Creamy Chicken, Mushrooms, and Vegetable Casserole


Casseroles were widely trending in the food world a couple of weeks back, coincidental or not, concurrent just about the time winter storms rippled across most parts of the country. Many folks have their favorites among these old throw back one- dish specialties, maybe you even prepared your own memorable special comfort dish as the white flakes from the sky piled up real high.

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One-Skillet Rosemary Chicken Thighs, Potatoes, Artichokes


Sometimes it’s not the cooking that requires so much work, but the dishes needing washing up afterward. Maybe that mention made you even nod your head and smile in agreement, after all, who really loves to do dishes? Not me.

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January Cottage Cooking Club, Swede (rutabaga) with onion and sage


Welcome to the January 2016 gathering of the Cottage Cooking Club, our 21st month cooking through the cookbook, “River Cottage veg everyday!” by British cookbook author and television personality, Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall.

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French Toast Panettone


I’ve had a sort of love affair with Panettone going many years back now to when my friend Frani began gifting Tommy dePaolo books to my kids, one of which is “Tony’s Bread.” That airy bread like cake with candied fruits and raisins, appearing in the shape of an over-sized, upside down, clay flower pot.

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Japchae, ‘Potato Starch Noodles Stir-Fried with Vegetables,’ a Korean Cuisine Journey at Drexel University


A slight groan from the ancient steel lined box jolted to a thump before the doors slowly squeaked opened to release its passengers, 6th floor. Just beyond the construction area marked with signs fronting layers of large plastic sheeting gave way to the corridor with swinging doors on each side of the aisle.

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Large Shells Mac and Cheese, ‘no-waste’ cheddar


Sifting through the hard, clear, plastic organizer in the refrigerator whose bin displays a white sticker labeled ‘CHEESE,’ there sat an assortment of parchment wrapped remnants from the holidays, in particular, lots of leftover cheddar.  

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Pork, Beans & Greens Soup


The conversation was meant to be about reducing food waste, perhaps looking at ways to creatively use up remains of our meals, or remnant bits of our sometimes wasted food ingredients. With the scheduled webinar instruction on the topic still some hours yet to begin, simple provisions take on a new sort of urgency, for as I type with slightly chilled, nimble fingers, today marks its own defining day, the stern and serious call of winter’s arrival, it’s simple reprieve in early evening, a steaming hot bowl of Pork, Beans & Greens Soup.

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“Brodo” Grass Fed Beef Broth, Tortellini, Broccoli Rabe


Anyone who knows me well knows that I ongoing prepare all sorts of homemade broths out of my kitchen. Preparing broths is really only time consuming in that once the roasting or otherwise prep stages are arranged together, with a mere few pieces of equipment, including a large sized stock pot, broths are simply slowly simmered on the stove for designated hours requiring little to no effort on my part. 

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Roast Lamb, Paris Bistro Bean Salad


It wasn’t the coined name ‘Paris Bistro’ that inspired me so much as the assorted shapes and bright colors of the bean variations seeming to implore me to snag a bag for some future preparation.

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Scallions


Welcome to 2016, and a steaming bowl of Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Scallions. Now you didn’t really think I would begin the New Year with a juicing, cleansing, join the gym Post did you?

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