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Decadent Broiled Lobster Tails

"New Year's Eve Tradition" We have a family tradition that's been around almost as long as my sister and I have been. Almost every New Year's Eve we spread old newspapers on the kitchen table, get out the nutcracker and cook up some fresh whole Maine lobsters or lobster tails. The idea originally was to …

Beef Bourguignon

AKA "Christmas in Paris (kinda!)" My father Edward love to serve this dish on Christmas day with their dinner table surrounded by all our family. The original recipe comes from the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, with a couple updates. It's a pretty intense meal, preparation wise, as you'll see from the instructions. That's why we …

Braised Pot Roast with Vegetables

AKA "Crank Up the Stove!" If it's weekend and it's raining you can almost count on this being on the stove. It's not so much the actual serving of the meal, but the aroma throughout the whole house that makes this such a great rainy-day meal. Plus this is another one-pot meal; so cleanup is …

Dinner Stew in a Hurry

AKA "Winter Vegetable Stew" So the story behind this very quick and simple vegan recipe is that it is actually based off of a recipe that my dad found in one of Rachel Ray's 30-Minute cookbooks. He modified the original recipe slightly, adding and subtracting ingredients, and it quickly became a family staple as well …

Easy Traditional Spaghetti Sauce

AKA "Omi's Most Famous & Often Requested" My German grandmother made the most amazing Italian spaghetti sauce. So this recipe is now my father's - and mine! We have however, altered the ingredients a little bit (such as adding red wine) to make the sauce a bit meatier and more fragrant. Omi's frugal nature meant …

Quick and Easy Sauerbraten

AKA "A Quick Trip to Germany" We have a family tradition of going out to our favorite local German restaurant, Edelweiss German Bierhaus, for special family celebrations. The best dish they serve is a juicy sauerbraten plate which just biting into instantly transports me to back to my ancestral home, ze Deutschland. This is my …