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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 […]

These veggie patties a great substitute for meat

These veggie patties a great substitute for meat

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Now is the season when you’re most likely salivating over beef burgers, steaks, ribs and everything else under the sun. But if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to your favorite summer meat, look no further. This recipe is loaded with flavor and it’s filling.  If desired, top with some heated barbeque […]

Go an extra mile: Sauce your meats the way they deserve

Go an extra mile: Sauce your meats the way they deserve

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com While it may be simpler to purchase a barbecue sauce,there are recipes that make it worth the extra effort. Here is one such recipe. After years of trying to recreate my father’s (the Second Yankee Chef) BBQ sauce recipe, to no avail; I was relieved to stumble upon it! Now I […]

Summertime salmon is a feel-good, taste good healthy dish

Summertime salmon is a feel-good, taste good healthy dish

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com It is that time of year when we begin to notice last year’s summer attire (heck, even some of our winter clothes) are just a tad snug. Here is a great recipe that will make you feel just a little better about what you are eating. Delicious, crunchy and a true […]

Bacon smokey ribs are perfect for the summer table

Bacon smokey ribs are perfect for the summer table

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com If you enjoy the taste of smokey bacon with your ribs, this is the recipe for you … and whoever you want to share it with. Creating a dry rub and preparing your own bacon-barbecue sauce is the only way to go for me. But if desired, simply buy your favorite, […]

A first for everything: grilled cheese with tomato gravy

A first for everything: grilled cheese with tomato gravy

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Grilled cheese with gravy? you ask. My answer: Because why not?  Serve this lightly breaded cheese that has been grilled until the outside is crisp and the inside is melting. Serve with southern tomato gravy and this is a dish that is screaming decadence. Tomato gravy is also, classically, served on […]

Indulge in the royalty of Duchess potatoes

Indulge in the royalty of Duchess potatoes

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Golden, cheesy and with that hint of ham, this gratin is a great addition to your dinner table: the flavor of loaded potatoes, the texture of classic Duchess spuds and the look of slab pie. Did I mention it is easy as well? Using leftover mashed potatoes is also perfect in […]

Crispy fruit and nut squares a great after-school snack

Crispy fruit and nut squares a great after-school snack

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com What I adore about this recipe is the low amount of refined table sugar and the fact that any berry or orchard fruit would be perfectly acceptable. The crispy nut base is accentuated with fresh fruit, making it a great after-school snack or addition to breakfast. Nonstick cooking spray 1/2 pound […]

A twist on mozzarella caprese with proscuitto pinwheels

A twist on mozzarella caprese with proscuitto pinwheels

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This is a delicious version of the classic Italian caprese appetizer, but using another favorite of Italy, prosciutto.   1/2 pound package phyllo dough (1 roll), thawed 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, drained well and chopped 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese * 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto 1 teaspoon dried basil, […]

Tennessee pudding a peach of a dessert

Tennessee pudding a peach of a dessert

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This pudding is out of this world. It reminds me of a chocolate pudding cake — moist and decadent. It is a mixture of the New England Cobbler and a Buckle. This classic is usually prepared using a sugar syrup that is poured over the top, but I find the natural […]

Rice cauliflower for a gluten-free risotto

Rice cauliflower for a gluten-free risotto

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This cheesy no-rice risotto just so happens to be gluten free, I might add. 1 cup riced cauliflower, see NOTE 6 tablespoons milk 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoon butter or margarine 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes Salt and black pepper to taste Shredded cheddar cheese for garnish Place all […]

Corn crisps with peach salsa are a yummy snack

Corn crisps with peach salsa are a yummy snack

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Ordinarily made with almost boiling water, this southern favorite hot water corn bread is given a makeover with a touch more flavor — OK, a whole lot more flavor and texture. It is still crispy but with the addition of apple juice instead of water and some bites of actual corn, […]

This turkey and apple dish can be crafted for children

This turkey and apple dish can be crafted for children

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This is a lighter version of the classic Normandy dish, and can be geared toward children’s palates by leaving out the alcohol. I also don’t muddle the taste with mushrooms because, let’s face it, most kids will turn their nose up this fungus. And what parents will like about this recipe […]

Amazing gravy: How sweet the sound of satisfied palates

Amazing gravy: How sweet the sound of satisfied palates

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Make something healthy for you and sneak veggies in the mouth of even the most finicky of children! I have done away with the classic roux thickener here, without any loss of flavor. Perfect for beginners or those in a rush, this gravy should not take more than five minutes from […]

Indian fruit chutney proves dried fruits are for all seasons

Indian fruit chutney proves dried fruits are for all seasons

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com In case you were wondering what to do with your dried fruits leftover from the holidays, look no further. Usually I do something in the cake or pie department, but I thought I would mix it up a bit and prepare a recipe that had some bite to it. Chutney is […]

Oven roasted potato and apple dish a simple, tasty dish

Oven roasted potato and apple dish a simple, tasty dish

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com If you don’t have a mandolin for this recipe, it is easily prepared by slicing the potatoes and apple with a sharp knife as thinly as possible. If desired, cut potatoes in half and lay the flat side on a work surface to cut. Other than slicing, this recipe is simple, […]

Canadian split pea soup a warming dish on a frigid day

Canadian split pea soup a warming dish on a frigid day

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com If pancetta is too expensive, by all means try other cured hams or even boiled ham. I have used a new product from my deli called Italian Hot Ham, and the heat is absolutely perfect. And if you are wondering if there is a difference between Canadian split peas and green […]

Be traditionally southern while taking a healthier twist

Be traditionally southern while taking a healthier twist

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Jezebel Sauce is a southern condiment usually reserved for the holidays and served on baked ham or even warm, melted Brie cheese. Consider it a perfect accompaniment to this delicious take on a traditional croquette. Normally deep fried, these croquettes are almost the same thing, but without any added fat as […]