10-Minute Thai Shrimp Curry

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My favorite shortcut dinner is Thai Curry, which I call my fast food at home. 10 Minutes is all it takes for me to get this from refrigerator to table. This is an easy recipe to customize — any sort of sliced vegetables will work here, from sliced zucchini, matchstick-cut carrots, tofu cubes (use firm tofu) and thin sliced eggplant. …

Cousin Donna’s Almond Cookies (video)

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I hope you enjoyed the video I produced with Betty Crocker and Good Bite! One part of the video that was left out on the editing room floor….er….computer virtual trash….was that “Cousin Donna” isn’t *my* cousin. I’ve never even met her! But it’s my good friend Sue Ann Ciccone’s cousin…and this recipe is from her. When we first moved into …

Spinach, Mushroom and Bacon Fondue (video)

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While most of the country is already turned on their heaters and brought out their winter jackets, we’ve been suffering from the unbearable heat with 10,254% humidity until just a few days ago. I envy those of you in cooler states, you get to snuggle under a fuzzy blanket and drink hot chocolate with the mug cradled in your palms …

Middle Eastern Stuffed Zucchini

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There are a gazillion things to do with zucchini, but making stuffed zucchini boats are has got to be the most fun way to eat, and that’s by unanimous vote from all members of the family.

This recipe, ripped out from Family Circle magazine, has been tacked on my refrigerator for a few weeks and I . . .

Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Garlic

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When a recipe calls for bacon, I instinctively double the amount to cook, because in our household, just-cooked bacon sitting on the counter (even those waiting to be incorporated into a yet unfinished dish) is fair game to steal. Even I can’t resist the urge to take a little nibble here and there, and pretty soon there’s no more bacon …

Butter Poached Lobster with Fresh Tomatoes

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  I enjoy lobster cooked any which way, though I do think that my least favorite way (other than overcooked) is steamed or boiled lobster, as the high heat that it’s usually cooked on ruins the texture of the delicate meat. If I’m going to pay $16.99 per pound for a whole lobster, it better darn well melt in my …

Shortbread Cookies with Nutella, Banana and Almonds

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I’ve labored over this recipe for days. Never mind that it’s just store-bought shortbread cookies + Nutella + bananas + almonds. Never mind that there’s no baking involved or that it only takes 10 minutes to assemble. The recipe is about the technique of the beautiful, fluid Nutella swoop. It’s a very technically technical technique.

Fall off the Bone Baby Back Ribs with Sweet Chili Sauce

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There aren’t very many recipes that can boast “2 ingredients” and taste better than fall off the bone baby back ribs smothered in sweet, sticky Thai chili sauce, which by the way, isn’t really all that spicy despite the name. 5-minutes hands-on and two ingredients: ribs and 1/2 cup of the sweet chili sauce. Salt and pepper don’t count, but …

10-Minute Shrimp and Mushroom Thai Curry

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When all else fails, there’s always curry to fall back on. Despite all the beautiful food you see on this blog, I do have my share of kitchen disasters (that blob of charcoal was supposed to be fried chicken). Thai curry is my “break in case of emergency” meal – as I always have a can of coconut milk, a …

Korean Beef Rice Bowl

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Last week was “Sneak zucchini on  your neighbor’s porch day” – and lo and behold, I got a few on my doorstep. Except none of my neighbors have gardens. It’s a complete mystery, and I appreciate the thoughtful gesture. I guess if anyone could find a use for zucchini on my block, it would be me. Though I’m hoping the …