Potato and Leek Casserole

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When I went to the local farmer’s market, they had some lovely leeks and beets available. I bought both. I made pickled beets with the beets, and then struggled with what to do with the leeks. Usually, I make a Quiche, but I really didn’t like the idea of turning my oven on twice, once to pre-bake the shell, and then to bake the Quiche itself. Now that I have my mandoline, I have had so much fun, and I thought to combine potatoes and leeks together in a casserole.

I also had a lovely pork loin in my refrigerator, and leeks and pork go together so nicely. A bottle of white wine was waiting to make it a perfect meal.

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French Cuban Sandwiches

French Cuban Sandwiches

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When I first came to work in Glendale, California, I was introduced to two things I came to love, Porto’s Bakery, and their Cuban sandwiches.

What is a Cuban sandwich you may ask. Well, a Cuban sandwich has roast pork, ham, cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban bread, which is similar to a submarine bread, but it is pressed in something similar to a Panini press without the ridges. If you have never had one, please find a Cuban bakery or sandwich shop and get one. You, too, will fall in love.

My mother used to make Monte Cristo sandwiches when I was particularly well-behaved, or turned in a really good report card. Monte Cristo’s are an older kind of sandwich, basically a ham and cheese sandwich that has been dipped in an egg wash, pan grilled and is served with currant jelly. They can be on any kind of bread, and very good.

When ever I have left over pork roast, I always try to make Cuban sandwiches. But, this time when I had left over pork, I had sour dough bread, which I also love. I decided to combine the two, and have a French Cuban Sandwich.

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Stuffed Dinner – Stuffed Mushrooms and Baby Red Peppers

Recipes in this PostMushrooms and Peppers Stuffed Waiting to Be Steamed

Wonderful Vegetables

I love living in Glendale, and having all these small fresh vegetable grocery stores. Today, I happened to go to two different stores, and one had giant mushrooms, and the other, Edna’s had small, heart shaped red peppers. Both were just the size for stuffing. Continue reading

Scrambled Burger Quiche

Recipes in this postScramble Burger Quiche

Many years ago, we used to go to a restaurant that had something called Scrambled Burgers. I loved them, being a mixture of ground beef, spinach, onion and cheese. I thought that combination would make a wonderful quiche. Continue reading

Chicken Rubens with Saffron Rice

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Chicken Rubens and Saffron Rice at the table

A very long time ago, I lived with the chef at the Hollywood location of Gorky’s Russian Cafe. My roommate also happened to be Ukrainian, maybe that was why they hired him. He used to make a dish with pastrami, swiss cheese and Russian dressing. I have asked him how to make it, and he says he doesn’t remember.
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