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Asparagus with Bacon & Pine Nuts

Asparagus is one of my favorite spring time vegetables.  And while it is available all year long, flown in from far away points, in the spring, when local and fresh, it’s crazy good.  I know that asparagus brings some challenges with wine pairings, but as a food pairing it’s near the top of the list.  It goes great with seafood, chicken, pork and beef, and it’s great prepared simply or with som

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Blue Cheese Mac 'n Cheese

One of my favorite comfort foods is Macaroni and cheese…but it’s also one of my more sophisticated foods too.  Because you can use some many different cheeses and “extras” in mac ‘n cheese, you can really mold the dish in different ways.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make the dish a bit more “elegant” with the addition of blue cheese and apples.  I actually took this dish from a rest

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Mashed Potatoes with Blue Cheese

Not sure if it’s my Irish ancestry, or just the simple deliciousness of the vegetable itself, but the potato is one of Gods great creations.  You can boil them, roast them, gratin them, fry them, or…mash them.  And there are thousands of variations on each technique.  In this recipe video, I take the simple mashed potato, and take them a step further with the addition of some blue cheese.  The

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Green Beans with Parmesan & Pine Nuts

I have to admit that when dinner is served, the veggies usually get the least attention from me.  It’s not that they are not good…it’s that sometimes they lack a little something…a bit of pizzazz.  In this recipe video, I wanted to show you recipe for green beans, with parmesan & pine nuts that I think will knock your socks off.  For this version, I retain all the great health benefits of t

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Potato Gratin With Cauliflower

Today I’ve got one of my favorite side dishes for you.  This recipe is a spin on the classic potato gratin.  In the video, I show you my version, in which I add some cauliflower, which may not quite make it healthy, it does get some additional vegetables on the plate, which is always a good thing

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Polenta

Polenta is one of my favorite side dishes, and far more simple than a lot of people think.  In this recipe video, I make a simple and tasty polenta that would go great as a side dish for roast chicken, braised dishes like oso bucco, or simple classic dishes like chicken piccata.

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Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is one of the great American comfort foods. I think every kid around loves it, and most adults do too. But I rarely see friends make it at home. That’s a shame, because it’s really pretty easy to make. In this recipe video, I make a classic mac n' cheese, or at least what I consider classic

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Creamed Spinach

There’s nothing quite like creamed spinach to recreate that steak house experience. Many people get intimidated by the thought of making their own creamed spinach, but really there’s only like 4 ingredients; So how hard could it be. In this recipe video, I show you how to make my version of a basic creamed spinach.

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts

For many of you, I know that brussel sprouts is a tough sell.  And I know that for an equal number of you, nothing I can say will make you ever voluntarily eat another brussel sprout.  I used to be one of you.  However, several years ago, I had the pleasure of tasting some deep fried brussel spouts at a local restaurant.  And I do mean pleasure, because frankly they were damn tasty.

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Sauteed Chanterelle Mushrooms Garlic and Thyme

There are a 1000 (actually a lot more) different ways to use mushrooms…and there are dozens or mushrooms available in today’s supermarkets and specialty shops. I use mushrooms as ingredients in my dishes, as stand-alone side dishes and as garnish.  The variety of mushrooms available and the different recipe options let you go in so many different directions.

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