Main Dishes, Side Dishes

Classic Mac & Cheese

Makes 6 to 8 servings Ingredients 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Kosher salt 2 quarts water 8 oz elbow macaroni 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 cups whole milk 1/2 teaspoon sweet or smoked Spanish paprika 1 bay leaf 5 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 1/4 teaspoon […]

Soups and Stews

Corn Chowder With Chiles & Monterey Jack Cheese

Makes 6 servings Ingredients 1 quart corn kernels, fresh or frozen 1 cup heavy cream 2 slices bacon, minced 1 onion, medium, finely diced 1 red bell pepper, finely diced 1 celery stalk, finely diced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 1/2 quarts chicken broth 3 yellow potatoes, peeled and diced […]

Soups and Stews

Cream Of Broccoli Soup

Makes 8 servings Ingredients 2 lb broccoli, separated into stems and florets, stems peeled 1/4 cup olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 leek, white and light green parts, chopped 1 celery stalk, chopped 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 6 cups vegetable stock or chicken broth 1/2 cup heavy cream, […]

Soups and Stews

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Makes 8 servings More “exotic” varieties of mushrooms, such as cremini and oyster, work well in this soup, as do regular white mushrooms. Use a combination or a single variety, depending on your taste and what’s available. You may also opt to season the soup with a touch of sherry […]

Soups and Stews

Cream Of Tomato Soup

Makes 8 servings Ingredients 2 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 quart vegetable stock One 28-oz can plum tomatoes 1 cup heavy cream Kosher salt, as needed Ground white pepper, as needed Basil chiffonade, as needed Directions Heat the oil in a […]

Sandwiches

Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur (Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich) Makes 8 servings Béchamel Sauce Ingredients 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 4 cups whole milk Directions Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat and whisk in flour. Cook flour until raw smell is gone, about 2 minutes. Whisk in […]

Main Dishes, Soups and Stews

Diabetes-Friendly Cuban-Style Black Bean Soup

Makes 6 servings We love the added flavor from the spices, sun-dried tomato, and sherry vinegar in this diabetes-friendly black bean soup. Garnish it with some mixed grains and wilted spinach and it becomes addictive. Ingredients 12 ounces dried black beans 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 sachet d’épices (2 […]

Main Dishes

Eggplant Caponata Stuffed Shells

Makes 4 to 6 servings This vegan pasta dish is creamy comfort food at its very best. Make all of the components ahead of time, or even assemble the dish a few days before you’re ready to serve it for an ultra-convenient weeknight meal. Serve it alongside prepared marinara sauce, […]

Chef's Notes Plus

Election Day Fried Chicken

As far as we know, Election Day fried chicken is not a tradition, though maybe it should be? If, like the rest of the country, your nerves are a little shot after this election cycle (give it a rest, 2020!), Election Day Buttermilk Fried Chicken might be the thing for […]

Breakfast and Brunch, Side Dishes

Garlic Cheese Grits

Makes 8 servings These grits get a great garlic flavor from just a little bit of garlic and they are jam-packed with cheese and butter, just the way they should be. The Tabasco and the cayenne give them a little kick. You may opt to leave out the eggs and […]

Sandwiches

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Makes 5 servings   These are your basic grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, but as far as we’re concerned, they’re just a starting point for your foodie-creativity. Though, yes, these are perfect as is, especially beside some Cream of Tomato Soup, experiment with different breads, cheeses, meats, and even toppings. […]