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Cooking for Two and Romantic Meals: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
7 Steps to an Elegant and Easy Beef Wellington...
This recipe for Beef Wellingtons for two looks like a million dollars and tastes like heaven. It's also surprisingly easy to make if prepped a day in advance.
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 Muffaletta Sandwiches for a Taste of...
This Muffaletta Olive Salad Sandwich recipe is a New Orleans favorite. Make the sandwich an hour or two before eating it so the juices can soak into the bread.
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.
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.
Super Bowl Recipes for Two
Just because you've decided to skip the parties and bars this Super Bowl, that doesn't mean you can't make a few easy but festive recipes for watching the game at home. Here are some great suggestions for a Super Bowl menu for two.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
"Tzatziki" is the Greek name for this yogurt-based dipping sauce recipe, but variants on it are found
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.
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.
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.
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.
5-Step Recipe for Mexican Rice
Mexican rice (or Spanish rice) is a staple in Mexican restaurants and one of my favorites.
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.
Make Ahead, Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Almonds...
Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Almonds and Fruit, Crock-pot Oatmeal, Breakfast in Bed Oatmeal
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
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.
Crunchy, juicy fried Panko Shrimp make a...
Crunchy on the outside, juicy and flavorful on the inside, panko-fried shrimp make a delicious appetizer or a great addition to main-dish salads.
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.
The Trick to Creamy Scrambled Eggs
Sour cream keeps scrambled eggs moist and creamy, while chives add color and delicate flavor.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Roasted Cauliflower: The Best Way to Cook...
Roasting - the best way to cook cauliflower - whether it's plain with olive oil and salt or spiced up with a few extra ingredients, it's a winner!
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.
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.
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.
Superbowl Munchies
Some of the About.com food guides decided to share ideas for things to serve during the Superbowl. There are the standard American foods such as potato chips (homemade, in this case) and intriguing ideas from Eastern Europe, because let's face it, whether you're watching American football or the game the rest of the world calls football everyone wants to eat during the game.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Browned, juicy steak every time
Basting with butter gives this thick, tender steak an irresistible crust and perfectly done interior.
Ways to Use Juniper Berries in Your Next Meal
Juniper berries have a wonderfully piney taste - most like rosemary if you looking for a comparison - but more resinous and with citrus overtones.
Superbowl Treats and Recipes
This collections of recipes and treats is perfect Superbowl fare - or for any other casual party.
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.
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.
Recipe: Crab Rangoon
Delicately spiced crab and cream cheese fill crisp wonton skins in this popular Chinese-American restaurant appetizer.
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.
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.
Wonderfully Rich with Flavor - Italian Ox-tail...
Ox tails have lots of flavor and are not overly tough. In addition, while the stew cooks the collagen melts and so does the marrow in the bones producing a wonderfully silky sauce.
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.
15-Minutes to a Sweet and Smoky Mahi-Mahi...
This Smoky Mahi-Mahi is a perfect, quick to fix weeknight meal. Spanish smoked paprika provides a rich flavor that accents the fish's sweetness.
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.
Crab Cakes: An Old Favorite
This recipe for crab cakes is slightly spicey, easy to make, and is a perfect weeknight meal. Serves 2.
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.
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.
Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Walnuts
These crunchy, sweet and spicy nuts not only make a great snack but are also a delicious addition to salads and even desserts.
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.
Warm up with this Bean Soup with Country Ham...
A perfect accompaniment for a fall or winter dinner menu or equally good as the main course, this Bean Soup with Country Ham is rich with flavor.
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.
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.
Creamy Quiche, 3 Ways
This creamy, rich quiche makes a delicious meal for two. With three filling variations, it will suit any tastes.
Potato-Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe
This breakfast casserole features the major breakfast food groups - eggs, sausage, and potatoes.
The easiest tomato sauce ever
This tomato sauce for pasta or pizza is simple to make but packed with flavor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quick, easy and delicious meal for two - Trout...
Broiled trout is a great dinner option. Quick and easy, it's perfect for a weeknight date night meal.
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
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.
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: Mushroom Sauce
Dried porcini add complexity to this easy yet flavorful sauce.
Spice Up Your Stuffed Peppers
These Italian-style stuffed bell peppers combine spicy sausage, rice and vegetables in a savory main dish for two.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Quick and Easy Chicken Picatta for Two
A variation on veal piccata or scaloppini, Chicken Piccata is quick and simple to make when there are better things to do than be in the kitchen.
A New Twist on a Classic: Coconut Kahlua Flan
A sweet twist on a classic Mexican dessert, this Coconut Kahlua Flan is sure to become a regular dessert at your romantic date nights.
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.
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.
Mexican Pot de Creme with Raspberry Puree and...
A Mexican Pot de Creme, the perfect aphrodisiac-loaded dessert, designed to ignite passion while feeding it to your love. Indulge tonight!
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.
Dinner is Served: Try this Minute Steak Medley
Minute Steak Medley is a fun, easy and quick weeknight meal. Simply sauté some cubed steak and serve with an assortment of sauces and a side salad.
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.
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.
Easy 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.
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.
Improved Eggs Benedict
This slight twist on classic Eggs Benedict substitutes crisp buttery bread for the traditional English muffins.
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.
Perfect for Two this Twist on a Standard Works...
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.
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.
Italian Meatballs: A Classic That Always Makes...
Based on a recipe by Marcella Hazan, I turned it into my own special dish with a handful of changes to my taste. Now it's a staple in my home!
How to Poach Eggs
Step by step instructions on how to poach eggs, with photos.
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.
Ingredient: Homemade Stock
Stock and broth, whether beef, chicken, pork, seafood, or even vegetable, are essential cooking ingredients. Although it takes time, it involves very little hands-on effort.
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.
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.
Creamy, cheesy potato gratin
This sublime gratin recipe combines potatoes, cream and cheese to make a decadent side dish for two.
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.
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.
Spicy Pork Fajitas
A classic fajita recipe using pork instead of the traditional beef or chicken.
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.
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.
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.
Rosemary-Garlic Lamb Chops
Guaranteed to become a favorite if you like lamb chops. I highly recommend serving with Orange-Bourbon Carrots and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes.
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.
Italian Beef Braciole: Rich with Flavor
Great for cool evenings cooking at home, wrapped with prosciutto, herbs and cheese, Braciole is a fairly easy recipe with rich tastes.
These 7 Hearty Soups Make a Complete Meal
Seven recipes for hearty soups and stews make one-bowl dinners easy and delicious.
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.
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.
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.
One of the Sexiest Things You'll Ever Eat: Rose...
If angels were cooking something special, they would make this Rose Petal Preserves recipe. It tastes like a golden pink nectar from the gods.
Forget Buffalo -- these are the wings you want
Smoky, sweet and spicy, the chipotle honey glaze is the perfect complement for these crisp roasted wings. Whether you have them as a main course or an appetizer, they're irresistible.
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.
Recipe: Lemon Bars for Two
This recipe makes four tangy lemon bars -- perfect for dessert or a snack.
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.
Recipe: Spaghetti with Shrimp and Arugula
Sun-dried tomatoes and garlic accent this easy shrimp and pasta dish, which gets a flavor boost from peppery arugula.
How to Quick Brown Saute Onions
Unlike slow-browned onions, these savory sauteed onions retain their shape and more onion flavor. They're delicious on sandwiches, burgers or steaks.
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.
Recipe: Chili with Ground Beef
This spicy chili made with ground beef is perfect for chili dogs, Frito pie, or chili-cheese fries.
Knife Sharpening 101
You've almost certainly heard this before and heard the reasons, but I'll repeat it because so few people seem to believe it: A dull knife is a dangerous knife. A dull blade requires more force and provides less control than a sharp knife.
Recipe: Shrimp with Red-Eye Gravy (aka Shrimp...
Although "shrimp and grits" recipes vary widely, this is the sort of dish that most people in the South
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.
The Perfect Amount of Chocolate Heaven
This silky, dark chocolate mousse makes a delectable ending to any romantic dinner for two.
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.
2 kinds of broth, 2 kinds of onions make one...
A combination of slow-cooked onions and crisp browned onions gives this soup a nicely complex texture. Chicken and beef stock provide deep flavor.
4 Great Paninis
Paninis are among the world's most awesome sandwiches. They tend to be simple consisting of a couple of slices of coarse bread, some meat, and some cheese that are pressed together. Traditionally they were grilled over a charcoal fire, but these days they're more often made using a panini press.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Quick and Easy Cassoulet Recipe
A quicker and easier recipe for cassoulet that's still as excellent as a more complex
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.
Breakfast recipes…
We're told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - which makes sense. After all by the time I get up in the morning I probably haven't had a meal in more than 12 hours. Page 2.
Pulled pork gets an Asian twist
We sometimes leave the meat in chunks and serve this over rice, but usually we shred it and make it into
A Great Date Night Technique - Cooking in...
Cooking in parchment, a classic French technique, makes infusing layers of flavors into your main course on date night simple and beautiful!
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.
Creamsicle Pie Recipe
Tangy orange curd and whipped cream in a vanilla cookie crust make a delicious, easy frozen dessert reminiscent of Creamsicle bars. The 6-inch pie is perfect for two.
Recipe: Cabbage and Noodles for Two
Cabbage and noodles team up with bacon in this savory Eastern European side dish for two.
Tuna Casserole: Comfort Food
This recipe, although fairly conventional, contains a number of tweaks (sour cream, Golden Mushroom soup instead of Cream of Mushroom, extra-sharp cheddar cheese) that take it over the top. Serves 2.

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