Rainy Day Ribs

Rainy Day Ribs

Rainy Day Ribs I don’t own a smoker. I probably won’t own a smoker. I do make ribs that get devoured. So why are they rainy day ribs? It’s simple,  you can make them in the oven in your house on a rainy day. It’s Labor Day Weekend and typically in Connecticut it rains at least one day. I make sacrifices for my family. Nursing a grill in a downpour isn’t one of them. St Louis Style Ribs at my…

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Easy Chicken and Mushroom Bake

Easy Chicken and Mushroom Bake

    If you are looking for a low salt, low calorie, gluten and dairy free recipe, look elsewhere. This is classic comfort food and a great way to use leftover or canned chicken.  Best of all it uses staples that you should already have in your fridge, freezer, and pantry. And like any good casserole it features fried onions as a topping.   Chicken Bake Ingredients 1lb box dry pasta (Elbows, penne, or rottinni) 2 Cans condensed mushroom soup…

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Maggie’s Breakfast Casserole

Maggie’s Breakfast Casserole

Maggie’s Breakfast Casserole       This is an idea I got from my daughter while we were invading,,,, um, I mean visiting their home. Maggie got the idea from somewhere on the net and tweaked it. I took it home and tweaked it a bit more. Its like Poppin Fresh and a quiche had a baby. It’s easy to throw together (she’s got 3 kids to chase) and it feeds a crowd. Best of all it uses stuff you…

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Road Trip 2021: Virginia and the Outer Banks

Road Trip 2021: Virginia and the Outer Banks

In April, we took a 10 day long trip to Virginia and North Carolina’s Outer Banks region.  In Virginia, we visited our Daughter, Son-in-law, and 3 Grandchildren after not seeing them in person for 14 months due to the Covid-19 shutdowns and travel bans.  The travel restrictions were lifted just in time for us to combine this trip with out 39th wedding Anniversary.  We spent the 4 days in Virginia visiting, then spent 4 days in the Outer Banks (travel…

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Körözött – Brienza – Liptauer

Körözött – Brienza – Liptauer

Körözött – Brienza – Liptauer This is for my wife’s best friend, Wendy….   It goes by many names including Hungarian Cheese Spread. It is a very versatile and simple dish to prepare. It is a staple for our Easter meal as a side dish. It can also be used as a dip with vegetables or a spread for bread. Like every Hungarian dish it has generous amounts of paprika. Be sure to make it using a full fat cottage…

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Quiche, it’s what’s for Pie Day

Quiche, it’s what’s for Pie Day

Empty the Fridge Quiche   Well, the age old question in the house is “what will do you want for dinner”.  It was Pie Day…..you know, 3.14, March 14. So, on Pie Day you make pie….in this case quiche. I like quiche. It’s quick, it’s easy and we almost always have everything we need on hand. Staples like eggs, cheese, pie shells, frozen veggies and canned ham…..oh, and you can’t forget bacon. Everything is better with bacon. This will fill…

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Nokedli – Traditional Hungarian Dumplings

Nokedli – Traditional Hungarian Dumplings

  These little wonders accompanied many meals in my childhood and into adulthood. This is another learn by doing recipe that I learned watching my mom. The ingredient are simple but the results are heavenly. They are a traditional accompaniment to Chicken Paprikas and Porkolt. They are also great in chicken soup and Gulyas leves (another recipe, another time).   Use the following proportions. The basic recipe makes enough for 2-3 people. I usually make at least a double batch….

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Pörkölt aka Yummy Pork Stuff

Pörkölt aka Yummy Pork Stuff

This is a traditional Hungarian ragout that uses what I like to call the Magyar Trinity – Onions, Garlic and Paprika. I learned to make this watching my mom and I use the same measurement system she uses, namely none. “Yeah, that looks like enough”. I’ve tried to guesstimate the amounts in the hopes you will be able to duplicate it. The main thing to remember in this recipe is that it is all about proportions. You need an equal…

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Cheater Apple Tarts

Cheater Apple Tarts

Cheater Apple Tarts   Sometimes you need something quick and easy for dessert. Sometimes you want something decadent. This recipe is fast, easy, decadent and odds are you’ve got all the ingredients in the house. Ingredients 1 Can Crescent Roll Dough 4 Medium MacIntosh Apples peeled and diced ¼ cup Brown Sugar ¼ cup flour ½ stick butter Cinnamon, grated Nutmeg, grated Filling In a large bowl mix the apple, sugar, flour, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg. Coat all of the apples…

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Trip to Maine, August 2020

Trip to Maine, August 2020

At the end of August we went on a short trip to Maine. We started at Foxwoods in CT for one afternoon and overnight then drove up to our “hub” of Bangor, Maine. There were two main places we wanted to visit – the Duck of Justice in Bangor, and Acadia National Park. Bangor was an inexpensive place to stay and Acadia was a reasonable drive away. Bangor is a nice city with a small downtown area along the Penobscot…

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