May17

Mini Crab, Spinach, and Mushroom Tarts

Dear Pie, It has been a while, hasn’t it? It has been difficult to think about pie for the last few months because I spent the better part of a year writing two different cookbooks dedicated to the subject. From sweet to savory, and some pies that were a little of both, I was adrift in a sea of crusts, crumbles, and fillings with no end in sight. I love pie, but you can have too much of a good thing and I needed a pie hiatus....

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Jan18

Orange Chicken with Fried Rice

Growing up I despised what I knew as Chinese food. What we always got was greasy, over breaded, over sauced American take-out Chinese food.  It was terrible.  This aversion became a fairly serious problem for me when I was first invited over to my future mother-in-law’s house for dinner.  She is from Taiwan and was going to make us home-cooked Chinese food for dinner.  I was distraught.  I hated Chinese food, but I did not want...

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Dec17

Seared Filet with Mushroom Cream Sauce and a Giveaway!

**UPATE** The winner, as selected by Random.org, was comment 14 – Brad!  Congrats to you! It is getting down to crunch time for Christmas and I know I have been getting some last moment gifts together for my friends and family. The folks at Omaha Steaks know how stressful this time of year can be and have offered me the chance to make the season a little tastier give one of my readers a $50 gift card!   If you like steak, or you...

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Jun05

Lunch at Abacus with the Mushroom Council

Today’s post is a departure from the norm.  Stay with me, there are a lot of good cooking tips to come. A few weeks ago, through the wonders of Twitter, I was offered the opportunity by The Mushroom Channel to attend a lunch hosted by the Mushroom Council.  I know what you are thinking.  There is a council for mushrooms?  Yes, indeed there is and they hosted a lovely lunch event for restaurant owners, food suppliers, university...

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