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Family Meal Kids

Fresh Egg Pasta with Sage Browned Butter

By on December 13, 2015

Fresh pasta – easier than expected.  Particularly when you have the kid make it.   Flour – two cups.  Eggs – two whole plus four yolks.  A good pinch of salt.   Make a well with the flour – eggs and salt in the middle. Beat with fork, slowly incorporate.  Knead…


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Family Meal

English Muffin Pizzas That Don’t Suck

By on May 17, 2015

Nobody likes a bad english muffin pizza.  All limp, soggy and gross.   There’s a better way, people.  

 

The key here is to crisp up the muffins in the oven before applying sauce/cheese.  Slice muffins, drizzle with olive oil.  Garlic power, S&P, maybe some oregano.  Into 420º oven until…


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Family Meal Summer Meal

Can I get a pulled pork sandwich

By on April 27, 2015

Yes let’s eat this right now.  

Pork shoulder brined in sugar and salt water overnight.  Drained and dusted with cracked pepper, oregano, cumin, garlic powder and sea salt. Into a covered dutch oven with a good pour of chicken stock and one can plus one teaspoon beer.  A couple…


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Family Meal

Maddie’s Favorite Chicken

By on November 1, 2014

The Tot loves this.  And super-simple too.  

Boneless skinless chicken breast, pounded thin with a meat mallet.  Cover with a freezer bag or a triple layer of plastic wrap before pounding — prevents raw chicken from flying everywhere.  

Drizzle with canola oil, sprinkle generously with salt, pepper and garlic…


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Family Meal

Great name: Italian Wedding Soup

By on March 28, 2014

Some dishes excite just through the settings evoked.  Like Baja Style Fish Tacos – a late lunch on a barstool somewhere warm.**  Or Porterhouse for Two – dinner at a clubby NYC steakhouse, settled next to each other in the lush red banquette. Perhaps a vodka martini with blue-cheese…


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Dinner party Family Meal

Herb-Stuffed Roasted Tenderloins

By on February 18, 2014

Here’s a real treat – perfect for a big family meal.  The pics are from the holidays…

Step 1 – butterfly the tenderloin roast (or have your butcher do it), and smear the inside with an herb paste – here I used chopped fresh tarragon, parsley, thyme and rosemary mixed…


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Family Meal

Sunday Spice-Rubbed Pork Roast

By on February 10, 2014

I cook mine less than he did (pink pork is ok!) but otherwise this is my Dad’s roast pork recipe:

Rub roast lightly with canola oil, then coat with S&P, garlic powder and hot Hungarian paprika (smoked would also be good).  Let sit outside the fridge for a good hour…


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Family Meal

Super Sliders – Live

By on February 3, 2014

Ok so this is happening right now:

Wheat Parkerhouse rolls, toasted in a pan with some butter.  The required Pat LaFrieda grind, a slice of aged cheddar.  Pickles, red onion, tomato and butter lettuce.   Thin Yukon chips, roasted crisp with olive oil, S&P and garlic powder.  

btw Denver…


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Family Meal

Steak Frites! And some butter

By on January 19, 2014

It’s French bistro night:

Carte Du Jour

Pan Seared Bone-In Prime Strips / Beurre Maitre d’Hotel

Mixed Bitter Greens / Dijon Vinaigrette

Crispy Pommes Frites

Lots of Cheap Red Table Wine

Ok fancy French talkin’ guy, so what’s Beurre Maitre d’Hotel?  This:

Soften a stick of butter, beat with cracked pepper, sea salt and chopped fresh herbs…


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Seared Bone-In Pork Chops and Shishitos

By on October 19, 2013

Whack this out in a flash on a Friday evening after work — pan-seared pork chops, blistered shishitos.  With rice or garlicy mashed potatoes.  Pour out a chilled Gruner Veltliner.  And call it dinner:

Take the chops out of the fridge right when you get home – letting meats come…

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