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Thursday Night Casual

Thursday is always a tough one… is it more like a Friday night or Monday night? I look at it as the unsocial beginning of the weekend, and like to have a stand-up dinner of some favorites:

Tzatziki with Fresh Herbs

There are so many variations of tzatziki sauce it is hard to keep up with.  I like a very robust and rich sauce.  It is important to make at least 4 hours ahead to ensure all the flavors blend together.  This is great to make and just have in the refrigerator for a quick snackContinue Reading

Pizza Mushrooms

We are working to make these easy-to-cook treats a little better looking, but they are so good that we will still keep putting them out for guests just the way they are, for now. Ingredients 1 pound button mushrooms, wiped clean with a paper towel and stems removed for another use 1 cup marsala wineContinue Reading

Spicy Lamb Gravy and Biscuits

This great start to a brunch is a Greek twist on an old southern staple, sausage gravy and biscuits.  Our true southern neighbor in Washington D.C., Jan, is an expert on all traditional southern regional dishes and has given this new approach a double thumbs up.  It has a kick to it and the spice inContinue Reading

Herbed Mustard Jalapeno Tacos

This is spicy variation of LPB’s world famous Herbed Mustard Shrimp with some added heat. Using small locally-sourced fresh shrimp for the tacos makes for an amazing lunch. You can serve this with just about anything, from chips to couscous (see below.) It’s a great casual lunch for just about any occasion. Serves 12 tacos.Continue Reading

Cookies & Cabernet during the Covid-19 Pandemic

I am a big believer in good cookies to end a dinner – and I mean very good cookies. Recently, I found a greater purpose for these tasty treats. When the lock-downs started to roll through the United States, it was tough to keep in touch with people beyond never-ending mass text chains. If IContinue Reading

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