Throwdown-Winning Chicken-Fried Steak

Throwdown-Winning Chicken-Fried Steak

Cowboy cooking is my weakness. Round up all those frontier favorites—big sky, crackling campfires, ponies, and men who cook—throw in some good story-telling, and I’m ravenous. Maybe it was those few months I spent in Texas that did it. Or those childhood roadtrips through the Arizona outback. But most likely my kinship with all things western came with my first… 

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Crostini with Goat Cheese, Beefsteak Tomatoes, and Red Onion

Goat Cheese Crostini

My four kids were raised to be open minded when it comes to eating. They didn’t have a choice, really; they could eat what I made, or they could decide they weren’t hungry. The upside of that child-rearing approach is that they’re pretty much willing to try anything; the downside is that they’ve become, well,… 

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Spaghetti with Arugula Pesto, Salami, and Parmigiano-Reggiano

Arugula Pesto

When my oldest son was making the case for his college of choice last spring, he told us, more than once, that it had the second-best food in the country. According to him (and I’ve never bothered to look this up, so don’t bet the farm on it), Cornell takes the top spot. His dad and… 

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