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Eric Akis: New Orleans 'barbecue' shrimp is actually made in a skillet

Eric Akis: New Orleans 'barbecue' shrimp is actually made in a skillet

Cajun-style sauce gives shrimp a red, smoky, hot-off-the-grill look
Eric Akis: Italian meatballs, arugula add gusto to gnocchi

Eric Akis: Italian meatballs, arugula add gusto to gnocchi

When you want to dress up store-bought gnocchi, try this marinara sauce enriched with Italian sausage meatballs and peppery arugula.
Eric Akis: Hughie's stew has a little bit of everything

Eric Akis: Hughie's stew has a little bit of everything

Beef, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, stock or tomato juice, red wine, quick cooking tapioca and seasonings combine to make this tasty but simple-to-make stew.
Eric Akis: Hearty, creamy-style onion soup has a comforting taste and texture

Eric Akis: Hearty, creamy-style onion soup has a comforting taste and texture

Try this hearty, creamy-style onion soup topped with cheesy, toasted rounds of baguette.
Eric Akis: Pork pot roast a comfort-food classic

Eric Akis: Pork pot roast a comfort-food classic

As fall weather finally sets in, get cosy with this tender braised meat dish served up with root vegetables. It would be excellent alongside mashed potatoes.
Eric Akis: Butternut squash risotto is a perfect autumn meal

Eric Akis: Butternut squash risotto is a perfect autumn meal

This risotto, rich with tender bits of squash, is perfect for autumn. Serve as a main course with a side salad and some crusty Italian bread.
Eric Akis: A Japanese steakhouse dinner, minus the show

Eric Akis: A Japanese steakhouse dinner, minus the show

Seared and sliced steak, vegetables and mushrooms flavoured with teriyaki sauce, ginger, garlic and sesame oil are served with steamed rice or fresh udon noodles.
Eric Akis: Eggplant pasta dish a taste of Sicily

Eric Akis: Eggplant pasta dish a taste of Sicily

The Sicilian-style Pasta alla Norma tastily combines tender, fried eggplant, rich tomato sauce, salty cheese and herbs.
Eric Akis: It's time for some turkey soup and sammies

Eric Akis: It's time for some turkey soup and sammies

Two tasty ways to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers
Eric Akis: Make-ahead recipes to lessen the load on Thanksgiving

Eric Akis: Make-ahead recipes to lessen the load on Thanksgiving

Gravy base and mashed potato bake can be prepared the day before, lessening the workload on the day of the big meal
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