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garlicky meyer lemon and honey chicken drumettes

Football season is in full swing and nothing says tailgating better then a delicious pile of chicken wings!  I used chicken drumettes here but you may use good ‘ole chicken wings as well.  Better yet – double the recipe and make two yummy batches!  These are a little spicy, a little sticky, and big on […]

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rosemary-tarragon pork chops | dining a deux

Hi there!  Every family size is different and in the last two years it really just been my son and I at the dinner table so I’ve become pretty accustomed to scaling back on meal size with the exception of creating recipes for this blog.  In another two years he will be off to college….leaving […]

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nacho cheesiest bay scallops gratin

This dish was dinner Tuesday night to celebrate Cinco de Mayo but it’s good any evening – no holiday required to enjoy!  I adapted this recipe that’s been in my binder of fish and seafood recipes for years by switching out a couple of the original ingredients – namely Ritz crackers and Parmigiano-Reggiano – for Spicy Nacho […]

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hearts of palm salad with olives and ham

This salad is a twist on the famous 1905 Salad at the Columbia Restaurant – a Tampa and Sarasota, FL Spanish-Cuban dining establishment that dates back to 1905 – and there is a little story on how this recipe came to be. Let’s go back to 1999 – a very important year because that’s the year […]

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chicken with prosciutto, rosemary, and lemon

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be a yawn.  Haven’t we all been there?  Looking for a zap of genius to elevate the lowly and overused boneless, skinless chicken to a new level? Buy skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts – leave the skin on and remove it from the bone.  Have your butcher do it for me […]

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