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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

English Meat Pie

2014-02-26 15.18.46This is what the finished meat pies look like. I think that my mom would have been proud. You can find this recipe in the “my recipes” category.

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Across The Pond

When I was around 10 years old, my mother, sister, and I lived in London for a few years. Besides being a total culture shock for someone like me, coming from New Jersey, years later I learned to appreciate that time in my life. I learned so much about the style of food, which really is different from anything I was use to. The food was fixed simply, and most often cooled for a long time. Now I wouldn’t eat this style of food everyday but now and again I long for it. It takes me back to a time in my childhood that I cherish. One of the things I have noticed are the differences in how Americans have put a spin on the classics, like Shepard’s pie. I was taught that you never mix vegetables in with the meat of the traditional Shepard’s pie. The vegetables are always served on the side. Another traditional dish was called a meat pie. This basically was stewed meat in a brown gravy baked inside of a pie shell.  The beef simmered on the stove all day and filled the house with this wonderful smell, and then mom would put this meat filling into a pie. It was so simple but so delicious.This is the dish I going to recreate tonight. I’m going to put a modern spin on the original, but  still stay somewhat true to the classic recipe that I grew up on.

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Blood Orange Margarita Chicken Topped With Fried Shallots

Blood Orange Margarita Chicken Topped With Fried Shallots

I asked my butcher to please take the bone out but leave the skin on for this recipe. When the chicken roasts, having the skin on will keep the chicken really moist. First I needed to give the chicken a good buzz. I gave it a bath in some Tequila, fresh lime juice, and blood orange juice. A unique spa treatment for the chicken.

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Ciabatta Bread

What’s better than a great bread. It;s the vessel for so many delicious things. But when it comes to Ciabatta, well to me this is the king of all breads. I could go on and on about this bread, but I won’t. I’ll just tell you that it made an awesome meatball sub sandwiches.ImageImageImage

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