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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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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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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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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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Amish Ham Meatballs

If you like the outer glazed area of ham loaf, you will love Amish-style ham meatballs. The ham meatballs have more glazed goodness plus the flexibility of being meatballs. While they can still be served as part of the main course, they also can be served as hors d’oeuvres. Inspired by several recipes in some […]

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Classic Standing Rib Roast

Making a classic standing rib roast for the first time can be a little intimidating because it is usually for some special occasion and can be a large financial investment. The good news is that it is actually very easy…if you have a necessary tool, a meat or instant-read thermometer. It also helps if you […]

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Crispy Oven “Fried” Chicken

Whenever I find myself longing for my mom’s fried chicken or some of the delicious fried chicken that can be found at a half-a-dozen local restaurants near my house here in the South, I turn to this simple recipe for an oven “fried” chicken that really is as crispy, moist, and tender as any of […]

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Incredible Barbecue Ribs from the Oven

Enjoying really good barbecue ribs is not something that must be saved only for the summer grilling season or when you go to a good barbecue restaurant. You can make really incredible barbecue ribs in your oven. Although they take a while to cook, they are easy to make and a lot cheaper than buying […]

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