Moroccan Chicken with Lemon, Olives & Prunes

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Last week I ran, hiked and was doped into taking a class at the gym that I though was core and stretching.  Instead we did 1,234,244 squats, I won’t even mention the side planks.  Evil, pure evil.   I walked hobbled crawled out of that studio and dragged myself to the car.  My legs almost too… 

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Red Wine Braised Beef

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Of all the possible ways to cook a hunk of meat, my absolute favorite is braising. Without a doubt, I love to braise.  It makes everything tender, delicious, and it’s low maintenance.  It’s the best way to make an inexpensive and tough cut of meat into a delectable, elegant dinner. You could braise a boot… 

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Pollo Fricassee (Chicken in Red Wine)

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It’s been coooold!  Like frozen purple toes cold.  My house has a huge open living room with cathedral ceilings and it’s virtually impossible to warm.  As of late my wardrobe has been flannel pants, an oversize hoodie, wool socks and a blanket.  Let’s be honest the blanket is really an accessory, because an outfit is never… 

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Coquito and Puerto Rican Christmas Spread

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Christmas is just a few days away and holiday parties are in full swing.  In fact I already have a few fabulous parties under my belt.  Christmas is a huge, huge deal back home in Puerto Rico and it lasts well past Christmas day.  Christmas starts the first day after Thanksgiving till January 6 which… 

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Apple Cider Braised Beef Shanks

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I am a bad blogger.  I should be fired, but I guess I would have to fire myself and that’s not going to happen, so you are stuck with me. I apologize for my disappearance but I was sequestered for a month and a half in the middle of nowhere Pawhuska, OK helping feed these hungry folks…. 

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Spicy Malta Pulled Pork

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Pork is a big deal in this home.  It could have something to do with being Puerto Rican.  It’s the choice meat on our little island. Seriously, instead of a Christmas ham we roast pig with the skin on until crispy.  We even have Christmas songs about roasted pig.  It’s titled “That Poor Pig”. Ese… 

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Wild Mushroom Risotto

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This is how a regular conversation with OB goes about an unknown/not previously used ingredient, when he accompanies me to the grocery store.  “Ooooooh oyster mushrooms!” “What are those?” “Oyster mushrooms, smell them,” “They smell like fish!” “That is why they are oyster mushrooms.  I’m going to get some!” “What for?” “To cook with…duh!” “What are you… 

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Sopón de Patitas de Cerdo con Garbanzos (Trotters and Garbanzo Bean Stew)

Growing up as a military brat I lived in many different places, but my mother always did her best to keep the food authentic in our home.   No matter where we lived when you walk through the doors of our house you spoke Spanish and it was likely that rice and beans were going… 

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Creamed Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushroom with Poached Egg

What have I been up to? The question is more like, what haven’t I been up too? I was packing away internship hours like a crazy lady. I graduated from culinary school. (Graduate gowns are not flattering.) We had a possible move back to the east coast. We decided to stay put. We had another… 

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Crispy Honey Soy Glazed Salmon & Asian Noodles

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Allow me to introduce you to Salmon. “Readers this is Salmon, salmon enjoys long up stream swims and fancy dinners.” “Salmon these are Readers, Readers enjoy cooking and eating.” Now with the formalities are out of the way, let me ask you a question. How many times have you decided to take salmon out for… 

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