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Vegetarian Chili

Easy to make tasty and healthy vegetarian chili. Continue reading

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Hungarian Chicken and Rice

This is unique in that it has no sour cream in it. It’s an old family recipe and my grandmother told me in the part of Hungary her parents were from they didn’t use sour cream. She also served it on the bone so eating was a bit of work but worth the trouble. Continue reading

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Chicken Saltimbocca

Chicken Saltimbocca
Delicious Chicken and prosciutto dish that means Jump-in-the-mouth Continue reading

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Super Bowl Ideas

Mussels Marinara
Buffalo Wings
Award Winning Chili
Spinach Artichoke Dip and Tortilla Chips
Steak Sandwich with Cheese and Garlic
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Cioppino

Cioppino over linguini

This is the NY version of a San Franciscan Italian seafood stew. They focus on crabs while I focus on a nice variety of seafood. It’s quick to cook once the seafood is prepped and guaranteed to please every seafood lover. You can make the sauce white or red and once in a while I make it pink with just lobster tails, shrimp and broccoli florets. Continue reading

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Mussels Marinara

Mussels Marinara
Great inexpensive summertime or party time dish everyone will enjoy.
Serve with plenty of bread to dip in the sauce.
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Fireshrooms

Serve Mushrooms
Salty spicy mushrooms caps, perfect to pick at when you want a little fire to go with your snack. Continue reading

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
The perfect healthy dip for parties or just to munch on. Use spinach, artichoke hearts and cheese to make this quick and tasty anytime appetizer or Super Bowl snack. Continue reading

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Tortilla Chips


Nothing beat homemade tortilla chips and they only take about 10 minutes to cook. Continue reading

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Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce
A quick easy marinara sauce to be eaten on it’s own or as a base sauce. Continue reading

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Cooking Pasta

Bowl of Pasta

The proper ways to cook pasta with explanations about salt and oil in the water. Continue reading

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Long Island Cheese Steak

Slice Steak Sandwich
This is a variation of the classic Philly cheese steak. On Long Island, where one-quarter of the population is of Italian ancestry, this dish is sometimes known as the the Italian Stallion. Continue reading

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Taking suggestions

Here’s a list of things I’m already planning to blog about in no particular order. You can reply with the items you want to see or add to the list. Leek and Potato Soup Artichoke Hearts Casino Fire Shrooms NYC … Continue reading

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Restaurant Style Buffalo Wings

A plate of Buffalo Wings with Celery and Blue Cheese Dressing
This is the perfect Buffalo Wings recipe for Superbowl parties.
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Holiday Pot Roast Recipe

Make A delicious pot roast for your holiday party using wine and vegetables. Continue reading

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Chili Cook-off: How to make crowd-pleasing chili

Chili

My award winning experience as a newbie to the chili competition world. Continue reading

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Chili Powder Recipe: Cumin along!

Roast and grind your own peppers and cumin to make a tasty chili powder Continue reading

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Paprika

Roast and grind peppers for a fresh tasting substitute for store bought paprika. Continue reading

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Turkey Dressing: Think outside the bird!

In the restaurant business, we usually cook the stuffing separate from the turkey. Some people may call that sacrilege but to a chef it makes more sense. It allows heat to enter the cavity to cook the breast meat from inside and out. When you put all that cold soggy bread inside a turkey, you need to cook it through so by the time the heat gets to the center the breast is dry. Continue reading

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