Zinfandel-Braised Beef Brisket with Onions and Potatoes

This recipe comes because I bought a full beef brisket to make homemade pastrami.  Why am I making homemade pastrami?  Because I want to make my favorite sandwich and so far I haven't been able to duplicate it.  It 's called the the Tiffany Fweef Salcini from the Laundry.  It's simply pastrami, honey mustard, scallion [...]

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Hearty Quinoa, Lentil, Chicken and Corn Chowder

I love a good chowder recipe.  It's finally getting cold enough for great soups, stews and casseroles.  There are so many recipes I've been dying to try, but the weather was too warm.  The cool weather is finally here.  Yes, I am happy about that.  Summer has never been my thing.  Before you say, when [...]

A Your Level Best Riff on Ash-e-reshteh

The recipe for this week is more of a riff than a healthier version.  Ash-e-reshteh is already healthy.  It's a recipe from the Middle East that uses noodles and beans with caramelized onions.  I was inspired by the story from the Huffington Post:  This Persian Noodle Soup Recipe Is The One-Pot Wonder You Need. This story [...]

Firecracker Casserole

Ok.  Now most of you have made this type of recipe.  Ground beef with a couple of cans of condensed soup.  This is very convenient, especially for busy people.  I've made many myself when I was younger.  However, if you are watching your health, it can be a nutritional nightmare.  Condensed soup contains a lot [...]

Give a Second Chance to Cottage Cheese

Have you eaten cottage cheese lately?  Most of you probably haven't.  It's outdated.  Your mother and grandmother's diet food.  You probably saw them eat it a long time ago and associated it with boring health food.  I'm here to tell you to give it a second chance.  Why?  Because it is actually inexpensive, great protein, [...]