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This Old Chef: Blog & Recipes


I have long been inordinately proud of my pies.  And yes, I know it goeth before a fall.

But I learned from the master, Maureen Kavanagh McCann... my mother.

When it's just the two of us for dinner, a whole pie is a bit much...


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Black Beans and Rice with Avocado

Posted on June 28, 2018 with 0 comments


So, we had a few avocados from a big sale at Stew's.  They were ready to be used.  But as what?

I didn’t just want to make guacamole.

And it was a school night, so I didn’t want to spend hours...

So.  I minced an onion and 3 ribs of celery and sautéed them in EVOO...

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I don’t usually write about failures.

But we all have them.

And there’s no shame.

AND this wasn’t even actually a failure...

It just wasn’t what I wanted it to be...

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Oy, what a day.

We all knew it was coming...

But no one REALLY believes the weather forecast, right?

Well come they did.

Huge, dangerous storms...

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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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