Chinese Char Sui, an American point of view

As a  young lady, beginning  in my early 20s back in New Jersey, nearly 50 years ago, I sometimes ate meals out at Chinese restaurants with friends.  These restaurants dotted the landscape at various intersections in  small urban towns across southwestern New Jersey.  The main one Helene and I went to was in Irvington, just…

Stuffed Cabbage revisited – a Tangy Sauerkraut-Tomato Sauce

I love experimenting with different versions of recipes–and stuffed cabbage offers many alternatives, especially with the internet input. I even found a Kosher site which presented unique points of view, such as adding additional cabbage in the form of sauerkraut in the sauce!  What a surprise when I saw the Yamaka-wearing man toss half a…

American Goulash: My Version of a Hamburger Classic

I’m a fan of ground beef.  I like it simply prepared as a hamburger, or added in stir fries, mixed in casseroles, and added to  so many main dishes. Hamburger meat often comes to the table with assorted ingredients  like tomatoes, onion, celery, beans, cheese, plus many vegetable choices. Sauces too are a popular ingredient…

No Question, an Easy (and Quick) Pork Shoulder Recipe

I’ve always liked Chinese food, possibility because of its saltiness, with ingredients such as Hoisin, soy and oyster-flavored sauce. When my husband and I go out for Chinese food we often, as an appetizer, share an order of barbecue spare ribs. Some restaurants offer meaty ones, other times their selection  seems “painted” with red food…

Glazed, Pan-roasted, and Marinated Chicken with Lemon

  Since childhood, chicken has been a tasty specialty for me, cooked in all its glory, many different ways. Along with my siblings and I, we ate chicken fried and roasted, and other ways too such as chicken a-la-king, a great way to use up leftover chicken.  Our  housekeeper, who worked for us from the…

Red Potatoes, Peppers and Chicken

From Nourished: A Memoir of Cooking and the Arts, by Marilyn Raff Cook and Prep. Time: 75 minutes      /       Serves 4-6 6 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on 2 Tbsp olive oil 3 garlic cloves, pressed 1 small onion, chopped or 5 scallions, chopped 1 carrot, sliced thin 1 small red pepper,…