Appetizers

Fried Okra with Louisiana Rémoulade Fried Okra with Louisiana Rémoulade

Fried Okra with Louisiana Rémoulade

Posted on Aug 25, 2016
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Summer farm-fresh okra soaked in buttermilk, dredged in seasoned cornmeal then fried, with homemade rémoulade sauce for dipping. Meathead and I went to a real dive last week for dinner.  We heard they had good food so we checked it out.  First, we had to eat outside because of the smoke.  I reeked after just …

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Insalata Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette

Insalata Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette

Posted on Aug 17, 2016
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Insalata Caprese, the quintessential Italian summer salad of fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes, over mixed greens with a fresh basil vinaigrette. I just came off a weekend marathon of tomatoes, gorgeous heirlooms that I picked at a farm down the road.  I made a Caprese salad Saturday night for dinner.  While a traditional Caprese has a …

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Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar

Posted on Jul 7, 2016
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Have you heard of Texas Caviar or Cowboy Caviar?  I decided to try it over the long, rainy holiday weekend.  It’s a dip, made with black-eyed peas, lots of other good stuff, and tossed in a garlic balsamic vinaigrette.  At least that’s the version I made.  Some Texas Caviar recipes call for corn, some for …

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Polenta with Mushrooms

Polenta with Mushrooms

Posted on Feb 18, 2016
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Years ago, many years ago, when we still lived in Chicago, one of our favorite restaurants was Vinci on Halsted.  We went many times with friends or just for a date night.  They had an appetizer on the menu, Polenta con Funghi.  We always started with this polenta and mushroom appetizer.  The waiter would bring it out …

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Ricotta, Prosciutto and Honey Crostini

Posted on Sep 14, 2015
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  My really good friends, Beth and Steve, live in Minnesota just west of Minneapolis.  They have a gorgeous house and property on several acres.  Their gardens are beautiful and they have worked hard on them over the years.  I visited them earlier this summer and their gardens were so pretty and inviting.  And they …

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