Slow Braised Pot Roast

Slow Braised Pot Roast

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This beef is slowly braised with beautiful liquids and gorgeous vegetables.  So colorful & it tastes divine. The addition of good red wine, balsamic vinegar and a touch of grainy mustard makes this really special. This recipe is on repeat all through the cooler months! 

 

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Our neighbor is from India and they invite us over often for the most delicious meals. One of my favs is Butter Chicken and I just had to figure out how to make it. Here is what I’ve come up with and I’m very happy with the flavor and texture. Enjoy!

Asian Beef Stir Fry with Noodles

Asian Beef Stir Fry with Noodles

I’m always looking for a flavorful Asian inspired recipe and this one really hits the mark. After researching dozens of recipes for inspiration, here’s what I’ve come up with. Although the ingredient list is long, the recipe is straightforward. Enjoy!


Easy Creole Gumbo

Easy Creole Gumbo

We’re headed to New Orleans soon and it reminded me to share this recipe. This recipe is super simple and so satisfying. You can use frozen shrimp and okra, so you can make any time of year. Enjoy!

Za’atar Chicken

Za’atar Chicken

We had friends over for din on the other day & we served this amazing chicken dish. It’s so flavorful and the chicken is really tender & juicy. Have you tried za’atar? It varies greatly depending on where you are in the Middle East and every family has their own secret blend. It is generally a combination of dried oregano, thyme, marjoram, sumac and toasted sesame seeds. Za’atar may also contain salt, dried orange zest, dried dill, or the wild herb za’atar (also called hyssop, which also grows throughout the Levant & is the mixture’s namesake). This spice mix is tangy, rich & nutty, and is a must have in every kitchen! You’re going to love this chicken!

Rigatoni w/Mushrooms or SWAT Rags

Rigatoni w/Mushrooms or  SWAT Rags

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My hubs used to be the SWAT commander for our local police department & somehow this pasta became known as “SWAT RAGS. One of his officers taught me how to make this when the hubs and I first started dating.  He was friends with a local restauranteur and this was a secret dish he made for his friends. I used to make huge pans of this stuff in my tiny apartment kitchen for SWAT team get togethers & special events. When we got married in a friend’s backyard, you better believe this dish was served. Later, we started adding grilled chicken and that was a hit, too. This dish has been a staple at the many large parties we have thrown over the years. A party is not a party without SWAT Rags. Awwww…the memories!

Creole Pasta w/Andouille Sausage

Creole Pasta w/Andouille Sausage

This is an incredibly easy dish to put together and it’s so flavorful. The creole seasoning really elevates this pasta. It’s just a great diversion from the typical Italian pasta dish. You’ll love this New Orleans inspired meal!

Irish Goulash

Irish Goulash

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! This simple & comforting pasta goulash is perfect for a little Irish celebration. Just add an Irish kiss for the cook!

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Sweet & Sour Chicken

This dish is flavorful and so easy to make. Just a few steps and you’ll be enjoying this yumminess in no time. I served mine with jasmine rice and blanched broccoli.

Carne Guisada

Carne Guisada

We have a Mexican restaurant here in town that makes the best carne guisada. I’ve studied it for years and this is as close as it gets. Enjoy!

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