato broth. It is said to come from the Italian fishermen in San Francisco. I would serve it before we started in on the other dishes and there would always be a huge pot leftover that we would dip into throughout the next week. Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Cake – Apple Cake!

I know many of you wonder what we could possibly find to do on a remote island in Maine with a population of approximately 2,000 inhabitants. The answer is we are having an absolute blast. We have plenty of opportunities to bring something and I always bring something made of local produce (in this case apples). We’ve met some interesting and open hearted people and there are more things to do here than one would imagine.

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Scalloped Scallops

During the winter some of the fisherman on Deer Isle rig up their boats, brave the frigid seas and bring back scallops. It’s not unusual to see a pick up truck with the back open and a sign advertising their fresh catch of scallops and fish along side one of the better traveled roads. The seafood is fresh, local, inexpensive, and purchasing it helps a local to survive during the cold months. This recipe is a take off from the Southern delicacy of scalloped oysters recipe found in Saveur Magazine. Continue reading

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