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Cooking for Two and Romantic Meals: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Cedar Smoked Salmon for Two
Simple and elegant way to prepare salmon for your next dinner together. Serve with rice pilaf and a nice Chardonnay or crisp full-bodied Rose.
Recipes to Make the Most of Your Pork Leftovers
Leftover pork is far easier to deal with if you plan in advance. These recipes are quick, easy, delicious and quickly reduce a pork roast to fond memories.
Five Great Ways to Cook Shrimp
Frozen (IQF or Individually Quick Frozen) shrimp are one of the best ingredients you can buy when you're cooking for two. They thaw and cook quickly, and they're so versatile you never have to feel you're eating the same thing.
Make the Most of Leftovers with This No-Fuss...
When I was in college my roommates and I used frequently make a dish we called "Grunt." (Hey, we were
A Perfect Weeknight Treat: Quick and Delicious...
Gyros are a classic Greek sandwich. Traditionally made of slices of marinated pork, packed on a spit, and then roasted in front of a fire, the gyro is one of the world's great sandwiches. Makes 4.
Whip Up Delicious Muffalettas for a Taste of...
The key ingredient to a muffaletta sandwich recipe is the muffaletta Olive Mix (you'll find a link to that recipe here). Ideally you want to make the sandwich an hour or two before eating it so the juices from the olive mix can soak into the bread, which makes this a perfect picnic sandwich.
Whip Up Mushroom Duxelles for an Elegant...
This recipe for mushroom duxelles produces an intensely flavored sautéed mushroom and shallot mixture. I was introduced to the concoction when I first made Beef Wellington, a classic use of this semi-paste. Makes 1 cup.
A Sweet and Savory Roasted Rutabaga Recipe
Roasting rutabaga concentrates and highlights it's natural sweetness. In this recipe I season the rutabaga with a dried Italian Herb mixture, which also highlights the sweetness. Serves 2.
How to make Hollandaise sauce in a small batch
This recipe makes two servings of rich, lemony Hollandaise sauce.
Perk Up Your Cooking with 10 Great Sauces
The right sauce, whether Asian, Mexican, French or American, can elevate your cooking to a new level. These 10 choices are a great start.
Make Delicious Muffaletta Olive Salad in 3 Easy...
The recipe for a Mufaletta Olive Salad mixture is the key to a great muffaletta sandwich.
Everything You Learned about Cooking Mushrooms...
Soaking mushrooms, piling them into a pan, and boiling with a little water is the easiest way to cook them, and results in deeply flavored, beautifully browned mushrooms.
How to Make Steamed Cabbage in the Microwave in...
Cabbage is one of those few things that actually cook well in the microwave. It's a dish I've always loved and using the microwave means making it is a breeze. It's a great quick and easy side dish. Serves 2.
Beef Wellington Recipe: 7 Steps to an Elegant...
This recipe for individual Beef Wellingtons looks like a million dollars and tastes like heaven. It's also surprisingly easy to make, albeit time-consuming, but can easily be completely prepped a day in advance. Serves 2.
Delicious Homemade Chocolate Brownies for Two
The problem I have with brownies is I can't quit eating them. This recipe still makes more brownies than I need but isn't outrageous for two people.
Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
"Tzatziki" is the Greek name for this yogurt-based dipping sauce recipe, but variants on it are found
A Classic, Perfectly Fluffy Bisuit Recipe
This easy recipe makes six fluffy, Southern-style biscuits -- the perfect pairing for a hearty dinner (with leftovers for tasty breakfast sandwiches).
Fresh Tomato Soup: Soup with a Kick!
This soup is best made with fresh tomatoes in season, but it’s also pretty good made with canned tomatoes in the dead of winter. Serves 2.
Egg Salad: A Childhood Favorite
Egg salad has long been one of my favorite sandwich fillings. In fact, as a kid I never like peanut butter and jelly, but loved egg salad. This version has a nice kick. Makes 2 cups.
Traditional Chicken Wings: Made from Tiny...
I first had chicken wings in Buffalo, and they couldn't have been simpler. The wings were fried but not battered and tossed with hot sauce and butter.
Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits
This recipe for Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits was different from the others in adding cold butter to the mix to make them more flaky. The trick works. And fair warning, if you double the recipe you'll simple eat twice as many.
What You Should Know about Safe Food Cooking...
We're taught that food should never be held at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. That's because most bacteria will quite happily reproduce in that range. But note, the temperatures at which bacteria is killed varies according to the microbe.
Ingredient: Juniper Berries
Juniper berries have a wonderfully piney taste - most like rosemary if you looking for a comparison - but more resinous and with citrus overtones.
Mexican Ceviche-Style Shrimp Cocktail
This Mexican-inspired shrimp cocktail is not a true ceviche -- instead, the shrimp are lightly poached in lime-infused water and marinated in lime juice while they cool. The combination of shrimp, crunchy vegetables and spicy sauce is delightful and refreshing.
5-Step Recipe for Mexican Rice
Mexican rice (or Spanish rice) is a staple in Mexican restaurants and one of my favorites.
Tip: How to Cook Dried Beans
There is a surprising amount of lore associated with cooking dried beans - or perhaps it's not so surprising. But most of what your mother told you was wrong or at best only partially right. Here's the down-low on delicious beans.
Recipe: Fresh Pasta for Two
If you've never had pasta made from scratch, you'll be amazed at the silky texture. With a pasta roller, pasta for two is easy and fun to make.
Crunchy, juicy fried shrimp make a perfect...
Crunchy on the outside, juicy and flavorful on the inside, panko-fried shrimp make a delicious appetizer, a great addition to main-dish salads, or an unusual taco filling.
Ingredient: Gastrique - French Sweet and Sour...
Gastriques are a sort of classic French sweet and sour sauce. The primary flavor (and some of the sweetness) typically comes from fruit (peaches, berries, mangoes and so on) and the sour from vinegar.
Make it Snappy
Sometimes it's really hard to find time to cook for myself and to work up the gumption to care about cooking. It's not unusual for me to order a pizza or buy a burger once a month, but I did it three times in April. However, I still managed to make the rest of my meals myself.
Fried Chicken: A Southern Favorite
This recipe for fried chicken calls for marinating the chicken overnight in buttermilk and then pan-frying. It's great both hot and cold. Serves 2.
How to Make the Perfect Roux for Sauces,...
Roux is a French word and refers to a combination of a lipid (fat or oil) and flour and is a key ingredient in, probably, thousands of dishes involving some sort of sauce.
Make Sweet and Smoky Broiled Mahi-mahi in Just...
This paprika mahi-mahi is a perfect weeknight meal - it only takes 8 - 10 minutes to cook. The Spanish smoked paprika provides a nice smoky flavor that accents the fish's sweetness.
Recipe: Pie Crust
This flaky pie crust recipe is enough for a 6-inch pie or deep tart tin or for two 4-inch pie dishes. It's perfect for desserts or savory recipes like quiche or meat pies.
Five Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Steak
While cooking a thick steak makes a great dinner for two, what do you do with the leftovers? Five great recipes provide a variety of ways to use up the rest of that delicious steak.
Cuban Sandwich: Miami's Claim to Fame
Cuban sandwiches are marvelous things consisting of roast pork, ham, salami), dill pickles, Swiss cheese, and yellow ball-park mustard; built on a bread similar to Italian; and then grilled. Serves 2.
Italian Meatballs: An Italian/American Favorite
I began my recipe for meatballs with a recipe by Marcella Hazan and then adjusted it through two or three iterations to my taste.
Potato-Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe
This breakfast casserole features the major breakfast food groups - eggs, sausage, and potatoes.
Oven-barbequed Ribs
To be honest, these Oven-barbequed Ribs won’t be as good as if they’d been smoked slowly over charcoal, but if you live in an apartment or the weather stinks they’re a great option. Serves 2.
10 Favorite Casseroles
Casseroles are great most any time of year. They're usually fairly easy to make, they are often best when made with leftovers, they can be made in advance and cooked later and many of them freeze well. But I tend to like them best in the winter.
Pasta Carbonara - From Italy with Bacon
I fell in love with Fettuccine Carbonara when I was in college and waiting tables at a restaurant. I got the recipe from the chef and it became a regular in my repertoire. This recipe is much truer to the traditional dish.
Give Your Meals a Burst of Flavor with Fresh...
Gremolata is a combination of lemon zest, garlic, parsley, and olive oil. Traditionally an addition to Osso Buccoit is also great as a garnish on grilled or roasted lamb, pork chops, beef, and even roasted potatoes. Serves 2.
Recipe: Sauteed Shrimp in Toasted Garlic Sauce
Slow simmered garlic and chipotle chiles create an amazing savory sauce for sauteed shrimp in this delicious Mexican entree.
Ricotta & Apple Coffee Cake
This Apple-Ricotta Coffee Cake is delightfully moist and delicious with very nice textural contrasts between cake, apple, and strusel. Makes one 9-inch cake.
Everything You Need for Deep Frying
Deep frying intimidates many cooks, but with the right equipment and a few pointers, anyone can become a top-notch fry cook.
Six Fabulous Ways to Use Leftover Corn
Using leftover corn is easy with these six delicious recipes, whether you've got fresh ears or frozen kernels.
Beef Stroganoff Uses Leftover Steak Beautifully
Beef Stroganoff -- tender beef and mushrooms in a savory sauce enriched with sour cream -- is a classic. This version uses leftover steak for an easy and delicious dinner for two.
How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs Every Time
My guess is that everyone who has ever hard-boiled an egg has at some point over-cooked them (resulting in that sulphurous green layer around the yolk) or under-cooked them and ended up with a soft center. It's actually easy to cook eggs perfectly every time, but it's not straightforward. So here's the trick.
Mayonnaise Grilled Salmon: Simple, Savory,...
Spreading mayo on fish before grilling it may seem odd, but mayo is mostly oil flavored with lemon juice, salt, and sometimes mustard and herbs - exactly the sort of ingredients you might ordinarily coat fish with before grilling it. Serves 2.
Lamb Tikka Masala
Tikka Masala is reportedly the most popular restaurant dish in England. It's an easy dish to make and if you discount the time it spends marinating in the refrigerator it's also quick to make, meaning you can serve it within 30 minutes. Serves 2.
You know you want this shrimp salad sandwich
Savory, creamy Maryland-style shrimp salad with crunchy celery and scallions makes a great sandwich filling for a light dinner or lunch for two. It's also delicious over salad greens.
Pork Pot Pie: Romancing the Leftovers
What do you do with leftover pork roast? Make a pork pot pie. At least that's what I did not long ago. I'd eaten the roast as a roast (it was seasoned with herbs and garlic) a couple of times. I'd made a sandwich and done a stir-fry, and I wanted something different to polish it off.
Never Let Your Bell Peppers Go Squishy
When you're cooking for two, it can be a challenge to use up leftover bell peppers, but it's easy with these delicious recipes and great techniques.
These 7 Hearty Soups Make a Complete Meal
Seven recipes for hearty soups and stews make one-bowl dinners easy and delicious.
The Trick to Creamy Scrambled Eggs
Sour cream keeps scrambled eggs moist and creamy, while chives add color and delicate flavor.
Simple Southern Fried Pork Cutlets
An old southern favorite, this recipe for pork cutlets leaves out the traditional white gravy and it's load of calories, opting instead for a fresh and bright squirt of lemon juice. Serves 2.
How To Reduce a Recipe
Reducing recipes isn't hard but it can seem more difficult than it has to be. Learn tips and tricks to reduce a recipe for four, six, or more to serve two.
Fettucini Alfredo: From the Cafes of Rome
Traditionally Alfredo was just butter, cheese, and pasta. Today the dish usually involves less butter and some heavy cream – which is a bit healthier and results in sauce that has a more appealing mouth feel
Stewed Apples: Darkly Spicy
Stewed apples are dead easy to make and absolutely delicious. Serves 2.
Recipe: Pasta with Shrimp and Tomato Cream Sauce
This recipe for two servings of pasta and shrimp with tomato cream sauce makes a great weeknight dinner for two.
Ingredient/Technique: Thickeners
Learn about the multitude of ways to thicken sauces useful for cooking. You have common options like cornstarch and different ones like arrowroot.
Gumbo: Caribbean Savor
Gumbo is distinguished by the roux - a combination of oil or fat and flour. But while in traditional French cooking roux is a thickening agent, in Creole and Cajun cuisine it is a flavoring agent.
Technique: Microwaving Corn
I have a confession - I love my microwave, especially for corn. Mostly (almost exclusively in fact) I use it for warming up food I've already cooked. But corn is an exception.
Carpaccio: A Recipe for Italian Sophistication
Carpaccio is an Italian recipe for a raw beef appetizer dressed with a lemony mayonnaise. My Carpaccio recipe uses a balsamic vinaigrette and is a great summer meal.
Goddess Elixir Cocktail
Refreshing with an interesting combination of aphrodisiac properties, the Goddess Elixir Cocktail is sure to get date night off to the right start.
Browned, juicy steak every time
Basting with butter gives this thick, tender steak an irresistible crust and perfectly done interior.
Spice Up Your Stuffed Peppers
These Italian-style stuffed bell peppers combine spicy sausage, rice and vegetables in a savory main dish for two.
Recipe for French Potatoes Savoyarde
Potatoes Savoyarde is an extremely versatile classical French dish (a gratin) perfect with any meat prepared almost any way. Serves 2.
Two ways to brown onions -- and neither are...
Whether you're cooking them slowly or quickly, a little knowledge about onion types and browning reactions is all you need for delicious, perfect onions every time.
Recipe: Peach Crisp for Two
With a little fruit and an easy-to-make topping, this peach crisp is the perfect end to your dinner for two.
Crab Cakes: An Old Favorite
This recipe for crab cakes is slightly spicey, easy to make, and is a perfect weeknight meal. Serves 2.
Small Bites: Appetizers, Tapas, Mezes, and...
One of my favorite party types is the tapas or meze party. These consist of lots of small bites and needn't be limited to traditional Spanish tapas or Greek mezes. But even for dinner parties and pot-lucks a selection of small bites is always welcome.
Thanksgiving Menu for Two
Thanksgiving with all the fixings is an effort, but you can rein in that effort by spreading it over two or three days and working on it together. This menu is geared for two with a day or two's leftovers (and will serve four if your neighbors have been dropping you hints).
Roast Brussels Sprouts: Winter at its Best
I don't know why it took me so long to roast Brussels sprouts. Lord knows I've roasted almost every other vegetable you can imagine. Nevertheless I did finally get around to it and I've been kicking myself ever since for not doing so before.
Chicken Pot Pie: Down-home Cooking
I love roast chicken and I love chicken pot pie and the great thing about roast chicken is the leftovers make a great pot pie.
Mediterranean Pork Roast with Garlic and Rosemary
This outstanding recipe for a Mediterranean Pork Roast is juicy, packed with the flavor of garlic and rosemary, and dead easy to make. Serves 2 with leftovers for sandwiches.
Tip: Cooking Bacon
Frying is the way I learned to cook bacon and I still do when I want the bacon grease to oil the skillet for scrambled eggs or the griddle for pancakes. But when I want more than a slice or two or want perfect bacon I roast it.
Chocolate Mug Cake: Late Night Treat
I've been looking for really easy, quick desserts to include in my Dinner for Two, Tonight menus and found this Chocolate Mug Cake recipe. It can't compare with a real handmade chocolate cake, but then it only takes 15 minutes to make from start to finish.
7 Fall Vegetable Side Dishes
Although I'm eating the last of summer's peaches, corn, and tomatoes I'm looking forward to the fall vegetables and fruits and some of my favorite recipes and eating them.
Blueberry and Ricotta Muffins
My problem with ricotta is I can't buy less than a pint of the kind I prefer, but usually only need a cup - so what to do with the remaining cheese? Blueberry ricotta muffins, of course. These are wonderfully moist and have a good shelf life (2 - 3 days before they begin to go stale).
Pork Medallions with Apple Cream Pan Sauce
Pork medallions are one of my favorite meats and this recipe highlights their rich dense flavor and firm texture. And properly cooked it's is as tender as good steak. Serves 2.
Delicious monkey bread in a smaller size
Monkey bread (pull-apart brown sugar cinnamon rolls) is a delicious breakfast or brunch treat. This recipe makes a small amount that's perfect for two.
Schnitzel Sandwich: Midwestern Feasting
A friend of mine recently posted a recipe for a schnitzel sandwich. A pork cutlet is breaded and fried pork cutlet and served in hamburger bun. I had to try it and I'm glad I did.
Grilled Swordfish Steak: Succulent Seafood
Grilled swordfish steaks take 30 minutes to marinate and 10 minutes to cook. So take off your coat, squeeze some lemon juice on the steaks, and relax with a cocktail. No muss, no fuss, mighty good eating.
Marinara Sauce: Make it Once, Serve it Often
I consider marinara sauce to be a kitchen staple, so I make this recipe in larger quantities than I need and then freeze it in freezer bags in one-cup amounts. Makes about 4 cups.
How to Make Individual Beef Wellingtons
This tutorial for making individual Beef Wellingtons looks like a million dollars and tastes like heaven. It's also surprisingly easy to make, albeit time-consuming, but can easily be completely prepped a day in advance.
Potatoes O'Brien: A Tasty Tradition
This recipe for Potatoes O'Brien is a wonderful way to use leftover boiled or baked potatoes. In fact, it's worth cooking a few extra potatoes just to have the leftovers. Serves 2.
Create Date Night Around the Infamous 9...
Dinner has never been so fun with your love! Get ready to create a play date experience they'll never forget designed around 9 1/2 Weeks' sexy refrigerator scene.
Master the Art of French Bechamel Sauces
Bechamel is one of the mother sauces of classical French cooking. Bechamel is simply butter, flour, and milk and a bit of salt and pepper. It's often included in lasagna and pastitsio as is, but the French usually modify it in some way. Adding cheese produces Mornay Sauce, add crawfish (or shrimp or crab) and you have Nantua sauce, Soubise features onions sweated in butter, and you can make a cream sauce by substituting cream for the milk.
How to Make Tasty Bacon Roasted Chicken Breast...
I'm all about cooking once and eating several times - I think it makes huge sense for one or two-person households. This recipe combines the flavors of chicken, bacon and herbs to make a satisfying meal - or two
The easiest tomato sauce ever
This tomato sauce for pasta or pizza is simple to make but packed with flavor.
Creamy Quiche, 3 Ways
This creamy, rich quiche makes a delicious meal for two. With three filling variations, it will suit any tastes.
Chicken Noodle Soup: Ultimate Comfort
Even the remembered comfort of Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup, a childhood favorite, can't compare with homemade chicken noodle soup. You can make it in thirty minutes, but it's better if you give it an hour and goose the canned broth.
Roast Duck: Pure Deliciousness
Roast duck is a bit of trouble to make but well worth the effort for a special occasion such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. It's also far more flavorful than either turkey or chicken and is a great size for two people.
Use up that leftover chicken with 7 great recipes
Seven exceptional recipes using cooked chicken will make your lunches and dinners so delicious you'll look forward to leftovers.
Southern-Style Shrimp and Grits
This recipe for shrimp and grits is my take on a low-country classic: a savory, spicy, and luscious dinner for two.
Roasted Cauliflower: A Transformative Dish
Roasted cauliflower has a completely different character from raw or steamed cauliflower and offers a wonderfully nutty undercurrent of flavor.
Cuisinart Cookware: A Review of Multiclad Pro
Cuisinart Cookware is a high-quality cookware choice. As a cooking instructor I've had long-time experience with other name brands and I chose Cuisinart Multiclad Pro.
Moorish Spice Mixture
This recipe for a Moorish spice mixture is intended for for pork, but I've found it's also great on chicken and lamb. Best of all, it keeps well so it's always handy.
Pasta Bolognese: The Mercedes of Meat Sauces
Bolognese is the original meat sauce from which our American beef pasta sauces are derived. But comparing the real thing with what most of us are familiar with is like comparing a Mercedes to a Saturn. Serves 2 with leftovers.
How to Make Your Own Muffaletta Bread
Muffaletta bread is essentially an Italian bread shaped it into a round flat loaf, it comes out of the oven about 8 inches in diameter and about 1 1/2 inches high. It turns out these dimensions are the perfect amount of bread for a mufalletta.
Easy and delicious red wine sauce for two
This simple red wine sauce is a great finish for all types of meat and poultry.
Cuban Chili: Ay, Carumba!
I first had this Cuban Chili (the proper name is picadillo) a Cuban restaurant in Sacramento. This is a hearty dish, perfect for a snow day. It only takes about 45 minutes and is easy to make.
Chinese Pepper Steak: Better Than a Restaurant
This version of the popular Chinese-American stir fry dish includes a savory black pepper sauce that coats the succulent beef and seared vegetables.
Apple Streusel Coffee Cake
Thanks to the sour cream my recipe for Apple Streusel Coffee Cake is wonderfully moist and keeps well.
Dinner for Two, Tonight
A 1 1/2 pound hunk of cured ham is good for a couple of meals and a couple of sandwiches. So it's a great and easy start to several meals. This menu is a delicious example of one.
Calabacitas: Seasoned Mexican Corn and...
This traditional Mexican Corn Saute is a favorite with my clients - especially in the summer when all the ingredients are fresh. But I also make it using frozen corn and canned tomatoes. Serves 2.
7 Chinese Take-out Favorites to Make at Home
With these Chinese-American restaurant favorites to make at home, you'll never miss take-out.
Reuben Sandwich: Notes on a Classic
The classic reuben sandwich may seem so obvious no recipe is needed. But sometimes it's worthwhile stating the obvious.
Ingredient: Capers - Beautiful Buds
Capers are the preserved flower buds of a shrub or bush that originated in the Mediterranean area. They are are either salted or brined and used as a key igredient in many Italian and Sicillian dishes.
Delicious & Simple Herb Broiled Trout
The best thing about this recipe for herbed broiled trout is how delicious it is. The second best thing is how quick and easy it is.
Broiled Trout with Lemon Cream Sauce
Broiled trout is a great dinner option. Quick and easy, it's perfect for a weeknight meal and because trout is usually farm-raised it doesn't cause harm to declining wild fish stocks. Serves 2.
Creamy, cheesy potato gratin
This sublime gratin recipe combines potatoes, cream and cheese to make a decadent side dish for two.
Creole Crab Dip: Munching in New Orleans
This creamy, spicy, Creole Crab Dip make a delightful hors doeuvres served on crackers or endive. It's also quick and easy to make.
Menu-planning for Two
Creating meals for two needn't be difficult, but a little planning goes a long way toward making it easier to do with better results.
Horseradish Sauce
Horseradish sauce is the classic topping for a slice of prime rib. But it's also excellent on any steak or on lamb. I don't know if there are still places selling deep-fried battered mushrooms, but when I first had fried mushrooms, in Ruby Tuesday as I recall, this sauce was served for dipping.
Roast Lamb Leg: A Taste of Greece
Roast leg of lamb is one of my absolute favorite meals. I love lamb anyway, but roasting seems to bring out the best in it. This particular recipe is adapted from several Greek recipes and features traditional flavors like lemon, garlic and rosemary. Serves 2 with leftovers.
Cooking in Parchment Photo Tutorial
Cooking in parchment is an old technique; and doesn't actually involve genuine parchment (lambskin). It's typically done in parchment paper and can even be done in aluminum foil or even a brown paper bag. But parchment paper makes a beautiful presentation and isn't that hard. The food is essentialy steamed in an envelope, locking in flavors and juices.
Creamy, tangy lemon curd in a small batch
This easy recipe makes a small amount of lemon curd -- perfect for two!
Minute Steak Medley in 15 Minutes or Less
Minute Steak Medley is a fun, easy, quick and cheap weeknight meal. It consists of a couple of quickly cooked cube steaks and an assortment of sauces.
Roast Turkey for Two: Doable and Delicious
It's possible to roast turkey for two people producing a delicious holiday meal. It's a matter of knowing how to scale.
Glazed Ham Steak: Sweet, Salty, Savory
This recipe offers most of the satisfaction of a glazed ham without having to spend a month eating it. The flavor profile is a tasty balance of salty, sweet, hot, sour and savory and so it touches effects every almost every taste bud in your mouth. Serves 2.
Mushroom Sauce: Beef's Best Friend
This mushroom sauce is an easy and an ideal complement to roast beef, steaks, lamb, duck, and even meatloaf (if you forgo topping the meatloaf with ketchup). In fact, it's mighty good just poured on a toasted English muffin.
Dinner on a Budget
Eating on a budget doesn't mean eating poorly. Some of the finest dishes ever created were developed by people trying to economize.
BBQ Baby Back Ribs Pig in a Pickle BBQ Style
Easily the best BBQ, I have tasted and hand's down my son's favorite place to eat! Chef Damon Stainbrook knows how to BBQ!
Bacon and Cheddar Make Biscuits Even Better
These hearty bacon and cheese studded biscuits go great with soups and stews, or make a wonderful breakfast for two.
For Perfect Eggs, Steam is the Answer
Don't hard boil your eggs. Steaming results in easy-to-peel hard-cooked eggs with tender whites and no green ring around the yolk.
Shrimp and Vegetables in a Spicy Cocktail Sauce
This main dish for two, with spicy shrimp and vegetables, was inspired by the typical seafood cocktail found throughout Mexico.
Asian Pear Vinaigrette: Sweet and Savory
I first developed a pear vinaigrette for a cooking class. It was excellent, but when I posted it some weeks later one of my readers, Wendy Tien, immediately turned it around made it Asian. I had no choice but to try her ideas and although dramatically different from my original recipe it was also delicious - two recipes for the price of one!
Yogurt Cake: Moist and Easy
I love this yogurt cake. It's not too sweet and gets a delicious tang from the yogurt and lemon. The yogurt also makes the cake wonderfully moist so you can make it a day in advance and it will still be great a day later.
Beef Braciole: Italian Genius
Braciole is a recipe for herbs and cheese, rolled up in meat. This recipe uses beef and is astoundingingly good on a winter's night. Serves 2.
Ingredient: Herb Mixtures
Although these mixtures can be found, pre-mixed, in the spice section in most supermarkets it's nice to be able to make your own in case you happen to run out or in case you want to make them using fresh herbs or because you want to tweak the herb balance.
Potato Pancakes: A Legacy
There are cultures (often Jewish) that raise potato pancakes to great heights of culinary esteem. But my mother wasn't Jewish. She was just a girl who grew up in the Great Depression and simply because, even then, potatoes were cheap that didn't mean you could waste the leftovers and so I ate potato pancakes as a kid.
How to Poach Eggs
Step by step instructions on how to poach eggs, with photos.
An Easy Way to Make Mayonnaise
Making mayonnaise is easier than you might think; this easy recipe makes about a cup.
Chicken Picatta: Light, Quick, Delicious
Chicken Picatta is a variation on veal picata, but it's just as good when made with chicken breasts, something I almost always have in the freezer. Serves 2.
Tailgate for Two
Tailgate picnics were a common feature of my childhood. Whenever we took a road trip, whether it lasted a day or, in one case, three weeks, at lunch we'd stop pull down the tailgate on the station-wagon, and my mother would unpack our lunch.
12 Great Ways to Cook with Yogurt
Using up a quart of plain yogurt is no problem with these delicious recipes.
Recipe: Mushroom Sauce
Dried porcini add complexity to this easy yet flavorful sauce.
A Versatile Way To Stuff Peppers
I was so pleased with the Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers I recently made, that I cast around for another variation, settling on using ground pork.
Athenian Chicken: It's All Greek to Me
Athenian Chicken isn't really Greek. Or perhaps, more accurately, I didn't get the recipe from a Greek cookbook but just made it up. However, it's certainly Greek-inspired (I do love the hearty flavors of Greece). The dish cooks quickly enough that you don't lose the essence of fresh herbs and the feta adds a wonderful kick.
Greek Fried Cheese: Small Bite, Big Taste
Greek Fried Cheese, a great appetizer, is one of several Greek cheeses dredged in flour, fried in olive oil, and drizzled with lemon juice.
Falling-Apart Tender Short Ribs
Tender short ribs in savory red wine sauce with a trio of vegetables make this hearty braised dish reminiscent of the French Boeuf Bourguignon.
Tip: Fresh versus Dried Herbs
If I want fresh herbs I have to buy them - at $2 a package. And when I do I almost inevitably end up with 3/4 of the package going bad before I can use it. Such are the problems with cooking for two. But in fact, fresh herbs are not always superior to dried herbs.
Hawaiian Pork Chops - Sweet and Salty
Hawaiian Pork is one of my favorite quick meals taking only about 15 minutes to make. with a wonderful sweet and salty taste.
How to Make Your Own Jerk Seasoning Blend
This jerk seasoning spice mixture recipe is great on fish, shrimp, pork, and chicken. It will keep in a sealed jar out of the light for six months so I always keep some on hand.
Perfect Patty Melts
The classic patty melt, with Swiss cheese, grilled onions and rye bread, needs no condiments. When made correctly, it's perfect without them.
Recipe: Quick-Browned Onions
Unlike slow-browned onions, these savory sauteed onions retain their shape and more onion flavor. They're delicious on sandwiches or as a topping for steaks or chops.
Raclette: Alpine Appetites
Most people are at least aware of fondue, the melted Swiss cheese dish. But there's a second one – raclette. Like fondue it was developed by cowherds as a campfire meal when they took their dairy animals to high pasture and it is also melted cheese. But it calls for a cheese specifically named raclette and instead of bread you use potatoes.
Italian Fried Chickpeas Snack Recipe - Ceci...
These wonderful fried chickpeas aren’t so much fried as sautéed and make a delicious appetizer to pair with a glass of wine before dinner.

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