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Jim Bailey is a third generation Yankee Chef, New England food historian and newspaper columnist. His first cookbook, simply titled The Yankee Chef, has been published. He welcomes all feedback, questions or comments at theyankeechef@aol.com.

Embellish your Brussels sprouts with an Italian accent

Embellish your Brussels sprouts with an Italian accent

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Amaro a Dolce simply means bitter to sweet in Italian. These Brussels sprouts are absolutely the perfect accompaniment to any turkey, pork or prime rib you will be having on the table this holiday season. Truly, this dish makes for a beautifully arranged taste of New England with Italian accents. 1 […]

How to use that last can of pumpkin

How to use that last can of pumpkin

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Here is a pastry you won’t soon forget. With four flavors that are quintessential Yankee, they are super easy to make, yet uniquely in a class all their own. One taste of these sweet swirls, and you will forever forget about cinnamon rolls for breakfast. 1 cup flour, plus more for […]

Another way to keep the doctor at bay: Apple Charlotte

Another way to keep the doctor at bay: Apple Charlotte

Iwanted to open this weeks recipe with my newest cookbook, titled The Sweet Fight. It is special in so many ways that I will only mention two. I believe it is the best cookbook using fruits and vegetables on the market today. It also shows various ways to use fruits and veggies in order to […]

In case you didn't get your fill of pumpkin last week

In case you didn’t get your fill of pumpkin last week

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Not quite a pie and yet, its not quite a custard either. This deliciously moist dessert is light, airy and bursting with that warm, ‘cuddly’ taste. There is just something about the smell of pumpkin cooking that instantly puts a smile on your face. 4 mini pumpkins 1/4 cup plus 1 […]

Add a decorative, flavorful dish to your holiday feast

Add a decorative, flavorful dish to your holiday feast

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com With the holidays quickly approaching, it seems odd that summer and fall are almost behind us. These puddings will make the perfect side dish for your big ol’ turkey this year and these mini pumpkins are ready now in stores and orchards and road-side stands everywhere. 6 mini pumpkins (about 8 […]

Blend sweet,savory to perfection with this chicken dish

Blend sweet,savory to perfection with this chicken dish

The Sweet Fight: I would love to begin this recipe with a promo for my third cookbook,  titled “The Sweet Fight.” You can find it on Amazon and its digital Kindle community. Having recently begun to understand how the Kindle app works, I urge you to grab the Kindle version for $2.99. This cookbook is […]

Pack your child's lunch with homemade fig Newtons

Pack your child’s lunch with homemade fig Newtons

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com These remarkable sugar cookie fig Newtons are a little crispier than what you are used to in stores but none-the-less deliciously exact in flavor. If you want a fluffier cookie, add 1 teaspoon baking soda to cookie. What is nice about this recipe is that not only can you use any […]

Embrace the fall with a hearty ragout

Embrace the fall with a hearty ragout

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com The fall is the perfect time of year for a ragout of this caliber! Ragouts are usually heavily spiced and is usually considered a stew but I took this one step further, transforming this into a substantial meal with just the right amount of spice. 2 links sweet or hot Italian […]

Grab the last bits of summer with a pineapple cream pie

Grab the last bits of summer with a pineapple cream pie

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com We have all heard of the classic coconut cream pie; but what’s to stop you from adding some extra sweetness? With the addition of pineapple you get a tasty twist on this old classic! One 9-inch prebaked pie crust 1/2 fresh pineapple 2 cups coconut milk 1/2 cup shredded coconut 1/4 […]

A classic Maine bread with a Yankee flair

A classic Maine bread with a Yankee flair

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Maine Black Bread: It’s simple and sweet but without being too sweet. It’s reminiscent of Russian black bread, but with a Yankee flair. 1 1/2 cups very hot water, divided 1/4 cup cornmeal 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, room temperature 1/4 cup molasses 1 teaspoon salt One(1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast […]

A cooking paradox: Use spice to fight the heat

A cooking paradox: Use spice to fight the heat

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com It’s the spiciness of Mongolian lamb that helps keep the shepherds from overheating in the summertime. Honestly! Those wanderers in Eastern Asia of old knew how to cook with spices. … hot spices, that is. And they knew that the spicier the dish, the cooler they were working in the hot […]

Put a Yankee twist on a taste of Asia

Put a Yankee twist on a taste of Asia

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com One of my favorite Asian dishes has got to be tangerine beef; but I wanted something with more flavor and tang. Here is the best Yanked recipe with tangerine beef in mind, but with a tweak. 1/2 cup cornmeal 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 cup rice vinegar […]

Experience a Danish that needs no introduction

Experience a Danish that needs no introduction

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Pineapple peach danish: need I say more? So, on to the recipe. 1 cup warm coconut water 2 tablespoons sugar 1 envelope dry yeast 2 cups flour 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained very well 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 peaches 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon […]

Mix it up: Make a salad you can call 'hearty'

Mix it up: Make a salad you can call ‘hearty’

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This is one of those “salads” that tastes and satisfies as a hearty side dish. Wonderful flavor, filling without feeling guilty and perfectly suited for all times of year. Just a hint of protein is all this recipe needs to accomplish all this and more. 1 small butternut squash (about a […]

End your summer with a colorful plate

End your summer with a colorful plate

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This dish is gorgeous blend of colorful cabbage, carrots and squash and mixed into the tastiest blend of flavors you can add to coleslaw. It’s a must serve at that final get together of the summer. 1 (16-ounce) package shredded coleslaw mix 1/2 small butternut squash (about a pound) 1/2 cup […]

Nostalgia is rich in this Indian Pudding

Nostalgia is rich in this Indian Pudding

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com The original Hasty Pudding, or Indian Pudding, is probably the very first dessert ever made on New England shores by our European ancestors. Don’t listen to other so-called culinary historians when they note that Indian Pudding should be baked in order to be classic. This is entirely untrue! This New England […]

Life's simple pleasures: ribs

Life’s simple pleasures: ribs

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Want ribs? Want a simple preparation? This is your recipe. What a great flavor and you most likely have everything in your fridge or pantry already. Get to grillin’!   1/2 cup ketchup 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon Dijon-style or regular mustard […]

Grill your cake -- and strawberries, too

Grill your cake — and strawberries, too

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Want something a little out of the ordinary? This communal summertime dessert is perfect as is or have some classic vanilla bean ice cream for your friends and family to scoop right on top of this fantastic dessert. 1 pound strawberries, hulled 1 recipe Lemonade Stand Pound cake* 3/4 cup blueberry […]

Bake cake version of classic summer lemonade

Bake cake version of classic summer lemonade

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com I have been experimenting and trying various combinations to get a pound cake to taste just like lemonade for quite some time now. However, while I was successful in producing a beautifully flavored cake that truly does taste like lemonade; I was unable to reduce the sugar content. So moderation is […]

Classic slow-cooked BBQ taste, in half the time

Classic slow-cooked BBQ taste, in half the time

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Nothing fancy, but this is crazy tasty! You won’t need to use a slow cooker to wait for something this good. By softening the spices in this pulled chicken recipe and relying on the great taste of White Barbecue Sauce, you will be pleasantly surprised that you won’t miss classic barbecue at […]