Orange Chicken Fried Rice

Simply Stunning Asian Spaghetti Chicken fried rice isn’t necessarily a simple dish as there are many components. I’ve made many versions but there was something inauthentic about the result for one reason or another. However, this fried rice is out-of-the-park or I-love-chopsticks perfect. Butterfly your skinned and deboned chicken breasts. Pound them out flat (I…

Homemade Dilly Dill Dip

Homemade is better, unless it’s Pho which I have been trying to perfect for over two years now. I won’t give up. But this Dip is fantastic, crunchy, cool, tangy and fresh. Sour cream, finely diced baby dill pickles, pickle juice from the jar (yes and this is the secret), fresh dill finely chopped, dry…

Paleo Shepherd’s Pie Soup – What?

This low-carb Soup is very satisfying and full of hearty flavors. This was born out of a desire to have comfort food without the price of indulging in comfort food.  First sauté your beef , turkey or chicken.  Brown it with finely diced onion.  Add in finely diced red pepper and heat through and soften…

Pork and Ginger Rice Noodle Soup

This is fantastically flavorful and fresh soup.  Ginger, lemongrass and fresh herbs make this eye opening. Brown your pork and add cumin, ginger, lemongrass, garlic, red chili flakes, diced red pepper, salt and pepper. Add your chicken stock and bring to a simmer and add mushrooms, chopped cilantro, soy sauce and fish sauce. When serving,…

Roast Leg of Lamb with Mint Sauce

We bought two legs of lamb and had them deboned at our lovely local butcher.  One was 5 lbs and the other 4 lbs.  The night before we rolled them open and coated the inside with fresh rosemary, olive oil and sea salt.  We put the bones back in the middle and tied them up…

Cheese Tortellini Soup

Comfort food made easy.  Sauté  the trifecta of onion, carrot and celery in butter and in this version add slivered mushrooms.  Once your sautéed ingredients are heated through and softened add your chicken broth and thyme bouquet.  Bring to a simmer and season with salt and pepper then add your “homemade” tortellini and cook until…

Seared Pork Sirloin

Simply put, local meat is the best, if available.  This is a pork sirloin steak brought out about an hour before cooking, seasoned with garlic powder, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.  I used organic olive oil to wipe the hot clean grill.  Sear!  Turn a few times and keep flames at bay with…

Hunter’s Mushroom Linguini

This version of a Hunter’s sauce is heavy on mushrooms with a bit of bacon to lend a Smokey flavor. I used shiitake, porcini and baby portabella mushrooms. The smallest ones I left whole and slice the others -discarding the shiitake stem as it can be tough. I sautéed them down in a bit of…

Zesty Key Lime Pie

Cool, zesty and creamy this key lime pie is something you put in your recipe box to make when time is short and you want something citrusy to finish your meal. So easy. Preheat your oven to 350F.  Prepare your crust with a mixture of melted butter (5 tbsp,) 2tbsp sugar and 2.5 cups crushed…

Chilli Chicken Macarotini & Cheese

My son picked this recipe from a cookbook he bought for me a few years ago and I’ve modified it to perhaps embellish it a bit.  It’s one of those recipes that you can easily make a family favorite for a weeknight casserole. Debone a roasted chicken and place torn bite size meat into a…

Crusty French Bread

Home made bread is a treasure to have in your repertoire. It’s simple and mostly foolproof. The most important thing to make sure that your yeast is fresh so proof it and if it becomes foamy, it’s active. 5 cups flour (3 regular and 2 bread). But I use all purpose entirely and it’s a…

Baked Creamy Seafood

Creamy seafood.  Yum.  I sauté the scallops and in a bit of butter first to get a bit of brown on them but not to cook them through.  Remove them from the pan and place them to the side. Then sauté shallots and one clove of crushed garlic.  Deglaze with sherry and sprinkle some nutmeg…