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Second Annual Barbecue Recipe Contest

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in BBQ, Salads | 0 comments

Second Annual Barbecue Recipe Contest

Memorial Day weekend is here, the unofficial start of summer.  And you know what that means – barbecue!  Time to haul out the grill if you haven’t already, clean it, check the propane or lay on some charcoal, and fire it up for another summer of great food and good times. And if that isn’t fun enough, Home Star Cuisine is announcing its 2nd Annual Barbecue Recipe Contest.Like last year, I am asking you to share your favorite barbecue recipes with us.  Whether it is for a Southern-style low-and-slow cooked ribs, a great...

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A growing trend – Community Supported Agriculture

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Food | 1 comment

A growing trend – Community Supported Agriculture

Spring has come, albeit a cool one, and we are just around the corner from the opening of local farmers markets. The farmers have been preparing the earth, enriching the soil, plowing, planting, and starting seeds to get ready for the season, and we await the delicious bounty that our local food producers will soon be bringing to market. Besides farmers markets though, there is another way to support local agriculture: through buying a share of a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. This is a way to directly invest, so to speak, in a...

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A super salad for your Easter or Passover dinner

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Salads | 0 comments

A super salad for your Easter or Passover dinner

Spring is here, at least officially, though it does seem like the snow doesn’t want to stop this year. But with Easter and Passover here it won’t be long before the weather will warm and we’ll be putting the first plants in our gardens. So to get us looking forward to those first crops from the garden I would like to share with you a recipe for a salad that will go well with an Easter ham or lamb, or a Passover meal (in that case, you just need to look for vinegar marked “Kosher for Passover”). Springtime Salad 1...

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A big game recipe you haven’t tried – Super Bowl Muffaletta

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Sandwiches | 0 comments

A big game recipe you haven’t tried – Super Bowl Muffaletta

It’s Super Bowl time again and while my beloved Patriots aren’t in the Big Game this year, that’s no reason not to have a party! New Orleans is hosting and what better city to offer culinary inspiration when planning a menu for game day. So I want to share a recipe adapted from our own local Fall River native who made it big in the Big Easy, Emeril Lagasse. The recipe is for Muffaletta, a delicious sandwich that originated in the French Quarter and that you and your guests are sure to enjoy. And don’t forget, if you...

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A melts-in-your-mouth cookie recipe for the holidays

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A melts-in-your-mouth cookie recipe for the holidays

Holiday greetings!   Since this is the season of giving, I thought I would share with you my absolute favorite cookie recipe in the whole world. These cookies are addictive. In fact, a friend of mine calls them my “crack” cookies because you’re hooked after your first bite. I got this recipe some years ago from the Boston Globe. They ran a cookie contest and printed the top two recipes from each cookie category, such as ginger cookies, bars or squares, hermits, chocolate cookies, etc. I don’t actually remember...

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Cooking demo at The Villages on Mount Hope Bay

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Salads | 0 comments

Cooking demo at The Villages on Mount Hope Bay

One of the things I love about my business is doing cooking demonstrations, particularly for seniors. Why? Typically, seniors tend to be very enthusiastic students for any number of reasons. One of those reasons is that many are on special diets or have dietary restrictions and are looking for ways to eat healthier. With these cooking demonstrations, I can show them how to not only make meals that please the palate but are also healthier.Recently, Home Star Cuisine held a cooking demonstration at The Villages on Mount Hope Bay, an over 55...

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Cooking with Tess: Italian Egg Drop Soup

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Cooking Lessons with Tess, Soups | 0 comments

Cooking with Tess: Italian Egg Drop Soup

Our last e-newsletter talked about the bi-coastal cooking lessons I would be giving my friend and goddaughter Tess, who lives in Oakland, California. Tess had her first lesson recently and here’s what we covered: Knife skills Sweating Vegetables Let’s Talk about Oil and Vinegar Recipes: Italian Egg Drop Soup  Straciatella Salad with vinaigrette As the pictures indicate, Tess learned her lessons well. But I will let her tell you how things went as she created Italian Egg Drop Soup for her husband and neighbors. Italian Egg Drop...

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Pulled-Pork with Vinegar-based and/or Root Beer BBQ Sauce recipe wins Home Star Cuisine BBQ Contest

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in BBQ | 0 comments

Pulled-Pork with Vinegar-based and/or Root Beer BBQ Sauce recipe wins Home Star Cuisine BBQ Contest

Steve Saver, of Milford, Massachusetts, took home the gold in Home Star Cuisine’s Ethnic and Family Barbecue recipe contest. His Pulled Pork with Vinegar-based and/or Root Beer BBQ sauce earned him a $25 gift certificate to Omaha Steaks. The first and second runner-ups are Richard Radovsky, of Brockton, Massachusetts, and Jonathan Richmond. Radovsky submitted a recipe that originated in the Peruvian Andes, Steak Anticuchos. Richmond entered his Man O Man Barbecued Ribs. Both will also receive a $25 gift certificate to Omaha Steaks....

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Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, ethnic and family barbecue contest

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in BBQ | 0 comments

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, ethnic and family barbecue contest

Perhaps you have a linguica kabob recipe to die for.  Or a spicy sausage stuffed mushroom side dish that neighbors always beg you for.  It’s time to share and add to your favorites.  Home Star Cuisine personal chef services, is sponsoring a “Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, ethnic and family barbecue contest” to encourage area residents to get out their grilling tools and get busy. “Summer and barbecuing brings out the best in friends and family events and fun food that enhances the gathering.  Barbecuing also...

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I’m teaching my friend Tess how to cook. Care to join us?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Cooking Lessons with Tess | 0 comments

I’m teaching my friend Tess how to cook. Care to join us?

Tess is my goddaughter and one of my dearest friends and favorite people in the whole world. I’ve known her literally since the moment she was born. Tess just got married last September (I’m proud to say her wedding day was on my birthday!) and she is very busy with her new job as an education and employment manager in a social work agency. She’s been so focused on college and graduate school and work and her new marriage that she hasn’t had time to really learn to cook. So she’s turned to me for help. I guess...

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