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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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Trick to Creamy Scrambled Eggs
Sour cream keeps scrambled eggs moist and creamy, while chives add color and delicate flavor.
How to make Hollandaise sauce in a small batch
This recipe makes two servings of rich, lemony Hollandaise sauce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5-Step Recipe for Mexican Rice
Mexican rice (or Spanish rice) is a staple in Mexican restaurants and one of my favorites.
Tzatziki Sauce: A Cooling Yogurt Sauce
"Tzatziki" is the Greek name for this yogurt-based sauce recipe, but variants on it are found throughout
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rhubarb Mousse: Tickle Your Tastebuds
This rhubarb mousse is light, tangy and a completely different approach than the usual pies. Makes 6 servings.
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.
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.
Joy of Romance Porch Crawler Cocktail
Bring on summer with a refreshing, aphrodisiac-filled Porch Crawler Cocktail! A perfect way to spice things up with your sweetheart.
Recipe: Crab Rangoon
Delicately spiced crab and cream cheese fill crisp wonton skins in this popular Chinese-American restaurant appetizer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Browned, juicy steak every time
Basting with butter gives this thick, tender steak an irresistible crust and perfectly done interior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easiest brownies ever
These luscious, incredibly fudgy brownies are a chocolate lover's dream. The small batch is just enough for two.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creamy Quiche, 3 Ways
This creamy, rich quiche makes a delicious meal for two. With three filling variations, it will suit any tastes.
Make Ahead, Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Almonds...
Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Almonds and Fruit, Crock-pot Oatmeal, Breakfast in Bed Oatmeal
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.
Master The Art of Breakfast in Bed
Master The Art of Breakfast in Bed: Making someone breakfast in bed is one of the most romantic gestures you can do. If you do it, do it right!
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
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.
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.
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.
Way better than Rose's Lime
This sweet lime cordial is similar to Rose's Lime Juice but better. It's great in gimlets or mixed with club soda for a refreshing soft drink.
Kevin's Barbeque Sauce: 30 Years of Refinement
This recipe for barbeque sauce is lightly sweet, distinctly tart, complexly flavored, and as spicy as you want to make it. It's great on barebqued ribs, pulled pork, and grilled pork chops. Makes about 2 cups.
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.
Caribbean Jerk Burger: A Taste of the Islands
These deliciously spiced caribbean jerk burgers bring a taste of the islands to your backyard. Makes 4 burgers.
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.
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.
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.
Creamy, tangy lemon curd in a small batch
This easy recipe makes a small amount of lemon curd -- perfect 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.
How to Poach Eggs
Step by step instructions on how to poach eggs, with photos.
Crab Cakes: An Old Favorite
This recipe for crab cakes is slightly spicey, easy to make, and is a perfect weeknight meal. Serves 2.
Recipe: Spicy Peanut Noodles with Chicken and...
Spicy peanut dressing gives this cold noodle, chicken and vegetable dish a delicious kick.
Recipe: Ancho Chile Sauce
Ancho chiles give this versatile sauce deep flavor. It's a delicious braising sauce for chicken, a base for red chili and a perfect enchilada sauce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recipe: Mushroom Sauce
Dried porcini add complexity to this easy yet flavorful sauce.
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.
Make your own flaky and delicious scallion...
Crisp and flaky, yet a bit chewy at the same time, these savory scallion pancakes are a delicious appetizer or side dish for any Asian meal.
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.
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: Chinese Chicken Salad for Two
A tangy, mildly spicy dressing and crisp noodles turn ordinary chicken and vegetables into a delectable Chinese chicken salad.
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.
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.
Yogurt Chicken: Middle-eastern Street Food
Yogurt chicken (chicken marinated in yogurt) is a popular dish throughout the middle-east. It's often baked, but is excellent grilled. Serves 2.
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.
Ingredient: Dry Vermouth
Vermouth is a fortified wine (meaning additional alcohol is added to it) flavored with herbs and spices.
Watermelon and Feta Salad: Patio Fare
This watermelon and feta salad is a Greek specialty and is a wonderfully cool and refreshing side dish for patio dining or a picnic on a hot summer day.
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.
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.
Easy and delicious red wine sauce for two
This simple red wine sauce is a great finish for all types of meat and poultry.
Grilling for Two
Whether you're grilling for two or 20 the techniques are about the same. But, the recipes are obviously different, at least in scale. So here are some scaled for cooking for two people.
Orange Ice Cream: Frozen Florida Sunshine
Growing up, my ice cream preference is for things like orange sherbet, lime sherbet, and pineapple sherbet. Instead of a sherbet this is a real ice cream.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blue Cheese Dressing: Different, Delicious,...
This recipe for blue cheese dressing is for blue cheese lovers only, it will knock your socks off.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smoked Salmon, Spinach & Red Bell Pepper...
Smoked Salmon, Spinach & Red Bell Pepper Frittata for Two Recipe, Breakfast In Bed
Improved Eggs Benedict
This slight twist on classic Eggs Benedict substitutes crisp buttery bread for the traditional English muffins.
Creamy, cheesy potato gratin
This sublime gratin recipe combines potatoes, cream and cheese to make a decadent side dish for two.
Ingredient: Vinaigrettes
A vinaigrette is basically just oil, acid, and flavorings. If you get the proportions right you can make custom vinagrettes for any meal.
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.
Shrimp and Grits: Low-Country Classic
This recipe for shrimp and grits is my take on a low-country classic: Savory, spicy, and luscious. Serves 2.
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.
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.
Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf: Bacony Goodness
The only variation from my mother's meatloaf that has become common in my recipe is making a free-form loaf and wrapping it in bacon. Everything's better wrapped with bacon - especially meatlof.
Chile Powder: Packed with Flavor
Making your own chile powder enables you to control the heat and flavor of your chile powder. This recipe gets a nice smoky flavor from chipotle chiles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welsh Rabbit (Rarebit): An English Treat
Welsh rabbit (or Welsh rarebit) is a sort of English version of fondue combining melted cheddar and beer with either English muffins or toast. Serves 2.
Blueberry Ice Cream
This recipe for blueberry ice cream is simple and delicious. A great treat that can be made with either fresh or frozen blueberries. Makes 1 qt.
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.
Kufta: An Armenian Approach
Kufta is roughly the same thing as kibbeh, but by searching on that name I found more variations and so more ideas. One idea I particularly liked and that appears to be Armenian in origin is layered with potatoes and tomatoes.
Ingredient: Blender Hollandaise Sauce
This blender hollandaise sauce is not only easier but more forgiving than the classic version. Use it on eggs benedict, over asparagus and broccoli, or with fish such as trout or tilapia.
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.
Breakfast Casserole: All the Major Breakfast...
This breakfast casserole features the major breakfast food groups - eggs, sausage, and potatoes. With some coffee and juice to wash it down, you're ready to take on King Kong. Serves 2.
Fabulous Sloppy Joes from Scratch
This childhood favorite gets an update with ancho chile sauce, Dijon mustard and vinegar. Sloppy Joes never tasted so good.
Baked Leeks with Lemon and Garlic
In this recipe the leeks are topped with garlic flavored butter, lemon zest, and buttered bread crumbs. Sreves 2.
Rhubarb
At long last rhubarb has appeared at the grocery store. This is an event I eagerly anticipate each spring both because of the change in season and because I love the tangy flavor of rhubarb.
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.
Pasta Salad with Seafood: Odd but Great
This pasta salad features shrimp, crab, and smoked salmon, dressed in the oil and lemon juice. Serves 2.

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