Wilted Dandelion Salad with Cured Meats

The mother of my childhood best friend used to make salad from dandelion greens that grew in her yard.  She is one of the most elegant, magical, beautiful women I have ever known.  She read us all of the children’s classics in her beautiful English accent.  She’s an actress and it’s probably partly her fault…

Picadillo Omelet with a salad

I used to order this for “lunch” at a Cuban cafe near a school that I worked at.  I was teaching kindergarteners, so my “lunch” break came before 11 AM.  I ordered this omelet and two cafe con leche every Tuesday.  It was similar to my Huevos Rancheros addiction, which I fed at a cafe…

Cajun Duck and Dumplings (gluten-free or not)

My husband  has given me many good food ideas.  He suggested putting candied orange peel in Sticky Toffee Pudding and using slow oven roasted tomatoes in Tomato Pie and he asked me to make him duck and dumplings.

How to Roast a Duck, Duck, Goose Fat

This is going to be about roasting ducks, but if you want my thoughts about goose preparation, they can be found here.  I am good at roasting duck.

Chicken baked with Prunes, Capers and Green Olives

This  is adapted from a very famous recipe called Chicken Marbala.  It was the signature dish of the Silver Palate, a wildly popular catering company in New York in the 1980s that published two wildly popular cookbooks.  If you are someone who cooks food for decadent parties, I cannot recommend these two books strongly enough….

Pork Chops with Boozy Jam Pan Sauce

This is a quick, simple, adaptable dish that I make it a lot when I get busy. You brown some pork chops and then make a pan sauce with a bit of booze…