Potato and Leek Soup

Comfort that can be Chilled in Summer or Warm in Winter

Comfort that can be Chilled in Summer or Warm in Winter

Every time I go to the farmers market I return home to find a little buyers’ remorse tucked in amongst those lovely special treats.  This time it’s a leek.  Smells great, looks impressive, and cooks up like a twine sock.  It’s also mid-summer and I’m too lazy to do anything time consuming with the Hell Veggie.

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a rustic garden dish.  It’s meant to be fast and savory without a lot of flair.  Making it fancy is putting lipstick on a pig.  Anyone who says different’s a poseur.  [So there!]

Choke

The following is a basic recipe.  It can be spiced up by adding bell pepper and garlic or a hot pepper.   But remember, overcomplicating this recipe will destroy it.  It will look prettier but taste worse.

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Frittata

Frittata’s nothing more than a quiche without crust.  But its eggs.   And the weird thing about eggs is that, even though they can be made any one of a thousand ways, people are fixated on what they consider to be the best way to cook them.  Don’t believe me?  If you’re ever in a room with two cooks, ask them for guidance on the best way to poach an egg.  Just don’t do it when kids are around.

So play with this and come up with something that works for you.  The neatest thing about this recipe’s that, with a little practice, it can be done entirely on autopilot and early in the morning.

 Nothing Special to Look at

Nothing Special to Look at

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Oven-Cooked Pork Ribs, Wet or Dry

This is one of the ultimate comfort foods.  It’s as basic as a rural tradition can be without involving cousins who marry.  This is food meant to feed large groups of people with the least amount of effort (let’s face it, the folks cooking ribs usually spend more time drinking and socializing than anything else).  So if you’re wrapped up in a sophisticated recipe or stressing over the finer points, you’re doing it all wrong.

Wet or Dry, the Trick’s to Go Low and Slow

So get over it.  Take a breath.  Have a drink.  Enjoy the ribs.

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Osso Bucco

The foundation of many Tuscan recipes is a combination of wine, protein, celery, carrot onion and tomato.  Mix it one way and you get a bolognaise sauce, do it another and the result is osso bucco.   Like most of the recipes on this site, the technique relies on patience and confidence.

It’s done when the meat’s ready to fall off the bone

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Prepping & Preparing Chicken Wings

There are a couple of ways to make folks believe you know your way around a kitchen.  One of them’s knowing how to prep and cook chicken wings.

Say Hello to Your Little Friend

Say Hello to Your Little Friend

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Healthy(ish) Double Chocolate Cupcakes [by Table Daughter]

These cupcakes have no butter or eggs in them, but manage to be fluffy and very chocolatey.  If you still want more chocolate, try throwing some chocolate chips in, and don’t say that I didn’t warn you.

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Fudgey Mini Cakes [by Table Daughter]

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Chocolate/Vanilla Buttercream Frosting [by Table Daughter]

Chocolate/Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (about 5 cups)

Frosting or cake?  I’m a cake person, hands down.  I don’t even touch frosting unless I have to.  I actually eat cupcakes from the bottom up to avoid it, but this frosting very well may have made a frosting convert out of me.

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Crepes [by Table Daughter]

Crepes (Serves six)

For breakfast, lunch, dinner or any special occasion.

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