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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.

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 […]

Great off the grill: Asian pear with mascarpone

Great off the grill: Asian pear with mascarpone

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com If you have never tried an Asian pear, you are in for a treat. Although more expensive than either apples or pears, this delicious fruit is a combination of both flavors. Here is a recipe that involves the same taste but with a Yankee touch. Beautifully accented with cinnamon flavor and […]

Stir up fried rice fit for a gluten-free lifestyle

Stir up fried rice fit for a gluten-free lifestyle

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This is a  fantastic alternative to fried rice but with celiac disease in mind. I adore this dish in the summer served all by itself. Don’t be dissuaded by the odor of cooking cauliflower. It has a less desirable enticement than rice, but is packed with flavor. 2 tablespoons olive oil […]

Dessert with a double dose of lemon to satisfy citrus cravings

Dessert with a double dose of lemon to satisfy citrus cravings

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This recipe for blueberry lemon custard pudding is just enough for two people. But if I were you, I would double it because one serving per person just isn’t going to cut it!   1/3 cup frozen blueberries, thawed 1 egg 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon lemon […]

Serve up a colorful plate of veggies with 'mother of all grains'

Serve up a colorful plate of veggies with ‘mother of all grains’

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com One of the few plants that contain all nine amino acids, quinoa (yes, it is still pronounced keenwa) is a great gluten free substitute for that usual pasta salad everyone craves during summer months. Using this “mother of all grains” with a ton of vegetables and juice is exactly what your […]

Add a touch of smoke to your chicken wing repertoire

Add a touch of smoke to your chicken wing repertoire

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com With so many ways to prepare these wings, each with their own unique quality, it can be difficult to choose. But because I am partial to the smoky flavor of outdoor grillin’, so I offer you chicken wings with a slightly blackened texture and an intense flavor and aroma that will […]

Try making Korean BBQ in your own backyard

Try making Korean BBQ in your own backyard

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Never had gochujang paste before? For the heat aficionados, this is the perfect Asian (Korean to be precise) condiment for all your grilling days! Combining the intense flavor of chili powder with the subtly sweet addition of rice vinegar and fruited preserves makes this baste great on chicken wings as well. […]

With one bowl, tour the spices of Asia

With one bowl, tour the spices of Asia

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This is a super quick and spicy Asian-style bistro bowl, with textures and flavors that will instantly put a smile on your face. You can substitute beef or chicken easily, as well as vary the vegetables. To garnish, add some more crunch with chow mein noodles sprinkled on top. 1 (8-ounce) […]

Add an extra crisp to your grilled peaches

Add an extra crisp to your grilled peaches

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Sweet, crispy, and loaded with flavor! I waiver on mentioning ice cream topping this delicious, summertime treat because. … well, I don’t know why actually. So have at it and mound some real vanilla ice cream right on top of this dessert. 2 firm peaches, halved and pitted * Nonstick cooking […]

Introduce your grill to a classic Melba

Introduce your grill to a classic Melba

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Time to fire up the grill. A classic Melba uses peaches; but nectarines are an excellent substitute due to their lack of fuzzy skin. Many authorities will have you believe that the nectarine is slightly firmer and sweeter, but this is untrue. Just be sure, when choosing either, that they have […]