Chicken Marsala

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 Marsala mushroom sauce over angel hair pasta. Time: 45-60 minutes Level:  Easy/Intermediate Cost: About $4-6 per plate Serves: 4- 6 Ingredients: … Continue reading Chicken Marsala

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Chunky Beef Chili

This delicious chili requires minimal effort and can be made on the stove top or in a slow-cooker.  It is spicy, rich and perfect for a cold winter night.  Serve with extra jalapeños, avocados and diced white onions as well as a dollop of sour cream and Mexican cheese.  This chili can be made a … Continue reading Chunky Beef Chili

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

Chicken Tikka Masala

So far, I haven't posted any Asian-inspired recipes on this blog - this is the first one.  Basically, it was interesting to note that although the ingredients were a bit different, the process is basically the same as it is for any one-pot wonder. Time: 90 minutes on stove top; 4 hrs slow-cooker on HIGH; … Continue reading Chicken Tikka Masala

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

On the Importance of a Good Thermometer

Critical to any cook's arsenal of tools is a good, reliable, accurate instant read thermometer.  In fact, I would argue that short of a knife, this is the most important tool in the kitchen.  Here's why: A couple of months ago I received one of the greatest honors of my culinary career:  My dear friend … Continue reading On the Importance of a Good Thermometer

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