Buttermilk Cornbread

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There I was, staring at a perfect pot of chili (recipe to come tomorrow) trying to decide what to have with it.  Of course there would have to be the ubiquitous accompaniments-shredded cheese, diced onion, sour cream, avocado and fritos.  But, I still wanted something else.  Now I know what you’re already saying.  Cornbread is probably right at the top of your list.  But I’m not kidding you when I tell you it didn’t come to me for at least a 1/2 hour. When it did finally trickle into my somewhat thick brain I did the requisite slap to the forehead, followed by uttering of … Continue reading

Sausage Herb Dressing with dried cranberries

Sausage and Herb Dressing with dried cranberries

Thanksgiving dinner just isn’t complete without dressing to go with the turkey.  While some prefer to stuff it in the cavity while the bird cooks, hence the name stuffing, I prefer to cook it separately.  I find the turkey cooks more evenly and the dressing crisps up on the top yet remains moist inside. Now I know many people will be grabbing boxes of Mrs. Cubbison’s and doctoring it up, but really – how hard is it to cube bread and toast it a little.  The difference in flavor is night and day; one tastes like cardboard (not that I’m an … Continue reading

Cheesy Meatloaf Pockets with creamy onion gravy

Cheesy Meatloaf Pockets with creamy onion gravy

It’s the never ending question for all home cooks- what to do with leftovers that’s different than just having leftovers?  Such was my dilema last night, facing a partially devoured meatloaf.  I had made Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf  and really wanted to do something different with the leftovers rather than eating the same dinner twice.  While my daughter and wife were perfectly content to eat it again, it’s not my son’s favorite meal.  So how do you make a ten year old love meatloaf?  Hot Pockets! To make it a little more interesting, I decided to make a gravy to dip … Continue reading

Peach Bread Pudding with caramel cream

Peach Bread Pudding with caramel cream

Bread pudding is definitely one of my favorite indulgences and peach pie would be high on that list too.  So when I went shopping for the ingredients to make a simple bread pudding and saw all the peaches on sale, I couldn’t resist putting them together.  As I was filling my cart, my mind started thinking of a sauce and the out loud muttering started again.  “Dad you’re doing it again and people are looking funny at you,” my son noted embarrasslingly.  Luckily for him and all the poor shoppers around me, the perfect sauce came quickly.  If peaches and … Continue reading

Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich with red pepper aoli

Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich with red pepper aoli

Sometimes nothing will satisfy you like a good sandwich.  That’s exactly what I was thinking about when out the inevetible “what’s for dinner?” came calling from the living room.  I thought about making thin pork chops, Milanese style, with just a little lemon squeezed over to brighten them up.  But that just didn’t sound good.  It’s not that we’ve had them in awhile; it’s been quite some time in fact.  Still, my mind kept veering back toward a sandwich. I hadn’t purchased anything for it though, so I rumaged through the fridge to see what I could salvage to make an … Continue reading

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

When my wife came home the other day from work and asked if I’d make something to bring to her office for a co-worker’s birthday, my mind immediately went into recipe mode.  While she changed out of her work clothes, I was coming up with ideas.  Maybe we could do a Mexican dish, everyone likes Mexican food.  Perhaps carnitas tacos or even a chile verde.  But, maybe they don’t want to go that route.  How about a a nice salad with grilled chicken and an avocado dressing?  I just couldn’t decide.  At that moment my wife yelled from the back … Continue reading