Duck Breast with Olives, Cherries, and Almonds

Duck Breast with Olives, Cherries, and Almonds

When Gretchen gets a craving, as she did last night when she proclaimed that she needed duck breast, I jump at the opportunity to run to the store and experiment. I immediately darted off to Wegmans knowing it’s the only local market that seems to […]

Hot Dog Banh Mi

Hot Dog Banh Mi

The classic Vietnamese Banh Mi and the classic American Hot Dog have a lot of similarities. They both often use ground meat of questionable origin, often include a pickled garnish, and are served on a long split bun. For fans of both sandwiches, many people […]

Maple Roasted Parsnips

This is fast becoming my new favorite side dish.  Amazing things happen when the maple syrup cooks down… it becomes sticky and almost candy like.  I urge you to try this dish tonight!  Parsnips are very inexpensive and who doesn’t have some maple syrup on hand?  […]

Cordon Who?

Sort of like a Cordon Bleu, only minus the cheese, and made with Italian ingredients instead of French.  Okay, so it’s nothing like a Cordon Bleu but it’s definitely delicious! 1 lb of scallopini style chicken breast (or, you can pound your own) 4 slices […]

Apple Cauliflower Puree with Chevre

The secret here is the Honeycrisp apple.  The sweet, tartness of the apple combined with the earthiness of the caulfilower and the tangy goat cheese makes for one winning combination! 1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets 1 Honeycrisp apple, chopped into 2″ chunks salt […]

Halibut with Pea Pesto

I recently acquired a lovely piece of Halibut (my favorite!)  from a dear friend’s Uncle.  He was sharing a story with James about how he caught a 98 lb – yes, you read that right – Halibut.  James jokingly said, “Don’t tell her (pointing to […]

Potato Crusted Chicken with Portobello Red Wine Reduction

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast 1 cup instant mashed potatoes 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder salt and pepper 2 eggs 2 tbs butter 1 pack of baby bellas 1/2 white onion, sliced 1/2 cup Merlot (or your favorite red wine) 1 […]

Corn Salsa

Summer is barely a memory and I’m already missing the warm weather and longer days.   This corn salsa is the perfect way to channel that…. 2 ears corn, steamed and kernels removed about a cup of assorted heirlooms or cherry tomatoes, chopped 1 tbs apple cider […]

Sound Off: Clementine Baltimore, MD

As some of you know, Baltimore happens to be my old stomping grounds, namely Northeast Baltimore, and even namelier, Hamilton.  So I was more than pleased to find out that this area, which at one time was total yikesville, is up and coming.  One of […]

Apricot Chicken with Mint and Pistachios

This dish is a feast for the senses!  There are lots of flavors, colors and textures going on here. 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (Foreman) handful of fresh chopped mint 2 tbs whole grain mustard 3/4 cup apricot preserves 3 tbs cider vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil […]