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Cajun Jambalaya

Nothing says Autumn like hearty soups and stews… and here in SoCal, the temperature is often still in triple digits at the end of October (not very Fall-like).  The solution?  A spicy, hearty stew that’s tasty all the time: Cajun Jambalaya!  The observant chef will notice that this dish bears a striking resemblance to paella, but somewhat simpler and with different ingredients. Time: 60 minutes … Continue reading Cajun Jambalaya

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Panko Parmesan Crusted Chicken Piccata

  This twist on an Italian classic uses Japanese panko bread crumbs to create a delicate yet irresistibly crisp breading on the outside of lightly fried chicken cutlets which are then served with a savory and tangy pan sauce over angel hair pasta. Time: 45-60 minutes Level:  Easy/Intermediate Cost: About $4-6 per plate Serves: 4- 6 Ingredients:   2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butterflied, sliced … Continue reading Panko Parmesan Crusted Chicken Piccata

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Classic Marinara Sauce

This classic Italian sauce is a staple for many dishes and can easily be enjoyed on it’s own over pasta.  It can also be used as a dipping sauce for bread, calamari, or mozzarella cheese sticks.  It can also be used to make classic dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs or chicken Parmesan. Time: 60 – 90 Minutes Level: Easy Cost: $2-3 per plate Serves: … Continue reading Classic Marinara Sauce

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Coq Au Riesling

A one-pot wonder ready in less than an hour, this dish is a riff on the classic French dish Coq Au Vin.  It is also a somewhat lighter dish, with a slightly tangy but still rich flavor profile, due in part to the use of Riesling, a white wine, rather than a French red.  Classic Coq Au Vin takes several hours to prepare (or if … Continue reading Coq Au Riesling

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Green Chile Bacon Cheeseburgers

To my great happiness, it is once again Hatch Chile Season!  The Hatch Chile hails from the small town of Hatch, NM – arguably the pepper capital of North America.  Hatch Chiles are exactly the same pepper as the well-known Anaheim Pepper, but because they are grown in the rocky soil of arid Southern New Mexico the plants have to work hard to survive.  This … Continue reading Green Chile Bacon Cheeseburgers

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Argentine Steak with Chimichurri on Crostinis

This classic gaucho-style steak is a sure crowd-pleaser and is a unique way to serve grilled steak on a warm summer evening.  Because it uses an inexpensive cut of meat, it’s also easy on the wallet. Time: 60 – 90 Minutes Level: Easy Cost: $6-8/plate Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: For the Chimichurri Sauce: 1 bunch flat leaf Italian parsley, leafless part of stems removed 4-6 cloves … Continue reading Argentine Steak with Chimichurri on Crostinis

Penne with Chicken, Sausage and Sprouts

Looking for quick, easy and delicious one pot meal that will fill your stomach on a weeknight? Here you go! Time: 60 – 90 Minutes Level: Easy Cost: $6-8/plate Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chunked into roughly 1 – 1.5 inch cubes 12 oz – 1 lb smoked sausage (try Cajun Andouille for a little kick), sliced into 1/4 inch thick … Continue reading Penne with Chicken, Sausage and Sprouts