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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

"Christmas Morning" We're not big dessert people in my family. In fact, I've never baked anything besides premade cookie dough and my mom will only rarely succumb to the baking bug by preparing brownies or cookies. This recipe, however, is my mom's baking claim to fame. Our family fell in love with this treat many …

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 …

Crunchy Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

"Rustic Taters" I'm not a big potato fan, or "potatoe" if youre Dan Quayle. They're usually not very flavorful. Plus, they're really time and temperature sensitive, with a very narrow window for cooking them effectively. This recipe, however, brings out the best in potatoes with a crunchy texture and herbal and aromatic nuances. Plus, the …

The Best Cauliflower Recipe

"A Vegetable Everyone Loves" Cauliflower is the Rodney Dangerfield of the veggie world. It often cooks up dry, tough and flavorless, causing the kitchen to smell like dirty socks for a week. That being said, this recipe is an exception to the personification and my father states in our family cookbook that this is his …

Fresh Summer Salad with Orzo, Tomato & Basil

"Fresh as a Summer Breeze" In the middle of a hot summer, the last thing you want to do is light up the stove or oven. To the rescue comes this fresh summer orzo salad. It's best prepared in the morning while the kitchen is still cool. Plus sitting in the fridge all day melds …

Asparagus, Penne Pasta, Shrimp and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

"When Only Shrimp Will Do" My dad has mentioned several times how shrimp used to be strictly a Sunday dinner type of meal growing up. Obviously, over the years the price of this delicious crustacean has come down dramatically, making it a wonderful weeknight option. This recipe takes less than a half hour, including the …

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 …

How to Make Delicious Store Bought Macaroni & Cheese

AKA "Frozen Mac & Cheese on Steroids!" Interestingly, my roommate and myself just invented this recipe the other night when we looked at the frozen Stouffer's Mac & Cheese in the freezer and felt inspired to make it into a dish that's not just edible, but delectable! This Mac & Cheese recipe takes a large …

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 …

Wild Caught Tilapia with Tomatoes & Capers

AKA "One-Skillet Fish" The problem with cooking fish indoors is that you can smell it when you get home for weeks after you've prepared it. My dad takes pride in the fact that since this recipe uses tilapia, a mild white fish that's really delicious, it doesn't add that unwanted smell to your living space. …