Breakfast

Sticky Buns

This may not be the quickest or easiest recipe to make, but these sticky buns are so worth it. Perhaps it has to do with the labor of love involved in making them and the long wait while the dough goes through two rises, coupled with the smell of cinnamon and brown sugar that permeates the house as the …

Appetizers

Pumpkin Mutabbal

Pumpkin adds autumn flair to this popular Middle Eastern dip This delicious Middle Eastern dip is made from pumpkin pureed with Greek yogurt, tahini and plenty of roasted garlic, and is brightened with lemon juice and pomegranate seeds. Serve it with warmed pita bread for dipping. This recipe is from “Palestine on a Plate” by …

Chicken

Chicken Piccata With Rice

In Italian cooking, the word “piccata,” as in veal piccata or chicken piccata, stems from an old verb, “piccare,” meaning “to prick.” Although the word isn’t used much today, chicken piccata remains a staple in Italian cooking.  This recipe is by Bill St. John and was originally published in The Chicago Tribune.  Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 8 ounces sliced mushrooms …

Dinner & Lunch

Cheese and Spinach Manicotti With Meat Sauce

Cheese and spinach manicotti with meat sauce makes a hearty family dinner or main course for an Italian-style buffet. The filling and sauce can be made the day before and the casserole can be assembled several hours in advance, if desired. This recipe is by Beverly Dillon and was originally published in The Chicago Tribune.  Ingredients …

Desserts

Samoas Ice Cream Cake

Make someone very happy on his or her birthday by using leftover Samoas cookies for a delicious Girl Scout-inspired ice cream cake. Caramel ice cream is topped with toasted coconut, chocolate and caramel drizzles, and crushed Samoas cookies. Ingredients 3 boxes of Samoas Girl Scout cookies, chopped 6 cups caramel ice cream, slightly softened 1 cup toasted coconut …

Risotto

Spanish Rice and Beans

This recipe is an excellent starting point for anyone looking for a straightforward and traditional Spanish-style rice and beans dish. Serve inside flour tortillas with shredded cheese, lettuce and yogurt or sour cream to make a delicious vegetarian burrito. This recipe is by Martine Perez from Santa Rosa, California, and was originally published in The Baltimore Sun. Notes Sofrito is a …

Seafood

Barbecued Salmon With Andouille Potato Hash

Need some dinner inspiration? Try this barbecue-glazed salmon served over crispy andouille-potato hash and topped with fried onion rings and tomato gastrique. This recipe is by Emeril Lagasse and was originally published in the Orlando Sentinel. Ingredients 2 cups cubed russet potatoes Coarse salt and pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 pound andouille sausage, crumbled 1/2 cup minced onion 1 …

Desserts

Nectarine and Berry Parfaits

There are breakfast parfaits with layered fruit and yogurt, and then there are dessert parfaits like this with crumbled cookies, slightly sweetened whipped cream and seasonal fruit. Here, the whipped cream gets a boost from mascarpone and lemon zest. If you don’t wish to use orange-flavored liqueur, substitute 1 or 2 tablespoons of orange blossom …

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