Slow Cooked Pork Shank with Gremolata (Stinco)

I got fresh pork shanks with my pig order this year. It’s not something you typically find in the grocery store…most shanks are smoked to make ham. Since I had used fresh shanks before, I went online to see what I could do with them. I found a wonderful recipe from Italian Food Forever. Pork…

Fish Tagine with Charmoula, Preserved Lemon & Vegetables

A tagine is a historically Berber dish from North Africa that is named after the type of earthenware pot in which it is cooked. Since I spent about two weeks in Morocco, I’ve been anxious to try making some of the cuisine I ate there. This fish tagine is very similar to one I ate…

Lamb and Chickpea Soup with Kale

Tonight I made a soup of my own making, borrowing snippets of other recipes as a base, then adding my own ingredients to come up with something new to us. This is a wonderful soup that is much different from the traditional lamb stew recipe. Ingredients: 1 lamb shank 4 cups chicken stock 2 cups…

Grilled Chicken with Pickled Blueberries

I made this recipe, from Sunset Magazine, as a summer time/hot weather meal when my in-laws were over for dinner. I wasn’t sure how my husband would like it, since he rarely likes fruit with his meats. Everyone raved about this recipe! Best, is that it’s gluten-free and dairy-free, which addresses the issues we have…

Roasted Monkfish with Saffron Tomato Sauce and Celeric Mash

This recipe was found on Epicurious. I had some monkfish in my freezer, but didn’t know what to do with it. It was really, really good! I didn’t have to substitute any of the ingredients, which is always a plus. Sauce: 20 cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil…

Jambalaya

This recipe was given to me by a friend from Louisiana. It’s a Creole version of Jambalaya (the Cajun version doesn’t have tomatoes). The recipe below fills a large roasting pan and is perfect for pot-lucks and backyard barbecues since it’s gluten and dairy-free. Prep takes a while, so give yourself at least 2 hours before…

Vietnamese Spicy Eggplant & Mint Soup

I recently had a wonderful soup at Long’s Provencal Restaurant in downtown Seattle. It was so good, I knew I had to try to replicate it at home. I tried doing a search for it online, but no luck…so, I came up with my own recipe and it tastes pretty darn close to the one…

PA Dutch Potpie

Pennsylvania Dutch Potpie differs from the pot pies you buy in the frozen food section and bake in the oven (or microwave). PA Dutch potpie (yes, this is the way we spell it in PA) is more of a stew with home-made noodle squares. Usually it’s made with chicken, but just about any meat works….

Lamb & Roasted Red Pepper Paella

Ingredients: Stock 1 1/2 cans canned chickpeas 6.5 cups chicken stock 12 cloves garlic 1 shallot 4 sprigs parsely 2 sprigs rosemary 2 sprigs thyme 1/4 tsp dried oregano 1 Bay leaf 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/4 tsp crumbled saffron thread 1/2 cup white wine 8 Tbsp olive oil  l lb. lamb stew meat salt…

Roasted Chicken & Zucchini

I had thawed chicken thighs and legs and I had a ton of zucchini. The challenge was to figure out a recipe that used both (and wasn’t boring). After scouring the web, I found a couple of recipes, but didn’t like bits of either. I wasn’t too sure about rosemary and mustard together in a…