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Adventures in Cuisine

Chef Simeon’s Tomato Confit Butter Sauce

This sauce is great on fish, especially drum! INGREDIENTS: 1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved) 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper 5 tbsp butter ¼ cup white wine 1 tbsp garlic Juice ½ lemon Kosher salt & pepper DIRECTIONS: In a small... Continue Reading →


Chef Simeon’s Simple Pasta Sauce

Being a mom that likes to avoid buying canned and jarred sauces, I have been working on a pasta sauce for a while.  Turns out it was a pretty simple combination of ingredients for the perfect tomato based pasta sauce... Continue Reading →

Fresh Fruit Gummies

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup fresh fruit ( we used rasberries) 1/4 cup water Juice of 1/2 lemon 2 1/2 tbsp honey 2 1/2 tbsp gelatin DIRECTIONS: In a blender, puree the 1 cup fresh fruit and 1/4 cup water.   Strain out... Continue Reading →

Beef Stew

When I took my first bite I thought, wow, did I make this?  I've never made a good beef stew.  Well, leave it to a recipe with little to no instruction to create the best beef stew I've eaten.  Here... Continue Reading →

Panzanella Salad

Well I'm a little late to the game in discovering Panzanella, but I have to post the recipe in case you've been in the dark like me.  This makes a great refreshing summer salad, but since we made it in... Continue Reading →

Nana’s Zucchini Casserole

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 block unsalted butter 1/2 onion diced 1/4 bell pepper diced 3 medium zucchini - cubed 2 small squash - cubed 1 tomato - cubed breadcrumbs Creole Seasoning Salt Pepper Garlic Powder Mozzarella Cheese DIRECTIONS Saute onion and bell... Continue Reading →

Nana’s Green Beans

These green beans are sure to sooth your soul.  Nothing like a good comfort food side on these cold winter days... INGREDIENTS: 1 packet uncured cubed ham 2 bags frozen cut green beans 1 onion 2 tbsp minced garlic 1... Continue Reading →

Butternut Squash Soup

2 cups vegetable stock 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 carrot, peeled and diced 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced 1 medium (uncooked) butternut squash*, peeled, seeded and diced 1 sprig fresh sage 1 white onion, diced 1/2 teaspoon... Continue Reading →

Pinterest Fails

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again."  William Hickson ( Sometimes recipes don't work out.  Case in point, the photo to the left.  I took a stab at soap making the other day, and needless to say... Continue Reading →

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