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Irene's Birthday Party

Birthday Party!

With my stepmother’s birthday coming back around, she requested the same dishes that I made for her 60th birthday a few years ago. I couldn’t source all of the ingredients I needed, no cipolline onions available, so I made do with boiler onions instead. That actually added more color to the dish, since I did […]

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Short Rib Lasagne

Short Rib Lasagne Part 1

Making the short rib sauce for the short rib lasagne for tomorrow. Once it has braised for a couple of hours, I’ll reduce it some more, shred the meat, add chopped thyme and cool it down. It’s layered with béchamel, noodles and a little Parmesan, then baked. I like to pour a little more red […]

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WSM Smoked Pork Butt

Got up at 5am Sunday to do a long smoke on some pork butt. Had some technical difficulties with the FlameBoss (user error mainly) but we’re getting used to how the Weber Smoky Mountain handles! Going to try more wood next time, this seemed like it wasn’t as woody as the MAK gets the meat. […]

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Chicken Meatballs

Chicken Meatballs with Fregola Sarda and Kale

Another Blue Apron meal, Chicken Meatballs with Fregola Sarda and Kale with Sicilian tomato sauce.  I like how this turned out, even though I didn’t expect to really like chicken meatballs. The texture came out great, and they weren’t dry at all. The tomato sauce was terrific, and I really love the little can that it […]

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Lemon Chicken

Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

The recipe made a ton! Really good, probably would add more lemon next time. ( I like things super lemony!) I like the Greek combination of lemon and herbs, and I’ve loved making lemon potatoes before. This seemed like a no brainer to toss chicken in with the potatoes and let it all cook together. […]

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Corned Beef

Paddy’s Day Take Two!

Testing the Instant Pot theory of corned beef in 90 minutes!  So it was pretty tender, a little tough in some places. Taste was great! Fat didn’t render enough. Definitely not the same as a low and slow 8 hours in the slow cooker. After some discussion with a friend about the power levels on […]

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WSM Smoked Brisket

Weber Smokey Mountain Smoked Brisket

Smoked a 15# Prime beef brisket today. Started at noon, 9 hours on charcoal and pecan wood, finishing in the oven. (Because I didn’t realize how big the damn thing was!) It was at 176° when it went into the oven, hoping it hits 195° before we go to bed. Next time I have to […]

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Bon Appetit's Best Peanut Butter Cookies

Bon Appetit’s Best Peanut Butter Cookies

Glenn loves peanut butter cookies, so when I came across this recipe from Bon Appetit, I simply had to make them! I’m not sure that the layers of peanut that they’re aiming for in the recipe really came across, but we did really like the salt finish on them. Most people finish with sugar, and […]

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Seared Chicken with Hash

Seared Chicken with Pan Sauce and Hash

Trying another Blue Apron meal, tonight is seared chicken with pan sauce and a potato, apple, onion and kale hash. I do like how you get everything together, and just have to prep and cook the meal. It makes dinner very easy on nights when you’re tired from work! After eating it, we decided that […]

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Classic Margarita

National Margarita Day

It’s National Margarita Day! Cheers!  I confess, sometimes it’s easier to use a good mix, and quickly pour yourself a refreshing, salty beverage. In this case I went with Jose Cuervo Classic Margarita mix, extra fresh lime, limon salt and Jose Cuervo Gold tequila. Sometimes it’s better to spend the time by the pool, instead […]

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