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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single serving of chicken vindaloo in a white bowl over mashed potatoes

Chicken Vindaloo

I can trace my gastronomic awakening to a very specific meal.  I was in college in New York City.  My…

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boneless pork chops and rice on a white plate

South of the Border Pork Chops

Full confession – I’ve not been a fan of pork chops for most of my life, until recently.  Growing up…

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heirloom tomato, burrata and arugula on a green plate

Heirloom Tomato, Burrata and Arugula Salad

Don’t you just love when a dish has just a few ingredients – but they’re the best; so, each compliments…

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four people toasting white wine over the dinner table

Going Public on Trying New Dishes

Happy to share my latest article on preparing seemingly inaccessible dishes at home for family and guests.  In this, I…

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mixed salad, blueberries, red peppers in a brown bowl

The Magic of Salad

Every now and again, I am not feeling that great about myself.  I either have pain, feel dumpy or guilty…

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enchilada with black beans in a red bowl on a white plate

Mahi-Mahi Enchiladas

In trying to add more fish into our diets on a more consistent basis, I’ve also been searching for different…

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Mixed berry crisp serving

Mixed Berry Crisp

If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, there is often a common theme running throughout: versatility.  I like…

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deep pizza on a wire rack

Recipe Shout Out: Deep Dish Pizza Hack

America’s Test Kitchen is a staple in our house.  All of their recipes are tried (and tried…and tried!) and true! …

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screen capture of Albany Times Union article

My Foray into Journalism

Today’s an exciting day.  I was asked to write a column for the Albany Times Union newspaper on five of…

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white bowl of mushroom bolognese over pasta with basil leaves

Funghi alla Bolognese (Mushroom Bolognese)

I love making sauce – in fact, I have a great recipe for Sunday Sauce which is delicious and super…

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two white bowls of chicken sauce piquant on a brown table

Recipe Shout Out: Chicken Sauce Piquant

I love developing new recipes and I often take inspiration from existing ones – then switching them up to either…

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mushrooms and red pepper on a sheet pan

Roasted Mushrooms

You’ve probably not thought of mushrooms as a side dish – but rather as an ingredient.  I love mushrooms in…

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pot of beans cooking on the stove

Big Ole Pot o’ Beans

I love having a huge pot of beans simmering away on top of the stove.  A ham hock is essential,…

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corn salad in a glass bowl on a wooden table

Mexican Street Corn Salad (Esquites)

I have to give credit to my daughter, Zoe for introducing me to Mexican Street Corn.  When it’s served on…

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tuna tartare on iceberg lettuce on a white plate

Tuna Tartare

Feeling a little boujee?  Why not serve up some Tuna Tartare – pronounced with a New England accent where wealthy…

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egg salad on a white plate

Indian Spiced Egg Salad

Is there a food that you like, but is dependent on how it’s prepared?  Allow me to explain.  I love…

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