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Creamy Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette

In Dressings, Marinades & Sauces, Salads On February 5, 2012 Comments Off on Creamy Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette

I was inspired by fond memories of a salad I ate on a first “fancy seafood restaurant” date with my boyfriend—now husband—Bill when I was just 18. From… Read More »

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Italian Sausage Ragú–aka Lea’s Spaghetti Sauce

In Dressings, Marinades & Sauces On February 5, 2012 Comments Off on Italian Sausage Ragú–aka Lea’s Spaghetti Sauce

In conversations with cooks from the previous generation (or beyond), they all had their own spaghetti sauce secrets that range from “doctoring” a jar of commercial sauce to… Read More »

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Fonduta di Parma

In Hors d'oeuvres, Slow-Cooker On February 5, 2012 Comments Off on Fonduta di Parma

I used the three P’s of Parma: porcini (mushrooms), Parmesan, and prosciutto, for my version of slow-cooker fondue. This trio of flavor combinations will magically captivate your audience—just… Read More »

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WhatChaMaCallIt…Chocolate Fondue

In Desserts On February 4, 2012 Comments Off on WhatChaMaCallIt…Chocolate Fondue

My mother had a sweet tooth, and there are a few of those sweets I remember seeing her eat time and time again. One of those was the… Read More »

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Saffron Risotto

In Side Dishes On February 4, 2012 Comments Off on Saffron Risotto

After serving this risotto, reserve 2 cups for use in Leftover Risotto Crab Cakes with Lemon Crème Fraîche.

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Moroccan-Style Seafood Stew

In Fish, Stews On February 3, 2012 Comments Off on Moroccan-Style Seafood Stew

If you are new to cooking, don’t be intimidated. You will enjoy making something from scratch to share with your friends and family. And this stew is great… Read More »

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Ooey. Gooey. Beef Cheesesteak

In Sandwiches On February 2, 2012 Comments Off on Ooey. Gooey. Beef Cheesesteak

I was dared by a native of Philadelphia to create a cheesesteak here in California that could make him smile. I succeeded…and here’s my recipe.

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Cheesecake Suzette

In Desserts On February 2, 2012 Comments Off on Cheesecake Suzette

When it comes to dessert, everyone in my family begs my aunt Lonni to make my grandmother Suzanne’s famous cheesecake. I really wanted to carry on this family… Read More »

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Gringoladas

In Casseroles, Meats On February 2, 2012 Comments Off on Gringoladas

Some of my fondest childhood memories are being with my dad in the kitchen cooking our family’s version of Mexican food. I think everyone has some tasty traditions… Read More »

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Crispy Shredded Beef Tacos

In Meats On February 2, 2012 Comments Off on Crispy Shredded Beef Tacos

Our family created these recipes in the ’60s when it was popular to serve frozen TV dinners and eat canned vegetables. So, today it may seem shocking, but… Read More »