Extraordinary Recipes from an Ordinary Cook

Preparing great meals for friends and family is a great day for me. I enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and also updating classics that I’ve enjoyed for years. I have a passion for cooking and entertaining and wishes for everyone to internalize the belief that indeed they can cook! More About Me »

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Shortbread Lemon Tart

Recipe Shout Out: Shortbread Lemon Tart

It probably should come as no surprise that I do love to cook.  I like to experiment – often in…

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Writers Tears Irish Whiskey

Cocktail Time: Writer’s Tears Irish Whiskey

Since March is just a few days away – and St. Patrick’s Day will be upon us, I wanted to…

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Herby Red Potato Salad

Herby Red Potato Salad

Let’s dispel a myth right now:  Potato salad is not just for summer picnics!  I love potato salad and just…

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Creamy Chicken Puttanesca

Creamy Chicken Puttanesca

I love spicy dishes.  I love zip and a piquant punch in my food.  Puttanesca should be right up my…

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Haricots verts rôtis à la vinaigrette à la moutarde

Haricots Verts Rôtis à la Vinaigrette à la Moutarde (Roasted Green Beans with Mustard Vinaigrette)

For me, roasting vegetables is always my preferred method.  Their vibrant colors remain intact, you get a little extra sweetness…

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Cinnamon Satin Shortbread Bars

Cinnamon Satin Shortbread Bars

Happy Valentine’s Day!  If you’re looking to whip up something easy – but unexpected for your sweetie – check out…

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Apple Pie Pizza

Hah’Apple Pie Pizza

My mom had three brothers and my dad had a brother and a sister – which then yielded many cousins! …

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Burrito Bowls

Burrito Bowls

This riff on a fajita is super fast and easy – and lends itself to many variations.  You can vary…

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Shrimp Topped Deviled Eggs

Shrimp Topped Deviled Eggs

Living in Saratoga Springs allow us to visit many different eateries almost right outside our front door.  It’s fun to…

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monk's chicken

Monk’s Chicken

Full disclosure – this recipe was inspired by a restaurant in Loudonville, NY – D’Raymond’s.  It was there that I…

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polpette di pollo

Polpette di Pollo (Chicken Meatballs)

Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorite things in the world to eat.  I was incredibly surprised when I made…

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Sleep-Over Eggs

Sleep-Over Eggs

This is a great make ahead brunch or hearty breakfast dish.  I have to admit though – it could be…

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Super Fudgy Brownie Bread Pudding

Super Fudgy Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding

This bread pudding is very easy to make and is a perfect ending to a Sunday brunch – or to…

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Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

My husband has told me that this is, if not his favorite thing I make – is in the top…

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Double Trouble Lasagna

Double Trouble Lasagne

I call this Double Trouble Lasagne because I include both a ricotta filling and a béchamel sauce along with the…

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Cream of Tomato with Apple Soup

Cream of Tomato with Apple Soup – Apple? WHAT?

A great by-product of doing a blog is chatting about it with friends and family.  During the natural course of…

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