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”

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”

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”

Shrimp and Lobster Risotto

Shrimp and Lobster Risotto

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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Creamy Farfalle with Chicken, Mushrooms, Broccoli, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Creamy Farfalle with Chicken, Mushrooms, Broccoli, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes




Farfalle with Chicken, Mushrooms, Broccoli, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes w/ Alfredo Sauce

Creamy farfalle with chicken, mushrooms, broccoli, and sun-dried tomatoes is one of my favorite things to cook and eat.  This pasta dish is rich, creamy and delicious.  The chicken and mushrooms give the dish a satisfying meatiness, while the tart sweetness of the sun-dried tomatoes cut right through the richness of the alfredo sauce.  I added the broccoli because, after drenching the dish in butter and cream, I had to add something healthy.   Continue reading “Creamy Farfalle with Chicken, Mushrooms, Broccoli, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes”