Chicken Sate Wraps

Every experienced cook has several tricks up his/her sleeve, and one of my shortcuts is to buy a rotisserie chicken (dirt cheap at Costco for a huge bird!), and then use the meat as a base of several dishes. Usually it ends up as a part of a soup or pasta dish, so when I […]

Morel Risotto

This is the time of year I usually go a bit morel crazy, but our finances this year are such that they are, for the most part, a bit too dear in price (at $40/lb) for me to indulge in more than once or twice. One or two popped up in my yard, but they […]

Basic Beer-Cheese Bread

If you’re anything like me, the cold weather outside has prompted you to try to keep warm with lots of hearty soups and stews. There’s nothing quite like hunkering down in front of the fireplace with a huge steaming bowl of something that’s been cooking all day. Gravy-based stews cry out for a nice hunk […]

Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp Kebabs

I’ve just made the discovery that I do, in fact, like seafood. Just don’t like it when it’s prepared badly. So I’ve been excited to start trying different recipes. This is my first attempt ever at grilling shrimp. I just couldn’t let a beautiful day like yesterday pass by without sitting outside grilling and eating. […]

Margarita-Braised Chicken Thighs

I’ve been trying out a lot of Cooking Light recipes lately – this one is one I’d definitely do again – good flavor, and one that you can’t tell is “light”. Margarita-Braised Chicken Thighs recipe courtesy Cooking Light 1/2 cup flour (about 2 1/4 ounces) 1 tablespoon paprika 2 teaspoons garlic powder 8 skinless, boneless […]

Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs

I find myself drawn more and more to recipes with boneless skinless chicken thighs rather than chicken breasts – I think it’s because even without skin, the additional fat in the chicken meat does wonders for mouth feel. And with this particular recipe, the glaze created by the honey mixture almost recreates skin – you […]

Abruzzese Lamb and Red Pepper Ragu with Penne

One of the things that I love about Cooking Light is that their pasta recipes are usually pretty awesome – you can’t really tell that they’re lower-fat. This is one that I like to use when I have leftover ground lamb laying around – most of the other ingredients are usually pantry items that I […]

Monthly Mingle: Grill It!

This month’s Monthly Mingle is being hosted by Sig over at Live to Eat, with the theme of dishes that are cooked on the grill (or can be adapted to be cooked on the grill). Needless to say, we’ve been getting a lot of use out of our outdoor kitchen. And this was the first […]