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67 posts categorized "24) My WHVL-TV Cooking Segments"

05/16/2014

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV Video Segment #57: Roasted-Chicken Caesar-Salad Focaccia Panini ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ Roasted-Chicken Caesar-Salad Focaccia Panini ~, which, if you are a Caesar salad connoisseur like me, might just be the best idea for a sandwich since sliced bread was invented. You can find the detailed recipe with all of my step-by-step directions by in Categories 2 & 12, or by clicking on the Related Article link below! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: Roasted-Chicken Caesar-Salad Focaccia Panini To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV Video Segment #57: Roasted-Chicken Caesar-Salad Focaccia Panini ~"

05/09/2014

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV Video Segment #56: Here Comes the Bride: A Cooking Class Memory ~

This past Sunday, I taught a cooking class. That is not newsworthy, as I used to do it all the time, but nowadays, I can only do it when I have the time. This class was for a very special group of Happy Valley "salon foodies", most of whom I've known for a number of years. This group of food-savvy hair-stylists was in my kitchen for a combination cooking class/bridal shower. A Bridal Shower + A Cooking Class = A Great Gift Idea (To read my post, complete with all of the photos, just click on the Related Article link...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV Video Segment #56: Here Comes the Bride: A Cooking Class Memory ~"

03/20/2014

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV Video Segment #55: Ditalini Pasta con le Lenticchie (Pasta with Lentils) ~

Pasta with lentils is very common in Italy. Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ Ditalini Pasta con le Lenticchie ~, which is so delicious it will make you carnivors forget there is no meat in it (vegetarians love this dish). You can find the detailed recipe with all of my step-by-step directions in Categories 3, 12 or 14. If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: Ditalini Pasta con le Lenticchie (Pasta with Lentils) To watch all of my other Kitchen Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV Video Segment #55: Ditalini Pasta con le Lenticchie (Pasta with Lentils) ~"

02/15/2014

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV Video Segment #53: Impossible Coconut Pie and Magic Cookie Squares ~

Over the course of the past week I have posted a few of my favorie retro recipes from my past: ~ Snowstorm Fun: 'Impossible' Coconut Custard Pie ~ ~ Pucker Up for: Triple-Lemon Bars/Squares ~ ~ Chocolate, Vanilla and Butterscotch 'Icebox' Cake ~ ~ Hello Dolly! The 5-6-7- Layer 'Magic' Cookie Bar! ~ You can find the detailed recipes along with all of my step-by-step directions in Categories 6, 7, or 26. "Retro Dessert Week" was so much fun and so well received by all of you, on Thursday I chose two of them for my weekly Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV segment....... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV Video Segment #53: Impossible Coconut Pie and Magic Cookie Squares ~"

02/04/2014

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV Video Segment #52: Teresa's Easy-to-Make Overnight Belgian Waffles ~

We have enjoyed a very "sweet" Waffle Week here on Kitchen Encounters. It started with my posting a recipe for ~ Teresa's Easy-to-Make Overnight Belgian Waffles ~, then continued on with posts for: ~ Pennsylvania-Dutch-Country Chicken & Waffles ~, ~ Yankee-Style Southern-Fried Chicken & Waffles ~, and, ~ Superbowl Sunday: Chicken & Waffle Sliders ~. You can find the recipes, along with my step-by-step directions and photos in Categories 2 & 9, or, by clicking on the Related Article links provided below. Waffles never tasted so good! Waffle Week ended with me making Belgian waffles on my weekly, Sunday morning,...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV Video Segment #52: Teresa's Easy-to-Make Overnight Belgian Waffles ~"

11/28/2013

~ Happy Thanksgiving! Fun Stuff from My Archives! ~

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely day sharing your best Thanksgiving recipes and memories with your family and friends. I applaud all of you who cook on this day for your families. We will be celebrating tomorrow. We've been gobling on Black Friday for about 20 years now. Why? It gives the ones we love (who don't have the luxury of taking Wednesday off) today to travel here to Happy Valley for the entire weekend. It works very nicely. Today, during the course of baking pies and pre-prep, Joe remembered the year he and I made two turduckens for...... View full recipe for "~ Happy Thanksgiving! Fun Stuff from My Archives! ~"

09/18/2013

~ Tex-Mex Soul-Consoling Food: Chile con Queso ~

Ever have a week you wish you could forget? Whether you're just over-the-top busy at work and dog tired, the guy in the grocery store packed your meat on top of your bread, or, your favorite football team lost last Saturday's home game because they couldn't play defense and missed a field goal, solace can always be found by dipping some freshly-fried, crispy tortilla chips in a vat of molten, velvety smooth chile con queso -- after two bites you'll feel like throwing a party! Chile con queso (pronounced keh-so, not, kay-so) and often referred to simply as queso is...... View full recipe for "~ Tex-Mex Soul-Consoling Food: Chile con Queso ~"

09/20/2012

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #31: Old-Fashioned Chicken Stew w/Puff Pastry Crust... "Pot Pie"! (+ the Difference Between Soup & Stew) ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ Old-Fashioned Chicken Stew w/Puff Pastry Crust... "Pot Pie"! (+ The Difference Betweet Soup & Stew)~. This meal is the quintessential meaning of comfort food. You can find the detailed recipe, with all of my step-by-step directions and photos in Categories 2, 3, 17 or 19! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: Old Fashioned Chicken Stew w/Puff Pastry Crust..."Pot Pie"! (+The Difference Between Soup & Stew) To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #31: Old-Fashioned Chicken Stew w/Puff Pastry Crust... "Pot Pie"! (+ the Difference Between Soup & Stew) ~"

08/29/2012

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #32: "Square Beyond Compare": St. Louis-Style Pizza ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ St. Lous-Style Pizza: "Square Beyond Compare" ~, which is known for its thin, crispy cracker crust and topped with the legendary Provel cheese. You can find the detailed recipe, along with all of my step-by-step directions and photos in Categories 4 or 10! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: St. Louis-Style Pizza: "Square Beyond Compare" To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left side of the home page of this blog, and, click...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #32: "Square Beyond Compare": St. Louis-Style Pizza ~"

07/28/2012

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #29: Warm German Potato Salad and Pork Loin Chops with Apricot-Mustard Sauce ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ A Summer Comfort Food: German Potato Salad ~, which is a delightful, bacon-studded, sweet & sour, vinegar-based salad made using boiled potatoes, bacon fat, vinegar, simple seasonings and sugar. You can find the detailed recipe, with all of my step-by-step directions and photos in Categories 4 or 10! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: Warm German Potato Salad & Pork Loin Chops w/Apricot Mustard Sauce To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #29: Warm German Potato Salad and Pork Loin Chops with Apricot-Mustard Sauce ~"

07/06/2012

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #28: Blueberries: Brioche Bread Pudding & A Fruit Salad ~

It's been a banner year for blueberries here in Pennsylvania and this past week I posted two of my favorite blueberry recipes here on Kitchen Encounters. My recipe for ~ Blueberry Brioche Bread Pudding for Breakfast ~ can be found in Categories 5, 9 or 20. My recipe for ~ Blueberry-Kiwi-Watermelon Salad on Baby Greens w/White Balsamic Vinaigrette (My Heatwave Salad!) ~ can be found in Categories 10 or 14! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: Blueberries: Brioche Bread Pudding & a Fruit Salad To watch all of my other...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #28: Blueberries: Brioche Bread Pudding & A Fruit Salad ~"

07/04/2012

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #27: Patriotic Macaroni & Cheese and Macaroni Salad ~

Happy 4th of July! It's America's day to celebrate! Did you know that macaroni and cheese had its humble beginning in the kitchen of Thomas Jefferson? Did you ever wonder why Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his cap and called it "macaroni"? To get the answers: You can find my recipe for ~ Creamy Baked Five-Cheese Macaroni & Cheese ~ in Categories 4, 14, 17 & 18. And, my ~ 4th of July yankee Doodle Dandy Macaroni Salad ~ can be found in Categories 4, 10, 11 & 14! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Enounters TV segment,...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #27: Patriotic Macaroni & Cheese and Macaroni Salad ~"

06/05/2012

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #26: Sweet Heat: Strawberry Chicken Quesadillas ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ Quesadillas: Grilled Guajillo Chile Chicken Thighs w/Vidalia Onions, Black Beans & Queso Fresco!!! ~. You can find the detailed recipe, along with all of my step-by-step directions and photos in Categories 2, 3, 10, 13, 17 or 20. These amazing quesadillas are drizzled with my recipe for ~ Sweet Heat: Strawberry & Guajillo Chile Sauce ~, which can be found in Categories 6, 8, 13 or 22! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: Sweet Heat: Strawberry Chicken Quesadillas To watch all of my...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #26: Sweet Heat: Strawberry Chicken Quesadillas ~"

05/18/2012

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #25: Mel's Tribute to the Pineapple: Tacos al Pastor ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ Tacos al Pastor: "Shepherd's-Style" Pork Tacos ~, which can be found in Categories 2, 3, 13 or 19. These amazing tacos are topped with my recipe for ~ Pineapple, Avocado, Tomato and Onion Salsa ~, which you can find in Categories 1, 4, 8, 10, 13 or 14! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: Tacos al Pastor To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left side of the home page of this blog,...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #25: Mel's Tribute to the Pineapple: Tacos al Pastor ~ "

04/30/2012

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #33: Baked Haddock w/Nicoise Sauce & Saffron Rice ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ Baked Haddock w/Nicoise Sauce & Saffron Rice + (Tips and Techniques for Handling Frozen Fish ~. Every home cook who enjoys fish has a simple baked recipe in his or her repertoire and this is mine. You can find the detailed recipe, along with all of my step-by-step directions and photos in Categories 4 or 10! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: Baked Haddock w/Nicoise Sauce & Saffron Rice To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #33: Baked Haddock w/Nicoise Sauce & Saffron Rice ~"

04/25/2012

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #24: Asian Chicken Salad w/Honey-Sesame Pita Crisps ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ Asian Chicken Salad w/Honey-Sesame Dressing ~, which can be found in Categories 2, 3, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19 or 20. I served this delightful salad with my recipe for ~ A Sweet Little Snack: Honey-Sesame Pita Crisps ~, which can be found in Categories 1, 2, 5, 13, 17 or 20! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, juct click on the following link: Asian Chicken Salad w/Honey-Sesame Crisps To watch all of my other Kitchen Enounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left side of...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #24: Asian Chicken Salad w/Honey-Sesame Pita Crisps ~"

01/19/2012

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #21: Melanie's "Original" Secret Signature Macaroons ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ Melanie's "Original" Secret Signature Macaroons ~. You can find this decadent recipe, along with all of my detailed instructions and step-by-step photos in Categories 7, 16 or 21! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: Melanies "Original" Secret Signature Macaroons To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left side of the home page of this bog, and, click on the blue title of any one, or: Tune in to WHVL-TV's Centre of It All...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #21: Melanie's "Original" Secret Signature Macaroons ~ "

01/07/2012

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #20: Wild Alaskan Salmon Cakes w/Mustard-Dill Sauce ~

Over the past two days I posted my recipes for ~ Refreshing Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Cakes ~, which you can find in Categories 3, 14 & 19, and ~ Tangy Mustard-Dill Sauce for Fish & Vegetables ~, which can be found in Categories 8, 14 or 20! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: Wild Alaskan Salmon Cakes w/Mustard-Dill Sauce To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left side of the home page of this blog, and, click on the...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #20: Wild Alaskan Salmon Cakes w/Mustard-Dill Sauce ~"

11/29/2011

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #23: Once upon a time... A Tale about Shrimp Cocktail ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ Once upon a time... A Tale about Shrimp Cocktail ~. You can find my detailed recipe, along with all of my step-by-step directions and photos in Categories 1, 11, 14 & 16! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: Shrimp Cocktail To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left side of the home page of this blog, and, click on the blue title of any one, or: Tune in to WHVL-TV's Centre of It...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #23: Once upon a time... A Tale about Shrimp Cocktail ~"

09/13/2011

~ My Mother's Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Holubki) (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:56) ~

When I posted this recipe yesterday I never imagined the HUGE response it would get. The hits to my blog skyrocketed, a lot of my Facebook friends were sharing the post with their friends, and I spent several hours responding to praise and accolades via blog, FB and e-mail. It is indeed a lengthy post and took me two very long days to shoot all of the step-by-step photographs, edit them and compose the post. As one of my readers (who thanked me profusely for the detailed directions) wrote, "if I can't make these now, you'll have to write a...... View full recipe for "~ My Mother's Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Holubki) (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:56) ~"

08/20/2011

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #14: JoePa's Easy Cajun-Creole Seafood Jambalaya ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ JoePa's Easy Cajun-Creole Seafood Jambalaya ~. Jambalaya is one of Louisiana's hallmark dishes, and, you can find my family-friendly easy-to-prepare version in Categories 3, 14, 17, 19 or 20! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: JoePa's Easy Cajun-Creole Seafood Jambalaya To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left side of the home page of this blog, and, click on the blue title of any one, or: Tune in to WHVL-TV's Centre of It...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #14: JoePa's Easy Cajun-Creole Seafood Jambalaya ~"

08/08/2011

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #13: Superb, Super-Sized, Deli-Style Sandwiches & Mexican Chocolate Cinnamon-Orange Brownies ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ Superb, Super-Sized, Deli-Style Sandwiches for: Picnics, Tailgates or Back-to-School Lunch Boxes ~, in Categories 2, 10 & 17. Back in December I posted my ~ Mexican Chocolate Cinnamon-Orange Brownies ~ in Categories 7 & 13: If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, where I make them both, just click on the following link: Superb, Super-Sized, Deli-Style Sandwiches & Mexican Chocolate Cinnamon-Orange Brownies To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left side of the home page of this blog, and, click...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #13: Superb, Super-Sized, Deli-Style Sandwiches & Mexican Chocolate Cinnamon-Orange Brownies ~"

08/03/2011

~ Mediterranean-Style Roasted Vegetable Crostini (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:04) ~

I posted my recipe for this flavor-packed Summertime appetizer two days ago and everyone here in Melanie's Kitchen is already begging me to repeat the performance and make another batch. As I said in my Cook's Note at the end of the ~ Mediterranean-Style Roasted Vegetable Crostini ~ recipe (which can be found in Categories 1 & 14) , "be sure to make enough"!!! I really should have made a double-batch on Monday and why I did not follow my own advice is cause enough to for me to post this reminder to all of you: "be sure to make...... View full recipe for "~ Mediterranean-Style Roasted Vegetable Crostini (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:04) ~"

07/20/2011

~ WHVL-Kitchen Encounters: Pie & Galette Shoot (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:09)

It is late evening, but it has been a great day which was preceded by a busy, busy two weeks. The fruit trees and berry bushes in our backyard gardens literally buried me in fresh fruit this year... 38 pounds of cherries, 30 pounds of blueberries and an overwhelming amount of peaches. I froze as much as I could, baked as many pies and galettes as I could, posted those recipes, plus my recipe for pie pastry, and will be making/posting peach jam early next week. Did I forget to mention all of these posts, as well as the pie...... View full recipe for "~ WHVL-Kitchen Encounters: Pie & Galette Shoot (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:09)"

07/17/2011

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #11: Apple, Blueberry Cherry or Peach-Almond Galettes ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ Easier than Pie: Rustic Peach & Almond Galettes ~. These round, flat, free-form, unpretentious desserts are without questions just as good as any fruit pie you have ever tasted without all of the work. You can find the detailed recipe, with all of my detailed step-by-step directions and photos in Categories 6 or 20! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment (in which I make them using blueberries), just click on the following link: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry or Peach-Almond Galettes To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments,...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #11: Apple, Blueberry Cherry or Peach-Almond Galettes ~"

06/30/2011

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #12: Mel's Moist, Juicy, Grilled Thai-Style Turkey Burgers~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ My Moist, Juicy, Grilled Thai-Style Turkey Burgers ~. This flavor-packed recipe will erase every memory of dried, tasteless turkey burgers from your mind. You can find the detailed recipe with all of my step-by-step directions and photos in Categories 2, 3, 10 or 13! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: My Moist, Juicy, Grilled Thai-Style Turkey Burgers To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left side of the home page of this blog,...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #12: Mel's Moist, Juicy, Grilled Thai-Style Turkey Burgers~"

06/25/2011

~ Thai-Style Grouper w/Spicy Tropical Fruit Salsa, Cilantro-Coconut Sauce & Steamed Jasmine Rice (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:57) ~

Yesterday I posted a fabulous Summertime recipe for preparing my absolute favorite white fish: grouper. I like to call grouper "the lobster of the ocean-fish world"! If you like fish and Thai flavors as much as I do, this meal is destined to become one of your favorite Summer meals too! To view a short video/slideshow of how I prepare this pink-tinged, firm-textured, mild-flavored fish: Download Thai-Style Grouper w_Spicy Tropical Fruit Salsa, Cilantro-Coconut Sauce & Steamed Jasmine Rice-Medium_2 To read my recipe for ~ Thai-Style Grouper w/Spicy Tropical Fruit Salsa, Cilantro-Coconut Sauce & Steamed Jasmine Rice ~, along with all...... View full recipe for "~ Thai-Style Grouper w/Spicy Tropical Fruit Salsa, Cilantro-Coconut Sauce & Steamed Jasmine Rice (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:57) ~"

06/17/2011

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #10: How to: Grill Great Sizzling Summertime Pizza ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ How to: Grill Great Sizzling Summertime Pizza ~, which is a fantastic way to entertain your guests in the heat of the Summer months. You can find the detailed recipe, with all of my step-by-step directions and photos in Categories 2, 10, 14 or 15! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: How To: Grill Great Sizzling Summertime Pizza To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left side of the home page of this...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #10: How to: Grill Great Sizzling Summertime Pizza ~"

05/31/2011

~ Broiled Wild Sea Scallops w/Broiled Brown Butter (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:47) ~

Have you ever encountered a problem with cooking the perfect scallop, or an entire plate of scallops? Well, Kitchen Encounters just posted my favorite foolproof recipe for broiling perfect scallops! To read my recipe for ~ Broiled Wild Sea Scallops w/Broiled Brown Butter ~, along with all of my step-by-step instructions and photos, just click into Categories 3, 14, 20 or 21. To view a short video/slideshow of how I prepare this exquisite meal: Download Broiled Wild Sea Scallops w_Broiled Brown Butter-Medium "We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti (Recipe, Commentary, Photos and Video courtesy of...... View full recipe for "~ Broiled Wild Sea Scallops w/Broiled Brown Butter (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:47) ~"

05/22/2011

~ How to: Choose, Cook & Sauce Perfect Pasta (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:41) ~

Eating a spectacular dish of pasta is indeed a most memorable Kitchen Encounter! The pasta must be cooked al dente with just the right balance of sauce and cheese. Believe it or not, there are actually guidelines for cooking pasta. I'm here to tell you: Cooking pasta is not an "open the box, boil the pasta and add a bottle of sauce sport"! To view a short video/slideshow of how I cook and sauce pasta following time-honored principles and classic recipe techniques: Download How to_ Choose, Cook & Sauce Perfect Pasta-Medium To read all of these guidelines in full, as...... View full recipe for "~ How to: Choose, Cook & Sauce Perfect Pasta (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:41) ~"

05/16/2011

~ A French Chicken Fricassee w/Morel Mushrooms (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:37) ~

This is one of those recipes that is made with love. Yes, it takes a bit of time to prepare, but it is time well spent. Time spent in your kitchen, where in the true French style, a few fresh ingredients, when prepared properly, turn into one elegant, exquisite meal. A meal reminiscent of those Sunday dinners at your grandmother's house yet worthy of fine-dining at a five-star restaurant! I prepare it every year at this time when my "roon" friend of thirtysome years gifts me with "the aristocrats of the fungal world": freshly-picked morel mushrooms. If you have access...... View full recipe for "~ A French Chicken Fricassee w/Morel Mushrooms (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:37) ~"

05/10/2011

~ Mel's Spicy Honey-Mustard BBQ Sauce for Pork (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:32) ~

I have several barbecue sauce recipes and this one is my personal favorite. I developed it specifically to go with grilled or smoked pork ribs or pork chops, but if you or someone you know is having a pig roast, make a big batch of this sauce and let them go to town! I modeled this sauce after one I tasted in a rib joint in Atlanta, GA back in the 1980's. It is mustard-based (rather than ketchup- or tomato-based), sweet, savory and spicy... all of my favorite things! To view a short video/slideshow of how I make this extraordinary...... View full recipe for "~ Mel's Spicy Honey-Mustard BBQ Sauce for Pork (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:32) ~"

05/04/2011

~ Apricot-Mustard Sauce: For Dipping or Drizzling (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:34) ~

In the late 1970's, two women, Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins founded and opened a small food shop in Manhattan named: The Silver Palate. One of their products, Apricot-Mustard Sauce, was always a staple in my pantry, and when my boys were growing up, I used to order it by the case. To view a quick video/slideshow of how I make my version of this fantastic sauce: Download Apricot-Mustard Sauce_ For Dipping or Drizzling-Medium While this sauce is regal enough to be served at a fancy dinner party to accompany an elegant scaloppine of veal, it pairs perfectly with grilled...... View full recipe for "~ Apricot-Mustard Sauce: For Dipping or Drizzling (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:34) ~"

05/02/2011

~ Buttermilk, Blue Cheese 'n Chive Salad Dressing (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:57)

April showers do bring May flowers, and we couldn't have asked for a prettier first day of May here in Central, "Happy Valley" Pennsylvania. With 80 degree-ish temperatures and a day of sunshine, Joe and I put the cushions on all of our deck chairs, Joe cut the grass on our tennis court, and, he cleaned his big, shiny, stainless steel Viking grill! The cleaning of the grill, prompted me to pick up a couple of thick T-bone steaks, russet potatoes, salad "stuff" and a chunk of Danish blue cheese. I picked fresh chives from our garden and whipped up...... View full recipe for "~ Buttermilk, Blue Cheese 'n Chive Salad Dressing (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:57)"

04/27/2011

~ A Hearty Fifteen Bean, Ham & Vegetable Soup (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:09) ~

Kitchen Encounters is wrapping up April by putting the leftover Easter ham and ham bone to very good use. This absolutely delicious bean soup recipe is one you are not going to want to miss. There really are no new twists to be had on a great bean soup recipe, so, I just posted the one Melanie's Kitchen has been getting rave reviews on for many years now. I make a big batch of this every year, then freeze a lot of it, to serve at picnics and barbecues all Summer long! To read my recipe, with all of its...... View full recipe for "~ A Hearty Fifteen Bean, Ham & Vegetable Soup (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:09) ~"

04/25/2011

~ "A, B, C", That's as Easy as Easter Ham Can Be! (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:37) ~

Kitchen Encounters and me, Melanie, are now trying to unwrap ourseslves around the Easter holiday, and that means that today is "organize and eat the leftovers day"! Joe and I really enjoyed our traditional Russian Orthodox feast and holiday with my mom and Dad. Everyone ate way too much but it was worth every calorie. Our menu included ham, holupki (stuffed cabbage rolls), kielbasa, pirogi, paska bread and pickled eggs, followed by nut and poppyseed rolls for dessert. These are all traditional family recipes that I promise I will be posting in the future! In between all of this cooking,...... View full recipe for "~ "A, B, C", That's as Easy as Easter Ham Can Be! (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:37) ~"

04/21/2011

~ Roasted Lamb Sandwiches w/Lemon-Mint Mayo (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:53) ~

Kitchen Encounters and me, Melanie, is now getting wrapped around the Easter holiday. As promised, I am posting my recipe for lamb sandwiches, which is a fantastic way to use up any leftover roasted lamb you may encounter over your holiday weekend. To read my recipe for ~ Roasted Lamb Sandwiches w/Lemon-Mint Mayo ~, just click into Categories 2 or 20. To view a short video/slideshow: Download Roasted Lamb Sandwiches w_Lemon-Mint Mayo-Medium Also as promised, I'll be moving onto my recipe for baked ham and one or two of my family's ethnic side-dishes, so please be sure to check back...... View full recipe for "~ Roasted Lamb Sandwiches w/Lemon-Mint Mayo (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:53) ~"

04/18/2011

~ Succulent Boneless Leg of Lamb w/Creamy au Jus & Mel's Cheddar 'n Mint Mashed Potatoes (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:19) ~

"We are all in this food world together", and I want to start this post by wishing all of my Jewish friends a most relaxing and joyous Seder dinner this evening! This is going to be a very eclectic cooking week here on Kitchen Encounters, and I am starting Easter week off with my recipe for ~ Succulent Boneless Leg of Lamb w/Creamy au Jus & Mel's Cheddar 'n Mint Mashed Potatoes ~, which you can find in Categories 3, 11 & 19. To view a short video/slideshow: Download Succulent Boneless Leg of Lamb w_Creamy au Jus & Mel's Cheddar...... View full recipe for "~ Succulent Boneless Leg of Lamb w/Creamy au Jus & Mel's Cheddar 'n Mint Mashed Potatoes (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:19) ~"

04/17/2011

~ Mel's Cheddar 'n Mint Mashed Potatoes (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:50) ~

I hail from a long line of great women who make fantastic mashed potatoes, which I consider to be one of America's favorite comfort foods. Give me a scoop of mashed potatoes next to a few slices of any type of roast meat or poultry and you'll find me scooping forkfuls of potatoes into my mouth long before I even try the entree! I am proud to tell you that I combined my love for Yukon gold potatoes with all of the secrets both of my grandmothers and a great aunt passed on to me to come up with one...... View full recipe for "~ Mel's Cheddar 'n Mint Mashed Potatoes (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:50) ~"

04/16/2011

~ How to: Cook Perfect White Rice on the Stovetop (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:39) ~

Not all rice is created equal and we all know the difference between a bowl of perfectly-cooked, fluffy white rice and a bowl of overcooked mush, or worse yet, the bottom of a pot with a layer of burned rice stuck to it. To turn your bad rice days into nice rice days: Read my recipe for, ~ How to: Cook Perfect White Rice on the Stovetop ~. It will give you all of my tips, step-by-step instructions and pictures. Just click into Categories 4 & 15! To view a short video/slideshow: Download How to_ Cook Perfect White Rice on...... View full recipe for "~ How to: Cook Perfect White Rice on the Stovetop (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:39) ~"

04/14/2011

~ Mel's "Jazzed Up" Jasmine Rice w/Pineapple (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:53) ~

While I promised to get this recipe posted yesterday, time ran a bit short because of another exciting Kitchen Encounter's shoot with WHVL-TV! I assure you this recipe was worth waiting for and I can tell you this Asian rice dish is sure to become one of your favorites. I hope you've enjoyed this fun, three-day posting of: ~ Honey-Sesame Pork w/Ginger-Garlic Sauce ~, found in Categories 3 & 13, and, ~ Mel's Asian-Style Vegetable Saute ~, found in Categories 4 & 13, along with today's ~ Mel's "Jazzed Up" Jasmine Rice w/Pineapple ~, also found in Categories 4 &...... View full recipe for "~ Mel's "Jazzed Up" Jasmine Rice w/Pineapple (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:53) ~"

04/12/2011

~ Mel's Asian-Style Vegetable Saute (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:35) ~

It is day two of what is now being affectionately referred to as "Asian Feast Week". Well... it is really only three days, but Melanie's Kitchen smells great and after tasting all of these wonderful flavors, I can tell you: everyone here is ready for Spring to arrive for real! Yesterday we posted my recipe for ~ Honey-Sesame Pork w/Garlic Ginger Sauce ~, and you can find that recipe in Categories 3 & 13. Today, as an accompaniment to the pork, we posted ~ Mel's Asian-Style Vegetable Saute ~, and you can read the recipe in Categories 4 & 13....... View full recipe for "~ Mel's Asian-Style Vegetable Saute (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:35) ~"

04/11/2011

~ Honey-Sesame Pork w/Garlic-Ginger Sauce (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:57) ~

After a trip to our local Asian Market on Friday morning (today is Monday and it is after the weekend), I decided to make this meal my "weekend project". I say "project" because I'm going to be posting this Asian feast in three parts, which is a bit more work at my end, so you have the option of cooking any part by itself and serving it with whatever you choose to. This is a meal that will kick your Winterized tastebuds into the Spring/Summer season! The recipes are being posted as follows: Today: ~ Honey-Sesame Pork w/Garlic-Ginger Sauce ~,...... View full recipe for "~ Honey-Sesame Pork w/Garlic-Ginger Sauce (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:57) ~"

04/06/2011

~ Homemade Boursin w/Parm 'n Pepper Pita Chips (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:00) ~

In my opinion, every recipe file deserves at least one "go to" cheese dip or cheese spread with a special cracker or toast to accompany it. In my opinion, it should also be quick and easy to put together as well. I have several, but this one is my favorite. Give me a dollop of creamy, buttery Boursin on a crisp, crunchy pita chip any day of the week! To view a short video/slideshow: Download Homemade Boursin w_Parm 'n Pepper Pita Chips-Medium To read my recipe with all of its step-by-step instructions and photographs, click into Category 1, 11 or...... View full recipe for "~ Homemade Boursin w/Parm 'n Pepper Pita Chips (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:00) ~"

04/04/2011

~ Nana's Applesauce-Oatmeal-Raisin-Walnut Cake (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:58) ~

Today was a dark, dreary day in Happy Valley with a lot of thunderstorms. I had planned to run errands, but the pelting rain changed my mind to "stay inside" mode. I decided to make the most of it and amused myself by baking one of my oldest recipes. This dense, moist cake, served slightly warm tonight for dessert, made us forget all about the chilly rain. To view a short video/slideshow: Download Nana's Applesauce, Oatmeal, Raisin & Walnut Cake-Medium To read my recipe with all of its step-by-step instructions and photographs, click into Category 6 of this blog! "We...... View full recipe for "~ Nana's Applesauce-Oatmeal-Raisin-Walnut Cake (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:58) ~"

04/02/2011

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #6: Provencal Seafood (Lobster*) Stew w/Lemon Rice ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ Provencal Seafood (Lobster*) Stew w/Lemon Rice ~. To get the recipe for this decadent stew, along with all of my detailed instructions and step-by-step photos, just click into Categories 2, 11, 14 or 21! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: Provencal Seafood (Lobster) Stew w/Lemon Rice To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left side of the home page of this blog, and click on the blue title of any one, or: Tune...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #6: Provencal Seafood (Lobster*) Stew w/Lemon Rice ~"

04/01/2011

~ Provencal Seafood Stew w/Lemon Rice (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:58) ~

It's April Fools Day, but all foolin' aside, this is probably one of the best seafood stews you will ever taste. It is just as good in the Spring/Summer as it is in the Fall/Winter. To view a short video/slideshow: Download Provencal Seafood Stew w_Lemon Rice-Medium_3 To read my recipe with all of its step-by-step instructions and photographs, as well as learn a little about Provencal-style cooking in general, click into Categories 2, 11, 14 or 21 of this blog! "We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti (Recipe, Commentary, Photos and Video courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright...... View full recipe for "~ Provencal Seafood Stew w/Lemon Rice (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:58) ~"

03/30/2011

~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #19: Jesse's E-Z Spatini Lasagna (& Mrs. DiCindio) ~

Yesterday I posted my recipe for ~ Jesse's E-Z Spatini Lasagan (& Mrs. Dicindio) ~. You can find the detailed recipe, with all of my step-by-step directions and photos in Categories 3, 12, 14, 19, 20 or 22! If you'd like to watch my Kitchen Encounters TV segment, just click on the following link: Jesse's E-Z Spatini Lasagna ( & Mrs. DiCindio) To watch all of my other Kitchen Encounters/WHVL-TV cooking segments, go to the listing found on the left side of the home page of this blog, and, click on the blue title of any one, or: Tune in...... View full recipe for "~ Kitchen Encounters/WHVL Video Segment #19: Jesse's E-Z Spatini Lasagna (& Mrs. DiCindio) ~"

03/29/2011

~ Jesse's E-Z Spatini Lasagna (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:00) ~

Well, it took a little doin', but, as promised, I FINALLY got my ~ Jesse's E-Z Lasagna ~ post out today! For such an easy recipe to prepare, there were a lot of pictures to edit, not to mention, the day-to-day running of Melanie's Kitchen, which got a little crazy yesterday and today! To view a short video/slideshow: Download Jesse's E-Z Spatini Lasagna-Medium To read the recipe with all of its step-by-step instructions and photographs, click into Categories 3, 12, 14, 19, 20 or 22 of this blog! "We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti (Recipe,...... View full recipe for "~ Jesse's E-Z Spatini Lasagna (A Short Video/Slideshow, 01:00) ~"

03/23/2011

~ Preschutti Pizza, Part III: Our Favorite 4 Toppings (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:50) ~

Well, here is is, the last of the Preschutti Pizza trilogy. We've spend the past three days here at Kitchen Encounters blogging my recipe for Sicilian-Style Pizza. Monday we made pizza sauce, Tuesday we made pizza crust, and today's post is focused on our family's favorite toppings! To view a short video/slideshow on how we Preschutti's top our favorite Sicilian-style pizza: Download Preschutti Pizza Toppings-Medium To read the recipe: ~ Preschutti Pizza, Part III: Our Favorite 4 Toppings ~, can be found in Categories 2, 12 & 19. "We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti (Recipe,...... View full recipe for "~ Preschutti Pizza, Part III: Our Favorite 4 Toppings (A Short Video/Slideshow, 00:50) ~"