It's apple season. The stores are filled with colorful displays of crisp, juicy apples. Tart Granny Smith apples lightly coated with maple syrup make a perfect topping for sauteed veal cutlets. I created this dinner after tasting several different types of maple syrup at this year's Fancy Food Show. The veal takes only 2 or 3 minutes to cook. It...Read more
The exciting flavors of Chinese cuisine are captured in this five-spice stir-fried pork. Five-spice powder is a mixture of five ground spices usually consisting of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns. It gives a pungent, aromatic flavor to this quick dish. It can be found in the spice section of the supermarket. ...Read more
Enjoy this popular French bistro dish using fresh tomatoes, onions and a touch of cream. The secret to the dish is to cook the onions until they are golden and sweet. To speed their cooking, the onions are microwaved first, then sauteed.
Fred Tasker's wine suggestion: High-acid tomatoes go well with a crisp pinot grigio.
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Fresh tuna takes only minutes to make. The secret is to have a very hot skillet so the tuna sears on each side.
Cauliflower, microwaved and mashed looks like mashed potatoes. Wild mushrooms add an earthy flavor.
Save time and the need to wash a second skillet. Use the same skillet for the tuna and mushrooms. Saute the mushrooms first. Remove ...Read more
Adding sausage and mushrooms to this macaroni and cheese dish gives a new flavor to one of America's favorite meals. It's all cooked in one pot, even the macaroni. Smoked paprika gives the dish a smoky flavor and the cayenne pepper gives it a special zing.
Fred Tasker's wine suggestion: Earthy opulence! Let's try an opulent California viognier....Read more
A tangy mustard coating gives this baked fish a great flavor and seals in the juices. I use two types of mustard in this recipe, Dijon and a grainy mustard. Any type of mustard with seeds can be used. This is a very simple recipe and, once it is in the oven, you can quickly make the barley.
Barley is used most often in stews and soups, but it ...Read more
The smoky, sweet flavor of chipotle peppers, a dried and smoked jalapeno pepper, is used as a rub for this pan-roasted chicken. The rub is made with chipotle powder. It can be found in the spice section of the market.
Chopped onions spice up a bought oil and vinegar dressing. Tomato wedges coated with the dressing make a refreshing salad. ...Read more
Glazed Pork Scaloppini and Plums with Zucchini and Corn Toss
Enjoy the end-of-summer bounty with sweet plums, zucchini and corn. Pork tenderloin made into thin scaloppini take only minutes to saute. The tangy balsamic sauce glazes the pork and plums.
Plums are in season through October. To find a ripe, juicy plum, lightly press your thumb into...Read more
Nothing More, Nothing LessAshley Dukart
When Brandon finds that his mother committed suicide, he blames himself for her decision. His guilt drives his young life into a downward spiral of drugs, drug-dealing, and violent repercussions when his “business partners” don’t get what they want. Haunted by the...
Fire up the grill for this end of summer dinner. A prepared pesto sauce and grilled sliced mushrooms go perfectly with a grilled steak.
The pasta salad is made with red bell peppers. You can add any vegetables you have on hand to the salad. It's made with an oil and vinegar dressing. Some people prefer a mayonnaise dressing for a pasta salad. ...Read more
Swordfish steaks are a treat on the grill in the summer. The secret is not to overcook the swordfish. It should cook for 8 minutes per inch of thickness. Most steaks are about an inch thick. Alter your cooking time according to the thickness of the swordfish steak you buy. It will continue to cook in its own heat off the fire.
Arugula is mostly...Read more
Plump summer tomatoes and fresh basil give refreshing flavors to a quick minestrone soup. Add turkey sausage and the crunchy texture of pecans to make a light summer meal. This one-dish dinner can be made in 20 minutes.
Acini pepe is a very small soup pasta. Any type of leftover pasta broken into small pieces or orzo (rice-shaped pasta) can be ...Read more
Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, olives and two-day-old bread are the basis for this Panzanella Salad. Tuscans don't waste a crust of bread. They turn it into a delightful summer salad. The old bread is rehydrated with juice from fresh tomatoes and vinaigrette. If rustic, artisan bread isn't available, toast whole grain bread until they are ...Read more
Chicken Tacos with Pinto Bean Salad
Tacos are becoming one of our favorite sandwiches. Tacos, tortillas folded in half and filled with meat and vegetables, are usually made with fried corn tortillas, though soft flour tortillas are also used. Many restaurants also serve tacos flat as an open sandwich. Either way, they make a simple dinner. I ...Read more