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Author: Monte Mathews

Cottage Pie with Mashed Potato Crust

Cottage Pie with Mashed Potato Crust

Comfort Food that brings back memories of home. When I was growing up, this dish passed for Shepherd’s pie at our house.  It usually involved the leftover Sunday Roast and any mashed potatoes that managed to survive our wonderful Sunday family dinners. But if you…

James Beard’s Roast Beef Hash

James Beard’s Roast Beef Hash

This recipe has been seen by more people than any other single recipe on Chewing The Fat You have just landed on the most popular post ever on Chewing the Fat.  It’s been read 19,245 times and counting. It is so popular in our house,…

My Christmas Gift to You!  The original recipe for Monte’s Ham and Glaze

My Christmas Gift to You! The original recipe for Monte’s Ham and Glaze

Quite a few years ago, I concocted a recipe for Ham that became the very first Food Writing I ever did. It was published in Saveur Magazine in 1995 in a story I wrote titled: “The Ham Gambit:  How Carlotta fed 30 people for $6.99”. …

Cranberry Crumb Cake with Almonds and Oats from Saveur Magazine

Cranberry Crumb Cake with Almonds and Oats from Saveur Magazine

Fresh Cranberries–or virtually any fruit you choose–make this Crumb Cake perfect for Holiday Baking. We have a lot of affection for Saveur Magazine. It was, after all, the first publication my food writing appeared in.  It’s also our kind of food magazine where there’s a…

French Butter: It’s hard to beat for the Holidays

French Butter: It’s hard to beat for the Holidays

When Julia Child spoke…America listened and laughed. Julia Child famously said “With enough butter, anything is good”.  And she lived by her word. Butter was an essential part of practically everything she cooked. This took quite a lot of bravery on Julia’s part. At the…

Pork San Choi Bow

Pork San Choi Bow

A Passion for Asian Flavors takes us to…Australia! Ever since I went to Vietnam two years ago, through Singapore and Hong Kong, I’ve been on the lookout for Asian recipes.  I love the combination of flavors, the ease of a stir-fry and the speed with…

Ina Garten’s Winter Minestrone

Ina Garten’s Winter Minestrone

Soup-making brings memories of home. I love to make soup.  It brings to mind one of my favorite memories of my mother.  Not that she ever made soup.  Her sister, however, was an inveterate soup maker.  She started from scratch and made her own stocks.…

Ropa Vieja, Cuba’s National Dish

Ropa Vieja, Cuba’s National Dish

A great stew is served up with a wonderful story about its origins. This is one of my favorite kinds of recipes.  There’s a story attached to it that’s as interesting as the stew itself.  Cuba’s national dish translates to “Old Clothes”– about as unappetizing…

Claudia Fleming’s Chocolate Caramel Tart

Claudia Fleming’s Chocolate Caramel Tart

Come ‘Out East’ for a recipe a famous Pastry Chef gave a special twist to. The East End of Long Island is extremely fortunate in the caliber of chefs that are either restaurant owners or lured here to work in what is a gorgeous place…