JFAT Iron Skillet baked Cornbread

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So, as I mentioned earlier, our Sirloin and Black Bean Chili is back on the menu and there is nothing better to go with it than warm, moist cornbread right out of the oven. Cornbread is one of America’s iconic foods but often it resembles a dry, boring version like those made from a box. My version is anything but … Read More

A Holiday Pie Dilemma Resolved

Pumpkin pie straight from the oven.

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I’m not a big pie guy but during the holiday season there are two that I really love… Pumpkin and Pecan. And not being a big dessert guy either, I don’t normally like to spend a lot of times making desserts, especially since they require following recipes… not my strong suit. So my dilemma was always whether I made a … Read More

Holiday Pumpkin-Thyme Dinner Rolls

Finished pumpkin rolls still hot in the pan.

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Dinner rolls are truly an American icon. Growing up in the Midwest, every holiday meal included warm, yeasty dinner rolls served with plenty of butter. Given the southern California aversion to carbs, I think it’s sad that more people don’t have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy homemade dinner rolls. I have childhood memories of my parents occasionally treating us … Read More

A Dark Meat Turkey Day

Boned Turkey Leg Platter

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I would be the first to admit that there’s nothing more visually satisfying to see on a holiday buffet table than a large, golden brown, lacquered turkey fresh out of the oven. For me, it evokes the image of Norman Rockwell’s classic ‘Freedom from Want’ painting every time. However, there’s always the issue of having to carve it, often done … Read More

Famous Chicken Dish… A gift from Florence

Pollo al Burro, my version.

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A friend of mine’s son recently shared that he was going to Italy to see Tuscany for the first time. Only in his mid-20’s, he was already extremely well-traveled throughout both Europe and South America and had already been to Italy 4 times, but never to Tuscany. He planned on meeting a girl who lived in Bologna and that they … Read More

American Melting Pot

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One of the unique and wonderful aspects of American food is that it all came from someplace else…just like us. Maybe because of this we’ve never had any issue with combining ingredients in non-traditional ways, which is so unlike European traditions, where each country has its own cuisine and there’s not a lot of ‘fusion’ of different ethnic dishes going … Read More

Zuni Café’s Famous Chicken Salad

Finished zuni salad dish.

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Over the years my many trips to San Francisco included a stop at Zuni Café. This iconic café was founded by Chef Judy Rogers back in 1987 and was a regular stop for chefs and foodies who either lived in or visited San Francisco. It’s an airy, glass walled, two story restaurant serving chilled Pacific Northwest oysters, Bloody Marys, what … Read More

Grilled Leg of Lamb… be not afraid!

Grilled of lamb dish finished.

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With the summer grilling season at its peak I’d be remiss if I didn’t urge you to try one of my backyard barbecue favorites… rosemary, cracked pepper & mint grilled leg of lamb. Last Easter I rhapsodized to you over the flavor of grilled Colorado lamb chops but it can be challenging grilling a bunch of individual chops for a … Read More

Michigan Mom’s Potato Salad

Garnished potato salad

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With 4th of July right around the corner we are now officially in the sweet spot of summer. Growing up, my early summer memories of this holiday included lots of potluck family picnics in the heavily wooded parks of rural Michigan. We were part of a very large family so each picnic was heavily attended by a seemingly endless collection … Read More