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Salad for a Locavore with Champagne Dijon Vinaigrette

I love when the farmers markets open and the local fresh vegetables start showing up.  Fresh lettuces and tasty little cucumbers.   Of course the herbs and vegetables you grow yourself are organic and as local as it gets.  They’re also priced right.  This salad was created by what was available at the farmers market, my […]

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Spicy Slaw

This is the side dish I made in 2 minutes while my pupusas were cooking.  Technically a pickled slaw is served but I didn’t think that far ahead.  It worked either way. Ingredients: 4 handfuls Green cabbages sliced thin 1-2 jalapeno, seeded and diced 2 green onions, sliced both green and whites Handful of shredded […]

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California Cobb Salad

California Cobb has long been one of my favorite salads.  It was the first salad I put on the menu at Mycroft’s restaurant in Huntington, WV.  Sadly, that establishment is no longer there because the past owner, Ty Neal, has an amazing restaurant in DC called Matchbox.  They have two locations and I highly recommend […]

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Gluten Free Crab Cakes, Coleslaw, and Old Bay Potato Wedges

I love crab cakes but Sodium Acid Pyroposphates (SAPP) in canned crab does not love me.  This is what you find in canned crab like Phillip’s that is added to prevent the formation of struvite crystals.  Those crystals are harmless, they just look like ground glass and tend to freak people out.  So in order […]

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Gluten Free Pork Noodle Soup for Pennies

One of my favorite things to do is take leftovers from meals during the week and make a soup on the weekend.  This week when I cooked those delicious Jerk Pork Ribs and Chicken it created a wonderful stock in the pot.   I strained it and poured it into a leftover pasta sauce glass jar […]

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Tonight was the easy version of Cioppino.  When I made this dish in November I made a double batch of the soup base.  After we served all of the seafood that night, I froze the remaining stock.  Today I took out the stock and warmed it up on medium high heat. The original recipes for […]

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This is not going to be one of those 15 minute meals but it is totally worth the effort.  When I make this meal the I double the recipe for everything but the seafood.  After our first serving and all the fish and such are removed I freeze the stock so my next Cioppino dinner […]

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Fish Stock

I make this in my trusty crock pot.  It makes the best stock and in the easiest way. Head to your store with the fresh fish market and purchase a large whole fish that you like.  I usually pick striped bass because I love that fish.  Ask them to debone and fillet it for you […]

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Mexican Soup

Ingredients: 1 large diced onion ½ red pepper diced 1 pablano pepper diced ½-1 cup corn 1 can organic pinto beans 1 7oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes 1 TB Cumin 1 tsp Expote 1 TB Cilantro 1 tsp Aleppo chili powder 2 TB Ancho chili powder 1-2 whole casabella peppers Penzey’s 1 clove Garlic […]

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Chili-The Easy Way

Ingredients: 2 pounds Ground beef or a chuck roast (put meat in first for roast) Can always use ground turkey, ostrich or buffalo. 1 large Onion diced 15 oz can Diced fire roasted tomatoes (I like Muir Glen) 15 oz can crushed tomatoes 4 TB Cumin 4 TB Chili powder (can use pre-mixed, ancho, Aleppo, […]

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