Marge Perry Newsday columnist Marge Perry

Marge Perry, Newsday's weekly 3 Simple columnist, also writes, broadcasts, teaches and speaks about cooking, food and nutrition. In her long-standing capacity as a Newsday columnist, Contributing Editor for Cooking Light, author of the blog A Sweet and Savory Life, restaurant critic, recent columnist for several leading magazines (Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention); regular contributor to many magazines, (including Self, More, Coastal Living, and Relish) and frequent guest on television and radio, Perry is an accessible and authoritative guide for anyone who cooks, eats and travels.

In addition to Dinner Tonight, the cookbook based on her daily Newsday column, Ms. Perry has contributed recipes and text to nearly 20 other food and nutrition books. Her articles have been syndicated internationally in magazines and books, and her recipes have appeared on the Television Food Network and numerous television news segments.

Perry teaches cooking and food writing at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, food writing at, and is a guest lecturer at the culinary management graduate school at New York University. Her extensive involvement with the food industry ranges from writing and reporting about cooking and nutrition, chefs, restaurants, growers, producers and manufacturers; restaurant reviewing; menu consulting; consumer trend analysis; and volunteering to bring food and cooking/nutrition know-how to those in need. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Libby Hillman Award for Culinary Excellence and the Food Writers’ Symposium scholarship and the Association of Food Journalists Award for Best Food Essay for an ode to her mother and strawberry-frosted cupcakes.

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2 pounds center-cut pork, cut in 1-inch pieces

1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon canola oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

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4 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped

2 cups chopped onion

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced no-salt tomatoes

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon tomato paste

2 (4.5-ounce) cans diced green chilies

Salt and pepper to taste

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1. Toss the pork with the flour, salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high; add the pork and cook, browning on all sides, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapeño, onion and cook until the vegetables are slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a slow cooker.

2. Add the cumin, chili powder, oregano, tomatoes, broth, tomato paste and canned chilies; cook on low 6 to 8 hours. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving: 283 calories, 25 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 13 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 786 mg sodium


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TIP: Make the chili a day ahead and keep it warm all day on the low setting of the slow cooker.



1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cracked or very coarsely ground black pepper

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut in small bits

1/2 cup milk

1 tablespoon melted butter


1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and black pepper in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives cut the butter pieces into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. With a rubber spatula, stir in the milk until the mixture is just moistened; knead the dough 4 to 5 times in the bowl to bring it together. Form the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 15 minutes.

3. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 3/4-inch thick. Use a 2 1/4-inch biscuit cutter to cut 12 biscuits (rerolling scraps as needed). Place the biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet, brush the tops with the melted butter and bake until puffed and golden brown, about 14 to 15 minutes. Makes 12 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving: 140 calories, 2 g protein, 13 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 9 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 213 mg sodium



1 tablespoon canola oil

1 cup chopped onion

1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced

1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced

4 ounces ham, finely diced (about 3/4 cup)

8 large eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

3 tablespoons light shredded Cheddar (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat 2 (12-cup) mini-muffin tins with cooking spray.

2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high; add the onion, bell peppers and ham and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened and the ham lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Spoon the mixture evenly into the 24 muffin cups.

3. Whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl until well combined. Transfer in batches to a liquid measuring cup (with a spout) and pour the egg evenly into the muffin cups.

4. Bake until the eggs puff and are nearly dry in the center, about 8 to 9 minutes. Remove from the oven, sprinkle the tops with the shredded cheese, and return to the oven to slightly melt the cheese, about another 2 minutes.

Makes 24 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving: 43 calories, 3 g protein, 1 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 109 mg sodium