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Potatoes + chocolate = classic Maine Needhams

Potatoes + chocolate = classic Maine Needhams

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com One average sized white potato should do the trick for this delightfully sweet Maine original. It’s one of those sweet treats whose sugary nature is slightly masked by the addition of potatoes, but without losing its allure. The origin of Needhams? Do I really need to tell you what the children said […]

Irish apple bread pudding pie

Irish apple bread pudding pie

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This bread pudding is anything but typical. It is beautifully sweetened, less dense and gummy than many other equivalent puddings and the sweet, caramelized crust that forms makes you want to just pick it off first then eat the middle later. Use whatever muffin you desire, I just happened to adore […]

Ring in St. Patty's with corned beef

Ring in St. Patty’s with corned beef

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Such a simple, yet flavorful, corned beef dish that you don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy it. There’s just something about the flavor of apple and corned beef that truly belong together. 3-4 pound corned beef brisket 1 quart water 1 quart apple juice or cider 1 […]

Be an artist, with chicken as your canvas

Be an artist, with chicken as your canvas

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com A deliciously simple dinner that is perfectly spiced and quite open to interpretation. As seen below, liven it up with your choice of vegetables; use orange segments, pear slices or even a firm peach or two. Try pineapple juice or any one of a number of fruit/vegetable blends that are so […]

Try a comforting savory pork stew

Try a comforting savory pork stew

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com So thick you can actually eat this winter time bowl of goodness with a fork. White potatoes or even that leftover pie pumpkin works easily here as well as sweet potatoes. I don’t pretend this is a gourmet meal, nor do I tout this simple recipe as something that will garner […]

Strawberry streusel cake a great way to start the morning

Strawberry streusel cake a great way to start the morning

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This strawberry streusel is a delicious way to start your day. A coffee cake truly, use whatever fruit or berries you desire. It bakes high, tastes great and is the best when eaten right from the oven. Nonstick cooking spray 1 cup chopped, fresh strawberries 1 1/3 cups strawberry all fruit, […]

Smother your palate with tradition and flavor

Smother your palate with tradition and flavor

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Well worth your patience and time, the preparation of true Smothered Beef and Onions results in fall-apart tender beef and the great taste of seasoned onions with beef gravy blanketing the entire dish. In the classic preparation, you can use any type of stew beef because you simmer the meat until […]

A crispy gnocchi perfect with a salad, a glass of wine

A crispy gnocchi perfect with a salad, a glass of wine

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Gnocchi alla Romana is a completely different type of gnocchi than the one you may be used to, but this is gnocchi none-the-less. I think you will find this change of Italian pace, refreshing, simple and very flavorful. A great addition to antipasto salad and a glass of vino. Vegetable oil […]

A pandowdy to fill and satisfy on a winter's eve

A pandowdy to fill and satisfy on a winter’s eve

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com A little bit of the famous “cut-in” crust of a New England Pandowdy, but with the substantial heartiness of a cobbler topping makes this a filling meal. Quick, simple and with loads of flavor, this dish reminds me of a Minnesotan Hot Pot. Quick Biscuit Topping, recipe below 2 tablespoons butter […]

Doughnuts with citrus: spice and everything nice

Doughnuts with citrus: spice and everything nice

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com A hint of citrus, a mouthful of pumpkin and a doughnut you can feel good about. These baked doughnuts hold up just as well as deep-fried doughnuts and are an outstanding example of how every little bit of consciousness when easing our fat consumption can be remarkably tasty. You will be […]

A pie worth breaking your New Year's resolutions

A pie worth breaking your New Year’s resolutions

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Reminiscent of pecan pie, this recipe is far and away better flavored and filled with chocolate. One look at the crispy, toasted, and decadent topping that literally crackles as you cut it, it will soon become a household favorite. There really isn’t anything one can do about the sweetness of this […]

An eggless and butterless cake? It's a date

An eggless and butterless cake? It’s a date

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Although there are very few dates that can live up to Medjool’s reputation, using the cheaper, bagged variety is perfect for this recipe. Not only will it allow you to taste the orange-flavored tea, but you will find this a perfect recipe for your collection. Enjoy! 1 cup boiling orange pekoe […]

Anadam Fantans: Fit for your feast and your cookie jar

Anadam Fantans: Fit for your feast and your cookie jar

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Simple to make and simply the best way to savor the old New England flavor of original Anadama. Grace your table with these little gems, but they are perfect to keep around for that sweet tooth. 3/4 cup warm milk 1/2 cup molasses 1 (.25-ounce)envelope active dry yeast 6 tablespoons butter […]

Boozy cannolis to ring in the New Year

Boozy cannolis to ring in the New Year

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com These intensely flavored cannolis are not only satisfying for cold weather nights, but they’re especially pleasing to share with family and friends. If you desire to leave out any liqueur (in the way of Calvados seen below), simply boil 1/2 cup apple cider or juice until it reduces to 1/4-cup. Cool […]

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 […]