Short Rib Chilli Con Carne

Short Rib Chilli Con Carne

Short Rib Chilli Con Carne





There are very few things better than a big bowl of Short Rib Chilli Con Carne on a winter day.  We got our first little bit of snow this weekend, and as soon as I heard the forecast I knew what I wanted to make.  This dish uses whole dried chilies instead of chili powder and the flavor is deeper and richer than anything you’ll get out of one of those little cans.   Continue reading “Short Rib Chilli Con Carne”

Shrimp Scampi Linguine with Cherry Tomatoes

Shrimp Scampi Linguine with Cherry Tomatoes

Shrimp Scampi Linguine with Cherry Tomatoes





Shrimp Scampi Linguine with Cherry Tomatoes is an easy, delicious recipe for any occasion.  The roasted cherry tomatoes add an extra pop of flavor to the classic lemon and garlic sauce.  The sweet, briny shrimp and is the perfect counterbalance for the garlicky, acidic sauce.  This is a quick, easy recipe that will quickly become a mainstay on your dinner table. Continue reading “Shrimp Scampi Linguine with Cherry Tomatoes”

Pork Tenderloin with Apples Red Onion and Fennel

Pork Tenderloin with Apples Red Onion and Fennel

Pork Tenderloin with Apples Red Onion and Fennel





Pork Tenderloin with Apples Red Onion and Fennel is an easy flavorful dish that is the perfect weeknight dinner.  Pork tenderloin doesn’t have much flavor on its own, but the sweet apple and the savory fennel are a perfect combination to highlight the pork’s subtle flavors.   Continue reading “Pork Tenderloin with Apples Red Onion and Fennel”

Vietnamese Nuoc Cham Chicken Wings

Vietnamese Nuoc Cham Chicken Wings

Vietnamese Nuoc Cham Chicken Wings





Chicken wings are a blank canvas for flavor.  When I want to try something different, chicken wings are one of the first places I turn.  Whether you’re making traditional buffalo wings or experimenting with new flavors, it is almost impossible to mess up a chicken wing.  These Vietnamese Nuoc Cham Chicken Wings are a perfect example of how you can try something new and eat something familiar at the same time. Continue reading “Vietnamese Nuoc Cham Chicken Wings”

Spicy Shrimp and Creamy Parmesan Grits

Spicy Shrimp and Creamy Parmesan Grits

Spicy Shrimp and Creamy Parmesan Grits




My recipe for Spicy Shrimp and Creamy Parmesan Grits combines the sweet, briny flavor of shrimp with the creamy comfort of grits.  The sauce is spicy, and slightly acidic, which balances nicely with the rich, creamy grits.  This is a recipe you’ll come back to over and over again, because it is easy, comforting, and absolutely delicious. Continue reading “Spicy Shrimp and Creamy Parmesan Grits”

Extra Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Extra Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Extra Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken





Extra Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken is the king of all comfort foods.  The combination of crisp, crunchy, breading and moist, juicy, meat is the culinary equivalent of a hug from your grandmother.  This recipe is perfect for a Saturday afternoon picnic, served with waffles for brunch, or for a classic Sunday dinner.  Whenever you decide to eat it, I’m sure you’ll love it. Continue reading “Extra Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken”

Korean Grilled Pork Chops

Korean Grilled Pork Chops

Korean Grilled Pork Chops



Korean food is one of the least appreciated ethnic foods.  We’ve all had Chinese, Japanese, and Thai, but Korean seems to get forgotten.  These Korean Grilled Pork Chops are a great introduction to the flavors of Korean food.  The familiar aromatic flavors of ginger and garlic combined with the fermented spice paste gochujang and the Korean chile powder gochugaru provide the flavor base for Korean cuisine.  These Korean Grilled Pork Chops presents the flavors of Korea with the familiar All-American staple, grilled meat.  Try these pork chops with Korean Stir Fried Vegetables. Continue reading “Korean Grilled Pork Chops”

Baked Rigatoni with Sausage and Swiss Chard

Baked Rigatoni with Sausage and Swiss Chard

Baked Rigatoni with Sausage and Swiss Chard





I loved baked pasta.  This Baked Rigatoni with Sausage and Swiss Chard is packed with meaty, savory flavors that are more reminiscent of a spaghetti bolognese than the typical cheesy baked pasta.  A lot of baked pasta dishes, which I love by the way, are heavy, cheesy, and dense.  This dish is a little lighter but just as flavorful.

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Quick and Easy Shrimp Étouffée

Quick and Easy Shrimp Étouffée

Quick and Easy Shrimp Étouffée





Étouffée is a spicy gravy that consists of sauteed shrimp and vegetables that is traditionally served over rice.  This Quick and Easy Shrimp Étouffée is my version of the New Orleans classic.  The inspiration for this dish came from The Warehouse in Alexandria, Virginia.  I had a dish of fried catfish smothered in shrimp and crawfish étouffée.  The fish was fried perfectly, but the étouffée was a little bland for my tastes.  My version of shrimp étouffée is a little spicier and has more of a deep seafood flavor.  Whether you smother some fried catfish, or serve over rice, this shrimp étouffée is quick, easy, and delicious. Continue reading “Quick and Easy Shrimp Étouffée”