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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.
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
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.
Make Delicious Muffaletta Olive Salad in 3 Easy...
The recipe for a Mufaletta Olive Salad mixture is the key to a great muffaletta 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These 7 Hearty Soups Make a Complete Meal
Seven recipes for hearty soups and stews make one-bowl dinners easy and delicious.
5-Step Recipe for Mexican Rice
Mexican rice (or Spanish rice) is a staple in Mexican restaurants and one of my favorites.
Basic Biscuits: All American Goodness
Biscuits are one of the most popular quick breads and are found all over the United States. This recipe makes six big puffy biscuits, that's two each for supper and one each leftover for breakfast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to make Hollandaise sauce in a small batch
This recipe makes two servings of rich, lemony Hollandaise sauce.
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.
Really Easy Homemade Tomato Soup
Using canned tomatoes makes this recipe almost as easy as opening a can of commercial soup, but it's so delicious you'll never go back.
Easter Ham Dinner
My personal preference for Easter dinner is lamb. Somehow it just seems to be the perfect main course for celebrating spring. But here in the South where I live the most popular dish is a glazed ham.
Tzatziki Sauce: A Cooling Yogurt Sauce
"Tzatziki" is the Greek name for this yogurt-based sauce recipe, but variants on it are found throughout
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Browned, juicy steak every time
Basting with butter gives this thick, tender steak an irresistible crust and perfectly done interior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Egg Cups: Savory Breakfast Cupcakes
I'm sure these egg cups are an old idea, but I've never seen recipes for them. They're delightful little cupcakes arranged on a hot plate at brunch buffets.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
What You Need to Know About Choosing Salts
If you're wondering about the different kinds of salt and what to buy, read this explanation first.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pork Fajitas: Taste the Real Sizzle
I like fajitas, but pork fajitas are my favorite and around here I can only get them if I make them myself. So that's what I do. This recipe works as well with beef and chicken so no need for multiple recipes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recipe: Cheese Straws for Two
A hint of cayenne and mustard spice up these rich, delicate cheese straws.
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.
Cuban Bread: A Sandwich Star
Cuban bread is similar to what American's consider Italian bread except for the high fat content, which produces a moister and more richly flavored loaf. It's particulary well-suited for sandwiches. Makes 2 loaves.
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).
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.
Easiest brownies ever
These luscious, incredibly fudgy brownies are a chocolate lover's dream. The small batch is just enough for two.
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.
Ingredient: Dry Vermouth
Vermouth is a fortified wine (meaning additional alcohol is added to it) flavored with herbs and spices.
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.
Buttermilk Banana Bread: Tender, Moist, Yummy!
Is there any quick bread better than banana bread? Nevermind, the question was rhetorical because clearly there isn't. Tender, moist and not overly sweet it beats zuchini bread, pumpkin bread and all the other sweet quick breads hands down. Makes 1 loaf.
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.
Creamy, tangy lemon curd in a small batch
This easy recipe makes a small amount of lemon curd -- perfect for two!
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.
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.
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.
Pork Dry Rub: A Pig's Best Friend
This pork dry rub recipe isn't particularly hot and, unlike many rubs, it doesn't contain any sugar because I also use it for grilled pork and the sugar will burn while grilling. Try this on smoked pork butt, pork ribs (smoked or grilled), and grilled chops.
Beef Enchilada: More Tex than Mex
Beef Enchiladas are one of my favorite ways of using up leftover beef - or chicken or pork for that matter. But they're also great made from scratch.
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.
Pork-Stuffed Peppers: Variation on a Theme
I was so pleased with the Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers I recently made, that I cast around for another variation and I hit on using ground pork instead of ground beef.
The Best Meat and Poultry Cuts for Two
With ingenuity and planning, an experienced cook can use most cuts of meat and poultry and come up with a great dinner for two, but some cuts are better choices for couples than others. Here are five of my favorites cuts, plus great recipes that will get you started with them.
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.
Beer-braised Lamb Shanks with Carrots and Onions
Slowly braised lamb shanks are almost impossible to beat on a cold wintry day. Savory and richly-flavored, this recipe will almost make you glad the weather is bad. And although there's some prep up front, most of the cooking process is trying to ignore the marvelous odors that permeate your home. Serves 2.
Citrus-Marinated Braised Pork
This Caribbean-inspired recipe for braised pork in a citrus marinade is delicious on it's own. But the leftovers are perfect for the famous Cuban sandwich from southern Florida. Serves 2 with leftovers.
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.
Spice Up Your Stuffed Peppers
These Italian-style stuffed bell peppers combine spicy sausage, rice and vegetables in a savory main dish for two.
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.
Minute Steak Medley: 15-minute Meal
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.
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.
Pickling Spice: Pungent Passion
This pickling spice mixture is based on the recipe published in Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing, by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn. A truly great book.
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.
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.
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.
Review: Le Creuset Dutch Oven
I consider a Dutch oven an essential piece of cooking equipment. There is no pot better suited to making stews and braises - from pot roast to chicken curry - and it's also useful for making stocks, soups and even bread.
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 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.
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.
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.
Grilled Mushrooms Make a Delicious Vegetarian...
A spicy pepper and onion mixture gets topped with mild cheese in these stuffed portobello (or portobella) mushrooms for a great vegetarian entree.
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.
Peel-and-Eat Shrimp
When I was a kid growing up in Knoxville, Tennessee fresh shrimp was as rare as, well, shrimp teeth. But every now and then some aspiring entrepreneur would hire a truck down on the Gulf coast, load it up with shrimp fresh off the boat and packed in ice chests, and drive up here overnight. Then they'd set up in a parking lot somewhere and sell out of the truck. Whenever my mother spotted one of these trucks she'd stop and buy three to five pounds, and boil them up in beer and Old Bay seasoning.
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.
Choose Your Favorite Fillings for this Creamy...
This creamy, rich quiche makes a delicious meal for two. With three filling variations, it will suit any tastes.
Peach Cobbler: Eating the Sun
Peach cobbler may be my favorite dessert. Each year I look forward to locally-grown peaches more than anything else and when they finally appear at the farmers' market I always buy too many.
Basic Cheese Souffle: Light and Airy
This recipe for a basic cheese souffle is a starting point for dozens of variations on savory souffles an includes a link to a photo tutorial.
Six Indispensable Kitchen Tools for Two
These six pieces of kitchen equipment and cookware make cooking for two easier and more efficient, and they won't break the bank.
How to Poach Eggs
Necessary ingredients and equipment for poaching eggs include a saucepan, slotted spoon, strainer, custard cup, eggs, vinegar and salt.
Creamy, cheesy potato gratin
This sublime gratin recipe combines potatoes, cream and cheese to make a decadent side dish for two.
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.
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.
Technique: Pan Sauces
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Veal with Artichoke Hearts: Italian Love
I stopped into a little Italian joint in a strip center expecting almost nothing of the meal except enough calories to keep me going until lunch the next day. Instead I had an extraordinarily good veal dish and discovered what became my favorite Italian restaurant in the world. Serves 2.
Best Bakeware for Two: All You Need is These 4...
A few well-chosen pieces of bakeware make scaled-down desserts for two a breeze.
Improved Eggs Benedict
This slight twist on classic Eggs Benedict substitutes crisp buttery bread for the traditional English muffins.
Smoked Oysters: Fire and Water
I've loved those little cocktail smoked oysters that come in a tin since I was a child. But one year my brother Loren showed up for a family gathering with a cooler full of oysters he bought the day before in Florida. We smoked the oysters ourselves. Oh my God.
Avocado Ranch Dressing: Going for the Green
This Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing is adapted from a recipe I found in a magazine some years ago. It proved to be a great hit with my clients and although I'm not a huge avocado fan (I neither avoid nor seek it out) I love this dressing.
Mititei: Marvelous Romanian Sausages
This is a recipe for mititei, a Romanian sausage that can be made with beef, lamb, pork, or a combination. They're delicious grilled and served with mustard.
Stockton Fried Asparagus
Fried asparagus may seem an odd sort of recipe, but it is in fact absolutely irresistable. And as a once-year-treat it's not that unhealthy. Serves 2.
Jerked Mahi-Mahi: Pacific Fish, Atlantic Spice
This jerked mahi-mahi turned out beautifully. It's delightfully spicy with both the spice and lime juice contributing to the fish's sweetness.
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.
Chicken Enchiladas: A Mexican Classic
Chicken Enchiladas are one of my favorite ways of using up leftover chicken. It couldn't be easier to make, requiring about 30 minutes of prep and 30 minutes of cooking. 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.
Pork Burgers: Something Different for the Grill
This recipe for pork burgers is, without doubt, one of the best recipes I've ever come up with. They're amazingly good combining ground pork with bacon, onion, and parmesan cheese.
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.
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.
No More Bland Bean Soup!
Whole grain mustard and Creole seasoning spice up this unusual bean soup, which is hearty enough for a main dish.
Patty Melt: A Lunch Counter Favorite
You know the Patty Melt: hamburger patty, grilled rye bread, Swiss cheese, and (often) 1000 Island dressing. When done well it's crisp and juicy, sweet and slightly salty, rich and savory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ingredient: Steak Seasoning
Steak seasoning is a great way to boost the flavor of an inexpensive steak. You can buy mixtures at the store, but making your own enables you to customize it.
Delicious Fish Soup, San Francisco Style
Cioppino, a savory tomato-based fish soup, is a specialty of traditional San Francisco seafood restaurants. This recipe starts with a complex vegetable base that goes from simple to special depending on the types and variety of fish and shellfish you want to add.
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.
Milk-Braised Pork Chops: Deceptively Simple
Deceptively simple, this Italian recipe for milk-braised pork chops surprises with it's rich complex flavors. It takes a while to cook but couldn't be easier to make. Serves 2.
Ingredient: Greek Seasoning
This is my version of Greek seasoning. Although it has the usual high-oregano content, it contains no salt and I like adding some ground bay leaves to the mixture. Use it to season a smoked turkey and also to season chicken breasts, fish, pork chops and anything else that strikes your fancy.
Lamb Osso Bucco: A Twist on a Standard
Here in Knoxville veal shanks are few and far between - which makes the traditional osso bucco difficult to make. So I more often make it using a lamb shank which serves two perfectly.
A great way to use up asparagus ends
Fresh asparagus stars in this silky, creamy soup; a bonus is how quick and easy it is to make.
Greek Roast Potatoes: Grecian Classic
Look up "Greek roast potatoes" on Google and 99 percent of the entries will be for some variation of
Sauteed Broccoli Rabe: Italian Grace
Broccoli rabe should be part of your recipe collection. I discovered this italian vegetable (also known as broccoli rape, broccoli raab and rapini) a few years ago and fell in love with it's somewhat bitter flavor with notes of both broccoli and cauliflower.
German Potato Salad: Savory and Tangy
This is more my take on a German potato salad than a traditional recipe. Nevertheless, it's wonderfully savory with it's combination of bacon, onions, vinegar, and sour cream.
Don't let that bacon go to waste
When you're cooking for two, it can be a challenge to use up a pound or more of bacon before it spoils. These ideas will give you plenty of inspiration to use all the bacon.
Philly Cheesesteak: Plain and Fancy
The Philly Cheesesteak is an iconic American sandwich and deservedly so. Consisting in it's most fundamental version as grilled, sliced steak with Cheez Whiz on a hoagie roll (a five-minute effort), more sophisticated versions are also common. You can find two recipes here.
Pepper Steak: A Stir-fry Staple
Although packed with beefy flavor, this recipe for pepper steak only uses a little meat and so is quite economical. Serves 2.
Clam Chowder for Two: New England's Finest
This clam chowder for two is extremely simple in it's flavors as great New England chowders all and is unusual because it's thickened with oyster crackers instead of a roux.
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.
Asparagus Parmigiano: A Personal Favorite
This recipe for Asparagus Parmesan is a great way to use leftover steamed or simmered asparagus. Serves 2.
Crunchy fish and spicy slaw star in these tasty...
Crisp battered fish, avocado cream and spicy cabbage are layered in these delicious Baja-style fish tacos.
12 Great Ways to Cook with Yogurt
Using up a quart of plain yogurt is no problem with these delicious recipes.

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