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Chicken Enchiladas – Red & White Sauce

Chicken Enchiladas – Red & White Sauce

The red and white sauces add such a nice depth and contrast in flavors, and make these the best chicken enchiladas and a favorite in our house.  Why Two Different Sauces? This chicken enchilada recipe uses both a red and a white sauce because they…

The Best Homemade Lasagna + Variations

The Best Homemade Lasagna + Variations

This Homemade Lasagna Has So Many Variations…There’s One For Everyone This homemade lasagna is the BEST! Variations include; vegetarian, gluten-free, crockpot and more. The sauce is great with or without meat and better than any jarred version. You will totally love it!  I dedicate this…

How to Make a Rich Roasted Turkey Stock (aka bone broth) without Roasting a Turkey

How to Make a Rich Roasted Turkey Stock (aka bone broth) without Roasting a Turkey

Why buy turkey stock when you can easily make it at home. Either you made our Amazing Sous Vide & Smoked Turkey, or you saved some turkey bones from the past. Either way, roasting the carcass and veggies first just adds depth to your stock.…

Juicy Sous Vide & Smoked Turkey

Juicy Sous Vide & Smoked Turkey

Sous Vide & Smoked Turkey is so juicy and flavorful. It’s also insanely easy and can be made days in advance so your big day won’t be as busy and stressful.   To Smoke or not to Smoke… Let‘s do 50/50. That‘s the beauty of…

Venison & Chanterelle Stroganoff

Venison & Chanterelle Stroganoff

Where’s the can of soup and packet of seasoning? You don’t need them. The seasoning are very basic. Just onions, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, worchestershire sauce, sour cream, chicken stock and an optional white wine.  Where does Stroganoff Come from? This cookbook, “A Taste of…

Beef Carpaccio & Truffle Pizza

Beef Carpaccio & Truffle Pizza

What does Sfiziosa mean in Italian? Well, it’s not Beef Carpaccio & Truffle Pizza as I assumed because Sfiziosa was the name of the pizza on the menu at Locanda del Gatto Rosso (The Red Cat) in Milano, Italy. However, sfiziosa does mean delicious, whimsical, fanciful,…

Pan Gravy From Meat Drippings

Pan Gravy From Meat Drippings

What are good Mashed Potatoes without a Great Pan Gravy?  Well, Mashed Potatoes are delicious either way, but we LOVE pan gravy in our house. I made it a point many years ago before I was really good at making gravy, that I would make…

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potato Myth Busted! I know, I know… We’ve all heard you can’t make mashed potatoes ahead because their taste and texture will change. I’ve heard it a million times, but Pepé and I are here to tell you it can be done. We know,…

Lemon & Garlic Roasted Green Beans

Lemon & Garlic Roasted Green Beans

Light, Healthy, Easy and of Course Delicious  Sometimes you just need something simple and light to balance those other heavy dishes on the table. That’s just what you get with these Lemon & Garlic Roasted Green Beans. They’re not too lemony or garlicky, and the…

Foolproof & Easy Homemade Pizza Dough

Foolproof & Easy Homemade Pizza Dough

Foolproof & Easy Homemade Pizza Dough This is not that cardboard crap in a box. This is a really is a Foolproof & Easy Homemade Pizza Dough you can be proud of. It has the right ratio of crisp on the outside to soft on…

Bangers & Mash with Onion Gravy and Fried Cabbage

Bangers & Mash with Onion Gravy and Fried Cabbage

As usual Pepé is not much help with our Bangers and Mash. He’s too busy banging pots and pan around. He thinks that’s why they call it Bangers and Mash. See below for how it this dish got its interesting name. Why do they call…

Light & Healthy Curry Chicken Salad

Light & Healthy Curry Chicken Salad

This Light & Healthy Curry Chicken Salad is Always a Party Favorite  Many years ago a friend brought her homemade Curry Chicken Salad to my house when we had a party. I fell in love. I asked her for the recipe and she said she…

The Best Homemade Smoked Salmon Dip

The Best Homemade Smoked Salmon Dip

What Makes this the Best Homemade Smoked Salmon Dip?  Well, for starters… it won’t fall off your darn cracker!  I know that sounds like a silly thing to say, but before I made this dip, we used to serve my husband’s homemade smoked salmon with…

Lighter & Healthier Cauliflower Soup

Lighter & Healthier Cauliflower Soup

This Lighter & Healthier Cauliflower Soup is so easy, a little cheesy and now…low carb and gluten free! I’ve been making this Cauliflower Soup for over 25 years, but I used to add flour, potatoes and carrots. It’s not as cheesy as Pepé, but that’s…

The Best Seafood & Chicken Gumbo

The Best Seafood & Chicken Gumbo

Should I call this Gumbo 6.0? I say this because I’ve changed my recipe at least six times. Maybe more. Many years ago (before this blog) friends kept asking for my gumbo recipe and I didn’t actually have one – it was something I just…

Chanterelle Duxelles

Chanterelle Duxelles

How to pronounce duxelles Now I’ve been making duxelles for years, but evidently I’ve been saying it wrong all this time. Pepé has just informed me that he will be walking out of the kitchen if I don’t start saying it correctly. I guess it…


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