Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

This is the ideal one pot meal for me as it combines many flavors that I love. Artichokes, olives, lemon, mint and a bit of spice from red pepper flakes make everyday chicken thighs exciting enough for a special dinner. [Read more…]

Stovetop Paella with Chorizo and Chicken

First let’s establish that this recipe is a take on traditional paella. It’s not cooked outdoors in a big flat pan over a wood burning fire in Spain. It is cooked in one pan on top of the stove in your kitchen with many of the traditional ingredients found in Valencian paella including saffron, paprika, garlic, rice and chicken. [Read more…]

New Mexico Beef Chili

Anthony Bourdain recently came out with his first cookbook (Appetites: A Cookbook) in a decade. You may have heard or read some interviews with him during the fall – that’s how I heard about it. I decided that it was a good Christmas present for Ed as I knew he liked Bourdain’s recipes and no nonsense style.

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French Lentils with Sausage and Fennel

I recently hosted a farmers market themed Gourmet Dinner Club (GDC). I asked that everyone bring something that contained at least one ingredient from a local farmers market (emphasis on “local”). [Read more…]

Sunset Chicken with Yogurt and Herbs

Being on the New York side of Lake Champlain affords us gorgeous views of the sunrise. There’s something especially magical to me when you see it over water. Every now and then though it’s equally wonderful to see a sunset. [Read more…]

Grilled Pork and Scallion Tacos

One of my new favorites is to grill scallions (or spring onions). During my weekly trek to the local farmers market I always make sure to pick up a few fresh bunches. They’re very easy to make and they add a nice flavor and crunch to any meal. [Read more…]

Chicken Shawarma

“I don’t know what it is but I want to try it.” So said Tony Stark AKA Iron Man in The Avengers (2012). I’d be lying if I said I was inspired by the post-credit scene in this movie to make chicken shawarma. The inspiration actually came from a New York Times recipe. [Read more…]

Vietnamese Steak with Cucumber Salad

Everyone who loves to cook has at least one cooking fiasco to their name. Mine involves one of the key ingredients in this recipe – fish sauce. Living in Los Angeles I was exposed to many different cuisines that were not all yet available on the east coast in the 1980s and 1990s. [Read more…]

Corned Beef Hash and Poached Eggs

I may be the one of Irish descent in our house but Ed’s the one who loves the Irish-American tradition of corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day.  I’m not sure how that figured into his Hungarian-Italian upbringing. [Read more…]

Chicken Burrito Bowl (Slow Cooker)

Slow cookers and I have not always seen eye to eye. While I like the concept that you can place a bunch of ingredients in the cooker, turn it on and come back hours later to a hot and tasty meal it rarely worked that way for me (a few family members can attest to that). [Read more…]