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North East Maryland-Style Crab Cakes

I am the first to admit that I am spoiled. After eating Woody’s Crab House crab cakes over the years, I find that I am intolerant of the crab cakes that most places serve. I understand that there are other places in the Baltimore region that make their crab cakes in a similar manner to Woody’s […]

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Black Bean Patties

Thankfully, my family really like beans.   They are a great source of soluble fiber, protein, folate, magnesium, and other minerals. They also have no cholesterol and are low in fat. While I really like and appreciate all of the great nutritional facts about beans, I really love that they are very inexpensive and can […]

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Creamy Coconut Shrimp

My daughter kept asking me for coconut shrimp like she had eaten somewhere with her dad. She had raved about the coconut shrimp following a father/daughter dance, so I assumed that was what she was referring to and that it was fried coconut shrimp. Well, I found out that I was wrong after she ordered […]

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Easy Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Rice Skillet

The classic combination of chicken, broccoli, and a starch in a single dish has become something of a comfort food to me…it reminds me of my early adult years more than my childhood though.  I think the broccoli, chicken, and rice or noodles combination must have peaked in popularity in the early 1990’s, but I […]

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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

It is a little ironic that I really dislike “baked” steak, but I love a tomato based Swiss steak.  They both are long cooking steaks, but usually differ in  texture and definitely differ in flavor. Baked steak to me was either a “cube steak” or its thicker and differently tattooed cousin, the “bake steak.”  Both of […]

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Stuffed Italian Meatloaf

When you think about Italian cuisine meatloaf probably does not come to your mind at all. However, the Romans are credited with being the first to mix chopped meat with filler (and wine) back in the 5th century. Thus, the argument could be made that they are responsible for the later development of meatloaf. The […]

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Smothered Barbecue Chicken

I don’t remember how our version of smothered chicken came to be, but it became a common occurance in my parents’ house…most often cooked by my sister. It was simple to make and easy to adapt to whatever was in the pantry and refrigerator. There were several variations that my sister commonly made. One of […]

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Crockpot Chicken Brocolli Noodles

My daughter became obsessed with this dish when she first ate it at my sister’s house.  It turns out that it was a variation of a Weight Watcher’s recipe that is usually served over noodles…a chicken stroganoff. My sister added a veggie and stirred the cooked noodles into the crockpot mixture. I found an original […]

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Easy Crock Pot Pulled Pork

I am always amazed by the magic that happens when you slowly cook a cheaper cut of meat in a crock pot  for several hours.  I think my favorite of these crock pot friendly meats has to be a pork shoulder (Boston butt) roast. A pork shoulder roast makes great pulled pork for a variety […]

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Sweet Potato and Lentil Hash

Leftover sweet potatoes are great to turn into a delicious hash the next day. This sweet potato and lentil version is a very filling dish for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Hash is just not the prettiest dish; it does not make for great photography. Thus, I find the optional egg mandatory…if you are going to […]

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