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Neapolitan meatloaf “polpettone”

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 Italians seem to know how to make even the ordinary dish taste extraordinary. This tasty meatloaf contains an egg and salami surprise when you cut into it. It’s surprisingly delicious. This version is baked in the oven. In Naples, it is also sometimes wrapped in muslin fabric and deep fried. […]

Left over ham and potato soup

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  What to do with left over ham? Make ham and potato soup! The sweetness and smokiness of a ham adds delicious flavor to soups. We had a delicious ham for our Easter brunch. There was just enough left for a great ham and potato soup. The sweetness and smokiness […]

lemony slow cooker chicken. A whole chicken on a platter.

Lemony slow cooker chicken

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  Lemony slow cooker chicken is flavorful, tender and moist. It is seasoned with lemon and Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute. The best part is the bulk of the cooking is done while you’re out enjoying your day. This recipe is perfect for week nights, busy weekends or summer days […]

A bowl of borcht topped with sour cream and dill

Borscht, Ukrainian beet soup with bacon

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  Borscht is a beet soup full of vitamins and minerals. This particular version is based on a recipe handed down to me by my mom. Bacon adds a smoky complexity to the soup that goes well with the beets. Growing up, my mom used to make borscht regularly. She […]

A bowl of creamy seafood bisque

Seattle seafood bisque

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  Seattle seafood bisque is a creamy seafood stew made with a mix of fresh seafood common to the Pacific Northwest. I prefer this seafood bisque with salmon, crab and sea scallops. However, you can use any mix of seafood you prefer such as shrimp, crab and clams. If you […]

Crab cakes

Decadent dungeness crab cakes

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  These simply seasoned Dungeness crab cakes are a little sweet, savory and fry up to a special treat! I love serving them with this sweet and spicy Thai Chili Sauce. During the summer months we love crabbing. It’s a fun way to spend the day. Drop a couple crab […]