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Because the chances of our ever having a piece of meat like this again are pretty much slim to none!!!

It’s not often... OK, only once... when the love of your life turns 65.

He asked for grilled meat of some sort and a baked potato.

Now, Dear Readers, as you know, this is not a frequent request nor is it something in my comfort zone.  But when the once-in-a-lifetime thing comes into play, ya gotta do...

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Cool 'n' Tasty Chicken Tonnato

Posted on July 24, 2019 with 0 comments


Upper 90s with humidity almost as high.

No real relief at night.

But it was the weekend and I NEEDED TO COOK.


I had some thawed chicken breast that needed to be used.

I had a can of really good tuna...


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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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I try to make sure that we eat well every night.

I try not to fall into "The Rotation Trap..."  Seven (or however many) dishes served on an endless loop.  Yes, of course there are faves that consistently reappear on our table, but I truly think of those as choices.

This is all to say that there are some occasions that demand something special...

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Justin Chapple's Caviar Carbonara

Posted on June 10, 2019 with 0 comments

I don’t often publish other people’s recipes.  This is so perfect I have to.  It’s from my dear friend and colleague Justin Chapple.

If the gods happen to favor you with some caviar...





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