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Marcella Hazan’s Roast Chicken With Lemons: Masterful Simplicity

Marcella Hazan’s “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking” has been sitting on my nightstand for almost twenty years. For me, it has been inspired reading.  I return to it over and over again as a source of inspiration and enjoyment. Forget about all of those other knock-off Authentic Italian Cuisine cookbooks that provide recipes for Chicken […]

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Pasta with Chick Pea Sauce: One Pot Recipe With a Little Twist

I originally made this dish for Janine back when we first started dating. It was one of those nights where we arrived home late and we were both dead tired. Neither one of us wanted a dining experience. We just wanted fuel.  After taking a quick inventory around the around the kitchen, I decided to […]

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Grilled Chicken With Lemon and Rosemary: No Excuses and No Bricks

This dish is a variation of “Chicken al Mattone” or “Chicken Under a Brick”. It is a classic Tuscan preparation where a whole chicken is split open, flattened, and grilled under a hot brick. In our household, it is called “Chicken Senza Scuse” or “Chicken Without Excuses”. The name was coined after several failed attempts […]

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Pasta Primavera: Quick, Easy Dinner after Long, Hard Commute Home

Our daily commute to work is one hour and forty-five minutes each way.  On a good day, we usually leave the house at 6:00 am and return home at 7:45 pm that evening. Of course this assumes there are no traffic or mass transit delays (and there always are…). As much as we love to […]

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White Bean, Lemon, and Rosemary Crostini

We first prepared this dish as a last-minute addition to a holiday appetizer platter. Our company was on their way when we realized the first course consisted of mostly cured meats and cheeses. The few sparse fruits and vegetables were more decorative than substantive. A frantic scavenger hunt around the kitchen yielded limited ingredients. The clock […]

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Summer Peach Cake

We live in Monmouth County NJ. We love it… but let’s face it. NJ is the punch line of many jokes. However, there are great things that come from NJ, especially in terms of food. In the summer, one of the gifts from the Garden State are the local peaches. (Sweet corn and tomatoes are up there too!)  Following […]

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Eggplant Parmigiana: Layers of Labor and Leftovers

Last weekend, Janine was invited to a social gathering that didn’t require my attendance. I was off the hook. The day was filled with potential. Unfortunately, the weather put a damper on things. The heat and humidity prevented me from starting any projects around the house. The tides in Sandy Hook Bay were not ideal […]

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Boneless Grilled Leg of Lamb with Tzatziki and Middle Eastern-Inspired Pilaf

                  Janine frequented a little Afghan restaurant in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen before we were married. It was a low-key, nondescript place with about eight tables. A mismatched assortment of Afghan-themed decor adorned the walls. She brought me there on one of our first dates. The owner recognized her immediately and asked if she wanted the […]

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Beef Stew: Not Your Average Garden Variety

When was the last time you had a really memorable serving of Beef Stew? Not those childhood memories of the school cafeteria lunch special or your parents forcing you to finish your plate. The memory where fragrant aroma captures your senses and lures your attention down just as the bowl is set before you. At […]

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Gloria’s Pound Cake

Today I am channeling Paula Deen because this recipe begins with a pound of butter and a pound of sugar. Best to serve when you have a bunch of guests over. It is from a family friend, Gloria and baked in a Bundt pan. It is a classic old school cake recipe in the best […]

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