Corn Casserole For The Holidays

traditional corn casserole

During the holiday season, thousands of families will be serving a traditional corn casserole as a side dish. Sometimes called corn pudding, it goes well with your Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, a delicious baked Christmas ham or with holiday leftovers for a comforting meal after a busy day. I’m sure we have all […]

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Rigatoni Pasta With Roasted Cauliflower

rigatoni with cauliflower

As cooler weather approaches, we often think of heartier and comforting dishes such as this simple rigatoni pasta with roasted cauliflower. Cauliflower, roasted until tender, golden and caramelized, gets tossed with pasta, cheese, sautéed onions and garlic and then finished with bread crumbs for a wonderful crunch. One of my husband’s and my favorite Italian […]

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Pork Schnitzel With A Red Wine Plum Compote

pork schnitzel with sweet and savory plums

For a quick and easy fall dinner or an Octoberfest celebration, top crispy pork schnitzels with a red wine plum compote. The compote, prepared in 15 minutes, combines sweet, tart plums and savory spices that perfectly complement and balance the rich flavors of the juicy pork cutlet. For this dinner, fresh plums are slowly simmered […]

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Fresh Green Bean, Tomato And Blue Cheese Salad

green bean tomato and blue cheese salad

A fresh green bean, tomato and blue cheese salad is the ultimate summer side dish. Super easy to prepare with tender young green beans, sweet cherry tomatoes, your favorite blue cheese and tossed with a simple vinaigrette, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next backyard barbecue. This is the time of […]

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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Mexican shrimp cocktail

Sometimes less is more, especially in the case of simple Mexican shrimp cocktail. The light and refreshing summer appetizer consists of poached shrimp marinated in a lime and spicy tomato juice base along with tomatoes, onions, celery, cilantro and creamy cubes of avocado that create fresh flavors similar to ceviche. I would call this appetizer a […]

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Beet, Orange And Arugula Salad

beet orange and arugula salad

Roasted beets marinated in a honey citrus vinaigrette are served with sweet juicy oranges, creamy goat cheese and crunchy pistachios on a bed of arugula. This easy to make, Moroccan inspired, vibrant colored salad makes a delicious first course, side salad or a light and healthy main course. This contrasting burgundy red and orange colored […]

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A Simple Sauté Of Wild Mushrooms With Pasta

wild mushrooms

A mix of wild mushrooms such as chanterelles, oyster, morels, shiitake and cremini with their different textures, flavors and colors are delicious when simply sautéed with butter, wine and fresh thyme. When sautéed and tossed with pasta and cheese, they make for an amazingly simple but special evening meal. There are so many ways to […]

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Mexican Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Tortila Soup

This easy Mexican chicken soup is based on a rotisserie chicken, flavorful homemade chicken stock, fresh tomato salsa and corn tortillas. Whether enjoyed as a simple soup or served with a variety of complementary sides for a hearty main course meal, your family will want a second helping. Homemade chicken stock, made from a rotisserie chicken […]

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Easy Black Beans And Sausage, Brazilian Style

feijoada bean and meat stew

Mention Brazil and you might think about Brazilian steakhouses called churrascarias and caipirinhas cocktails. A visit to this colorful and welcoming country should also include trying feijoada, a rich, smoky bean and meat stew served with rice, collard greens and orange slices, considered the beloved national dish of Brazil. Brazil has many versions of feijoada, […]

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Sliced Duck Breast With Cumberland Sauce

duck breast with Cumberland sauce

Sliced Duck Breast with Cumberland Sauce, a sweet and savory appetizer or light meal, is easy to put together and can be prepared a day in advance and assembled at the last minute. It’s special enough for date night, an anniversary or a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Years ago, my husband and I had a […]

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