Chipped Ham Barbecue Sandwiches

  Chipped ham barbecue sandwiches are a Pittsburgh classic.  The key ingredient is Isaly’s chipped-chopped ham, which is cut so thin you might describe it as shaved instead of sliced.  If you don’t live in Western Pennsylvania or Eastern Ohio, chances are good that Isaly’s isn’t an option.  In that case, buy whatever smoked ham…

Pear Mimosas

When planning my Thanksgiving menu, one of the first things I do is choose a signature cocktail to serve with hors d’oeuvres.  This year, I’m turning to an old standby: Pear Mimosas.  This happens to be one of my favorite holiday libations, and I make them frequently for Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities.  It’s a refreshing…

Mississippi Pot Roast

A few years ago, Mississippi Pot Roast became all the rage.  There are thousands of recipes out there and I have tried many.  The standard components for this delectable, slow-cooked meat are a beef pot roast (duh!), a jar of pepperoncini peppers, a stick of butter, and a packet of ranch dressing mix.   Somewhere,…

Brown Butter Spiced Crispy Treats

We were invited to a get-together this past weekend at the home of one of my husband’s colleagues.  While I love to cook, I was excited at the prospect of not having to prepare any food.   Then, around 10:00 the night before, my husband informed me that this was a potluck occasion and we…

Halloween 2018

Halloween evening five years ago, I was on my way to one of my graduate school classes.  Small children clad in costumes were just beginning to emerge with their parents to participate in the annual tradition of trick-or-treating.  Seeing them brought back so many fond memories.  While Halloween as an adult is fun, nothing beats…

Buffalo Wing Humus

  When we were first married, my husband and I were living on his pitiful resident’s salary.  In order to make ends meat, he told me that I had to cut back significantly on the cost of food, going so far as to say I wasn’t even allowed to buy white wine vinegar and Dijon…

Deviled Eggs

I’m not going to lie—peeling hard boiled eggs is the most loathsome of tasks.  I’ve tried every method out there to no avail.  The conclusion has been reached that anyone who touts a “foolproof” way to peel eggs is full of shit.  With that said, deviled eggs are totally worth the misery.  In my opinion,…

Pumpkin-Walnut Biscuits with Bourbon Icing

I love both biscuits and scones.  This recipe is a cross between the two.  Without the icing, the product is slightly sweet, pairs beautifully with apple butter, and makes a fantastic vehicle for a breakfast sandwich.  However, my husband suggested it would also be delicious with frosting.  When I was growing up, my mom would…

Basic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

  It is generally accepted that kids hate Brussels sprouts.  Well, this kid doesn’t.  This kid loves them.  Especially when roasted.  It is one of my go-to side dishes for fall, winter, and early spring.  The exteriors are crispy while the interiors are soft and buttery.  Plus, you have the added bonus that it takes…

Weekend Breakfast Sandwich

At least once a weekend, I find myself making breakfast sandwiches.  The beauty is, you can make them with whatever you have on hand and tailor them to your tastes—bread, cheese, meat, condiments, extras—you choose.  It’s not a meal that has to be planned in advance.  Moreover, you can make as many as you’d like…