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Grilled Yogurt Chicken with Lemon Zest

Grilled yogurt chicken marinates boneless chicken breasts with yogurt and lemon. Here is an easy and simple marinade for chicken that’s especially delicious when cooked on the grill.  It combines plain Greek yogurt and lemon.  Sounds a little unusual?  Not really. Many cooks have been using dairy products, such as buttermilk, to tenderize chicken for years.  […]

Red Wine Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushroom Gravy

  Red wine braised chicken thighs is a hearty dish for the weekend. It’s time to come home, relax… and forget about work.  It’s time to rejuvenate and recharge.  And good food is always a big part of that.  Red wine braised chicken thighs may be braised and slow cooked, but chicken usually cooks faster […]

Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs Recipe

Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs is a great Sunday afternoon dinner. Yum!  Nothing like a spaghetti sauce with pasta.  Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs is the comfort food we crave.   Making a tomato sauce is easy, all you need is time for the sauce to slowly cook.  This concentrates your sauce as water evaporates out leaving […]

Red Wine Braised Beef Shanks with Rosemary

Red wine braised beef shanks are melt in your mouth delicious. I love to braise, and I’ll say it again, it’s one of my favorite ways to cook a piece of beef.  Braising doesn’t work well using just any cut of beef, but rather those tougher cuts that require a slow cooking process to tenderize.  […]

Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Back to school with homemade macaroni and cheese It’s back to school this week for Jayson and to celebrate we made macaroni and cheese with bacon.  This is not your traditional box version, our macaroni and cheese is all homemade… and it is certainly worth the effort!   Jayson assisted me in the kitchen as we created this comfort food classic.  […]

Baked Lemon Haddock with Herb Seasoned Croutons

Baked lemon haddock breaded with herb seasoned croutons. Dinner is ready, have you had your haddock lately?  I love haddock, and baked lemon haddock is a delicious way to enjoy these fillets.  Take plain fillets and dress them up with breading and lemon juice. You’ll note that I didn’t use just ordinary breadcrumbs for this recipe; […]

Baked Pesto Cod Quick and Simple

Baked pesto cod is a simple fix when you need a quick healthy meal. Sometimes you just need a simple solution for dinner; something that’s quick to prepare without compromising on taste.  Fish is a great choice because it cooks fast and its healthy.  I love eating fish and I’m always looking for new and creative ways to prepare it.   Cod is a great fish […]

Ginger Skirt Steaks Marinade with Pepsi

Ginger skirt steaks marinade adds Asian flavor to your beef. One secret to preparing your beef ahead of time… is to just marinate it.  Ginger skirt steaks marinate with only 4 ingredients: ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and Coke (or Pepsi).  To make your prep time even easier, I suggest that you use a disposable freezer bag to marinate your skirt steaks. […]

Spinach Cheddar Quiche Made Easy

Spinach cheddar quiche is a light and flavorful meal for any time of day. Eggs aren’t just for breakfast and brunch… and the same is true for a great quiche.  It makes a light lunch or dinner when you’re not interested in eating a meal that’s too heavy.  Quiches are versatile and can be prepared […]

Homemade Hamburger Helper from Scratch

Kid friendly homemade hamburger helper. Easy and kid friendly what more can you ask for?  Well… how about healthy? My homemade hamburger helper answers both of these questions.  And the best part is that my recipe is free of processed ingredients.  This is definitely a concern of mine when I cook for my family.  Now […]

Red Wine Reduction Sauce Served over Filet Mignon

Dinner for two with a red wine reduction sauce served over filet mignon. Sometimes there are occasions when you require a special dish.  Whatever the reason to impress a certain someone, celebrate a festive time, or just say “I love you,” I have a great dish to answer that celebratory need.  Its Red wine reduction sauce served over filet mignon.  It may look […]

Beef Chili with Bottom Round Roast

This beef chili is thick and rich with a touch of spice to heat things up. Brrrrr!  Yep, it’s wintertime in the northeast all right.  It’s cold outside, and I’m chilled to the bone!  Wouldn’t it be nice to be welcomed home by the nice warm glow of a fire and the comforting smell of a pot […]

Mushroom Beef Pot Roast with Gravy

Mushroom beef pot roast with gravy is a cold weather comfort food. A good pot roast is delicious, and an easy way to make pot roast… well, that would be wonderful.  My mushroom beef pot roast recipe is a tasty solution… a roast so easy to prepare and oh so delicious to eat!  I always […]

Christmas Ravioli Pasta with Shrimp, Chicken, & Broccoli

Celebrate the holiday in style with Christmas ravioli pasta. The holidays are here, bringing you good cheer!  So what are you serving for dinner?  Might I suggest Christmas ravioli pasta?  I love this dish because it’s rich and decadent, the perfect choice for any holiday celebration.  When I first thought about pasta for dinner, I […]

Thyme Roasted Turkey Breast with Sweet Potatoes

Thyme roasted turkey breast with sweet potatoes is a perfect fall comfort food. Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving… it can be served anytime.  I know it takes a lot of work roasting an entire bird, but I have a great solution for that.  Nowadays your local grocer carries an assortment of turkey parts that […]

Pork Spare Ribs with Barbecue Sauce

Pork spare ribs are meaty and fall off the bone good! Pork spare ribs are exactly what you need for your Halloween party main course.  Meat that is so juicy and flavorful that it just begs to be eaten.  It’s the perfect main dish for my purple mashed potatoes and cauliflower casserole.  It’s easy too; the oven […]

Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Rice Filling

Stuffed peppers cooked with potatoes and carrots; just in time for comfort food season. Stuffed peppers may not be common fare at your dinner table, but it was for me growing up.  It’s a very well known Greek dish that packs a lot of flavor using common ingredients.  The secret is in the way this dish is […]

Pork Rib Roast with Rosemary, Apples, and Cider

Fill your home with the aromas of fall with a pork rib roast and apples. Fall is fast approaching, but the heartwarming scents it brings need not only fill the air outdoors.  You can capture the season at its best by filling your home with the aromas of fall right from your oven!   I love […]

Grilled Greek Pizza with Lamb, Olives, and Feta

Grilled Greek pizza is a fun weeknight dinner meal. And let’s not forget tasty too!  Lamb is combined with feta cheese and Kalamata olives on a pizza crust.  This best thing… your pizza crust is already made.  Cooking your grilled Greek pizza on the grill makes for a better, crispier crust; something an oven has a more […]

Lamb Burger with Mint and Feta

Lamb burgers are a nice change for your next barbeque. Tired of beef, ready for something new for a change?  Have you ever considered a lamb burger?  Lamb has a unique, rich flavor and that is part of what makes it a terrific burger.  Ground lamb is easy to find at your local grocer and it’s […]

Baked Ham with Pineapple and Coke

Baked ham with pineapple and coke is an easy main dish for any celebration. Do you love eating baked ham?  I do especially when it’s so easy to make.  This is a main dish that serves a lot of people and sometimes that’s exactly what you need. Be careful though…when you try my special baked […]

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