Chicken Parmesan

This dish is an Italian-American classic, but is also unique because it utilizes two flavor profiles that are commonly considered opposed to one another:  Chicken and Marinara Sauce.  We usually think of Classic Marinara Sauce as a sauce that accompanies read meat - beef, sausage, meatballs.  In contrast, we usually think of chicken and seafood … Continue reading Chicken Parmesan

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Cuban Pulled Pork & Mojo Sandwiches

This amazing pulled pork can be thrown together in as little as 20 minutes, and then you can set it and forget it while it slow-roasts all day.  Dinner will be waiting for you when you get home.  Initially I was worried about this one.  I was afraid that a pork loin, which is a … Continue reading Cuban Pulled Pork & Mojo Sandwiches

Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs

Nothing says comfort food like Spaghetti & Meatballs.  In this recipe, you'll prepare Classic Marinara Sauce as well as scrumptious, tender meatballs that will stick to your ribs, and possibly put you into a food coma on a cold winter's night. Time: 60 minutes Level: Easy Cost: About $4-6 per plate Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: For … Continue reading Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs

Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

This method for roasting a pork loin is the best I've found so far.  It yields a juicy, tender roast accented by savory garlic and herbs.  Served with Shiitake Mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes it makes the perfect autumn dinner for those first few crisp, cool nights.  Although it takes a couple of hours to … Continue reading Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

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 … Continue reading Panko Parmesan Crusted Chicken Piccata

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 Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs or Chicken Parmesan. Time: 60 - … Continue reading Classic Marinara Sauce

Coq Au Riesling (Coq Au Vin Blanc)

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 … Continue reading Coq Au Riesling (Coq Au Vin Blanc)