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Author: Monte Mathews

Instant Pot Chicken Soup Two Ways…with and without Noodles

Instant Pot Chicken Soup Two Ways…with and without Noodles

If you live in the East, you’re experiencing an arctic blast of obscenely low temperatures. We’re so bundled up against the cold, not even the runners are out these mornings.  There is a cure for the cold. And that of course, is a bowl of […]

Thick Cut Pork Chops with Mushrooms, Shallots and Spinach

Thick Cut Pork Chops with Mushrooms, Shallots and Spinach

On Chewing The Fat, the recipes really do come from everywhere.  However in this case, it came from closer to home–our own kitchen. I had an intense desire for a Pork Chop and not one of those boneless half inch deals swathed in plastic wrap.  […]

Melissa Clark’s Pizza Chicken with Pancetta, Mozzarella and Spicy Tomatoes

Melissa Clark’s Pizza Chicken with Pancetta, Mozzarella and Spicy Tomatoes

Melissa Clark has to be one of the most prolific food writers and cooks in all of history. There’s her constant presence in the Food Section of The New York Times, where week after she creates some of our most memorable meals.  Just type Melissa […]

Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup

In all honesty, I don’t know what possessed me to make this.  Let’s face it, it’s not exactly a Gourmet discovery.  And even if its genesis was a recipe I saw in Food and Wine Magazine, it’s a long way from their usual offerings.  Nevertheless, […]

S’mores Bars with Marshmallow Meringue from Cheryl and Griffith Day of Back in the Day Bakery, Savannah, GA.

S’mores Bars with Marshmallow Meringue from Cheryl and Griffith Day of Back in the Day Bakery, Savannah, GA.

The allure of a childhood favorite is undeniable.  Here two bakers from Georgia have captured the essence of one of life’s great pleasures—the S’more.  While the treat may be best remembered as campfire cooking at is best, here’s a recipe that brings it indoors and […]

Jeff Lobb’s Herbed Rack of Pork and Trine Hahnemann’s Red Cabbage

Jeff Lobb’s Herbed Rack of Pork and Trine Hahnemann’s Red Cabbage

Our friend Jeff Lobb is a wonderful cook and entertains beautifully. Especially when his partner Don is in the kitchen with him.  And if Jeff is famous for one dish above all others, it is his fondness for Rack of Pork that stands out.  This […]

Has anyone ever made a Tart as Christmas-y as this?      Cranberry Curd Tart from David Tanis in The New York Times with a deep bow to David Lebovitz

Has anyone ever made a Tart as Christmas-y as this? Cranberry Curd Tart from David Tanis in The New York Times with a deep bow to David Lebovitz

I marvel at Andrew’s passion for baking. And it’s at its zenith at holiday time.  It doesn’t necessarily mean Thanksgiving or Easter or Christmas.. It could be Valentine’s Day or the 4th of July.. But I have to say that this year’s output at Thanksgiving […]

Tortellini Soup with Spinach, Onions, Carrots and Fennel and how it ended up on our table.

Tortellini Soup with Spinach, Onions, Carrots and Fennel and how it ended up on our table.

When you live in a food town like New York, you discover places all over the city that are worth a detour anytime you’re close to them.  A recent doctor’s visit put me within two long blocks of the Sullivan Street Bakery.  I am so […]

Salmon Filets with Cherry Tomatoes and Capers

Salmon Filets with Cherry Tomatoes and Capers

In the pantheon of amazingly quick and easy things to cook, there is the salmon filet.  This lovely rosy fish cooks in all of 6 minutes depending on how pink you like it.  And 6 ounces is a gracious serving.  We can have the discussion […]

Sausage-and-Potato Pan Roast from Justin Chapple in Food and Wine Magazine

Sausage-and-Potato Pan Roast from Justin Chapple in Food and Wine Magazine

As promised, I am going to try to make everything posted in December easy ways to get dinner on the table with maximum flavor impact.  Today’s dinner incorporated a Premio sausage combination I’d not seen before.  Premio packages both Sweet and Hot Sausages in one.  […]

How to make Cheese a part of every Holiday Celebration

How to make Cheese a part of every Holiday Celebration

There are times when all the work  I put into Chewing The Fat truly pays off.  And certainly this holiday season got off to a great start with the arrival of a sensational group of cheeses from Marin French Cheese, the French-owned California Cheese Company […]