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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Mediterranean Couscous Salad
Mediterranean couscous salad is an easy, flavorful side dish that can be on your dinner table in less than a half an hour. Couscous, like rice, is a perfect canvas for flavor. This Mediterranean couscous salad can be served hot as a base to soak up the sauce in stews and braises. Or, you can serve it cold as a light side dish. Continue reading “Mediterranean Couscous Salad”
Corn and Jalapeno Hoe Cakes
These Corn and Jalapeno Hoe Cakes are half pancake, half cornbread, and 100% delicious. You can eat these with butter and syrup for breakfast or serve them on the side of a pot of collard greens. The corn and jalapenos add sweetness and spice, that take these hoe cakes from ordinary to extraordinary.
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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”
The World’s Best Banana Bread
Banana bread is one of my favorite things to bake. What makes The World’s Best Banana Bread is the streusel topping and the rum glaze. The texture of the nuts are a great elevates the texture of the moist soft loaf, and the sweet, slightly boozy rum glaze sends the flavor of this bread into orbit. Continue reading “The World’s Best Banana Bread”
The Ultimate Chicken Marsala
My ultimate chicken Marsala combines a deep, rich mushroom sauce with sweet, caramelized onions, and tender, juicy chicken. I’ve been trying to perfect this recipe for years, and this is the best version so far. Continue reading “The Ultimate Chicken Marsala”
Herb Roasted Potatoes
Herb roasted potatoes are the perfect side dish for any meal, and they couldn’t be easier to make. Whether you are eating them with chicken, beef, pork, or fish, these potatoes will be a welcome addition to your dinner table.
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Skillet Peach Cobbler with Ginger and Star Anise
Peach cobbler is the quintessential summer dessert. Ginger and star anise provide a depth of flavor to the peaches to counteract their overwhelming sweetness. Add a scoop of ice cream, and this skillet peach cobbler tastes like the perfect summer day. Continue reading “Skillet Peach Cobbler with Ginger and Star Anise”
Shrimp and Lobster Risotto
I wish I could eat shrimp and lobster risotto every day, but the way my pockets are set up, I can only eat shrimp and lobster risotto on special occasions. Shrimp and Lobster Risotto is a great special occasion dish. If you are only eating the meat from your lobsters and shrimp, you are wasting money and flavor. I used the shells to make a rich, flavorful stock, that infused the entire dish with lobster and shrimp flavor.
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Candied Pecan Ice Cream
Ice cream is my greatest weakness. I know advertising your weakness over the internet is probably a terrible idea, but I actively invite all of you to try to take advantage. I don’t know what it is, but I’m always in the mood for ice cream. It could be that I remember sitting at my grandparent’s dining room table eating ice cream with my grandmother. Or maybe, it could be the trips to Dairy Queen after little league games. Whatever it is, ice cream always brings a smile to my face. I hope this recipe for candied pecan ice cream brings a smile to yours. Continue reading “Candied Pecan Ice Cream”