Collard Greens with Ham Hock

Collard Green and Ham Hock

Collard greens is a popular side dish in the American south, but it is also popular around the world, particularly in Brazil and Kenya. I remembered eating collard greens in Brazil and they called it couve. Collard greens are in the kale family and can be bitter if not cooked properly. Simmering them in water for an hour completely removes …

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Pumpkin Pie Casserole

Pumpkin and Marshmallow Casserole

I love everything about pumpkin pie: the sweetness of the pumpkin squash, the buttery creamy texture and the spices of cinnamon, ginger, cloves. It is the perfect dessert during the fall season. Sometimes though, I want that pumpkin pie taste, but do not want to bother making pie pastry. This casserole dish is the perfect side dish for any autumn …

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Traditional Ukrainian Pierogies


One of my favorite childhood memories is of my mom working in the kitchen preparing pierogies. She learned the recipe from my grandmother who learned it from her mother. It is a traditional Ukrainian recipe and easily one of my favorite foods to eat. Taking a bite of these homemade pierogies brings me back to those childhood days. My mom …

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Zucchini Breakfast Bake

Zucchini Breakfast Bake-5

My neighbor has dropped by a couple times with zucchini from her garden. I have been trying to make some different dishes with it and I made this casserole a few days ago. The recipe is similar to a crustless quiche but the pancake mix that is stirred in reduces how eggy the casserole tastes. It is great for a …

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Sauteed Yellow Squash Ribbons

Sauteed Yellow Squash Ribbons

I love summer squash and I am always looking for different ways to cook it. I recently got a vegetable slicer which is great for making ribbons out of yellow summer squash and zucchini. A potato peeler can work also to make thin shaving-like strips. You can use these ribbons instead of pasta noodles or make a quick and simple …

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Baked Beet Chips

Beet Chips

The other day, I got a new vegetable slicer and I have been slicing up any vegetable I have in the fridge ever since. I had a bunch of beets in the crisper and remembered tasting beet chips a long time ago. Thin, crispy, sweet and salty, beet chips are a great healthy snack. To make sure that you do …

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Sous Vide Green Bean Almandine

Sous Vide Green Beans Almandine-3

I usually cook meat in my sous vide, but it is also a great way to cook vegetables. Fresh vegetables come out of a sous vide water bath with a wonderful crisp bite. They do not taste flat like boiled veggies can. They taste bright, full of flavor, and are actually one of the healthiest ways to cook vegetables since …

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Couscous with Apricots and Pistachios

Couscous with apricots and pistachios

I love Moroccan food. This North African cuisine has a wonderful blend of spices that has an earthy depth but also a sweetness. Ras al Hanout is the popular spice blend in Morocco that has cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and more. Tagine is the traditional dish of Morocco and it is a slow cooked stew of meat and vegetables …

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Mashed Potatoes with Chives and Pecorino

Potato mash with chives and pecorino fi

I am a meat and potatoes kinda guy and I love a good mash. This recipe is simple but has the perfect balance of flavors. I like to use russet potatoes but PEI, Yukon Gold or even red potatoes work well for a mash. The pecorino romano has a nuttier flavor compared to parmigiano reggiano but that kind of grated …

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Cognac Mushroom Cream Sauce

Chicken Sous Vide with Cognac Cream Sauce fi

This creamy sauce has a wonderful balance of flavors. I used crimini mushrooms, although button or portobello would also work fine. The cognac adds a wonderful sophistication to this sauce and it tastes great on chicken, steak and even some fish, like halibut. 4.0 from 1 reviews Cognac Mushroom Cream Sauce   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total …

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