Deborah Madison is coming

Jan 31, 10 Deborah Madison is coming

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Deborah Madison, former chef at the Greens restaurant in San Francisco, and author of What We Eat When We Eat Alone* and the award winning Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, is coming to give a talk in the Cuyahoga Valley.*When I’m alone, my perfect meal is a grilled steak and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.**She also...

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Orange and Olive Salad with Herbes De Provence

Jan 28, 10 Orange and Olive Salad with Herbes De Provence

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You have probably noticed a lot of citrus in my recent recipes. That’s because it is citrus season. Every week in January, my local supermarket has oranges on sale. They are tasting great; juicy and sweet. This is a recipe I picked up from Mark Bittman last year. It turns oranges into a fancy side dish for dinner. Combining...

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What my rotisserie wants to be when it grows up…

Jan 26, 10 What my rotisserie wants to be when it grows up…

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This is what my grill wants to be when it grows up, and is old enough for a driver’s license: I’m going to have to try the drip pan caramelized onions. That’s genius.*And, darn it, now I’m hungry for some rotisserie chicken. Time to fire up the grill. They also lead this video from the Wall Street Journal...

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My Big Television Adventure

Jan 25, 10 My Big Television Adventure

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Or, as Jeff at work put it: “Paging Andy Warhol…your fifteen minutes are starting…” I now have video of my appearances on WKYC Channel 3 News Today. First up: a profile of me and my blog, and some shots of my White Chicken Chili from Wednesday the 20th:Recipe from WKYC: Ch.3 News Today: Dad cooks dinner...

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Pork Chop Saute with Orange Mustard Sauce

Jan 21, 10 Pork Chop Saute with Orange Mustard Sauce

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Let’s put the saute with pan sauce technique to use again. Different meat, different sauce…but it’s really the same thing, behind the curtain. *This was the second recipe I thought of when All-Clad asked me to test their d5 pan. I’ve complained before about how boring boneless pork loin can be. This recipe takes...

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Chicken Breast Saute with Marsala Sauce

Jan 19, 10 Chicken Breast Saute with Marsala Sauce

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Let’s put the Saute with Pan Sauce technique to work. This recipe is inspired by, of all things, Macaroni Grill. It’s one of our regular stops for lunches at work, particularly if we have picky eaters in the crowd. It’s a safe choice – who doesn’t like pasta? And, for a chain restaurant,...

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Basic Technique: Saute with Pan Sauce

Jan 18, 10 Basic Technique: Saute with Pan Sauce

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Saute is derived from the French word “To Jump”. In cooking, it means: Using a small amount of oil in a hot pan to cook thin, tender ingredients by giving them a good sear on the outside. The saute technique is one of the core techniques in cooking, and is used for both meat and vegetables. Most recipes saute at...

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DadCooksDinner: As Seen On TV

Jan 17, 10 DadCooksDinner: As Seen On TV

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Image from Wikimedia Commons [Update 1/25/09 – I was on TV, and I’ve got the video here: My Big Television Adventure]Loyal readers, set your Tivos on stun*.  I’m going to be on the WKYC Channel 3 News @ Sunrise show next Wednesday, January 20th, some time between 5AM and 7AM!*I don’t expect you to...

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Rotisserie Leg of Lamb Provencal

Jan 14, 10 Rotisserie Leg of Lamb Provencal

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This week I’m sharing recipes inspired by my trip to the winter farmer’s market in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I had a pleasant surprise at the market: locally grown lamb from the Great American Lamb Company. I bought a 5 pound bone in lamb leg. Then came the fun part: when I got it home, I had to...

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Roasted New Potatoes

Jan 12, 10 Roasted New Potatoes

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This week I’m sharing recipes inspired by my trip to the winter farmer’s market in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. When I’m cooking a roast, and I want an easy side dish, roasted new potatoes are what I make. This recipe can be explained in one sentence: Put the potatoes in a baking dish, toss with oil, salt...

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Winter Farmer’s Market in the Cuyahoga Valley

Jan 11, 10 Winter Farmer’s Market in the Cuyahoga Valley

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Would you like to give your cooking a mid-winter shot of inspiration?  Find your local winter farmer’s market. My CSA from Crown Point doesn’t run during the winter.  I needed a fix of locally grown produce and locally raised meat.  The Cuyahoga Valley Conservancy, the organization behind the Howe Road farmer’s...

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DadCooksDinner and Pam Anderson back in 2002

Jan 10, 10 DadCooksDinner and Pam Anderson back in 2002

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I found this picture while going through my photo library, looking for the right pictures for my weight lost post last week. And, while it’s not a good picture of my weight loss, it is a good weight loss picture. This is me and Pam Anderson at a cooking class she was giving at the Western Reserve School of Cooking in 2002:...

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Jan 07, 10 Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Mexican Hot Chocolate is my favorite drink on a cold winter’s day.*Non-alcoholic division. Mexican chocolate has a hint of cinnamon and spice in it. It makes a better cup of hot chocolate than the one I grew up with.*Swiss Miss powder, with the tiny “marshmallows” in it. Our kids love it. They’ve been...

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Rules for Losing Weight

Jan 05, 10 Rules for Losing Weight

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Weighing in, 12/30/2009. Darn! I gained a pound over Christmas! Here are my rules for healthy eating and sane weight loss.*See yesterday’s DadCooksDinner Loses Weight post for an overview of how I got to these rules… 1. Eat a variety of foods. (The Marion Nestle, “Eat a variety of foods within and among...

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DadCooksDinner Loses Weight … Then Gains Some Back

Jan 04, 10 DadCooksDinner Loses Weight … Then Gains Some Back

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2001 and 260 lbs, 2002 and 180 lbs, 2009 and 225 lbs Growing up, I was always a skinny kid. In my twenties, that changed. I injured my knee playing basketball, which caused me to cut back on my activities. After I graduated from college, I started my first job behind a desk. My weight started to creep up. And up. And up. At my...

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New Address: DadCooksDinner.com

You’ve probably noticed the recent design changes I’ve made to DadCooksDinner.  If you haven’t yet, try out the options on my menu bar at the top of the page, including a Google search of this site. Here’s another change – I now have my own address, DadCooksDinner.com! If you are linking directly...

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Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 10 Happy New Year!

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Here are my resolutions for 2010: Try something new:The most fun I’ve had over the last year has been trying out new things: Rotisserie recipes (like Rack of Pork and Beef Tenderloin) Pickling last summer’s bounty Entering the Taste of Akron steak cook-off Oh, yeah, and writing a blog. What I love about food is that...

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