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Cooking for Two and Romantic Meals: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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).
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.
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.
The Trick to Creamy Scrambled Eggs
Sour cream keeps scrambled eggs moist and creamy, while chives add color and delicate flavor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to make Hollandaise sauce in a small batch
This recipe makes two servings of rich, lemony Hollandaise sauce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make Delicious Muffaletta Olive Salad in 3 Easy...
The recipe for a Mufaletta Olive Salad mixture is the key to a great muffaletta sandwich.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
"Tzatziki" is the Greek name for this yogurt-based dipping sauce recipe, but variants on it are found
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.
5-Step Recipe for Mexican Rice
Mexican rice (or Spanish rice) is a staple in Mexican restaurants and one of my favorites.
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.
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.
A Special Christmas Feast for Two
This Christmas Menu for Two will fill your home and your heart with the aromas and warm fuzzies the holidays bring. Best of all, it's easy to prepare.
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.
Potato-Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe
This breakfast casserole features the major breakfast food groups - eggs, sausage, and potatoes.
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.
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.
Blue Cheese Alfredo Pappardelle with Balsamic...
Blue Cheese Alfredo Pappardelle with Balsamic Chicken, Peas and Mushrooms pairs well with a spinach salad, hearty French bread and a good red wine.
Ingredient: Herb Mixtures
Although these mixtures can be found, pre-mixed, in the spice section in most supermarkets it's nice to be able to make your own in case you happen to run out or in case you want to make them using fresh herbs or because you want to tweak the herb balance.
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.
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.
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 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.
Creamy Quiche, 3 Ways
This creamy, rich quiche makes a delicious meal for two. With three filling variations, it will suit any tastes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Italian Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Shrimp Fra Diavolo is a classic, spicy Italian dish where you control the heat. It's perfect for a weeknight dinner but fancy enough for company.
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.
Recipe: Mushroom Sauce
Dried porcini add complexity to this easy yet flavorful sauce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creamy, cheesy potato gratin
This sublime gratin recipe combines potatoes, cream and cheese to make a decadent side dish 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.
Easy and delicious red wine sauce for two
This simple red wine sauce is a great finish for all types of meat and poultry.
Turkey Gravy for Two: Hey! It's T'day!
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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.
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.
How to Poach Eggs
Step by step instructions on how to poach eggs, with photos.
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.
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.
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.
Spicy New Orleans Remoulade
Creole mustard and horseradish give this New Orleans style remoulade a spicy kick.
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.
Browned, juicy steak every time
Basting with butter gives this thick, tender steak an irresistible crust and perfectly done interior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crab Cakes: An Old Favorite
This recipe for crab cakes is slightly spicey, easy to make, and is a perfect weeknight meal. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Eggs: Top 10 Egg Recipes
My favorite form of eggs is the soufflé, but I have a serious soft spot in my heart for fried eggs, over easy, at breakfast. Served with bacon, hash-browns, and well-buttered whole wheat toast to soak up the yolk. Here are 10 of my favorites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cranberry Coulis Is Sweetly Tart and the...
This Cranberry Coulis recipe is a sweet-tart sauce that is marvelous on poultry and pork. This is a good candidate for Thanksgiving dinner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The easiest tomato sauce ever
This tomato sauce for pasta or pizza is simple to make but packed with flavor.
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.
Traditional Cottage Pie Recipe 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.
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.
Creamy, tangy lemon curd in a small batch
This easy recipe makes a small amount of lemon curd -- perfect for two!
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
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.
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.
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.
Falling-Apart Tender Short Ribs
Tender short ribs in savory red wine sauce with a trio of vegetables make this hearty braised dish reminiscent of the French Boeuf Bourguignon.
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.
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.
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.
Cranberry Mousse
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 7.
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.
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.
Minute Steak Medley in 15 Minutes or Less
Minute Steak Medley is a fun, easy, quick and cheap weeknight meal. It consists of a couple of quickly cooked cube steaks and an assortment of sauces.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Spicy Pork Fajitas
A classic fajita recipe using pork instead of the traditional beef or chicken.
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.
7 Fall Vegetable Side Dishes
Although I'm eating the last of summer's peaches, corn, and tomatoes I'm looking forward to the fall vegetables and fruits and some of my favorite recipes and eating them.
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.
An Easy Way to Make Mayonnaise
Making mayonnaise is easier than you might think; this easy recipe makes about a cup.
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.
Mac and cheese in the perfect size for two
Aged cheddar flavors this classic macaroni and cheese, while cream cheese gives the sauce an ultra-smooth texture.
Recipe: Chimichurri Sauce for Two
This spicy, tangy herb sauce from South America is traditional with steak but also enhances fish or chicken.
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.
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.
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.
Ricotta & Apple Coffee Cake
This Apple-Ricotta Coffee Cake is delightfully moist and delicious with very nice textural contrasts between cake, apple, and strusel. Makes one 9-inch cake.
How To Reduce a Recipe
Reducing recipes isn't hard but it can seem more difficult than it has to be. Learn tips and tricks to reduce a recipe for four, six, or more to serve two.
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.
Deceptively Simply Milk-Braised Pork Chops
Deceptively simple, this two-serving recipe for milk-braised pork chops is easy to prepare and surprises with its rich, complex flavors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rum Cake: A Christmas Tradition
This is my grandmother's recipe for Rum Cake. I don't know that my grandmother did this, but my mother would make it Thanksgiving weekend (while Dad made his eggnog) and then let it age until Christmas. As it aged, she'd give it a good douse of additional rum every three or four days.
Pastitsio: Greek Lasagna
Pastisio can be described as Greek lasagna. It's typically made with lamb, not pork or beef, and it features penne (or a similar) pasta instead of flat noodles, but the concept is the same. The flavor, however, is very different. Serves 4.
Sauteed Green Beans
Par-boil prior to sautéing these Italian broad green beans with garlic, pancetta and anchovies for an flavorful side dish.
Italian Fried Chickpeas Snack Recipe - Ceci...
These wonderful fried chickpeas aren’t so much fried as sautéed and make a delicious appetizer to pair with a glass of wine before dinner.
These 7 Hearty Soups Make a Complete Meal
Seven recipes for hearty soups and stews make one-bowl dinners easy and delicious.
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.
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.
Blue Cheese Dressing Over Broccoli Is Simply Good
This easy two-serving Broccoli with Blue Cheese Dressing is one of my favorite week-night go-to recipes. It's quick, easy, and absolutely delicious.
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.
Asparagus Parmigiano: A Personal Favorite
This recipe for Asparagus Parmesan is a great way to use leftover steamed or simmered asparagus. Serves 2.
Stewed Apples: Darkly Spicy
Stewed apples are dead easy to make and absolutely 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.
Recipe: Apple and Celery Salad
This lighter, updated version of a Waldorf salad features shaved aged Cheddar cheese and spicy walnuts.

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