Ham & Parmesan Risotto Instant Pot or Stove Top Version.

Ham & Parmesan Risotto (Instant Pot or Stove Top)

I love me some Risotto – how ’bout you? It amazes me how you can take a simple ingredient like rice, add a glug of wine & a few gratings of cheese (plus a bit of this and that) and turn it into a gourmet meal – no make that a gourmet experience – because you get to drink the rest of the wine! Plus plus! This is a marvelous recipe for Risotto – Ham & Parmesan Risotto Instant Pot or Stove Top Version.

Ham & Parmesan Risotto Instant Pot or Stove Top Version.

Ham & Parmesan Risotto Instant Pot or Stove Top Version.

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Turkey Noodle or Chicken Noodle Soup

Thanksgiving Leftovers – The Ultimate Turkey Leftovers Guide

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Are you with me that the leftovers are better than the meal? Here's some inspiration!

Reposted for 2016: I hope you’ve had a great Thanksgiving and if you’re like me, you’re looking at the last of the leftovers thinking you really need to do something about them, now! I already have a post, my 12 Days of Turkey, with links to some of my favorite leftover Turkey dishes, but here’s your visual companion to it plus a few more! Each one better than the original turkey, if you ask me! 🙂

Creamy White Chicken Chili

Creamy White Chicken Chili

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Momofukus Bo Ssam pork shoulder

Momofukus Bo Ssam

What happens when a lentil/yogurt/kale and green smoothie person stays on to help out her solidly Midwestern parents? Things like this, I’m afraid! This is one gorgeous pork roast from Chef David Chang of Momofuku. Momofukus Bo Ssam is crazy good. Served with rice, two simple sauces, and lettuce for wrapping, along with a few, simple accompaniments, this is absolutely one insane dinner.

Momofukus Bo Ssam Pork Shoulder

Momofuku’s Bo Ssam

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Swedish Pancakes New York Times

Swedish Pancakes

Swedish Pancakes - little silver dollar pancakes, crispy on the edges, light and fluffy inside - they're the best! Save them for the weekend or when you have a little time.

These little silver dollar pancakes will never be mistaken for your typical American flapjack. The outside is beautiful with just the right amount of crisp, the inside, light and airy. Ethereal. Insanely good, really. It’s almost an insult to call these pancakes!

Swedish Pancakes New York Times

Swedish Pancakes

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Chicken Pot Pie - top with biscuit, pie crust, potatoes or puff pastry

Chicken Pot Pie like you WISH your Grandma made!

not to "dis" grandma, but this is outstanding!!

I originally posted this Chicken Pot Pie in November of 2011, one of my very first posts! Today, as I made it again, I updated with new photos. That night, I had been looking at Time’s Money Issue and became sidetracked. Pretty soon, I was clicking on one link after another; you know how that goes, right?

Chicken Pot Pie - top with biscuit, pie crust, potatoes or puff pastry

Chicken Pot Pie like you Wish your Grandma made! Tender, flaky crust, gorgeous vegetables and a gravy out of this world!

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Hot & Sour Soup

The Best Hot & Sour Soup - customize it how you like it!!

Since my very first taste, too many years ago to admit, I’ve been wild about Hot & Sour Soup. I think I order it whenever it’s available on a menu and it’s always exciting for me to sit at the table of a new restaurant, just waiting for their Hot & Sour Soup (which is always my first course) wondering what theirs will be like.

Hot & Sour Soup

Hot & Sour Soup

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Pozole Pork Hominy Stew Posole

Posole or Pozole Pork Hominy Stew

Posole or Pozole A favorite down home stew of pork and hominy, Easy to make from scratch or from pulled pork leftovers, stove-top or slow cooker.

I was introduced to Posole Rojo or Pozole Pork Hominy Stew in Denver when one of my co-workers bought it to nearly every “food day.” Those in the “know” snuck away to the buffet table before lunch before it was all gone. Now, I’d like to introduce you! Succulent pork and hominy swimming in a rich, garlicky, chile-based broth; the taste is reminiscent of tamales.

Pozole Pork Hominy Stew Posole

Posole, Pozole, a rich pork and hominy stew.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I always love to make a Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. It’s so easy and there’s nothing like a set it and forget it recipe. It takes so long to cook, but then there is that tantalizing aroma filling your kitchen, driving you nuts, until the moment you open that slow cooker to this glorious pork and snitch that first bite before you even take it out. Don’t you tell me that’s just me!! I know you do it, too. Or maybe it IS just me?

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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Beef & Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup

Beef & Barley Soup - shortcut this with leftover potroast and doctored up broth! Yep. Pot Roast! It's already infused with flavor.

Beef Barley Soup seems to have never gotten it’s due. Maybe because most of us use the recipe on the back of the box. Good fare, not great. I love a good Beef Barley made with a home-made beef stock, but bones are hard to find and pricey. My solution? Make a great soup with a “doctored” broth.

Beef & Barley Soup

Beef & Barley Soup

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Pot Roast Carbonnade – Beer Braised Pot Roast

Pot Roast Carbonnade – Beer Braised Pot Roast

Pot Roast done perfectly tender, a rich, silky gravy.  Is there anything better? Here’s one that’s full of flavor, a play off of the Flemish Stew with beer, Beouf Carbonnade. If that sounds too fancy, just call it Pot Roast Carbonnade – Beer Braised Pot Roast. Does a roast with any other name still smell as good? Oh, that’s Rose? Silly me…

Pot Roast Carbonnade – Beer Braised Pot Roast

Pot Roast Carbonnade – a play on Beouf Carbonnade. A Beer Braised Pot Roast

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Sparrow Tavern's Veggie Burger

Sparrow Tavern’s Veggie Burger . $3.75 for 8

These Veggie Burgers are amazing!! A bit of work but totally worth it!

Diners, Drive Ins & Dives is on Netflix this season and this episode features the Sparrow Tavern in Astoria, New York – a run down rock & roll type bar with gourmet style. One of their star items was the Sparrow Veggie Burger and even the carnivores were going on about it. After I made them, I can see why – they’re flippin’ AWESOME! A bit of work, but the best Veggie Burger I’ve ever had!

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger – early version, I fixed the “cracking” flaw.

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Leftover Meats, Poultry & Fish

Whether you’re faced with leftovers to use up or you’ve planned for leftovers, here is your resource for just about any kind of meat or poultry.

Bear with me as I’m still doing updating – notice fish and seafood is missing. It will be reappearing soon.

other helpful links


Scottish Oatcakes Oatmeal Pancakes

Scottish Oatcakes Oatmeal Pancakes

Scottish? Probably not, but Scottish Oatcakes Oatmeal Pancakes are what always called these pancakes. Because of the oats. These pancakes are great; the outside is a beautiful, lacy, crispy contrast to the soft, moist interior, and they’re hearty and healthy and delicious all at the same time.

Scottish Oatcakes Oatmeal Pancakes

Scottish Oatcakes – Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

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Baked Potato Hash Browns from Leftover Potatoes

Baked Potato Hash Browns

Once upon a time, I worked in a restaurant kitchen for a while when I was just a baby-faced teenager. I was in between jobs and since I had waitressed before I thought it would be a quick way to make some money – the problem was I was in Colorado and so I wasn’t legal to waitress. They took me in as a prep cook and I learned a few tricks. One of them was how to make these glorious Baked Potato Hash Browns.

Baked Potato Hash Browns from Leftover Potatoes - so perfectly golden & crispy

Baked Potato Hash Browns from Leftover Potatoes – so perfectly golden & crispy

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Salmonchanted Evening – Asian Salmon Packets

I don’t know if I’ve told you that I’m a reformed food snob. For years, I’d only eat the best of this and that…as prices skyrocketed, my budget diminished. I found myself cutting out a lot of the expensive fish, and was missing out on a marvelous brain food. Guess what – I’m no longer a food snob and I’m eating better than ever…

Salmon-Chanted Evening – Salmon with a Teriyaki type sauce and Snow Peas

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Nested Corned Beef Hash Cups with Toast . $3.20

While Corned Beef Hash is wonderful, it does require some attention. These little Corned Beef Hash Cups are not just “cute” they save a bit of the last minute labor. One might very well be justified in feeling quite brilliant bringing these to the table for brunch! A crunchy little potato cup, softer, creamier potatoes in the middle, a layer of Corned Beef and a gorgeous egg on top, done as soft or as hard as you’d like.

Nested Corned Beef Hash Cups

Nested Corned Beef Hash Cups

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Eggs Florentine with Sliced Tomatoes

I was watching Ann Burrell the other day “The Best Thing I Ever Made,” a Food Network show – she turned out an Eggs Flameco that looked marvelous – that recipe, though, reminded me of another old favorite, and a much healthier one: Eggs Florentine.

Eggs Florentine - poached eggs blanketed by a cheesy sauce on top a bed of flavorful spinach

Eggs Florentine – poached eggs blanketed by a cheesy sauce on top a bed of flavorful spinach

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Runzas (Bierocks)

Nebraska Runzas (Bierocks)

When my baby Sis posted she was making her Nebraska Runzas (Bierocks) I became inspired. She (and her family) fell in love with them during her years in the Cornhusker State and my Sis knows her Runza. If you’ve never had a Runza, you’re in for a treat. It’s a beautiful, light fluffy bun wrapped around a filling of ground beef, cabbage, and onion. They’re good old-fashioned cooking with the emphasis on good!

Runzas (Bierocks)

An old picture but still shows the Runza bun the best!

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