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Ham Cakes

Posted on May 15, 2019 with 0 comments

In my never-ending quest to “repurpose” the Easter Ham...

I am a big fan of cakes.

Don’t panic!  I mean savory cakes...

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Hamapalooza is a state of mind and a state of being, by which I mean...

You've got a big honkin' ham in the fridge...

And you and your family can eat only so many ham sandwiches!

Here are seven of This Old Chef's favorite ways to bring a pork-savvy sous chef to your kitchen!

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Happy Easter 2019!

Posted on April 18, 2019 with 0 comments


When I was a little boy, Easter was a major holiday for my family.

And it wasn't just the candy that magically appeared in the baskets and shiny grass nests we hid all over the house…

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Springtime Risotto

Posted on April 8, 2019 with 0 comments


I had a number of “bits” from the test kitchen.

Half an onion, half a zucchini, a few multicolored baby peppers.

And a big bag o' dill.

And I am so damned ready for spring that a primavera-y risotto seemed just the ticket...





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It's that time of year again!

You're either really Irish, or you wish you were!

So do yourself a favor, eschew the supposedly traditional corned beef, et al., and look back to The Auld Sod (or to This Auld Chef!!!) for some more authentically Irish treats!

Case in point:  fish 'n' chips may be ubiquitous in Irish pubs (and I do  love them), but nothing says "Ireland" like a perfect slab o' salmon with some crispy or creamy potatoes on the side...

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