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creamy potato salad

“Retro” Style Potato Salad

When I make retro or American style potato salad, I always think of my Grandmother Esther. She was a master of potato salad and was asked to bring it to every summer family event. At each gathering she would arrive in her vintage Cadillac Coupe Deville with multiple bowls, filled to the brim, covering the floorboards […]

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Classic aparagus soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

After the long cold winter, a sure sign of spring are the little pips pushing through the barren earth. And with me being a bit Dutch, tulips always put a smile on my face. While the flowers of spring bring joy to so many homeowners, chefs sing a song of delight as the first local […]

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Sloppy Joes made with root beer in a slow cooker

Crock-Pot Root Beer Sloppy Joes

The Sloppy Joe is a classic retro sandwich that graced many mid-century menus. If you grew up in the Midwest you might have called it a loose meat or tavern sandwich but regardless of the name, the Sloppy Joe has been a favorite for years. Its origin is somewhere between Sioux City, Iowa and Havana, […]

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White choclate coated grapes

Valentine’s Day White Chocolate Dipped Green Grapes

Over the years my culinary journey has been filled with roads of adventures and some interesting paths of sweetness.  One path I followed for over twenty years was being a Chocolatier and specialty baker. (You could say visions of sugar plums were always dancing in my head!)  During that period I dipped enough strawberries, orange […]

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Macaroni and cheese

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese Bungalow Style

What’s more comforting than Mac and Cheese? We all know the familiar “blue box” brand that has been around since the end of the Great Depression. In fact, some 50 million boxes were purchased during World War II because consumers could get two boxes for one food ration stamp. As a midcentury kid, my family […]

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Onion Soup

The Bungalow Chef’s French Onion Soup

New Year’s Eve is about remembering years past and looking forward to a new year filled with old and new traditions. While herring and pink Champagne may not be for everyone, they’re part of my New Year’s evening each year. However, my favorite New Year’s Eve tradition is classic French Onion Soup and it’s one […]

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Red Cabbage recipe

Grandma Esther’s Braised Red Cabbage

Everyone has a favorite “grandma” dish at the holidays and Braised Red Cabbage is one of mine. It brings back so many memories of my grandmother’s kitchen and all the Christmas family dinners held at her home. As a kid I thought Grandma Esther had the best kitchen in the world. Her Roper stove was […]

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Holiday Corn Chowder

The holidays are filled with family food traditions but I wonder how many include Corn Chowder? I should probably call it Christmas Tree Corn Chowder as my mom always made it the day of the family “hunt” for the perfect Christmas tree. Early that morning she would peel the potatoes and dice all the vegetables. […]

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Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

Best Thanksgiving Dressing

My favorite meal of the year is Thanksgiving, full of traditions, remembrances and great flavors. Some speak of turkey, or the after the meal pie, but to me it’s all about the dressing. As a small child I had a big part in this Thanksgiving treasure. My job was to pull the bakery bread apart, […]

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Holiday cranberry sauce

Cranberry Sauce with Lemon and Maple Syrup

When I was growing up, each year my family planned a vacation around history and food, two subjects I always loved. On these road trips I started collecting regional cookbooks and what every boy my age obsessed over…Matchbox Cars. As the Thanksgiving holiday nears, I anticipate the wonderful Cranberry Sauce with Lemon and Maple Syrup […]

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