Hawaiian Luau Burger

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Ted Reader is a man I’ve referred to as someone who tiptoes the fine line between genius and lunatic, and that’s exactly why I love this man. His cookbooks are big, bold and absolutely nuts. Ted just came out with king of all burger books – Napolean’s Everyday Gourmet Burgers. Meet Ted and the Ultimate Cheeseburger Melt. It’s as big …

The plan! The plan!

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Our SmartFarm has transformed from hand-drawn cartoon to a real plan!!!! <-larger image *** Before I even get to The Plans! The Plans! Can I just do a 20-second drive by of my NYC trip? I’ve been to New York City so many times these past couple of years that if Mayor Bloomberg handed out frequent visitor points, I probably …

Pork Tenderloin with Warm Grilled Tomato Salsa

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Some people say that its hard pressed to find a meat leaner than chicken breast, and thankfully they are wrong. Dinners at our house would be as boring as the fourth hour of a chess game if this was true. The meat that might surpass you as being just as lean as chicken breast is pork tenderloin. No, silly, i …

No-Bake Summertime Lasagne

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What makes me happy: Pasta. Loads of it.What makes me and my electricity bill not-so-happy: Turning on the oven in the summertime. My electricity bill last month was so high, I wept. So, for the rest of the summer, we’re going to conserve as much as possible, limiting oven use, turning on the television less (goodbye Mythbusters!), spend more time …

Last Look? Clean Beach

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Last night, before I took off to NYC, we took the boys to the rotating restaurant at St. Petersburg Florida beach, just 45 minutes away from our home. To take a long look at the beach before the oil comes. Oh, it will just spoil this gorgeous sand. While the boys LOVED that the restaurant rotated around and around and …

Artisan Beef Burger Tasting

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Carrie Oliver knows her beef. And luckily, she’s one of my very good friends and loves to send me on happy beef adventures, including an Artisan Steak Tasting a couple of years ago and more recently an Artisan Burger Tasting, which I actually enjoyed even more. If you’ve never heard of artisan beef tasting – in short – not all …

Bobby Flay’s Grilled Steak Sandwich with Steak Sauce Mayo

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Do you know who I love? This man, right here, B.Flay. I used to watch him on Food Network religiously, especially his grilling shows. I want his backyard. I want his kitchen! Wait, don’t tell me it was just a designed studio set! Well, I had a chance to ask Bobby Flay a few questions, courtesy of The Real Food …

Open Face Salmon Sandwich with Sweet Mustard Sauce

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I can be pretty boring with salmon, it’s so easily mastered with just the bare-bones salt, pepper and a hot grill.  So why mess with simple and perfect? Well, because chef Marcus Samuelsson says so….and I agree. Marcus’ Sweet Mustard Sauce is a 15-second whisk of Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon that’s a perfect addition …

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Pistachio Pesto

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Brussels sprouts are one of the most controversial vegetables, right next to artichokes and mustard greens. You either love it or hate it. I love it. My husband hates it. But he ate these brussels sprouts!!! Scott is pretty darn picky about the vegetables he eats (sigh) and i’m always on a quest to create the perfect recipe, you know, …

Strawberry Almond Cream Tart

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When my grocery store starts selling cartons of strawberries 10 for $10, you know there’s a problem. Normally, when I spy bargain basement pricing on strawberries, I’m expecting sad, lifeless fruit just on the cusp of being declared rotten and dumped. But this is not the case, and by now I’m sure you’ve all seen the fat, perky jewels begging …

Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting, cooking and dining with Marcella and Victor Hazan at their home in Florida. At 87 years old, Marcella Hazan is a legend in the culinary world, having influenced millions of Americans on the art of Italian cooking. Of all recipes, I think this is simple Tomato Sauce is what she’s most famous for. …