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Sweet & Spicy Barbequed Ribs

This weekend was all about grilling and to celebrate I brought out what I consider “the big guns” – that being my sweet and spicy barbequed spareribs.  This is a great recipe that never fails and is sure to impress your friends and family!  Enjoy and I look forward to hearing about your favorite barbeque recipes.
You will need:
4 lbs pork spare ribs

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Grilled Roast Beef Panini with Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions

The past couple days I’ve been craving a grilled cheese sandwich.  Although my taste buds were seeking something slightly different from the traditional American cheese and white bread combo.  Roast beef happened to be on sale at the deli today so I paired it up with some blue cheese and caramelized onions.  What an absolute delight! 

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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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Veal Piccata

A typical Friday night in my house usually means heading to the local pizzeria and ordering up the large antipasto with the 12 cut Hawaiian pizza. Last weekend I decided to change it up a bit and make one of my husband’s favorite meals – Veal Piccata.
 This is one of those dishes that requires Frank Sinatra playing in the background while you both prepare and eat it. What I love so much about it is that while it’s simple enough to prepare, there’s a strange degree of formality to  it that makes me want to dust off my china, light the candles and get out the cloth napkins. It may just be that because it’s so flavorful, it’s a meal to be savored rather than rushed through  which adds to its elegance.  But whatever the case may be my husband and I have come to enjoy this time away from the craziness of our typical busy lives through sitting down and enjoying this meal…

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