Rosemary’d Dip

Bean dips are delicious and versatile, and easily enjoyed year round. One of my favorites is my personal white bean dip with spices, which was printed in Gourmet magazine. This one is similar in the use of white beans, but instead of spices, I only use fresh rosemary. So if you like rosemary, you’ll love

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Szechuan Peppered Steak

I first learned about Szechuan peppercorns and Szechuan pepper salt from the Chinese Cooking cookbook of the Time Life Foods of the World Series. The pepper salt was made as a “dip” for Szechuan duck. Now, I like pepper and salt, which are the ingredients in Szechuan Pepper Salt, but dipping meat into this mixture

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Grits with Shrimp and Sausage

Years ago I tagged along on a business trip my husband took to Charleston, South Carolina. I ordered shrimp and grits at our first dinner there. I’d previously not been a huge cornmeal fan. Well, thank you Charleston. I’m a huge fan now. The secret is butter, cream and cheese. Which, of course, can make

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Sweet Chili Shrimp

A while back I came across a cookbook called The Chinese Takeout Cookbook. When I first saw the title, my snobbiness took over and I refused to look into it further. But then I came across the cookbook again, and it got me thinking about the whole idea of Chinese takeout. I don’t do takeout

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Oeufs à la Neige

My mother visited my husband and I once in 1982 after we moved to Houston, Texas. We had made dinner reservations at a well-known French restaurant in order to treat her to a fine dining experience during her stay, even though it was very expensive for us back then. The first part of the dinner

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Cuscuz de Galinha

I fell in love with this Latin American dish, not just because it’s so pretty, but because of the peasant nature of it. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Essentially it’s cooked, meat-filled cornmeal layered with peas, that’s then topped with hard-boiled eggs, hearts of palm, tomato slices, and olives. Then the whole thing

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Salt Cod for Lunch

I’m calling this post “salt cod for lunch” because it is perfect as a lunch or a light meal. It’s salt cod cooked with potatoes, smothered in a white sauce, sprinkled with a little Parmesan, and then baked. It’s like the inside of a fish pie, with no crust. It’s hearty, but it’s not too

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Black Beans and Kielbasa

I love cooking beans. They’re delicious when home-made, especially because you can make them taste however you wish – barbeque style, Mediterranean, or Southwestern. But I have to admit that canned beans are pretty good – especially in a pinch. For this recipe, I used canned black beans. The only important thing is to drain

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