Welcome to The Swanky Table, for those who want to create simple, classic culinary beauties at home. Turn common and inexpensive ingredients into satiating healthy meals, simple enough for everyday but enticing enough for formal gatherings. Take seasonal local produce, and turn it into stylish, glamorous faire that is delicious and satisfying. Since many of these dishes fall into the “make ahead category,” the best part is you’ll entertain with passion and presence–enjoy your glass of wine and COLLEENsocializing without distraction. Add fresh flowers, warm hospitality and good cheer, and viola!, you will nurture family and friends alike.

After years working in the food industry, and as a full-time parent and homemaker, I know firsthand the pleasures of creating savory, artistic meals for family and friends, and now I want to be your confidante in the kitchen. Bon Appetit, mes amis!

Macaroni Skillet

A favorite of children,  and mommies alike.  Simple, nutritious, and speedy to make.  Macaroni skillet is another, "formula" style recipe.  As long as you have the three basic ingredients; meat, pasta and liquid,  you will have a one skillet,  satisfying meal.  If you...
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Salmon Au Gratin

You can use fresh,  but the real beauty in this recipe is what it does for frozen salmon.  I like to keep individually frozen, wild salmon in my freezer.  It is cost effective, convenient, and good for you, but let's face it,  frozen is not as good as fresh.  So,  we...
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Tomato French Dressing

This classic vinaigrette is adapted from one of my favorite vintage cookbooks when oil and vinegar dressings were referred too as "French Dressing".  I just love that!  It sounds so much fancier that way.    The perfect balance of sweet and tangy,  and so simple to...
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BBQ Fried Chicken

I can't imagine why anyone would want to cook fried chicken in their kitchen.  It makes such a mess on the stove.  That's what Cast iron skillets and BBQ's are for.  My family loves this lighter version of BBQ chicken,  and I don't mind making it.  Ask the butcher to...
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Oatmeal Bread

In my quest for healthy, sandwich worthy,  homemade bread,  this Oatmeal Bread recipe delivers consistent results.  I found it in one of my oldest cookbooks that I bought at a library book store.  Score!  Originally printed in 1948,  from the stand holders of the...
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Easy Garden Egg Bake

Perfect every time,  the Egg Bake is my go to weekend meal for breakfast/brunch.  It is more of a formula than a recipe. You plug in the ingredients, depending on what you have on hand. It is adapted from,  Favorite Recipes from Our Favorite Cooks,  written by Alison...
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Refrigerator Dough for Dinner Rolls, or Cinnamon Rolls

     Keep a batch of this very simple dough in the fridge,  and you will have beautiful, healthy, homemade, hot out of the oven, dinner rolls, or cinnamon rolls at the ready, at your convenience.  All you have to do is shape, proof until double in bulk, and bake....
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BACON AND GREEN ONION FRITTATA

BACON AND GREEN ONION FRITTATA I am very particular about the bacon I purchase.  I only buy the naturally cured artisan, no nitrates, or other chemical preservative type.  It is available at most markets. If you really want to go fancy,  you can substitute imported...
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Buttermilk Banana Nut Pancakes

No other breakfast item evokes such approval from my children as pancakes. I instantly become, "the best Mom ever". They are also a great way to use up those over ripe bananas in the fruit basket.  Buttermilk is a staple that I try to keep on hand, but If you don't...
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BAKED BUTTERMILK CHICKEN

BUTTERMILK BAKED CHICKEN Buttermilk works well as a meat tenderizer.  The longer the meat marinates the better,  but even if it is just for 20 minutes it is delicious.  Great as a  family weeknight dinner,  or, perfect on your Brunch table if your expecting a crowd. ...
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