Chicken with Calvados and Apples
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CHICKEN WITH CALVADOS AND APPLES

My uncle had an apple orchard that I loved because I could climb the trees – apple trees being invitingly low to the ground and accessible for a small person. The apples were McIntoshes and it was hard to wait for them to be ripe enough to eat because they’re a particularly good eating apple. It was one of the pleasures of my childhood to climb a tree, pick an apple, and eat it while perched in the branches, but […]

Penne alla Vodka
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PENNE ALLA VODKA

There are plenty of ways to make this ultimate Italian comfort food, but this version is my favorite. It’s certainly the simplest! You can add grilled chicken to the recipe if you want it to be more substantial, but as written it’s the most deeply satisfying meal imaginable. My favorite time for penne alla vodka is when you’ve been traveling for a couple of days, skipping meals or eating granola bars for dinner – or worse, inhaling half the (stale) […]

Nixon Meatloaf
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NIXON’S MEATLOAF

When Jeremy and I were writing our book, we tried to include at least one good story about each of the modern presidents, but when we came to Richard Nixon the whimsical anecdotes were not so easy to find. But here’s one thing you probably didn’t know – he was a man who could appreciate a good meatloaf. Chef Henry Haller was the Executive Chef at the White House for twenty-one years and through five presidents – Johnson, Nixon Ford, […]

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ROASTED CHICKEN STUFFED WITH FIGS AND RICE

Who doesn’t love a one-dish dinner? Protein, fruit, veggies, nuts and carbs – this recipe has it all. You don’t need to wait for fresh figs to show up at the grocery to make this – just use dried figs, soak them, and drain and it’s every bit as delicious. This is perfect for a cold weekend when you don’t feel like cooking. Pop this in the oven on Friday night and you can nibble all weekend long. Ihope you […]

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Roast Turkey with Caraway Seeds

My Bohemian grandmother used caraway seed in her cooking all the time – in soft and salty rye bread, with dill in scrambled eggs, with pork loins and bread dumplings with sauerkraut – even in the Thanksgiving sage stuffing. It has a distinctive flavor that I’ve always loved, and if you haven’t tried it on your Thanksgiving turkey, this might be the year. And the gravy from the caraway-rich drippings! Don’t miss it – it’s amazing, maybe the best thing […]