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Steakhouse-style Creamed Spinach

Steakhouse-style Creamed Spinach

Tender leaves of spinach are sauteed with onion and garlic then added to a Parmesan cheese sauce in this mouthwatering ‘steakhouse’ version of creamed spinach.  This easy-to-make-recipe uses just a few simple ingredients to create an unforgettable side perfect for serving with most any meal.  […]

Beef & Pork Kofta Kebab

Beef & Pork Kofta Kebab

Kofta Kebab Recipe

An interesting combination of spices are added to a mixture of beef and pork to create a traditional Middle Eastern dish known as Kofta.  This flavorful meatloaf-style delight is usually formed as either a log or in balls and then grilled.  There are many recipes for this food which vary from country to country and family to family using different blends of spices and meats.  Depending on the region, kofta kebabs are served with sauces such as tzatziki or curries which add an additional dimension of flavor.  (more…)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar recipe

Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and butterscotch chips fill these cookie bars with pure love.  Topped with a drizzle of salted caramel and some additional dark chocolate these bars are a decadent “dressed up” version of the beloved chocolate chip cookie.  Easier than making individual cookies, these bars are a quick way to throw together a tasty treat that everyone will love.

A couple of weeks ago my partner and I hosted a fund-raiser in our home, my task was to put together the appetizers and drinks for the group.  I wanted to serve things that were going to be relatively simple to prepare, and also easy to eat.  Numerous times I have attended mixers where beautiful food was served but it was (more…)

Taqueria Style Salsa

Taqueria Style Salsa

Taqueria Salsa Recipe

Finding a Mexican restaurant that has a great salsa is like hitting the jackpot for me.  I love a salsa with a spicy deep heated flavor, not just hot, but a sauce that makes you stop and think about it.  I have long believed that you can  judge the menu of a Taqueria simply by its salsa.  Being presented a mediocre red dip usually signals the quality of the meal to come.  Many establishment unfortunately serve an Americanized version of a sauce that is flat, full of onions, tomatoes and everything but the most important ingredient peppers.  I am not afraid of flavor or heat and understand they are not one and the same.  I also am aware that spicy and hot are two different things.  Well this salsa is the real deal, made with nothing but peppers, a little garlic, and some salt.  So if you’re like me and enjoy a spicy flavor and some heat, then I am confidant you love will this sauce. (more…)

Chocolate-on-Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate-on-Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate ganache buttercream frosting is whipped until fluffy and then topped with a dark chocolate drip glaze in this 1960’s Bakers Chocolate recipe.  Using chocolate squares instead of cocoa powder, this frosting has an unparalleled deep rich chocolate flavor.   (more…)


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Russian Shashlik – Chicken Shish Kebab

Russian Shashlik – Chicken Shish Kebab

 

russian_shashlik_1Shashlik or shashlyk is a form of shish kebab popular throughout the former Soviet Union, parts of Eastern Europe, Pakistan, Mongolia, Iran, and Israel. These skewers are either all meat, all fat, or alternating pieces of meat, fat, and vegetables such as bell pepper, onion and tomato. Different that other kebab, the meat for shashlik is usually marinated overnight in vinegar, dry wine, yogurt, or sour cream with the addition of herbs and spices. (more…)