Pork Tonkatsu with Fig and Arugula Salad

July 16, 2015

I know the opening of this recipe should be about the pork, but I am gobsmacked by the beauty of these figs. I want to look at them, center table, displayed in a bowl or on a plate but, eat them we must. Yep, they taste pretty good as well.

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Red Rice and Vegetable Biryani

June 26, 2015

Warm weather has finally arrived in Northeast Ohio. We’ve traded our jeans and boots for shorts and sandals and officially moved the dining room to the patio. But our seasonal attitude doesn’t stop with the wardrobe change. We also change out our diets in the summer months, adopting lighter or meatless meals many nights of the week.

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A Trio of Summer Sauces

June 8, 2015

But, no matter how tasty, dinner from the grill can become monotonous (another grilled chicken breast?) and begin to taste the same after a few weeks. Enter the summer sauce triumvirate, guaranteed to make all your fast and fresh grilled meals more interesting.

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Pasta “Rags” with Ramps, Baby Carrots and Bacon

May 6, 2015

Redbud trees, daffodils and lilacs are feasts for the eyes, but ramps are one of springtime’s tastier gifts. Used to be these garlicky wild green onions were foraged down in the “hollers” of my native West Virginia and either boiled, sautéed, pickled or fried to garlicky, oniony deliciousness.

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A Tale of Two Tartines

April 8, 2015

A tartine is a fancy, Frenchified word for a type of open-faced sandwich. The word is the diminutive of the French word tarte and is pronounced tar-teen. Essentially toasted bread topped with tasty things, tartines make a lovely light supper.

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Ruby Trout with Roasted Brussels Sprout Hash and Saffron Pasta

March 17, 2015

So when I saw these ruby trout filets at my local Heinen’s grocery, my drab winter-starved eyes knew it was time for a colorful plate of fish. While still in the store I rounded a corner and spotted a display of bright golden-fresh saffron pasta which made my heart go pitty-pat.

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Root Vegetable Tart Tatin

February 19, 2015

Use maroon carrots here if you can find them as they add a beautiful touch of red along with their white and orange brethren roots. A dose of goat cheese and sage adds just the right amount of rich and herbal notes to this simple (yes, really) meatless meal.

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A Sort-Of-Cuban Sandwich for Two

January 10, 2015

Some may question a sandwich for dinner. But when it’s like 1°F outside, a fast, hot and complete meal wrapped between two slices of buttery toasted bread never disappoints.

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Cream of Tomato Bisque with Toasted Cheese and Apple Sandwich

November 18, 2014

Most of us have happy childhood memories of slurping away at a bowl of tomato soup. This decidedly adult version will charm with just the right touch of creamy tomato paired with the crunch and sweetness of apple and cheese sandwiched between lovingly toasted bread.

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Grilled Pizza with Artichokes, Prosciutto and Pepper Jack Cheese

August 10, 2014

It really isn’t hard to make pizza and it’s a luxury to make it with the toppings exactly the way you like it. Fun and fast to cook on the grill, I even grill pizza in the dead of winter so walking outside to slap a hunk of dough on the grates is no big deal when the weather is fine.

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