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…

Baked Wild Cod

Fresh cod is wonderful many ways but here this is an outstanding dish. Preheat oven to 400F. In your pan place your finely diced onion, shallots and parsley.  Pour your white wine in your pan just covering the bottom to make your lovely sauce.  On top of this place your cod.  Season with salt and…