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Austrian Potato Salad

I’m not a big fan of potato salad.  However, I had a couple of good potato salad experiences in quick succession – one at a German restaurant in Houston, and the other at a German restaurant in Munich.  I don’t think they called the one in Munich a “German restaurant.” Ever since those experiences, I’ve […]

Italian Meatballs with Balsamic/Marsala Sauce

This is another of my low fat specialities. Or maybe not. The sauce I made with this dish tastes a lot like Swedish meatball sauce, but the meatballs here are distinctly Italian, and could be used with a traditional spaghetti and marinera sauce. 1/2 pound ground beef 1/2 pound ground pork 6 cloves roasted garlic 1/4 […]

Mango Dill Relish

This relish is wonderful if all you do is combine mango and red onion – you could stop right there. The sweetness of the mango counteracts the sharpness of the onion so well that the onion’s natural sweetness and flavor really pop out. For this recipe, I added lemon to get some additional complexity and […]

Stuffed Yoo Do Fu

I love that dofu that yoo do so well … heh heh. Ahh, this is an old family recipe. Not from my family, mind you – but I’m sure some family has cooked this before. I’m on a Chinese food roll right now, as I’ve got a backlog of recipes from a good friend and […]

Ma Puo Do Fu (Pork with Tofu)

Man oh man. A good friend of mine gave me this recipe, and it sounded good, but pretty basic. Shame on me – this dish was not good – it was great. This did not take much work at all – maybe 10 minutes of prep work, and 20 minutes on the stove. So if […]

New World Veggie Saute with Crispy Tortilla Strips

This is a variant of a very simple dish I found in Rick Bayless’ Mexican Kitchen, and it also reminds me of India, where in public places vendors cook fresh corn on a hot plate with charcoal and serve it in little cups with a spoon to passers by. Use the following ratios, each ear […]

Tangy Roasted or Grilled Zucchini

This is a really simple dish. My favorite way to cook zucchini is to saute with chopped garlic in a little olive oil, and stop cooking while it’s still bright green and firm. But I’ve been cooking zucchini two or three times a week lately, as my garden has produced an abundance of eggplant-sized zucchinis. […]

Dover Sole Marsala

I know I just wrote about Dover sole, but it was so good Saturday that I made it again Monday. So I made it the way I most commonly do – with a balsamic/marsala sauce. Follow the fish recipe as discussed on 28 June, but use Italian bread crumbs for the fish, and no other […]

Why I Love Whole Foods

I know, people joke about this place and call it “whole paycheck” yada yada yada. But sometimes it’s worth a little extra for the great shopping experience. For example, on a recent Sunday morning, shopping for a big cookout, I picked up a sixpack of non-alcoholic beer. (I know i know, what’s the point?) I […]

Dover Sole with Ancho Chile Cream Sauce

Dover Sole is about my favorite fish.  When fresh (or even freshly frozen), it is the sweetest tasting non-fishy fish in the world.  Or at least in my little section of it.  So if you read this recipe and think the sauce sounds too complicated, don’t make the sauce.  I normally bread and fry dover […]