Classic Shrimp Scampi

Scampi is one of those confusing words that in America may refer to large shrimp or to a method of cooking different kinds of meat. When people hear the word “scampi,” they are probably thinking of shrimp scampi, but there are also versions of scampi made with pork, chicken or scallops. All of them feature…
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Michelle’s Coconut-Walnut Coffee Cake

For the morning coffee at church one Sunday, Michelle served this delicious coffee cake. I asked for permission to publish the recipe on my blog, and she was kind enough to email me her recipe for Coconut-Walnut Coffee Cake. She introduced it with a brief explanation. “When I do coffee at church I like to…
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Mediterranean Pork Pot Roast

I like pot roasts for a number of reasons. First, everything cooks in one pot, so cleanup is easier. Second, cooking a roast on top of the range doesn’t heat up the house as much as roasting it in the oven, which is very important in the summer if you live in a house without…
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Rustic Oatmeal Bread

I first made this bread while we were on vacation. I don’t remember where we were vacationing, though I am sure that it was at a resort where the fishing was good. As I review my many failings as a husband and father, I especially regret not taking our family on more vacations far away…
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Strawberry Cream Puffs

Every cook should have a disaster once in a while, if only as a reminder that no one is perfect. At least that’s what I tell myself when something goes wrong with a dish. A corollary might be that every cook needs someone to explain what caused the disaster. That pretty much sums up my…
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