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!
A chill is in the air… it’s almost down to the 50s here in the sunshine state! What better way to celebrate “cold” weather with a hearty, healthy meal of delicious cold water fish? Wild salmon has a higher fat content which makes it deliciously moist and chock full of omega-3’s. You get the best benefits and most intense flavor from leaving the skin on, and when baked on a cedar plank, this swimmer really soars to new heights. I served this with lemon-maple green beans and wild rice – the nutty/sweet flavors really complimented the glaze well, and kicked the health factor up a notch.
Rosemary-Lemon Crusted Wild Salmon with Maple Glaze!
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!
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!
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I am a HUGE Chopped fan. Huge. I watch it almost every day to get myself in the mood for dinner. I’ve even had dreams about competing – in which, ironically, the most stressful part was picking the correct dish to plate. Not that I’m a perfectionist or anything.
I love thinking of what I would do given whatever ingredients present themselves in the baskets, and watching how the competitors can work so quickly to achieve such wonderful results. Because of this, I obviously JUMPED at the chance to apply to compete in an incredible competition for food bloggers called Diced! on Pat’s blog, Rantings of an Amateur Chef. Given a list of ingredients that must each be showcased, we have to create a dish that is beautiful, original… and most of all, yummy!
So what did I decide to do when given puff pastry, roasted red peppers, sliced almonds and pears for the appetizer round?
Pear & Goat Cheese Puffs With Sliced Almonds & Bell Pepper/Balsamic Glaze!
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!
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
If you’re a vegetarian, look away now! This post is not for you. Despite one half-hearted 3 year attempt at curbing my appetite for the furry (NEVER become a vegetarian for a boyfriend…), I just can’t resist a deliciously carnivorous meal. Lamb chops are hands down my favorite meat-and-potatoes affair. I love the gamey flavor, the simplicity of preparation and the satisfaction of nibbling on those little bones – mmm, disturbing and delicious. While they are a pretty simple thing to whip up, I realize many people don’t know how to properly cook the little buggers. While there really isn’t a WRONG way to prepare them, simpler is generally better. If you want to dress your lamb up in a little more than just salt and pepper, this recipe is for you.
Garlic and Rosemary Crusted Lamb Chops!
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!
Perfect Sugar Cookies!
makes 24 (roughly)