Chicken Mole Enchiladas

Enchiladas have long been my favorite Mexican food.  But it took years for me to attempt to make them myself.  Actually it took me moving to London and not having any decent, nearby Mexican restaurants to make them myself.  Similar pattern with salsa.  It comes in a squeezie bottle at our local Tesco….a squeeze bottle!.  Enter my Chicago friend Lisa, who…

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Hearty Minestrone Soup

Put January’s chill at bay and make good on your New Year’s resolution to eat more veggies with some hearty minestrone.  Minestrone is an Italian soup typically made in winter with whatever vegetables are on hand, though it’s generally agreed that a true minestrone should include onions, potatoes, carrots, beans and tomatoes. This version also incorporates eggplant, red pepper and kale, as…

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Chicago and Wisconsin food round-up

Happy New Year!!  I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays, ate lots of yummy food and made wonderful memories with family and friends.  We were lucky enough to celebrate Stateside for the first time since moving to London.  Though I’ve thoroughly enjoyed London at Christmastime these past few years – ice skating at the National History Museum, lights at Kew Gardens, services at…

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Potato and Zucchini Latkes

Tonight we light the candles and celebrate the first night of Chanukah.  Chanukah is an eight-day Jewish celebration of a miracle when oil that was only supposed to provide light in the temple for one day lasted for eight days.  So fried foods are consumed during Chanukah, in honor of that oil, and latkes are one of the most popular of those fried…

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Double Chocolate Mint Meltaways

Tis the season!  There’s nothing I enjoy more at this time of year than jamming the holiday tunes and baking cookies while a chilly wind blows outside.  Speaking of Xmas tunes, I’ve got a sweet playlist this year – Straight No Chaser “Christmas Cheers”, She & Him “A Very She & Him Christmas”, Ella Fitzgerald “A Swinging Christmas”, Johnny Cash “The Classic…

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Lemony Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

For a long time I didn’t care for broccoli as it brought back memories of green mush smothered in saucy orange cheese.  The green mush wouldn’t have been so bad had it not involved the cheese.  I think everyone should be allowed at least one “get out of jail” card for that food which they absolutely detest and can’t stand the…

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Pomegranate Mint Crostini

Today was the first of two Holiday Appetizers cooking classes in my Two Aprons kitchen, otherwise known as my London basement.  The classes are such a joy to teach – I can’t believe I get to cook and talk about food for two hours straight!  On the menu were Pear Ginger Toddies (good way to start off the class, especially as some were nursing…

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Barbecued Roasted Salmon

Happy day after Thanksgiving!!  Before I forget, if you find yourself post-Thanksgiving with an abundance of cranberries that didn’t make it into the sauce, you must bake these Cranberry-Pecan Muffins from Cooks Illustrated.  They’re seriously the best muffins I’ve ever made.  The toasted pecans are so good and with the tart cranberry and a streusel topping – yum!! Now back…

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