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KISS Ribs June 3, 2018

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Summertime is upon us – women look better, beer tastes colder and, for some reason, we’re drawn like a magnet to the outside grill. In past posts, we’ve talked about some great grilling ideas, such as

  • Argentinean flank steak
  • Six-Pack Chicken
  • Smoked Brisket
  • Tacos de Carne Asada (Grilled Beef Tacos)

This summer, let’s talk about ribs on the grill.  They are inexpensive, healthier than you think, and easy to prepare, especially with our KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) recipe.

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Homemade Corned Beef Hash May 23, 2017

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Corned Beef Hash

If you want something special for breakfast, this is the dish.  I have always loved corned beef hash, even the canned varieties.  Recently, while staying at the Greenbriar Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, I had their famous homemade corned beef hash with two poached eggs on top.  It was outrageously good and I became committed to reproduce the dish at home.  While I won’t claim to have surpassed the Greenbriar, I think you will find this recipe very good.

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Hangtown Fries April 28, 2017

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Hangtown Fries served with Homemade Corned Beef Hash


A friend of mine, who also happens to be a Federal Judge, invited me to breakfast last week and served Hangtown Fries.  This exceptional dish is basically bacon, eggs and fried oysters, and it has a very interesting history. (more…)

The Green Smoothie Movement November 25, 2016

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There are lot of things that confuse me – reality TV, presidential elections, why I always stuff myself at Thanksgiving, to mention a few. But now there is something new – Green Smoothies, and my daughter tells me it is very, very important that I start consuming these concoctions.  Change is sometimes so overwhelming. It reminds me of the famous line from the Marvin Gaye songbook; “Mercy, mercy me, things ain’t what they used to be”.

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Granola – An American Classic May 18, 2016

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Maybe the Europeans might claim title to the inventors of granola.  They have something called Muesli in Switzerland.  However, in my mind granola is a truly American classic.  Invented in California in the 60’s by hippies and Seventh Day Adventists, it has grown non-stop ever since.  Rolling Stone has the full history on-line at:  a-social-history-of-granola

The exciting thing about granola is that it is soooo easy to make at home.  Once you try it, you will probably never get the store bought stuff again.

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Fudge – An American Classic December 3, 2015

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Fudge

With the Holiday Season quickly approaching, it is time to start thinking of all the sweet things we can make. Here is a great one –  fudge using three different types of chocolate, two of which are dark.  It’s wonderful and creamy and, most importantly, justifiable. Ah yes, we all know that dark chocolate is very good for you – micronutrients and antioxidants and such (check out fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/6-health-benefits-of-dark-chocolate.html.)

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As American as Apple Pie December 16, 2014

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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

I hate clichés, but what is more American than apple pie? We have to have this in our list of classic recipes. There are a thousand little variations usually with names like Grandma’s apple pie or Aunt Rosie’s famous recipe. They are all good, I’m sure, but this recipe below is mind blowing good and very easy. I adapted it from one that I found on AllRecipes.com (a great site) from someone named Moshasmama. (more…)

The Bourbon Burger – An American Classic March 3, 2014

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So, my son-in-law, Patrick, and I were having a cocktail and he was wondering why we didn’t have the hamburger as an American classic on the website.  I said that I could never come up with anything interesting or unique to say about the ubiquitous “burger”.  He said maybe we needed to get alcohol involved in some way.  I had to agree.  After all, we had posted a great recipe called “Six-Pack Chicken” from another son-in-law, Andy. (more…)

Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie November 5, 2013

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Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie

My mother recently passed away.  She was 91 and lived a rich, full life.  She was a great cook and is certainly one of the reasons I spend so much time in the kitchen.  A few years ago, she collected her favorite recipes as well as the favorite family recipes of her parents and her extended family (three children and 12 grandchildren).  She found photos of each of the family members to put beside the recipes with some comments by her.  Everything was copied and bound in handmade, padded binders.  Everyone got a copy – very cool.  This was one of the recipes from the “Family Cookbook”. 

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Make Your Own Pizza – Part 2 – Thincrust Beauties May 10, 2013

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Pizza - Thin crust - Margarita

Pizza – Thin crust – Margarita

If you want a great event for kids or grandkids, or, if you want an innovative dinner party idea, this is it – Make Your Own Pizza (The Thincrust Version). (more…)

Cinnamon Rolls – Recently Named an American Classic May 3, 2013

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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

I really think that cinnamon rolls are an American classic dish, but maybe I’ve been brainwashed by Cinnabon.  The best test might be random interviews.  If we stopped 20 people on the street, would all of them know about and like cinnamon rolls?  I thought about carrying out the experiment, but why waste the time – we know what the answers will be.   As a world renown food blogger, I will put my reputation on the line and officially proclaim cinnamon rolls an American classic.   Comments please. (more…)

Chili 101 December 18, 2012

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Chili with Skillet Cornbread

If there were ever an American classic, it must be chili.  And, you will need this dish sometime during the Holidays.  Even though the name sounds like it must have a Mexican origin, the dish is not really known there.  I did business in Mexico for 30 years and traveled extensively throughout the country.  I never ate anything resembling chili.  Take my word for it, this is an American thing – started in Texas and most likely in San Antonio where they still have the great chili cook offs every year.  Actually, there is a Chili Appreciation Society (http://www.chili.org) that lists about 200 cook-offs, of which about 95% are in Texas.

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Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine Reduction over Garlic Mashed Potatoes November 14, 2012

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So, we are at a dinner party and my friend Bob asks me what is my favorite thing before dinner.  I think he was talking about drinks, but my mind wandered.  (more…)

Friday Night Fishfry – An American Classic September 9, 2012

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Pan Fried Perch

After playing golf, a good friend suggested that I have dinner at his house.  Gary is wine fanatic and I knew there would be some liquid treats involved.   He owns a company that rates wines, The Beverage Tasting Institute, which has a great website.  They have no financial relations with any of the vintners, who have to pay to have their wines rated, and therefore the results are very objective.

His wife Priscilla is a great cook and has appeared before on Bravado Cooking in A Perfect Super Bowl.  When I heard she was cooking perch, I immediately accepted the invitation.

Freshwater perch are, in my opinion, one of the great fish dishes.  When I was young, my grandfather would take me fishing on Cedar Lake in Indiana.  It was a great lake for perch and other pan fish.  Cleaning was laborious, but my grandmother would lightly bread and deep-fry the little filets and we soon forgot the work.  It was wonderful.

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Caesar Salad – An American Classic July 26, 2012

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Caesar Salad with Spaghetti alla Carbonara

After WWI a young Italian named Caesar Cardini emigrated to America and settled in San Diego.  He worked in hotels and restaurants while he learned English.  But, Italians have something in their DNA that prompts them to get into the restaurant business, so he opened a restaurant in San Diego in 1923.  The restaurant business wasn’t easy in those days, or did we forget that in 1920, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed and the country entered the era of Prohibition.  Young Caesar wisely spotted this as an opportunity, and he opened a restaurant in Tijuana – 15 miles south of San Diego, but across the border and free of rules about alcohol.  He opened Caesar’s Place in 1924 and later Caesar’s Café and finally Hotel Caesar’s, which still exists today. (more…)

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