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Smoked Salmon, Fennel and Herbed Mascarpone Tart

Smoked Salmon, Fennel and Herbed Mascarpone Tart

Some holiday discoveries are well worth making all year round. This is one of them.  It’s from Melissa Clark in The New York Times. It’s one of four recipes created for New Year’s Eve 2020. In “A Finger Food Countdown to 2021”, Melissa created two…

Around The World in 138 days…We Can Dream, Can’t We?

Around The World in 138 days…We Can Dream, Can’t We?

My latest article for Cruising Journal has just been published. Come aboard for an extraordinary trip around the world. On December 22nd, 2022, 930 passengers will embark on the voyage of a lifetime.  They’ll board a brand, spanking-new ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  From there,…

Drunken Greek Pork Stew from Fine Cooking

Drunken Greek Pork Stew from Fine Cooking

What’s in a name?  Plenty! I have to admit, it was its picture in Fine Cooking–and not its name– that made me want to cook this extraordinarily easy-to-make stew.  Tony Rosenfeld, who wrote “Savory Pork Stews”, says it’s “a quick take on bekri meze, the…

Our Five Most Popular  Christmas Cookie Recipes Ever!  Plus one…

Our Five Most Popular Christmas Cookie Recipes Ever! Plus one…

If you are going to the trouble of making Christmas cookies, why not make the best Christmas cookies any one ever tasted?  Since I live with one of the great Cookie Bakers of all time, it wasn’t exactly easy to come up with this list. …

Broccoli Pepper Jack Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons

Broccoli Pepper Jack Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons

A remarkably creamy-rich soup with a secret. There’s not a drop of cream in it. Bon Appetit Editor Sarah Jampel developed this recipe for the magazine’s “Basically” series. “Basically” focuses on beginner home cooks. Do not be put off by the length of the recipe.…

Baja Fish Tacos with Avocado Salsa and Slaw

Baja Fish Tacos with Avocado Salsa and Slaw

A Trip to California and an unforgettable food discovery. The first time I had this soft tortilla shell stuffed with crispy, beer-battered cod topped with avocado salsa, pico de gallo, and slaw, I was hooked.  The crispiness of the fish was irresistible. The soft flour…

Cranberry Lemon Bars

Cranberry Lemon Bars

What says the Holidays are here more than the Cranberry? Andrew went all out for our Thanksgiving, baking his extraordinary treats. Included in this year’s selection were these glorious Lemon=y cranberry bars.  A generously salted vanilla cookie base is topped with the tangy sweetness of…

Garlic Butter Lamb Chops

Garlic Butter Lamb Chops

Are you serving enough Lamb? These Chops from Costco ought to be on your shopping list. Lamb is a pretty pricey option when it comes to choices at the meat counter. That is good loin lamb chops.  Shoulder and Sirloin Chops are more economical but…

Thanksgiving Way Out West: The Remains of the Day…Turkey Tetrazini so good, you may want to roast another Turkey

Thanksgiving Way Out West: The Remains of the Day…Turkey Tetrazini so good, you may want to roast another Turkey

         This is my absolute favorite Thanksgiving recipe.  It is such a favorite that I have been known to cook a turkey or turkey breast just to make it.  It also is a great sentimental favorite because it was one of the…


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The Ultimate B.L.T for All Seasons

The Ultimate B.L.T for All Seasons

Here to Help: The New York Times Recipe for the Best B.L.T. is this one from Clare de Boer. The perfect Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich is a flawless combination of salty crunch, creamy mayo, sweet and tangy tomato, and butter lettuce.  And Clair de…

Cazuelas de Atun y Farfalle from Grace Parisi

Cazuelas de Atun y Farfalle from Grace Parisi

How’s your Spanish?  You don’t need to speak a word to enjoy this fantastic casserole. What’s in a name?  Plenty.  Today’s dish is an homage to Spain. But this dish has its roots firmly planted in the US of A.  It was a mainstay in…

Sautéed Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

Sautéed Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

I don’t remember a single recipe on Chewing The Fat that’s faster to make than this: 10 minutes. That’s all it takes to enjoy two of the greatest gifts of summer. Sweet corn, peaking now and Cherry Tomatoes overwhelming our garden right now.  We wait…

This Week’s Bake: Plums and Almond Cream In a Variation of a Traditional French Frangipane Tart

This Week’s Bake: Plums and Almond Cream In a Variation of a Traditional French Frangipane Tart

John Barricelli, owner, baker, and chef of Connecticut’s SoNo Baking Company & Cafe, is no stranger on Chewing The Fat.   We love his recipes.  The Connecticut baker has two locations there. In Norwalk, it’s at 101 Water Street. And in Darien, it’s at 49…