Recipes that we make over and over, and that friends frequently request


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Thanksgiving Turkey Thanksgiving Turkey

A combination of procedures that resulted in the best turkey ever in 2012.

Tamal "En Cazuela" -- aka Cuban Tamale Pie Tamal "En Cazuela" -- aka Cuban Tamale Pie

I love pork shoulder and tamale pie so this looked like a natural.

Sweet Potatoes with Apricots and Bourbon Sweet Potatoes with Apricots and Bourbon

Terrific variation on sweet potato casseroles.  Jennifer madeit for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at our place in 2011.

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Sweet Potato Pecan Pie


Wonderful variation on plain old pecan pie from Paul Prudhomme. Sue has been making it for Thanksgiving for years; Duane wouldn't have it any other way.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Excellent version of carbonara--best I've tried yet.  I've tried it with pancetta and bacon and it's better with pancetta.  Use lots of FRESHLY ground black pepper.  It's important to get both parmigiano and pecorino cheese because they're distinctly different.

Scalloped Potatoes with Three Cheeses Scalloped Potatoes with Three Cheeses


This is one of our family favorites for any occasion when "special" potatoes are necessary. Great flavor.

Root Vegetable Gratin with Gruyere Root Vegetable Gratin with Gruyere


I made this for Christmas 2007 to use a new Emile Henry casserole I had given to Sue for Christmas. The recipe came right out of the Williams-Sonoma catalogue and worked perfectly with that casserole. It's really good.

Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes


This is an unusual side dish that's flavorful, unusual and goes well with grilled meat.

Roasted Smashed Potatoes Roasted Smashed Potatoes

This version, by Christopher Kimball and printed in the Costco Connection, is nice because you don't fry the potatoes.  The chopped fresh thyme give them terrific flavor.

Roasted Chicken (Special Chicken) Roasted Chicken (Special Chicken)


We got this one out of Piret's cookbook and made it for Sunday dinner many times. Jennifer loved it and called it "Special Chicken".

Prime Rib Prime Rib


My friend Gordon McRae perfected this cooking method, which works every time. You should use a constant-read thermometer, the type where the readout stays outside the oven, so you can watch the temperature rise. Keep in mind that your prime rib will cook in about two hours, REGARDLESS OF ITS WEIGHT.

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