Crouton’s Mothers’ Day Shrimp & Kielbasa Boil
For Mothers’ Day, I decided to try my hand at a low country shrimp & sausage boil. It sounded like a lot of fun to make, and who doesn’t love a shrimp boil? I based my attempt on a recipe…
Crouton’s Dutch Oven Pot Roast
Total time, including prep? About 4 1/2 hours. And Donna loved her Valentine's Day dinner!
Crouton’s Easy Split Pea Soup
Relatively easy, that is! You can prepare it in the morning or early afternoon, then reheat and serve for dinner. Actual kitchen prep time is about half an hour; cooking time is about four hours. Notes There is no need…
Crouton’s Oven-Cooked Brisket
This Thanksgiving, I cooked our brisket in the oven. It was melt-in-your-mouth tender and flavorful, and I'm going stick with slow-cooking briskets in the oven for a while.
Crouton’s Bucatini alla Amatriciana
A traditional dish from Rome and the Lazio region, usually served as the primo or pasta course of a full Italian dinner.
Crouton’s Pasta alla Puttanesca
This is my interpretation of spaghetti alla puttanesca (whore’s spaghetti), a simple yet robust pasta dish that’s easy to make with around-the-house ingredients (well, our house anyway). Don’t be squeamish about the anchovies … they add flavor to the dish,…
Crouton’s Cheesy Shrimp & Grits
We’re not Southerners, and until a few years ago knew not of shrimp & grits … or even grits for that matter. But we were exposed one night at a restaurant in downtown Tucson, and last night I decided to…
Ditalini’s Sautéed Scallops & Spinach Over Bucatini
This is one of our favorite one-dish meals: sautéed scallops & spinach over pasta, enhanced w/garlic & bacon.
Ditalini’s Grilled Chicken & Romaine Salad
Ditalini adapted this dinner salad from an Americas Test Kitchen recipe, using ingredients to hand and sizing it for two. It was filling and tasty, and a welcome addition to our repertoire of grilled veggies.
Securing Crouton’s Kitchen
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