Grilled Asian Pork Chops

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)!

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photo credit goes to illustrious pork chop photographer/personal assistant Mike Prez!

Grilled Asian Pork Chops!
serves 4

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Thanksgiving Turkey – Spatchcock It To Me!

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.

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Spatchcocked Thanksgiving Turkey!

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Thanksgiving Morning: Cranberry and Pumpkin Scones with Whipped Maple Butter

By  now most everyone in the United States is up and elbows deep in some delicious turkey day preparations.  My family’s Thanksgiving tradition generally involves no breakfast, me taking over any heavy lifting duties, as well as about 4 bottles of champagne for the cooks (of which there are usually 2 – you do the math).  This year we decided to be smart about it and make something simple yet filling and delicious to fill our tummies before the main event begins.  After just finishing my first bites and almost licking the butter container clean, I can tell you that these will definitely become a new part of our family tradition – how about yours?

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Cranberry and Pumpkin Scones with Whipped Maple Butter!
serves 8

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Indian Murgh Makhani/Butter Chicken

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:

Well, there goes more of my paycheck.

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.

Niagara falls in my mouth

Niagara falls in my mouth

Murgh Makhani!
serves 4 hungry hippos

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Goat Cheese and Mushroom Chiles Relleños

Sometimes you just need to eat a chili stuffed with cheese.  Jalapeño poppers became famous for a reason!  If you’re looking for a little more upscale version of this classes party dish, I suggest you give this recipe a whirl – it’s sure to delight your tastebuds.

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Goat Cheese and Mushroom Chilles Relleños!
makes 8 stuffed chiles

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Perfect Sugar Cookies

oh the weather outside is frightful
but the fire is so delightful…

Actually, its a beautiful 82 here in sunny Fort Lauderdale and we don’t even have a fireplace… but you get the drift.  It’s that time of year again – christmas songs are blasting through store speakers and the smell of pine wafts through the house.  I’m not a big dessert fan, but nothing says holidays like a delicious cookie – and that’s exactly what this simple yet so delicious recipe is all about!

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Perfect Sugar Cookies!
makes 24 (roughly)

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Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts

I woke up today feeling very hungry and craving something meaty and filling. Unfortunately, I don’t have the ingredients to make one of my staples… so I’ll just blog about it instead and drool over old photos!  This is one of my favorite simple preparations of chicken that is spectacular.  It’s definitely not low-fat, though, so if you’re calorie counting you might want to skip this one.  This is also the first part of my two-part recipe for Creamy Chicken Rotini… but that’s another blog, another day.

comfort food at its best!

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast!
serves 4

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