Monthly Archives: January 2013


The smokey mezcal really pops in this twist on a standard margarita. Make sure to use freshly squeezed lime juice only. Mezcarita 1 1/2 oz fresh lime juice 1 oz mezcal 1/2 oz triple sec Mix everything together and pour … Continue reading

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Black Pepper and Romano Biscotti

Here’s a recipe for the savory biscotti we promised yesterday. We hope you have some leftover soup. Romano and Black Pepper Biscotti 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tbsp black peppercorns 2 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp salt 4 eggs 1/2 … Continue reading

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Split Pea Stew

This stew is a healthier alternative to the normal split pea soup. The use of smoked sausage helps to keep the meaty flavor strong while reducing the fat from either a ham hock or bacon. The spice mixture also really … Continue reading

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Cold Pasta with Chick Peas, Capers and More

Katherine made this dish for a work gathering. She set aside half for a vegan before stirring feta into the rest for the cheese lovers. It’s great both ways, but the feta does add a nice creaminess. This is a … Continue reading

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Sunday Suppers: Birthday Meals

By Katherine Greg’s birthday always involves steak and potatoes. While it’s best to find crab only in Maryland and only in the summer, one year we splurged and found some packaged lump blue crab meat for a crab dip appetizer. … Continue reading

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Chorizo Hash

This is a great way to give breakfast some flair. Good chorizo can be found at most supermarkets or at any Mexican grocery. Make sure to buy it fresh, in links and not prepacked like breakfast sausage. Chorizo Hash 1lb … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with Apples

This recipe is adapted from Lidia’s version here. I don’t hold with all that blended tomatoes in a sauce nonsense, but this is a really good quick mid-week meal. Any apples will work including sweet and I used fuji apples. … Continue reading

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The Red Kiss

We saw this drink in one of our battered well-used cocktail books. It normally calls for dry vermouth but since we had an abundance of Lillet a change up was in order. The Red Kiss 1 ounce Lillet 1/2 ounce … Continue reading

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Polenta for Breakfast

By Katherine It is only fair since I made fun of Greg for his kitchen meltdown a few months back that I come clean. I planned to make Joanne’s bacon and toast cups using a bit of spinach, leftover polenta … Continue reading

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Grilled Rack of Lamb Two Ways

Grilling lamb chops individually reduces the cooking time and is a great way to boost the flavor of the meat. Make sure to have a good bed of coals and close the grill to reduce flare ups from the dripping … Continue reading

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