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Stuffing with Apples, Sausage and Fennel

Our Stuffing with Apples, Sausage and Fennel is so good, we make it for Thanksgiving every year. Like a savory bread pudding, it’s moist and flavorful in the middle, with crispy brown sides and top. The flavor combination of rich breakfast sausages, sweet apples and fennel make this the Thanksgiving side dish we just can’t do without. 

Perfect Classic Glazed Meatloaf

Classic doesn’t have to mean boring. Perfect meatloaf should be tender, juicy and packed with savory flavor. Extra points if it’s brushed with a sweet/tart glaze. This is a dish that’s equally adept at making your kids jump for joy as your (adult) dinner guests.  

Red Curry Chicken Meatballs

This Thai-influenced dish delivers big flavor for very little work. Tender oven-baked chicken or turkey meatballs, simmered in a delicious coconut milk-based red curry sauce. Packed with ginger and garlic and showered with fresh herbs, this is a crowd pleaser.

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Pollo a la Brasa (Peruvian-style Roasted Chicken)

Pollo a la Brasa (Peruvian-style Roasted Chicken)

Pollo a la Brasa (Peruvian Chicken)

Our version of Pollo a la Brasa (a classic Peruvian chicken dish) makes a fantastic weeknight dinner. We marinate chicken thighs in garlic, soy sauce, lime juice and spices, then roast them until the skin turns golden and crisp. Serve it with an irresistible tart green sauce, made with chilis and cilantro. 

Growing up in New York City, you learn a few very useful things. One, never get into the empty carriage of an otherwise packed train. Two, don’t even try to find a yellow cab between 4:30 and 5:30pm. And three, the very best food is usually the cheapest. For example, back in the day, you could get a roast pork bun from Hop Shing for less than $1. A big bowl of curried vegetables with roti from Punjabi Grocery & Deli went for a whopping $4. And at Pio Pio, a quarter of a golden-skinned Pollo a la Brasa, with aji verde sauce and a few maduro (sweet fried plantains), was about $7 (I’m sure it’s more now, but probably not much).

But the one bad thing about living in a cute Hudson Valley town is there are no funky little Peruvian chicken joints nearby (although we hope soon to get over to Machu Picchu, a Peruvian restaurant over the river in Newburgh). So when we get a craving for these flavors, the only thing left to do is make our own version.

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The Holiday Flavors of Rioja: Rosemary & Garlic Crusted Beef

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Thanksgiving Recipes Round-Up!

Thanksgiving Recipes Round-Up!

Cooking for a big holiday is hard enough without having to search for and keep track of a million recipes. It's hard to organize all that stuff! Believe me, I struggle with that too (which is why I have a "Thanksgiving Timing Spreadsheet" that has events on it like,...

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Sweet and Spicy Candied Peanuts

Sweet and Spicy Candied Peanuts

Ah, nuts! These Sweet and Spicy Candied Peanuts strike the perfect balance of sweet and heat. They're great for snacking or for adding a special touch to soups or salads.  I initially made these candied peanuts because I wanted something extra fancy to top our Thai...

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Apple Tarts with Rosemary-Lime Sugar

Apple Tarts with Rosemary-Lime Sugar

These crisp and tasty apple tarts are a great way to use up your fall bounty; using frozen puff pastry makes the whole process a lot easier, and they're finished with rosemary-lime sugar. It happens every year in the Hudson Valley, where we live. As soon as the leaves...

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Creamy Mushroom Risotto with Crispy Sage (and Sausage)

Creamy Mushroom Risotto with Crispy Sage (and Sausage)

I'm not sure why but I used to think of risotto as a big complicated project. Somehow I got it in my head that you absolutely must make your own stock and add it a thimbleful at a time and stir and stir and stir and if you stop stirring for even a second, the whole...

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