Orecchiette with Broccoli Pesto and Ham

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A Quick and Tasty Pasta Dinner for the Wintertime (or Anytime at all!) The winter can be a challenging time of year to make sure we get all of our fruits and veggies in our diets. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are available year round, but the challenge can be finding new and ...

Hunter-Style Chicken

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My Twist on a Classic Chicken Cacciatore Growing up, I loved my grandmother's cooking - with a few exceptions that were much more due to my picky tastes than her skills as a chef! For some reason I never cared for her Chicken Cacciatore as a child, perhaps because I was still in that phase where ...

El Tule Mexican and Peruvian Restaurant in Lambertville, New Jersey

Chips and salsas at El Tule.

Yesterday the sweetie and I decided to spend the afternoon and evening in Lambertville, a charming town full of delightful art galleries, craft shops and antique stores. We were dodging in and out of the rain all of the day, but I came home with a nice stash of vintage cookbooks—and a very full belly ...

El Rey in Philadelphia: 2014 Update

Grilled pineapple salad with jicama and arugula.

I published my initial thoughts on El Rey, Stephen Starr's Rittenhouse Square-area Mexican restaurant, back in November of 2010. Since then I have continued to visit El Rey regularly for lunch while in the city, and it remains pretty much one of my favorite spots in the area for a tasty and reasonably priced midday ...

Winter White Pork Chili

A Soothing and Delicious Chili Recipe Chili is one of my favorite meals to prepare in the winter months. There's just something comforting and satisfying about a nice, hot bowl of chili on a cold and snowy day, and having the aroma of spices and simmering vegetables and meat filling the house. It's also a ...