Monthly Archives: December 2019

Pear Upside Down Cake

Here is the second pear recipe we made recently. This is a variation on pineapple upside cake, which has long historical roots. So does the cast iron skillet in which this cake is prepared. Here is one relevant online history: … Continue reading

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Garam Masala Poached Pears

We received some excellent pears as gifts for Christmas. It was a nice problem to have, but we needed to find some way to use the pears before they went bad. We found two great recipes; this one we served … Continue reading

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Glazed Meatloaf

Here is an improvement on the humble meatloaf. Not a fan? Well, we recommend you give this recipe a look. Julia Collin Davison of America’s Test Kitchen fame, shared this recipe recently on the Home & Family show on the … Continue reading

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The Best Swedish Meatballs

Classic Swedish meatballs include bread (often day-old) soaked in milk. This recipe appealed to us because the milk product (heavy cream) goes into the gravy, not the meatballs. And the gravy is the star of the show! No disrespect to … Continue reading

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World’s Best Lasagna

Christmas lasagna may be a new tradition here. As we pointed out in a recent post, we decided to pay homage to the traditional Italian menu featuring first a pasta course, then a meat course. However, our all-American guests decided … Continue reading

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Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

If you are old enough, you may have bad memories about Brussels sprouts from your childhood. Turns out, you have some justification for such memories. Not only were your tastebuds less well refined back then, but Brussels sprouts were different … Continue reading

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Beef Tenderloin

In a nod to the Italians, we served beef tenderloin along with lasagna for Christmas dinner. After the antipasti, a formal Italian menu usually has primi and secondi courses. The primi often features pasta (hence, the lasagna) and il secondo … Continue reading

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Sausage Skillet Dinner

We found this recipe in the John Wayne Cast Iron Official Cookbook, (2017, Topix Media Lab). We purchased the cookbook after seeing most of the recipes are made in a cast iron skillet. Our cast iron skillet has been underused, … Continue reading

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Potatoes Braised in White Wine

We apologize for the hiatus in posts. Hopefully, our new oven will get us back on track. This recipe comes from food writer and former New York Times journalist, Mark Bittman. His recent newsletter featured twelve ways to prepare potatoes. … Continue reading

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