Peach Barbecue Sauce (4 of 7)

Peach Barbecue Sauce

The text message I got read “Come over for magazine Sunday.” I know what that means. My neighbors will have gathered at their picnic table with some coffee, various snacks, and a stack of magazines. There will be copies of the New Yorker, someone doing a NYTimes crossword, a few random issues of something like…

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Honey Mustard Sauce (5 of 6)

Honey Mustard Sauce

The small town I grew up in had a few townie restaurants – one a breakfast and lunch joint and one a pizza place. The pizza place was where sports teams had team dinners, where there were birthday parties, pretty much any low key celebration could be done at this place. And this place was…

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Mustard and Lemon Roasted Chicken (8 of 8)

Mustard and Lemon Roasted Chicken

If you were to take a look around my fridge on any given day you would probably be surprised by the number of condiments that occupy the shelves. There are a few half finished jars of jam, horseradish, chutneys, bits of vinaigrette that haven’t quite been used up yet, and an assortment of odds and…

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Salad Dressing

Remember the “The Mirror Has Two Faces” with Barbara Streisand and a young-but-adorably-awkward Jeff Bridges? There’s a scene where they’re on their first date and the waiter brings salad and Barbara asks for extra dressing. “I don’t particularly like salad” she says, “I just like the extra dressing.” That’s often how I feel about salad…

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Braised Sausage and Cabbage

Let’s get something straight about winter eating: I am not a fan of braising. Many people wax lyrical about how delicious braised food is and they can’t wait for winter so they can braise some more. I am not one of those people. So you may find yourself asking why I’m trying to sell you…

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New Orleans Slaw

Before Boston Market became the big chain that it is, my home town rotisserie chicken restaurant was a small place called … well I don’t even remember what it was called. I don’t even remember the chicken. What I do remember is what they called New Orleans Salad which was really a type of caraway-heavy,…

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Dressing

There are some foods that only get made once a year or worse yet, only once. Not the bad foods that no one wanted to eat in the first place but the good things that were made for a special occasion and then never thought of again. These mustard-dressed Brussels sprouts* were almost one of…

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Dijon Mustard

Don’t judge me too much for this admission, but Jeff and I can never finish a bottle of wine at home in an evening. Out with friends, we can of course make a bottle disappear and even out to dinner just the two of us, we can generally make our way through a bottle over…

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