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Vegetable Crudités Platter

Vegetable Crudités Platter by Mary Frances Hart

Here is a platter that was successful at a Thanksgiving dinner. Use whatever is in season and colorful.

5 votes
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A Baked Potato

A Baked Potato by Amos Miller

This is so simple, you'll laugh. It tastes so good, you'll cry. I make this when we are grilling for our guests and friends and they love it. You can also do this in your oven, any time. I know an eminent doctor of Chinese medicine who once told me that it was OK to eat a Big Mac once in a while. You're an adult, adjust things…

45 votes
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Pear & Fig Chutney

Pear & Fig Chutney by Amos Miller

I still had a few pears from the orchard and the figs are almost finished. Why not a Pear & Fig chutney? Easily done! This is everything a chutney should be. The flavors of the pears, combined with the figs' texture and sweetness, the plump raisins and blend of vinegars easily marry to the aromatic spices. And a quality cracked…

10 votes
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Blueberries with Lime Sugar & Citrus Confit

Blueberries with Lime Sugar & Citrus Confit by Amos Miller

This is one of my absolute favorite berry desserts and comes from Tony Bourdain and Les Halles Restaurant in NYC. I have had the audacity to make just one minor modification to the recipe, but I have no regrets, and neither will you. We grow blueberries all season long at Walnut Ridge Farm, so there are always opportunities to try…

6 votes
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Cajun Crowder Beans

Cajun Crowder Beans by Amos Miller

Also known as Crowder peas, these delicious little fellas can often be found in frozen form at the store. These are fresh picked right here in Michigan and, like fava beans and so many other seasonal treats, we rush them to the table. Crowders are really a 'Southern' treat and I first enjoyed them when visiting relatives in West…

2 votes
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San Antone Black Bean Salad

San Antone Black Bean Salad by Amos Miller

With friends and family living in the great state of Texas, my frequent visits have always meant new flavor profiles to experience, new ways to express myself in the kitchen and when I am invited out and asked to 'bring something to pass'. I developed the following recipe to assure that I would seldom have to carry home any…

9 votes
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Cornbread, Jalapeno Maple Bacon

Cornbread, Jalapeno Maple Bacon by Amos Miller

When the daytime temperature hits around 50 degrees and the evening plunges to 30 or lower, it is time to begin the annual maple syrup processing in our neck of the woods. We use it for many things and one of them is this cornbread. I first had a jalapeno cornbread in Texas, made by my sister's cowboy husband's aunt Netha, and…

12 votes
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Super Fast Fried Cheese Appetizer - Saganaki

Super Fast Fried Cheese Appetizer - Saganaki by Amos Miller

If you have a cast iron skillet, you can make a simple, delicious appetizer - fast! A cheese lover's delight! The Greeks call it 'saganaki' and you can use several different semi-firm cheeses to make this delicious and interesting treat in less than 15 minutes. The best cheeses to use are kefaloteri or kaseri, so try to obtain a…

3 votes
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Moussaka Mediterraneaneo

Moussaka Mediterraneaneo by Amos Miller

I absolutely love moussakas wherever I find the dish - Greek, Turkish, Arab, Italian - it's common throughout the Mediterranean region. There are myriad variations, of course - just like bread differs, country to country, dishes made of common ingredients differ. One of my favorite recipes is found in Claudia Roden's 'The New Book…

5 votes
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Beef Fajita Best Marinade

Beef Fajita Best Marinade by Amos Miller

This is fast, simple and super delicious! You should have a very hot (very) cast iron griddle or pan to do this right. I preheat the griddle and simultaneously heat a cast iron serving dish so it goes to table with that distinctive 'sizzle'. Be sure to cut the meat, after it has rested, across the grain and as thin as you can. This…

3 votes
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Creole Shrimp Salad

Creole Shrimp Salad by Amos Miller

The perfect main dish for brunch, a salad for dinner, or an appetizer! This New Orleans-inspired salad will please everyone who loves shrimp served in a deliciously refined way. Incorporating the traditional 'Holy Trinity' of Cresent City cooking (with a modest, yet elegant modification), celery, Bell pepper and, in this recipe,…

3 votes
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File Gumbo / Chez Helene

File Gumbo / Chez Helene by Amos Miller

The late Chef Austin Leslie left a brilliant legacy of Creole dishes and he helped form my approach to the cuisine of NOLA. I follow no other recipe than the one he left me. When a dish is perfect, why stray? Fresh ingredients will tell the tale. Now, as my mentor Paula Wolfert admonishes: "Relax and follow the recipe"!

2 votes
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Texas Chuck Wagon Chili (with Venison or Beef)

Texas Chuck Wagon Chili (with Venison or Beef) by Amos Miller

I originally made this with chuck roasts that I would trim out and dice into 1/4 inch cubes. Yes, you will form a blister or two - but it is well worth it. In 1987, this chili, I'm pleased to say, was judged best by members of the Chicago Fire Department in a Chicago Chili Cookoff. This is truly a Texas Chuck Wagon Chili: no…

2 votes
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World's Best Roasted Creamed Corn

World's Best Roasted Creamed Corn by Amos Miller

A velvety, rich and extremely flavorful side dish - commonly overlooked. I have adapted this recipe from one of Hubert Keller's. He prefers to use Parmesan cheese, I go with Gruyere. I also have cut back a bit on some of his ingredient amounts and have not gotten any complaints. This takes a little organization, but I found a…

3 votes
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Uncle Sidney's Red Beans

Uncle Sidney's Red Beans by Amos Miller

There are two ways to go here: smoked meats (sausage, rib tips, neck bones, ham, country bacon), OR pickled meat. Either way, you'll obtain a rich flavor profile and a satisfying meal. One, warm, soft, and smokey; one tangy, slightly sharp, sort of barbeque-y, but it's always PORK and beans in the end.. My culinary mentor, whom I…

2 votes
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