Corn and Crawfish Pie…Red Beans and Rice…Posole Verde…Fridge Foraging…Pasta Diane (Pasta with Pancetta, Basil and Mozzarella)Braised Pork with Green Chili Sauce

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Corn and Crawfish Pie…

Crawfish pie. It is the one and only thing my eight year-old son had on his New Orleans bucket list. He had his hopes set on finding a version as good as--or better than--the pie from Vivian's Cajun Crawfish Pies at downtown St. Petersburg’s Saturday Morning Market. Her version is chock full of crawfish and…
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Red Beans and Rice…

Weekly food traditions are a fun way to plan the week. Some of my favorites have been Sandwich Sunday, Meatless Monday, and Taco Tuesday; I'm a sucker for alliteration. During our recent trip to New Orleans, we were introduced to a weekly tradition among the locals that goes back generations: Red Beans and Rice Monday--so…
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Posole Verde…

It is a cold January night and my fireplace is just heating up. There is just one more thing that could make this cozy night more perfect: soup. Cold weather is never a prerequisite for soup in my house--I could eat it just about anytime--but an evening like this just begs for it. The question…
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Fridge Foraging…

A lone sweet potato. One pie crust. Half of an onion. Sad, wilted parsley.  Leftover tomato soup. These are the odds and ends I found while rummaging through the refrigerator last week. I admit--much to my chagrin--that I am the queen of wasting food. I stock my fridge with so many ideas: a week's worth…
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Pasta Diane (Pasta with Pancetta, Basil and Mozzarella)

Chefs will tell you, always use the finest ingredients you can find.  That’s sound advice, no doubt.  But there is also a lot to be said for understanding those ingredients, cooking them with techniques that get the most out of each. The special thing about this dish is how its flavors - the fragrant fresh basil, crispy fried pancetta,…
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Braised Pork with Green Chili Sauce

Mild canned California green chilis season this meaty pork stew. Serve it with rice or as a burrito filling.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Braised Pork with Green Chili Sauce - - Lean Boneless Pork Butt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Onion (Chopped), Garlic (Minced), Green Bell Peppers (Seeded & Chopped), California Green Chilis (Seeded & Chopped), Oregano Leaves (Crumbled), Ground Cumin,…
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