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Author: Jean Hayes

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Holiday Brisket

Brisket is a versatile cut that can be a festive holiday centerpiece or a warm comfort food for any family dinner. This recipe became an instant favorite. Special thanks to my son-in-law, David, who shared it with me.

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce is a condiment that is more universal than its name suggests. It sounds like a special event only item, but I can think of dozens of our family-favorite meals that get even better when you add a little chimichurri. Since there are many variations of this recipe, I feel free to add my own substitutions.

RECIPE: Herb Stuffing

I tried this recipe several years ago because I love cooking with fresh herbs. It turned into a family favorite. This recipe will stuff a 16 lb bird or can be baked separately.

RECIPE: Classic Italian Spaghetti Sauce

This recipe has been passed down through my family for generations and may never have been written down before. It originated with my grandfather, Papa Joe, who came from Italy as a young man. Since it takes time, I make a large batch and freeze the remainder in quart freezer bags. However, you can scale down if desired.

RECIPE: Easy Smoked Spare Ribs

Getting out doors to cook up something delicious on a grill or smoker is my favorite way to relax and soak in the sounds of the season, be it spring, summer, fall or even winter. Here’s an easy smoker recipe for pork spare ribs. Our family loves this. Good food in the great outdoors. Win, win!

RECIPE: Ham Hock Salad

This salad is one part of a ham hock trilogy. I used 4 ham hocks and made 3 different dishes; one green salad topped with ham hock meat, this mayonnaise-based salad, and a good old fashioned pot of ham hocks and beans.