Month: December 2022

Appetizer, Seafood

Fried Calamari

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Fried calamari doesn’t have to be reserved for beach front restaurants. It’s easy to make at home and comes out extra crispy and crunchy. A squeeze of lemon juice and fresh marinara and you are ready to go!  “Calamari” is simply the plural form of the Italian word for squid. In […]

Italian, Seafood


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Ok…I’ll admit it, this is an easy way to almost fulfill all the requirements of the Feast of the Seven Fishes with one dish.  But OMG, what great way to do it!!  Originating in San Francisco, this tomato-based seafood stew is traditionally filled with whatever seafood is fresh at the […]

Mediterranean, Seafood

Mediterranean Baked Sole

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This is a great dish that takes a white fish, Sole, and add the savory flavors of Capers and Olives to give it a rich and savory flavor.  This Mediterranean sole recipe may be simple, but it’s also elegant and incredibly flavorful. Steaming in parchment is an easy and healthy […]

Italian, Main, Seafood

Linguine With Clam Sauce

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This is was one of my favorite sauces to make. And this recipe makes for a great stand alone entre’ or a great addition to the Feast of the & Fishes for Christmas Eve.  When it comes to the clams, I prefer to open the clams myself.  I will collect […]


Shrimp Cocktail

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However old-fashioned it may seem, shrimp cocktail is a classic.  It is a great precursor to any meal, or the perfect first course to a multi-course meal such as the Feast of the Seven Fishes that is a Christmas Eve tradition.  I have updated this party standby  with a zesty […]


Feast of the Seven Fishes

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What Is Feast of the Seven Fishes? The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration that brings families together the same way Thanksgiving does with traditions that span generations, decades and oceans. Known in Italy as La Viglia, which translates to The Eve, as in December […]

BBQ, Chicken

Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

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These are great as main course of a meal but can also be a great heavy appetizer for a party or part of your game day tailgate or party.  These smoked chicken legs have a great smoky flavor infused into the juicy meat with a crispy flavorful skin on the […]

Main, Moroccan

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Tagine

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Winter is a great time to eat squash…and this is a great way to get that done. This dish is so simple and easy to make, which is packed with warm Moroccan flavours. The perfect winter dinner for this time of year. The moroccan spices, are so vibrant and create […]

Appetizer, Breakfast, Seafood

DIY – Lox at Home

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For many American Jews and for many Americans in general, lox is the luscious topping to their Sunday morning bagel and schmear (generous serving of cream cheese). Lox is always made from salmon and is very expensive. In this regard, it is different from many other iconic Jewish foods, like gefilte fish and herring, which are […]

Chicken, Main

“Beat the Drums!” Baked Chicken Drumsticks

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by Kathy McDaniel, Chef Sometimes, ok, a lot of times, I come home and want something with all the prep of take-out, but still healthy.  This is a great solution.  Baked chicken thighs, with some steamed broccoli or asparagus, give me a good healthy meal with plenty of “chewy protein” […]