Category Archives: Helen’s Bitchin’ Kitchen

The Most Wonderful Pork Roast

Well. If I do say so myself, the pork roast I made a few days ago was quite remarkable. It was a boneless pork shoulder, which I confess I had not ever cooked before, and, given that we were having … Continue reading

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falafel

What an amazing dish. I frequently order falafel when eating at a Middle Eastern restaurant but for some reason had never made them at home. Boy, is that going to change. These may move into the rotation. I went on … Continue reading

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Leftover Salmon Barefoot Contessa Style

All I can say is Yum. Yum. Yum. There are foods I really don’t like to eat as leftovers and salmon is one of them. But at $15.00 per pound for top quality wild salmon, I am not going to … Continue reading

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pita bread

As a bread maker, pita bread should be easy and it is, except I have a hard time getting it to consistently rise into pockets. Am testing many recipes but so far have not found one that produces consistent results. … Continue reading

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Braised Pork Loin

This is one of my all-time favorite recipes, adapted from Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. The meat is browned in a mixture of butter and olive oil (who can go wrong there???), seasonings are added (peppercorns, bay leaves) … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Quesadillas

It’s been a while since I made quesadillas and had a hankering for them today. For some reason, I especially love vegetarian ones, made with vegetarian refried beans, corn, and cheese. I was in a hurry today and also tired, … Continue reading

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Eggplant Kebap aka Patlican kebabi

This is such an incredible dish. Am serving it tonight to our neighbors and I hope they will enjoy it. It’s usually safe to serve when one isn’t sure about taste preferences. I first was introduced to this when my … Continue reading

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Russian Kale Soup

We’ve really gotten into meatless Mondays. It’s really become almost vegan Monday and Tuesday since there’s usually enough leftover from Monday’s dinner to take care of us on Tuesday. Of course, after this past weekend with family in for the … Continue reading

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Twice-Baked Potatoes yummy yummy yummy

I love twice-baked potatoes. If you are careful with what you put in these little jewels, it can actually be fairly nutritious. This is an easy dish to make, especially if you have the baked potatoes on hand. This is … Continue reading

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The oven is your new best friend

It’s been an interesting fall and start to winter. Lots of travel and much going on. Interesting new foods and ways of looking at food and meals. Different cultures are so interesting. We got to celebrate Christmas with our son-in-law’s … Continue reading

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