Boeuf Bourguignon

Another beautiful rustic French classic, the method for this dish bears a resemblance to Traditional Coq Au Vin.  When I made this for the first time, I followed Julia Child’s recipe to the letter, and I remember thinking about halfway through the process “This woman was insane.”  Now that I’ve made it a few times, I…

50 Must Have Kitchen Essentials

Epic Post Alert:  This is a tad long but I’m writing it because likely the #1 question I get from budding culinary aficionados is “What do I absolutely have to have in my kitchen to get started?”  Well, here it is – The List. A few of things worth noting here:  First, this post is…

Vegan Mushroom Bisque

I’ve been trying to make one vegan/vegetarian dish each week to cut down a bit on my meat consumption.  The secret ingredient to this dish is homemade cashew cream which, in the finished product, you wouldn’t know isn’t dairy.  You could make this recipe using heavy cream rather than the cashew cream for a vegetarian…

Pesto Chicken and Broccoli with Penne Pasta

Because it is made from all fresh ingredients, this delicious dish rivals anything you would get at a high-end Italian restaurant but comes together in about 45 minutes, making it perfect for a busy weeknight or a lazy weekend.  If you’re looking for inspiration for dinner tonight, this is it. Difficulty:  Easy Time:  45 minutes…

Jalapeño Cheddar Soup

Ah, fall.  Labor Day festivities over, it’s finally time to embrace the fact that summer has finally drawn to a close.  Now is the time to embrace leaves turning color, a crispness to the air, a change in the light.  Fall is a time for flannel shirts, cooler days – and of course soup. Of…

Panko Fried Fish Fillets with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Once fried golden brown, pop the fillets in the oven to cook them through.  This is a healthier alternative to deep fried battered fish and the results are fabulous. Active Time:  15-20 minutes Inactive Time:  15-20 minutes Level: Easy Serves: 4-6 Ingredients For the Fish Fillets  6-8 firm white fillets (cod, tilapia or swai are…

Steak Fajitas

Steak soaked in a zesty citrus marinade and then grilled to perfection; serve with pico de gallo, homemade gaucamole, sour cream, roasted peppers and onions and Mexican cheese.  Easy, cheap and delicious. Ingredients: For the Steak 2.5lb London Broil or Tri-Tip Roast 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup lime juice (approximately 6 limes) Zest of 1…

A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain

Until recently, I had never shed a real tear over the passing of a celebrity. While the deaths of other famous people have saddened me greatly, the tragic and devastating loss of Anthony Bourdain hit me hard and I wept. Perhaps for some people it is a musician, actor or artist whose work had a…

Salmon Poached in White Wine with Penne and Asparagus

This delicious seafood pasta dish comes together in about 45 minutes, is simple to make and relatively inexpensive.  Its clean, bright flavor profile yields a result greater than the sum of its parts and it is therefore both perfect for a weeknight dinner and elegant enough for a romantic dinner for two. Time: 45 minutes…

New Mexico Sopapillas

I love these guys – puffy, airy little pastries designed to do one thing: be a delivery mechanism for awesome flavors.  They are a staple of New Mexican cuisine, and as far as I can tell, almost exclusive to it as well. Sopapilla literally means “little soup pillow” and that’s what they are best at…