NE Clam Chowder


The second time I woke up this morning, it was to the sounds of rain drops splattering against my bedroom window. The pup snorted, stretched, and then we headed downstairs to gear up. Standing under the unruly pines of my backyard, nestled in the warm, gray mist cloaking the neighborhood, with the November droplets soaking…

Mash Baked Potato Soup


So, I discovered this brilliant little holiday idea, while doing a bit of online recipe research, that suggested baking potatoes for mash rather than boiling them to help free up stove space. With one hella’ sore arm, here’s my advice folks: don’t do it! Just boil your potatoes the day before, if you must, but…

Live Fire Chicken Sausage Hoagies


Yeah, I could have grabbed a package of Applegate or Hebrew National’s, a package of nondescript buns, and a bottle of yellow mustard for our camp trip and it would have been delicious. I’ve had those hotdogs over and over again. We all have. Well, most of us have anyway. There’s just something magical about…

Live Fire Ribs


So, we’re the crazy sort of lezzy’s that go camping in late November, at the beach, with the pup. The wifey hates bugs and summer crowds. Being from New England, she also has a vampire’s tolerance of direct sunlight. Subsequently, we often camp in the fall months to avoid the summer trio of all things…

TexMex Tofu Tacos


These tofu tacos are my go-to weeknight dinner when I either don’t have much energy for cooking or can’t quite figure out what I want to eat. I always keep tofu in my fridge/freezer and plenty of chili powder in my spice pantry. So, these Texmex style soft tacos are easy to throw together at…

Caramel Whiskey Glazed Chops


Not long after the election results were finally projected (go ahead and break that glass ceiling hunty!), we ordered take-out from Happy Panda and, subsequently, spent the next several days not cooking. I stretched my first order of Moo Shu Pork over a couple meals and slurped a spicy bowl of Mala Chicken the following…

Braised Chuck Roast


I grew up in cattle country, but steak and roasts weren’t meals I can recall eating at home. Ya’ know that red wrapped log of ground chuck from Walmart? Yeah, that’s the kind of beef my parents could afford for dinner. Meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, stuffed peppers, Hamburger Helper, and freezer burritos were staples in my…

Poblano Corn Chowder


Between standing in line to cast our votes and walking the pup at the park near our home, we spent hours outdoors in the blistering cold wind yesterday. So, soup was an easy decision for dinner. I can’t resist adding a bit of heat to most my dishes (40 degree wind chill not needed) and…

Chicken & Rice


Out of the blue, a request for pigeon peas and rice with crispy chicken came my way. As you know, I fell in love with this dish back in Western Mass, and, since moving, have craved it frequently. Not long ago, I produced an amazing Pernil but did not follow through with the rice. True…