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Hatch Chile Verde With Pork

Hatch Chiles. Yes, you can find mild ones, but I like them hot. I buy them fresh, then roast them on top of my gas stove. But if you don’t feel like going to all that trouble, no problem. Check out Bristol Farms, they have weekends devoted to roasting them and selling them ready to go. Every year I experiment with a new hatch Chile recipe and I think I […]

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Sheet Pan Salmon with Potatoes and Asparagus

I went fishing in Alaska last summer and came home with 23 lbs. of fish. They have a great system–you catch it, they clean, flash freeze, and pack it for you, and it rides home on your plane. Then you pick it up at the oversize baggage claim, put it in your freezer and enjoy it all winter! But if your freezer isn’t filled with fresh-caught, just get a nice […]

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Southwestern Chicken Pot Pie That Easily Converts to Vegetarian!

This recipe is from Sunset magazine–March 1997. I use much fresher ingredients these days–from my garden, but this is still pretty healthy.  And if you’re a vegetarian, just use 3/4 pound potatoes instead and substitute 4 cups broccoli florets for the chicken. And the best news–only 384 calories per serving! Prep and cook time: About 1 hour and 40 minutes, including 1 hour baking. Makes: 1 pie, 6 servings Preheat oven […]

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Franco’s Linguine with Clams

Here’s another favorite of mine from Tuscookany–Franco’s linguine with clams.  This is super easy to make and is ready in no time. I cheated this time and bought fresh pasta at the market…if you’re going to cheat, at least cheat with good fresh pasta. INGREDIENTS LINGUINE WITH CLAMS 1 kg / 2 lb fresh clams 2 cloves garlic, chopped 200 g / 7 oz cherry tomatoes 1/2 tsp chili powder 500 […]

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Home-Made Pasta with Franco’s Tuscan Ragout (Bolognese)

A new Christmas tradition! If you can’t be in Italy, you can cook like you’re in Italy. This year Jake and I went back to Tuscookany and spent a wonderful week with Franco and Paola cooking all of my favorite Italian dishes.  This Tuscan Ragout is so easy to make…and tastes so much better with home-made pasta. Making fresh pasta is a bit time consuming but after one bite, you’ll never […]

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Franco’s Bolognese–Perfect Comfort Food for a Rainy Weekend!

Just looking at this photo makes me hungry for Franco’s Bolognese, or as he calls it, Tuscan Ragout. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love going to Tuscookany , a villa tucked away in the hills outside of Arezzo to spend a week cooking with Franco and Paola. And the field trips we take to Ravagni, a family owned olive oil producer since 1421 and Villa La Ripa, a local […]

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Chicken Breasts with Penne and Spinach in a Lemony Parmesan Dressing

The holidays are here–the crazy busy time when you really want a great dinner but never have time to make one. This Lemony Chicken with Penne and Spinach will solve your problem. It’s easy and quick to make and packs a lot of flavor. And don’t tell anyone, but it’s pretty healthy, too. My lemon trees are loaded with fruit right now so I’ll be making lots of lemony dishes […]

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Chicken Posole

I just realized how long it’s been since my last post–almost 3 months–so I knew I needed to make up for that with something really good and super simple to make. It doesn’t get any easier or tastier than this chicken posole recipe from Martha Stewart.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure what posole was and I don’t think I’d ever had hominy before I made this soup for the first time last […]

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Jake’s Cajun Fish over Succotash–So Good, So Easy and Ready in 20 Minutes

Jake is a way better cook than I am! There I said it. And it’s so true. Not to mention he made this delicious fish over succotash in about 20 minutes, with almost no mess to clean up. As I watched and took photos for this blog I realized what his two secrets are–lots of butter and wine. No wonder it was delicious. In New York he makes it with grouper […]

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