Chicken Chili II (Updated Version)

Recipes change over time.  As we spend more time in the kitchen and become better cooks, we learn new things; as we learn new things, we incorporate them into the dishes we already know how to make.  That's ultimately how a dish becomes "ours" - when we've come to know it so well through years … Continue reading Chicken Chili II (Updated Version)

Butterless Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

This dish preps in about 20 minutes, cooks all day, and then awaits you when you get home from work (or whatever you are doing).  The addition of yogurt makes it a bit healthier than the traditional all-butter-and-cream method, and adds a zesty tang to the final product.  Serve this over a bed of white … Continue reading Butterless Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

Chicken Dijonnaise with Brandy Mustard Cream Sauce

This tangy, zesty, creamy dish comes together in a little less than an hour.  It is simple enough to make on a weeknight (with a little hustle) and elegant enough for a dinner party.  Serve with homemade Caesar Salad, because the flavor profiles of the classic Caesar are the perfect compliment to Chicken Dijonnaise. Time: … Continue reading Chicken Dijonnaise with Brandy Mustard Cream Sauce

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

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 minutesLevel: EasyCost: About $4-6 per plateServes: 4-6 Ingredients: For the Meatballs: 3/4 … Continue reading Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs

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, … Continue reading Cajun Jambalaya

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