Shrimp and Corn Boil

Going to a real New England clam bake is on my bucket list. I think I must have read about one as a child and while I’m far into adulthood, the closest I’ve gotten to going to one was years ago when Rhode Islander Ken D (a dear friend and former colleague) ordered a clam bake in a pot that he had shipped to Pennsylvania for a party. While the food was great it wasn’t quite the same the same as dining at the ocean. [Read more…]

Sausage, Kale and Rainbow Chard Pasta

I’d call this a “compromise pasta” in our house. Ed’s not so sure about kale, so I figured that if I mixed it with Italian hot sausage (which he loves) that I might have a chance of getting away with it. I didn’t even try to sneak in turkey sausage, he’s a true Italian and knows the difference. [Read more…]

Healthy Curried Chicken Salad

Curried chicken salad is a mixture of two worlds – Britain and India. And, it’s not surprising we have British royalty to thank for it’s creation. The first mention of it was for King George V’s silver jubilee in 1935 (known as Jubilee Chicken) with the more famous version being made for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 (known as Coronation Chicken). [Read more…]

Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

This is the ideal one pot meal for me as it combines many flavors that I love. Artichokes, olives, lemon, mint and a bit of spice from red pepper flakes make everyday chicken thighs exciting enough for a special dinner. [Read more…]

Stovetop Paella with Chorizo and Chicken

First let’s establish that this recipe is a take on traditional paella. It’s not cooked outdoors in a big flat pan over a wood burning fire in Spain. It is cooked in one pan on top of the stove in your kitchen with many of the traditional ingredients found in Valencian paella including saffron, paprika, garlic, rice and chicken. [Read more…]

New Mexico Beef Chili

Anthony Bourdain recently came out with his first cookbook (Appetites: A Cookbook) in a decade. You may have heard or read some interviews with him during the fall – that’s how I heard about it. I decided that it was a good Christmas present for Ed as I knew he liked Bourdain’s recipes and no nonsense style.

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French Lentils with Sausage and Fennel

I recently hosted a farmers market themed Gourmet Dinner Club (GDC). I asked that everyone bring something that contained at least one ingredient from a local farmers market (emphasis on “local”). [Read more…]

Sunset Chicken with Yogurt and Herbs

Being on the New York side of Lake Champlain affords us gorgeous views of the sunrise. There’s something especially magical to me when you see it over water. Every now and then though it’s equally wonderful to see a sunset. [Read more…]

Grilled Pork and Scallion Tacos

One of my new favorites is to grill scallions (or spring onions). During my weekly trek to the local farmers market I always make sure to pick up a few fresh bunches. They’re very easy to make and they add a nice flavor and crunch to any meal. [Read more…]

Chicken Shawarma

“I don’t know what it is but I want to try it.” So said Tony Stark AKA Iron Man in The Avengers (2012). I’d be lying if I said I was inspired by the post-credit scene in this movie to make chicken shawarma. The inspiration actually came from a New York Times recipe. [Read more…]