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Blue Moon Braised Pork Cheeks Basquaise

Beer braised pork cheeks BasquaiseA few weeks back I was at the butcher shop and picked up some various pork parts, 2 pounds of cheeks being part of the haul.  They were really inexpensive at $2.49 per pound and I had intended on curing them but ended up putting the pork cheeks in the freezer to save for another day.  Last week that day came and the pork cheeks turned out to be Thursday night dinner.  Originally I wanted to make them for Wednesday Date Night dinner but we ended up going out instead.  With pork cheeks thawed and my creative juices flowing, I decided to make a kind of Basque style beer braised pork cheek.  (more…)

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Soup Time: Manhattan Clam Chowder

Manhattan Clam ChowderIt’s cold and damp out there.  Soup weather.  Now, soup is not that complicated to make so don’t be scared of making it from scratch.  I hadn’t made any in a while (because it was summer) and since Cheryl and I sampled some really good chowder in Seattle last weekend I decided to make a pot of Manhattan Clam Chowder to warm us up this week. (more…)

Herb Bread (Pane all’Erbe) – A delicious start to fall baking

Makes a great knackwurst-sauerkraut Oktoberfest panini!

Makes a great knackwurst-sauerkraut Oktoberfest panini!

Now is a great time for baking bread.  This particular herb bread recipe from Carol Field’s The Italian Baker caught my eye because I’ve got a lot of parsley in my garden I need to use and I also thought the bread could be used in a variety of ways.  After baking and tasting it, I think I’m right. (more…)

Cucumber Fennel Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing

Cucumber Fennel SaladI always enjoy when Cheryl picks out recipes for Sunday Dinner.  It’s kind of like a mystery ingredient box, I don’t know what she’ll pick and she usually picks a recipe or two we’ve never tried.  This past weekend she picked up the Food & Wine magazine I hadn’t even read yet and decided a cucumber fennel salad would be the perfect accompaniment to some grill-roasted chicken.  (more…)

White Bean Bruschetta with Duck Skin Crackling

White Bean Bruschetta with Duck CracklingIt has been a real whirlwind spring so far.  I’ve been really busy with work (a good thing) and in our spare time we’ve been revamping the back yard, tearing out shrubs, expanding the patio, making some raised bed gardens (an even better thing).  Cooking has temporarily taken a back seat.  However, this past Sunday a rare thing happened, I had no work appointments, our backyard project was completed, and I had no soccer game which meant I had time to get a little creative.  I came up with a great appetizer to snack on while sitting in the afternoon sun: white bean bruschetta with some duck skin crackling. (more…)

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Linguine with clam sauceFor the longest time I had huge problems trying to make linguine with clam sauce like my mom’s.  Try as I might I could never get it as thick as hers.  I tried everything too, more butter, less liquid, more clams, nothing ever seemed to work.  I had pretty much given up hope I’d ever recreate it until the Christmas I asked for copies of her recipe books.  Once the books arrived I saw the recipe for clam sauce and the secret code was revealed… (more…)

Creamed Onions, or if you want to be fancy, Blanquette d’Oignon!

So last week was Thanksgiving here in the USA and every year there are always new recipes intending to “update” or “modernize” old classics.  That’s all fine and well but after last week’s dinner it has occurred to me most people really like the old school dishes which they grew up with and nothing will ever replace them.  This creamed onion recipe from my mom’s recipe book is just one of those dishes. (more…)