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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.

Simple, moist and easy chocolate muffins

Simple, moist and easy chocolate muffins

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com There are times (yes, even me) that you simply crave chocolate. But I would rather eat chocolate not for pleasure’s sake, but as a utilitarian. What I mean is if I am going to enjoy my chocolate fix, it is going to serve a purpose as well as satisfying my sweet […]

Peaches and cream: What more do you need?

Peaches and cream: What more do you need?

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com One word for this peaches and cream dessert: AMAZING! Nonstick cooking spray 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 1 teaspoon almond extract 2 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 large peaches, peeled, pitted and diced small Cheesecake Middle: 1 cup cream cheese, softened […]

A Yankee Chef's take on Carolina dipped chicken

A Yankee Chef’s take on Carolina dipped chicken

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Boy, I thought we Mainers had a contentious chowder debate with New York, but it is nothing compared to North and South Carolina when it comes to dipped, fried chicken. Seems though every single region of the Carolinas is feverishly devout to what they think is the correct way of making […]

Bran: The muffin boost you didn't know you needed

Bran: The muffin boost you didn’t know you needed

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Who could use a little more bran in their diet? This is a great way to add it without even realizing it! Bran usually has little to no flavor, so giving it a boost of banana is just what your taste buds will appreciate. Notice the only fat in this recipe […]

Take a leaf out of Maine Maple Sunday's recipe book

Take a leaf out of Maine Maple Sunday’s recipe book

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com We just had our annual Maine Maple Sunday ordeal and as usual, everyone came out with their children in droves. I was invited by Eureka Farms to come up with a way to make maple syrup stretch the budget, because as we all know the price of real maple syrup is […]

Take canned cinnamon rolls to a new level

Take canned cinnamon rolls to a new level

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com I don’t often use refrigerated cinnamon rolls, but one day my son grabbed a can and asked me for them until I caved. But I wanted to do something a little different and here is the result. This breakfast came out fantastic and I think you are going to love the […]

Another day, another blintz to sweeten up your week

Another day, another blintz to sweeten up your week

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Sticking with blueberries and the “blintz theme” from last week’s column, I want to offer such a delicious recipe that it should be enjoyed no matter the weather. After the first glance, don’t get overwhelmed by the lengthy ingredients list. I made these just last week for my kids and they […]

Blintze cake blends fruit, ricotta for tasty delight

Blintze cake blends fruit, ricotta for tasty delight

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This is much like an Italian ricotta cake but simpler and far tastier with the addition of strawberries and with the entire dessert swimming in sweet blueberry sauce. Might as well start baking before the sun shines bright!   4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted 1 1/3 cup flour 3/4 cup […]

Fun twist on a Mexican classic that'll have picky eaters asking for more

Fun twist on a Mexican classic that’ll have picky eaters asking for more

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com There was no way I was able to get any of my children to eat refried beans, even though I could sit down and be satisfied with a can or two alone. So I took their favorite food, cheeseburgers, and it wasn’t long before I had them eating refried beans without […]

Zest up your Italian macaroons

Zest up your Italian macaroons

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com These cookies will look burnt or too brown for you but once you take a bite of these sticky sweet mounds of orange sweetness, you will be going back for more. These are the most flavorful of all orange-based macaroons. You can cook them no more than 5 minutes; less time […]

Chocolate Crepes as easy as un, deux, trois

Chocolate Crepes as easy as un, deux, trois

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Crepes are so easy to make, I am ultimately surprised as to why so few people avoid them. Cheap, versatile and requiring no skills at all, crepes are the perfect vehicle for fruits, whipped cream or even whatever savory item you choose to use. But I wouldn’t suggest chocolate crepes with […]

Filling a niche: Try making Italian meringue

Filling a niche: Try making Italian meringue

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Italian meringue is my favorite. French and Swiss meringues are good, but Italian meringue holds up better. It is smoother and far superior for spreading on layer cakes, piping decoratively in a parfait glass, topped with berries or fruit and enjoyed. I even use it instead of unsweetened meringue on top […]

Making the perfect pickled peaches

Making the perfect pickled peaches

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Yeah, I know: It isn’t pickling time nor am I an old fuddy-duddy “puttin’ up” for the winter. However, there are certain recipes that my ancestors including my parents used that I adore, and this happens to be one of them. 15 firm peaches (see NOTE) 3 cups sugar 1 1/4 […]

Try a fruity alternative to this cinnamon classic

Try a fruity alternative to this cinnamon classic

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This is a great alternative to cinnamon rolls, and with a ton of flavor. Try other fruits and berries in this recipe as well, such as cherries with cherry preserves, strawberries with strawberry preserves … you get the picture. 1 cup warm half and half or milk 1/2 cup sugar 1 […]

Sour milk to produce sweet results

Sour milk to produce sweet results

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com I adore using soured milk in cake recipes as well as biscuits, a little something that I have always done because my father did it, as well as my grandfather. It gives the results so much more flavor than sour cream or yogurt. Nonstick cooking spray 1 3/4 cup flour 2 […]

A new look at an Asian classic Szechuan sauce

A new look at an Asian classic Szechuan sauce

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com There are so many variations of Szechuan sauces that it is now impossible to say which is the original or classic. Some authentic restaurants tout a very spicy, thin sauce as authentic while others proclaim the sweeter, much less spicy, rendition as classic. Some even use it as a base for […]

Upgrade your cookies with 1/2 cup of Wow

Upgrade your cookies with 1/2 cup of Wow

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Of course the recipe is based on true peanut butter cookies, but so many are avoiding nuts nowadays that an alternative was needed. After tasting at least four different alternatives to peanut butter, I have found the best of the best is WowButter. It is a soy spread but you would […]

Tropical flavors melded together in a crockpot

Tropical flavors melded together in a crockpot

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com I  truly wanted to make a “Dump Cake” using your own cake mix but it just isn’t the same. So we will take the easy road like everyone else. This is really a simple and superb Dump Cake and can also easily be converted to a crockpot simply by following the […]

Sweet-tart cheesecake dip to dig into for winter

Sweet-tart cheesecake dip to dig into for winter

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com I know, I know… the last thing you want is a heavy dessert after what you went through during the holidays. However, the sensation of tart and sweet mixed together, and the fact that you can enjoy this sitting in front of a fire throughout the winter, makes this irresistible to […]

Begin 2019 on the sweetest of notes

Begin 2019 on the sweetest of notes

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com It’s never too cold for a sundae. And not just any old sundae, but a sundae where the ice cream melts and swims with a sweet sauce of scented apples and crunch nuts. This delicious treat is a great way to end 2018 and begin 2019! 2 cups diced apple 2 […]