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Jumbo Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille

Those of us of a certain age grew up with stuffed shells and stuffed peppers as “gourmet” cooking back in the day. I remember how proud my mother was to present such an interesting way to serve a meal. These Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille are an easy weeknight meal, ready in minutes and in this…… Continue reading Jumbo Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille

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Creamy Polenta & Grilled Polenta w/ Sautéed Mushrooms

https://youtu.be/R-WAROEwO34 Polenta is a kind of cornmeal mush that originated in Northern Italy as peasant food. But in the US, it’s served at upscale restaurants as a gourmet dish. The reality is somewhere in the middle. It can be a basic porridge, not a lot of flavor, or a high end, kicked version that has…… Continue reading Creamy Polenta & Grilled Polenta w/ Sautéed Mushrooms

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Colcannon (Irish Potatoes and Cabbage)

https://youtu.be/nMRsk_16nq0 Just in time for St Patrick’s day. The “Cooking Secrets for Men” version of Colcannon, using Bob Evans mashed potatoes instead of making your own. Colcannon is an Irish dish made from potatoes and greens. Kale or cabbage are most common. The Irish often serve colcannon at Halloween, hiding a thimble, a ring, and…… Continue reading Colcannon (Irish Potatoes and Cabbage)

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Microwave Risotto

https://youtu.be/E7gDjjHtFgY Here is a different way to make a delicious labor-intensive dish. It is very easy and you can do other things in the kitchen while the risotto cooks in the microwave. There are few comfort foods in the world that provide the savory creaminess as risotto. Yet for all its simplicity, risotto has gotten…… Continue reading Microwave Risotto

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The Correct Green Beans to cook (updated with video)

This article was originally published in December 2019. We added a short video that we hope you find helpful. Learning from others is in many ways the best way to learn about cooking. Most good cooks have go-to recipes and techniques that you may not utilize, but should be using. https://youtu.be/bzTYVf7Aun4 Case in point –…… Continue reading The Correct Green Beans to cook (updated with video)

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How to Slice & Dice an Avocado

Avocados are one of nature’s best foods, having been dubbed a “SuperFood”. The avocado is one of the most nutrient-full foods available. Ounce for ounce, they are among the richest in fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium among all fruits. I love avocados and eat 1-2 a week. In our house, it’s not a…… Continue reading How to Slice & Dice an Avocado

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Easy, quick (Did I mention easy) side dishes – Part 2 – Tuscan Beans

Tuscan White Beans –   This simple side dish can be ready in less than 10 minutes. Perfect for those meals where other parts of the dinner are slightly more complex. Ingredients Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1 teaspoon for cooking and 1 teaspoon for drizzling when serving) 1 garlic clove, smashed and roughly chopped ¼ teaspoon…… Continue reading Easy, quick (Did I mention easy) side dishes – Part 2 – Tuscan Beans