Smashed Red Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary

Inspired by Love That Food It’s vacation time, and you gotta indulge.  Since white potatoes are not normally in our diet, when we have them we want them to be extra-special.  This recipe for “smashed” potatoes is like the bridge between roasted and mashed – they are boiled until tender, then flattened and crushed so… Continue reading Smashed Red Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary

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Roasted Pork Shoulder with Winter Spices

Modified from The Splendid Table The traditional menu for New Year’s Day here in the Southeastern United States is pork, black-eyed peas, and greens.  As the saying goes, “Eat poor on New Year’s and eat fat the rest of the year.”  These foods are supposed to bring you prosperity in the coming year  – the… Continue reading Roasted Pork Shoulder with Winter Spices

Honey Walnut Shrimp

My memory is not always the best.  I often hear people reminiscing with such detail about their past  – details that I can never muster from my foggy brain.  What they wore on their first day of school, their thoughts on the first time they saw the ocean, where they were when they first heard… Continue reading Honey Walnut Shrimp

Roasted Cauliflower Soup (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Inspiration: Puree of White Bean Soup from Brasserie le Coze This week I got a blender, a powerful one, something that incredulously was missing from my arsenal of cooking tools.  I could not wait to take it for a spin.  After making a couple of smoothies, I thought I had the hang of it.  Let’s… Continue reading Roasted Cauliflower Soup (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Balsamic Pork Belly

Recipe adapted from Ian Knauer’s Sticky Balsamic Ribs I hope you are not tired of pork belly, for a couple of reasons.  First, this is the best version yet!  (Yes, I say that every time.)  The second reason is because I still have a few pounds of it in my freezer, so chances are you… Continue reading Balsamic Pork Belly

Roasted Lima Beans with Italian Herbs

Modified from Wholefoods.com It was not shaping up to be an exciting day for vegetables.  There were slim pickings in the refrigerator, and I didn’t relish the idea of going out to the grocery store in the rain.  However, the ever-dependable lima beans were waiting in the freezer.  Waiting for a chance to be something… Continue reading Roasted Lima Beans with Italian Herbs

Chicken with Mushrooms and Grapes

Suddenly it is almost dinner time, and I haven’t the faintest idea of what I’m going to cook.  This is an opportunity to take inventory of what is in the refrigerator, then google it and see what you come up with.  It is food roulette  – there are hardly any ingredients that someone hasn’t thought… Continue reading Chicken with Mushrooms and Grapes

Cauliflower Purée with Goat Cheese

We ran across some MONSTER grass-fed ribeye steaks on-the-bone, perfect for Sunday Steak Night™!  It seemed like a good night for a simple, mashed vegetable side dish.  We have posted another recipe for mashed cauliflower, which I love, but it is really hearty and filling on its own.  We needed something a little less rich… Continue reading Cauliflower Purée with Goat Cheese

Paprika-Cumin Marinated Sirloin Steak and Medley of Roasted Squash

Adapted from How to Cook Meat Last week we splurged and ordered 40 pounds of grass-fed, grass-finished Angus beef for the freezer.  If you recall, I had to do a major freezer clean-out to accommodate the giant beef back ribs I had previously ordered.  I don’t know how, but we managed to squeeze almost all… Continue reading Paprika-Cumin Marinated Sirloin Steak and Medley of Roasted Squash

Perp-Walk Chicken

aka Grill-Roasted Chicken with Lemon, Garlic, and Fresh Herbs Saturday, May 21, 2011.  This date stands out for many reasons.  First, as I’m sure you heard, it was purported to be Judgment Day.  As 6 pm slid past uneventfully while we sipped Pinot Noir on our peaceful patio, with this chicken roasting away in the… Continue reading Perp-Walk Chicken

High-Altitude Muffin *FAIL*

Having lived most of my life at 1000 ft above sea level, or less, my first instinct when baking isn’t to consider the elevation of my oven.  It did occur to me, too late, when I peeked in the oven to find a pan overflowing with batter.  Oops!  This wasn’t a total fail since the… Continue reading High-Altitude Muffin *FAIL*

Salmon with Chipotle-Lime Glaze

As we enjoyed this meal, it occurred to us that it might be the healthiest combination of food ever!  Not that it really mattered, because it was quite tasty and we would have eaten every bite even it it was chock full of benzene and trans fats.  Well, not really…we do try to avoid foods… Continue reading Salmon with Chipotle-Lime Glaze

Chicken Stuffed with Brie and Walnuts – An Experiment

Back in the 80’s when I lived in Chapel Hill, NC, there was a restaurant called McCarthy’s Grill.  They served a stuffed chicken breast with a flavor that haunts me still, and I have absolutely no idea what was actually in it.  I remember walnuts, a mustard sauce, perhaps some kind of cheese.  This recipe… Continue reading Chicken Stuffed with Brie and Walnuts – An Experiment

Chicken Thighs with Spicy Mustard-Orange Sauce

Adapted from Bon Appetit via Epicurious “Orange Chicken”, as we call this at home, is an old favorite of ours because of the great sauce.  It combines the sweet, fresh flavors of orange juice and honey with the spiciness of grainy mustard, and a bit of chipotle pepper thrown in for warmth.  A good sauce… Continue reading Chicken Thighs with Spicy Mustard-Orange Sauce