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Bulgarian Cast Iron Chicken with Bacon and Sauerkraut

  “I’M TRYING TO WORK HERE!”  Suzen was vociferous. “I was just trying to clarify a point about you, Suzi. You are really a Queenie.” “Brian, for the last time, I am a Brooklyn girl.” “No, your parents had their home in Queens.” “I was BORN in a BROOKLYN hospital.” “Yeah, well that’s a bit…

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Cobb Salad from Patricia Wells

I am, in a word, a fan of Patricia Wells. I love her cookbooks, packed with ideas that tempt me page by page. I relish her travel books: those Food Lover’s Guides to Paris and to France have given many of us perfect journeys along the timeless streets of cities or the rural byways of…

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Salisbury Steak with Wild Mushroom Gravy

“Salisbury” is one of those vague familiar words. You’ve heard it before, but no image may jump about in your brain. Just to remind you, Salisbury Plain in England is where Stonehenge is located. Salisbury Steak is something that has a less distinguished aura. James Villas, author of From the Ground Up, describes Salisbury Steak…

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Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos

“Would you?” I began. “No.” “But, …” “No.” “You see,” I tried. “No,” she cut me off. “CAN I JUST FINISH A SENTENCE, PLEASE!” “Of course,” said Miss Demur. “It’s my birthday and I want this dish.” “Your birthday,” her voice was raised, “is in March. This is July.” “Well, Suzen, that means that I…

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