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With the cool, wet Spring going on this May (we had a fire in the fireplace last night!), I'm reminded of one more blessing from Easter 2018...

Ham Chowder!

I’ve never really been a big chowder fan because... wait for it...  I don’t like clams.  Mea Culpa!  I just don’t.  But I love ham and potatoes and bacon, so I thought maybe a different kind of chowder was worth trying...

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As you all know, I love making “cakes.”

Not the sweet kind... I’m not great at those.

But the savory ones with vegetables, or grains, or cooked meats, or (some) raw meats...

That kind of cake!

Right after Easter, with that big pretty spiral-sliced Easter ham in the fridge, I took two whole pieces off the ham, minced it, and put it in a bowl...

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Crab Andouille Étouffée

Posted on May 8, 2018 with 0 comments


I am not from New Orleans.

But I do love me some Cajun/Creole food!!!

The test kitchen had recently given me some andouille sausage and a bit of crab.

As you well know, with crab, Time Is of The Essence!  So I decided to try my hand at an étouffée.

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Charlie and I have lived together for 40 years.

I do 99% of the cooking.

Early on, I terrified him with the food I made...

A chili that included broccoli and corn, for example.

But he soldiered on and expanded his culinary horizons.

And I learned to cook...

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Ya just gotta go with a classic.

This is one of those fast recipes.

So I put the pasta on...




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