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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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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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My Dry Rub

My Dry Rub by Amos Miller

Its that time of year when the barbecue hits the grills & smokers and so I thought I'd post my favorite dry rub recipe. I only use this rub & a variation of it on pork products and It is well- liked. Remember that you want to wash & pat your meats dry before you apply a rub, then add rub to one side, wait about 10 minutes, then…

4 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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Texas Chuck Wagon Pinto Beans

Texas Chuck Wagon Pinto Beans by Amos Miller

This dish is all about FLAVOR. San Antonio and Ft. Worth are my two favorite places to be when in Texas. This recipe was inspired by some dining experiences there and, to my palate, is as Texas as bluebonnets in Spring. Sweet and spicy, richly textured, these beans cry out for anything BBQ'd, grilled or broiled. Corn on the cob,…

6 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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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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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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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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Pâté with Bacon & Onion

Pâté with Bacon & Onion by Amos Miller

A "pâté" (pah-TAY) is simply a paste of meat and a fat. It can be super fancy, or, as in this recipe, super simple. Guaranteed to impress your guests. Try this next time your are looking for a 'fancy' or special appetizer that requires next to no effort. This is a basic German-style country dish. If you can't obtain a smoked liver…

3 votes
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Cranberries with Jezebel Sauce

Cranberries with Jezebel Sauce by Amos Miller

If you don't care for the tart tang of cranberries - try this. My dear friend, Gail, serves this dish her way frequently and everyone likes it because it is sweet & spicy and just tangy enough. A great condiment. I've modified Gail's recipe a tad and share it with you. Cranberries will no longer be a Thanksgiving side dish. This…

4 votes
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Asian-inspired Mini-Meatballs

Asian-inspired Mini-Meatballs by Amos Miller

A perfect appetizer, great hot or cold, and can be easily made the day before the party in a large crock pot. All you’ll need is toothpicks and tiny plates! I’ve built upon an interesting recipe I found for meatballs with a teriyaki sauce and the inclusion of, yes, dried cranberries. This was so tasty when I first made my…

3 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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