Simple Quintessential Cuisine

Salisbury Steak with Red Wine and Thyme

This recipe does not require a whole lot of words other than to say it is simply delicious.  While there are dozens of Salisbury Steak recipes out there, I really hope you will agree that this one, which has all the standard ingredients, but with a few important extras, is a worthy offering.  It’s one of those dishes that has become a family standard in our home, but it also has a degree of elegance about it that still makes me proud to serve to guests during a Saturday night dinner party.   Give it a try and let me know what you think…

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Teriyaki Beef and Shrimp Kabobs

I have to confess when I was first married I was not at all adept in the kitchen.  Craig and I ate out quite a bit until I gained a little know how.   It took some time but I eventually acquired my footing.  My father encouraged my progress by giving me “The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook”.   I loved it and still leaf through its’ worn and food stained pages today.   Because Craig liked them so much, Teriyaki Beef Kabobs was one of the first Good Housekeeping recipes that I decided to test out.   Let me be clear here…at that point in time it wasn’t me who was testing the recipe, rather it the recipe that was testing me and my culinary abilities.  Suffice to say I eventually mastered Good Housekeeping’s version of Teriyaki Beef Kabobs and have since created my own rendition by altering many of their measurements to better suit my family’s tastes as well as adding some fresh ginger, scallions, sesame seeds.  If you are a big fan of Teriyaki and also appreciate a subtle hint of fresh ginger, this is definitely the dish to try. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

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Simple and Delicious Home Made Tomato Sauce

Recently, I watched an episode of “Tyler’s Ultimate,” whose theme was centered around Sunday dinner.  As always Tyler prepared a fabulous meal; this particular one consisted of meatballs, pork ribs and pork shoulder cooked slowly in a red sauce.  Watching this episode reminded me of my childhood sitting down to dinner with my family every Sunday.  I didn’t realize it then, but it really was a privilege to simply sit and enjoy a meal with the people you care most about.   Regrettably life feels so much different today, in the sense that most of us feel like we have to pack so much into our busy lives, and as well we are constantly distracted by technology.  When my children were small I was fortunate enough to be able to follow that wonderful tradition from my childhood, but they are grown now and Sunday dinners have become a rare, albeit very much appreciated occurrence.
So in honor of the Sunday dinners of the past, coupled together with the hope of many more in the future spent with family as well as good friends, I made my own home made red sauce last Sunday and I am sharing it with all of you in the hope that it will inspire you to rekindle this wonderful family tradition as well!  Let me know what you think and feel free to share on your “Sunday Dinner” memories… 

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Creamy Cannellini Bean Dip with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary

As much as I love to cook there are some days when I simply don’t feel like pulling together a huge meal.  I had one of those yesterday when I had a million things on my “to do” list and before I knew it dinner time was upon me…. So I pulled together this dip that is a breeze to prepare and tastes so good. It’s got wonderful flavor and it makes me feel rather indulgent when I sit down and eat it with a nice glass of wine. So when you’re feeling like treating yourself to something special give this recipe a try. You and whomever you decide to share it with will be glad you did! 

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