Not everyone feels like handling an entire 20 lb. bird for Thanksgiving – if you’re just cooking for yourself or a few other special someones, that’s a lot of leftovers! Or maybe it’s mid August and you want all the deliciousness of Thanksgiving without the 5 day pumpkin spice latte infused extravaganza. Whatever the case, this holiday spin on a rustic dish is sure to please and wow even the pickiest of turkey gobblers. The classic technique is a bit tricky, but the reward is SO worth it!
In my house, pork chops are a twice weekly affair – we just can’t get enough of them! I’m always looking for new ways to prepare them, and a few months ago I had a hankering for Chinese food and some pork chops in the freezer. And so, this recipe was born… my second favorite pork chop preparation ever (behind my mom’s pork chops and mushroom gravy, of course, but that’s for another day)!
Grilled Asian Pork Chops!
While Thanksgiving has come and gone, and my birth month has finally arrived, this recipe was just too good to deny front page status. While perusing Bon Appétit for some Thanksgiving menu ideas, my mom and I came across this technically wonderful cooking method. We did a test run on a couple of chickens, and when those turned out amazingly, we decided to take a risk and make our Thanksgiving turkey the same way. My oh my, did it pay off. Not only is the skin to die for (my favorite part!) but the meat was moist and oh-so-flavorful. If that wasn’t enough, the cooking time was about half of what it normally would have been. This is the first year that every scrap of leftover 15 lb. turkey was eaten – by two people and a dog. Try this out with your next big bird, or with a delicious chicken. You can’t go wrong.
Spatchcocked Thanksgiving Turkey!
I am a slave to spice. I live on Frank’s. Usually dinner is Frank’s with a side of whatever else we’re having. I literally put that **** on EVERYTHING. I also absolutely love Mexican food and Southwestern flavors – hence my obsession with Bobby Flay. And who doesn’t love sangria?
One of the simplest Mexican dishes to master is the fajita, and for drinks, there’s the Spanish sangria. That’s partly because there’s no real formula for either, save a few basic rules, and because anything wrapped in a warm tortilla or with wine and some hot sauce is – in my opinion – worth dying for.
It’s no secret by now that I love Indian food. While Murg Makhani/Butter Chicken (recipe here) is my favorite Indian meal, sometimes I feel like dressing something up in a pretty little package. Whenever I want to add a little pizazz to a meal I’d usually make with chicken, I immediately think of Cornish Game Hen. It’s perfectly proportioned, flavorful, and damn cute on a plate. While watching one of my LOVES Bobby Flay on Food Network…
I was pleasantly surprised to see him deviating from his usual TexMex type cooking (which is BOMB by the way) and cooking up something with a little Indian flair. I immediately wrote the recipe down and decided to give it a try – and I’m glad I did! If you want a delicious, fancy shmancy Indian inspired meal, why don’t you try…
Garam Masala Rubbed Cornish Game Hens with Maple-Tamarind Glaze!
Here we are – the entree round of the Diced! competition! Thank you to all my followers, friends and family who helped get me through into the next round 🙂 Now, without further ado, let’s kick things off! (To view on the competition’s main page and to vote pretty plleassseeee!!! click here)
This time around, the ingredients we were required to include in our entree were:
Large portabello mushrooms
I was in quite a pickle reading these ingredients (har har). How to make a dish that was cohesive AND delicious – especially when I had never seen let alone cooked with quinoa? Then it hit me – labor day was right around the corner. We HAVE to celebrate the last official day of summer, right? Well… in Florida every day is summer, but you get the picture. What better way to revel in the summer sun than with a grill, some burgers, and some beers? And so, this farewell to summertime recipe was born – and I’m so glad it was, because I think it has revolutionized how I will make burgers from now on.
“California” Burgers with Zucchini Fries and Spicy Balsamic Honey Mustard!
I think it’s no secret at this point that I love ethnic food, ESPECIALLY if it’s spicy. Something about the belly-warming feeling of a hot meal with a good amount of spice really gets my mouth watering. I also love grilling – screw that preconception that men are supposed to be the grillers! There really isn’t anything better than – or anything that can be a substitute for – the smoky, charred flavors a grill can provide.
Since we’re going to be saying goodbye to summer in a month or so – or rather, many of you readers are, because Florida is perpetually in a state of summer – I decided to post this amazing little meal up while you still have some sunshine and warm days to enjoy it with. Plus, what’s more fun than eating food on a stick?
Turkish Chicken Kabobs!
Sometimes you just gotta have pasta. While I haven’t been a huge pasta fan, I discovered vodka sauce a while back and started to understand what all the fuss was about. I’m not ashamed to admit it: if you add alcohol to it, I’ll probably love anything. With this quick little recipe I cooked up (no pun intended) you’re sure to love it too!
Campanelle with Chicken, Mushrooms and Basil-Vodka Sauce!
Comfort food – it’s called that for a reason. Macaroni and cheese is a childhood staple that, when altered correctly, can satisfy all those blue-boxed memories with some grownup flair: adding chicken wings makes the meal stay kid friendly while being a little more well-rounded for us kids-at-heart. You won’t even have to hide the box when company comes over – and they will once they smell what’s cookin’.
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Herbed Parmesan Chicken Wings!
Cue the Bollywood music and don your brightest sari, kiddies – we’re headed to one of my most favorite culinary locales for today’s post! I can hardly go a month without desiring that wonderful tummy-warming spicy garlicky deliciousness, filling every fiber of my being with the need to feed untillll… I go broke. Ordering any kind of food, but ESPECIALLY Indian food, is NOT cheap; especially if you like to mix all sorts of different flavors together when you order. And if you have an obsession bordering on psychotic for garlic naan. So what’s the solution?
I had tried cooking my favorite dish, murgh makhani (or butter chicken for the lingually challenged) before and it did not turn out AT ALL like I wanted, or like it should have. I chalked it up to my lack of a tandoor/clay oven, although after a quick search on Amazon I just realized this thing is not very expensive:
Anyway, it IS possible to get that delicious flavor without a clay oven. The trick was concocting the right recipe with the best flavor profile. Not to toot my own horn, but I think this recipe is pretty damn bomb. Toot, toot.
serves 4 hungry hippos