Oscar Night Dinner: Arugula Salad Topped Pizza

by Gwen February 28, 2011

By far, my greatest discovery at Trader Joe’s has been their fresh pizza dough.   I know it’s not a super challenging task to make pizza dough, but when you’re teetering back and forth over whether to make your pizza at home or order out, that fresh, refrigerated dough from TJ’s is usually the straw that […]

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Lamb Tikka Masala

by Gwen February 8, 2011

So here it is, my first foray into Indian cooking.  Chicken Tikka Masala was my gateway dish into Indian cuisine, despite the fact that there’s a debate over whether this dish is even Indian in origin.  Many people believe it first appeared on a menu in London.  But no matter how it came about, I’m […]

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Pollo alla Cacciatora

by Gwen January 13, 2011

My dutch oven has been seeing a lot of action lately.  I suppose it’s just that time of year when you want to dig your heaviest pot out of the back of the cabinet and fill it up with wonderful ingredients and allow it to simmer away until its contents are tender, rich, and filling.  […]

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Bacon and Eggs and Asparagus Salad

by Gwen January 9, 2011

Hurray!  A new cookbook!  I think Firat has figured out that if he buys me new cookbooks about the types of cuisine he likes, they end up on the table a little more often.  The cuisines.  Not the books.  So I can only assume he’s encouraging more French food with Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French […]

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Raw Broccoli Slaw with Cashew Lime Vinaigrette

by Gwen January 4, 2011

As I’m sure you’ve seen, we’ve been eating a lot of decadent food over the holiday break.  Yeah, common, I know you were too.  In fact, we were actually starting to, dare I say it, long for our lighter, healthier pre-holiday diet.  On the whole we’ve been cutting out a lot of processed foods and […]

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Roast Pork and Sauerkraut

by Gwen January 2, 2011

Happy New Year! The holiday season is coming to a close.  It’s been an exhausting, complicated, emotional and rewarding year.  But as it’s the first of January, it’s time to put 2010 behind us, and in my family that means upholding a very special tradition: Roast Pork and Sauerkraut.  As far back as I can […]

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Julia’s Boeuf Bourguignon

by Gwen December 31, 2010

The final post of 2010!  Hopefully everyone has been enjoying their holiday vacation.  We spent a wonderful Christmas back home in Pennsylvania and received some incredibly thoughtful gifts.  The pinnacle of which for me was a vintage set of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volumes 1 and 2.  Based on the publication […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

by Gwen November 26, 2010

I wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and share some pictures from our small but festive dinner.

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Smothered Pork Chops

by Gwen November 8, 2010

Here’s another flavorful and comforting recipe for a fall evening.  This makes for a great weeknight meal — a one skillet dish that’s on the table in 30 minutes.  Tonight I paired it with roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli, but if you’re feeling extra decadent, up the gravy ingredients to 1 1/2 cup broth and […]

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Keith’s Orange Curried Chicken

by Gwen November 1, 2010

Oh home sweet home.  For some reason I get the most homesick during the spring and fall.  Probably because there’s such a disconnect here in LA from actual seasons.  So to hold me over until my Christmas visit, I pull out some classic Robson family recipes.  My papa is a master of concocting beautiful one […]

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