Banh Mi, with leftover grilled steak


If it weren’t for the surge of Banh Mi sandwich shops currently dotting the culinary landscape, any Philadelphian might even have considered it to be a new fusion version of a Vietnamese Hoagie.

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Pasta Bolognese Style


Throughout its history, Philadelphia has always been a place of neighborhoods, those most frequently identified by nationalities. Early immigrants from individual countries arrived, Irish, Germans, Welsh, Polish, and on, then together settled into sections of the many row homes that line along the city streets. It’s even so today as new immigrants arrive, Koreans, Vietnamese, Cambodian and more. When I was growing up, South Philadelphia, the location of the famous ‘Rocky’ movie was always the Italian section. The Italian section hosts what now has become more commonly referred to as the 9th street market, but when I was growing up it was always called the ‘Italian Market.’ The Italian Market located on 9th Street, that is.

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Fall Green Salad with Fruits, Walnuts, Blue Cheese


A warmly set table, sparkling glassware, hints of color, perhaps a few flowers tucked into a vase, the glow of candles, each small touches that show care, precious time spent welcoming guests to the shared table. There are so many possibilities for enriching the tone of a special moment, maybe you have lots of creative ideas of your own.

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Teriyaki Cocktail Meatballs


Maybe you do this too, look back on something you used to do, sort of astonished, and think Holy-moly, how did I ever have the energy to do all of that? This occasionally occurs to me now, thinking back on how often I used to host a lot of really large parties, and on top of that, on such a grand scale, including a broad selection of many complicated recipes regularly cranked out and served at these varied occasions.

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Asian Style Grilled Tuna and Noodles


Over the years I’ve shared, or even introduced friends to lots of cultural style foods, including a bit of Asian fusion, like today’s Asian Style Grilled Tuna and Noodles dish. On occasion though, when it comes to recipe inquiries, upon hearing the ingredient list the sighs begin, followed by various versions on how it’s too much work to prepare.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Fillo Shells with Candied Pecan


Among the treasures of Thanksgiving are the time honored foods we embrace as memorable favorites, those continually prepared traditional dishes lovingly shared between families and friends. This festive holiday also enables us a special time when we pause for that fleeting brief moment and give thanks for the many blessings that we have in our lives, much in part, joy, celebrated over an abundant meal.

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Mushroom Soup


Earthy scented mixed flavors blended together in a coarse yet creamy texture make a rich and flavorful Mushroom Soup, or that’s what I finally concluded after attending the annual Mushroom Festival held in Kennett Square Pennsylvania this fall, the proclaimed mushroom capital of the world.

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Shredded Chicken Chili & The Winery at Bull Run


Today’s Shredded Chicken Chili was my fifth preparation in mere weeks, along with strict instructions in my house that no one was to eat the Shredded Chicken Chili, that is, until I could finally photograph it! No kidding, Shredded Chicken Chili is so good that each time I’ve made it, it near immediately gets emptied from the pot barely upon its finish. Making pre-menu planning easy, I’ve already determined its status as ‘in’ for January’s Super Bowl Party!

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Poached Pears



It’s been a long while since I’ve seen the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I’ve known few people who haven’t loved that movie upon seeing it, and especially appreciated the hilarity contained within the story of Toula, along with her immediate and extended family, the Portokalos.

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October Cottage Cooking Club, Porotos granados


It’s hard to imagine that October marks our 18th month of the Cottage Cooking Club, a place where our online international group of food and travel bloggers has monthly gathered together to share our prepared recipes from the cookbook “River Cottage veg everyday!” by British author and television personality, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

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