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Thanksgiving Menu for Two
Thanksgiving with all the fixings is an effort, but you can rein in that effort by spreading it over two or three days and working on it together. This menu is geared for two with a day or two's leftovers (and will serve four if your neighbors have been dropping you hints).
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.
These 7 Hearty Soups Make a Complete Meal
Seven recipes for hearty soups and stews make one-bowl dinners easy and delicious.
Roast Turkey for Two: Doable and Delicious
It's possible to roast turkey for two people producing a delicious holiday meal. It's a matter of knowing how to scale.
Sweet Potato Pie: Southern to the Core
Sweet Potato Pie is an old Southern favorite. It looks like and is usually flavored like pumpkin pie and I've had it many times in my life. This recipe intrigued me because it included buttermilk.
Make the Most of Leftovers with This No-Fuss...
When I was in college my roommates and I used frequently make a dish we called "Grunt." (Hey, we were
A 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.
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.
Apple/Sausage Stuffing: A Holiday Favorite for...
This recipe for Stuffing (or dressing if you prefer) for Two includes apples and Italian sausage is packed with flavor and created specifically to go with Apple-Brined Turkey. Serves 2 with leftovers.
Thanksgiving/Christmas Roast Duck
Roast duck is my most favorite of Thanksgiving/Christmas feasts. It's not too much food for a single person and perfect for two (because the leftovers are so adaptable). And a single duck will feed four if you're willing to share.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turkey Gravy for Two: Hey! It's T'day!
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Italian Sausage Balls: Old Treat, New Taste
I was nine or 10 when I got the assignment: make sausage balls. Those first balls were made with Bisquick, ordinary country sausage, and cheddar cheese. These are a bit more sophisticated.
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.
Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits
This recipe for Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits was different from the others in adding cold butter to the mix to make them more flaky. The trick works. And fair warning, if you double the recipe you'll simple eat twice as many.
What You Should Know about Safe Food Cooking...
We're taught that food should never be held at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. That's because most bacteria will quite happily reproduce in that range. But note, the temperatures at which bacteria is killed varies according to the microbe.
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.
5-Step Recipe for Mexican Rice
Mexican rice (or Spanish rice) is a staple in Mexican restaurants and one of my favorites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday Mousse: A Holiday Tradition Made New
Cranberry Mousse is light, luscious, sweet, tart and a wonderfully different take on a holiday meal tradition. Serves 2 to 3.
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.
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.
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.
Ingredient: Cranberry Coulis - Sweetly Tart
A coulis is a sauce made from fruit that is cooked down into a thick syrup and then strained. This is sweet and tart and is marvelous on roasted poultry as well as pork.
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.
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.
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.
Tzatziki Sauce: A Cooling Yogurt Sauce
"Tzatziki" is the Greek name for this yogurt-based sauce recipe, but variants on it are found throughout
Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto
These Brussels sprouts with prosciutto are an Italian-inspired dish I make once or twice a year. I think sprouts are particularly good with pork and this combination of Italian ham, olive oil, and garlic is not only good, but dead easy to make.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Hollandaise sauce in a small batch
This recipe makes two servings of rich, lemony Hollandaise sauce.
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.
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.
Christmas Finger Foods
Back when I used to be invited to parties instead of hired for parties my specialty was finger foods. Two-bite morsels perfect for piling on a small paper plate and requiring no utensils to imbibe.
Broccoli with Blue Cheese: So Simple, So Good
Broccoli with blue cheese dressing is one of my favorite week-night,go-to recipes. Quick, easy, and absolutely delicious. Serves 2.
Two ways to brown onions -- and neither are...
Whether you're cooking them slowly or quickly, a little knowledge about onion types and browning reactions is all you need for delicious, perfect onions every time.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Six Fabulous Ways to Use Leftover Corn
Using leftover corn is easy with these six delicious recipes, whether you've got fresh ears or frozen kernels.
Pork Medallions with Apple Cream Pan Sauce
Pork medallions are one of my favorite meats and this recipe highlights their rich dense flavor and firm texture. And properly cooked it's is as tender as good steak. Serves 2.
Delicious 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.
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.
Apple-brined Turkey for Two
Sure, you can go out to dinner on T'day and avoid the trouble of making your own feast. Or you could just make it a private celebration and be thankful for each other. Page 2.
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.
Mashed Rutabaga with Maple Syrup and Bourbon
Mashed ruatabagas with maple syrup and bourbon are slightly sweet, slightly tart, slightly rich, and all delicious. 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.
Creamy and Delicious Corn and Leek Soup
Corn and leeks flavor this easy soup, while bacon and shrimp make a delicious topping.
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.
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.
Thanksgiving Dinner for Two
Thanksgiving with all the fixings is an effort, but you can rein in that effort by spreading it over two or three days and working on it together.
Recipe: Smoked Salmon Chowder for Two
This hearty chowder for two uses both fresh and smoked salmon for subtle but delicious flavor and rich texture.
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.
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.
Christmas Menu for Two
I've spent many Christmases alone or with just a friend or two, and as with all other holidays I absolutely dispute the idea that just because there are only one or two is no reason not create a feast. A smaller feast? Yes, but that makes it even harder to justify going out to eat instead of cooking. My friend, Q, absolutely relishes the excuse to cook an over-the-top menu for him and his sweetheart.
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.
Meyer's Lemon Pie: Hybred Vigor
I adapted this recipe for a Meyer's Lemon pie from a combination of a lime icebox pie and a lemon chiffon pie. Meyer's lemon are rapidly growing in popularity - they're sweeter and, to my mind, more lemony than the common lemon - but they're still not easy to find around here so when I do spot them I buy them. You'll find the pie is luscious after you first few spring grilling meals.
Dutch Apple Pie: Is it Really Dutch?
My favorite apple pie is the Dutch variety, which features a streusel topping instead of pastry. The main reason I like it is the topping's flavor. Makes 6 servings.
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.
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.
Pan-roasted Duck with Cranberry Coulis: Easy &...
This is a wonderfully festive recipe: a real treat for Christmas, a birthday, or an anniversary and it couldn't be any easier. If cranberries aren't in season you have make a different sauce for it for ideas. Serves 2.
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.
Apple/Sausage Stuffing
Sure, you can go out to dinner on T'day and avoid the trouble of making your own feast. Or you could just make it a private celebration and be thankful for each other. Page 3.
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.
Fried Chickpeas (Ceci Fritos): Italian Munchies
These wonderful fried chickpeas aren’t so much fried as sautéed and are one of my favorite snacks. They take 10 minutes to make and about 30 minutes to eat with a glass or two of wine or a cocktail, which seems fair.
Making the Most of Roast Duck
I adore roast duck. Especially on occasions such as Thanksgiving. And, in fact, Thanksgiving and Christmas are perfect opportunities to turn to duck instead of turkey when you're cooking for two.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Review: Serrated Peeler
A few years ago a friend told me that I HAD to buy a serrated peeler. She told me it would change my life in the summer. Seems like a big responsibility to lay on a mundane tool, but she was right.
Blue Cheese Dressing: Different, Delicious,...
This recipe for blue cheese dressing is for blue cheese lovers only, it will knock your socks off.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Savory Mexican-Style Chicken Chili Verde
Tomatillos and poblanos form the base for the sauce in this delicious, spicy Mexican-style chicken and bean stew.
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.
Turkey Gravy for Two
Sure, you can go out to dinner on T'day and avoid the trouble of making your own feast. Or you could just make it a private celebration and be thankful for each other. Page 4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smoked Salmon Bruschetta
This recipe for smoked salmon bruschetta can be prepped hours in advance and refrigerated, but are quick enough to make and serve in 15 minutes.
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.
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.
Give your chicken soup an exotic twist
Ginger-scallion sauce gives a spicy Asian twist to this hearty chicken noodle soup recipe.
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.
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.
Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Crostini
This recipe for Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Crostini are an invention of mine based on a spread sold in Europe. I recreated this delicacy after my second trip to the old world. Spread on lightly toasted slices of baguette, or even on crackers, it's a great little munchie. Makes 12 crostini.
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.
Souped-up Oyster Crackers
A friend of my mother's made these souped-up oyster crackers and they are absolutely addictive. The recipe calls them a snack, but they are equally addictive in cheddar chowder, tomato soup, clam chowder and chicken noodle soup.
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.
Bacon/Herb Turkey Breast: Bacon Always Helps
I was trying to come up with something different to do with roast turkey one Thanksgiving and I remembered and old favorite – chicken with bacon. Bacon and poultry is a great flavor combination and it's a good way of keeping a skinless chicken breast from drying out. Brining in cranberry juice solves the drying problem.
Moist, delicious turkey for a do-ahead...
Savory, succulent braised turkey is a welcome change from the usual roasted version, and this delicious dish for two can be made a day or two ahead of time. Great for busy holidays!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Technique: Pan Sauces
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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.
Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Soup
The combination of roasted red peppers and slow-cooked onions gives this soup a deep, intriguing flavor. It's perfect as a small appetizer or delicious first course for two.
Cottage Pie: Gaelic Goodness
The difference between recipes for cottage pie and shepherd's pie is the meat used. Cottage pie is made with beef and shepherd's pie is made with lamb. Serves 4.
Recipe: Thanksgiving Stuffing "Crouton"
Traditional stuffing is formed into a patty and browned for a crisp, savory Thanksgiving side dish for two.
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.
Bacon, Onions and Potatoes: What More Could You...
Fried potatoes and onions with bacon and a balsamic glaze make a great side dish for steak; they're also great for breakfast topped with poached eggs.
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.
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.
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.
Broccoli with Blue Cheese
Sure, you can go out to dinner on T'day and avoid the trouble of making your own feast. Or you could just make it a private celebration and be thankful for each other. Page 5.
Tourtière: A Taste of Quebec
Tourtiere is a savory French Canadian meat pie frequently served at Christmas, but equally good on any cold day. It can be made of ground beef, pork or a combination of the two.
Stewed Apples: Darkly Spicy
Stewed apples are dead easy to make and absolutely delicious. Serves 2.
Early Fall Menu for Two
This is a good weekend menu because it takes a bit of time (although very little effort). Cornish hens are the perfect answer to roast chicken for two - no leftovers. Slice some of those late season tomatoes on the side and my recipe for braised Brussels sprouts has won over sprout haters. Finally, what better at the end of the meal than an apple crisp?
Bacon-wrapped Water Chestnuts
Flavor-wise these Bacon-wrapped Water Chestnuts taste mostly of bacon (so choose a good bacon) because water chestnuts have little flavor, what the water chestnuts contribute is a delightful crunch.
Recipe: Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Diced Beets
Creamy mashed sweet potatoes are a delicious complement to earthy beets in this luscious side dish.
Basic Fruit Crisp Dessert Struesel
This basic recipe for the topping on a fruit crisp dessert can be adapted for use with almost any fruit. Make extra topping and store it in the freezer for last minute desserts.
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
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.
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.
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.
Reuben Sandwich: Notes on a Classic
The classic reuben sandwich may seem so obvious no recipe is needed. But sometimes it's worthwhile stating the obvious.
Ingredient: Vinaigrettes
A vinaigrette is basically just oil, acid, and flavorings. If you get the proportions right you can make custom vinagrettes for any meal.
Stuffed Roast Cornish Hens au Provence
Roast cornish hens are the perfect answer to roast chicken for two. In this recipe the hens are seasoned with Herbs de Provence and stuffed with Mushroom & Sausage Rice Pilaf. 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.
Mexican Cornbread
This is my favorite cornbread recipe. It has a touch of sugar, which accents the spice of the peppers, compliments the pork cracklings, and highlights the corn's sweetness.
Recipe: Curry Noodles with Shrimp
Spicy curry paste and coconut milk form the base of this Thai-inspired noodle and shrimp dish. It's an easy and delicious one-dish dinner for two.
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.

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