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Tomato Beef

Tomato beef is one of those summer dishes that uses garden produce and what’s on hand. It’s a fake stir-fry: things are cooked one layer at a time, bundled into a large bowl, then mixed and served. Don’t be alarmed by the length of the recipe – it’s all chop

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Small-Batch Vanilla Cake

Sometimes you want a small cake: just enough to serve one or two friends. Make a small-batch vanilla cake! I use a 6-inch round cake pan, and the finished cake fits perfectly on a luncheon plate. This cake can be ‘dressed up’ in a lot of ways: split and layered with whipped

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Pasta with Asparagus and Mint

Pasta with asparagus and mint – is this a combination you’ve ever thought of? Here’s a nice little vegetarian supper for two. It is a quick dish, with a few tricks to enhance the flavor. The asparagus is chopped small, to cook quickly for freshest flavor. The cream is heated

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Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

There are times when you absolutely require chocolate just as soon as possible. There are also times when you need just a few cookies, not a big batch. We’ve got you covered here for both: chocolate coconut macaroons in a small batch. These delightfully shaggy macaroons are made from ordinary pantry ingredients:

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Beef and Broccoli for 2

Stir-fried beef is infinitely variable. This version, beef and broccoli for 2, adds green onions and a savory sauce that’s reminiscent of Mongolian Beef, and being a small batch, cooks quickly. Good knife work is critical: the beef should be sliced very thinly, and in bite-sized portions. Sirloin steak is

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Green Bean Casserole for two

I know that many people think that cream and mushroom soup, and fried onions from a can, make a great casserole. And maybe they’re right, but it’s not the right size for a serves two feast! I adapted this from Alton Brown and from Smitten Kitchen, to whom I am

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Roast Beef Tenderloin for 2

The tenderloin (fillet of beef) is the tenderest part of the beef. It can be costly – but it’s a dream to cook, and there is almost no waste. It’s actually quite easy to cook! Look for a center-cut Chateaubriand trimmed of fat and silver skin, which may require a

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Oyako Donburi

Challenged to use eggs in a dish that will showcase them, and especially benefit from the use of Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs, which are pasteurized, I immediately thought of oyako donburi. This is Japanese comfort food in a bowl. Donburi means, quite literally, ‘bowl’ – and in Japanese food, it

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I’m Maurita Plouff, and I write about cooking and preserving the local harvest in Southeast Michigan. Any recipe you find here is something I have cooked myself, and enjoyed, and think you might like too. I invite you to try the recipes, and leave comments.

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