Lamb Sausage Ready Made for the Grill

Spring is just around the corner and one of my favorite meats has to be lamb, especially cooked on the grill! I’ve been challenging myself for a while to make home made sausage, so it just made sense to me to try my hand at making lamb sausage; and I happen to love using the grinder attachment for my KitchenAid mixer, so I was more than happy to pull out one of my favorite toys. All I could think about were the amazing concoction of spices and herbs that help…

Linguine with Clams and Tomato Sauce

One of the best things about connecting with fellow food bloggers are recipe exchanges! I found this amazing looking recipe for linguine with red clam sauce and just jumped on the idea of making it! I’ve always been a huge fans of the white wine and garlic sauce, but loved this rendition and just had to give it a try. Cook Time: 50 minutes Serving Size: 4 Ingredients 4 oz of pancetta, chopped 2 tsp olive oil 1 small yellow onion, diced 4 large cloves of garlic, minced 28 oz can…

A Quick and Easy Dinner: Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

Sometimes by the time I get home, I’m at a lost for what to make for dinner, and am just looking for something that’s quick yet delicious. I also find that I always have linguine, lemons, parsley and shrimp in my fridge and freezer; so I can whip up some shrimp scampi pretty easily. I’ve made this a few times before, so I feel like I know the recipe like the back of my hand. It also happens to be one of my husband’s favorite dishes. Cook Time: 15 minutes…

Summoning My Inner Julia Child with Coq Au Vin

While vacationing in Montreal for a week, I quickly realized that I love French food! Everything is so simple, yet the flavors are so pronounced and it just reminds me of really good comfort food. So after getting back, I really wanted to try my hand at French cuisine. And who better to replicate than the great Julia Child. I’ve made Coq Au Vin before, but after finding this recipe, I wanted to give it another try, using Julia’s techniques. I changed up the recipe a little bit to suit…

Braised Pork and Egg in Caramel Sauce (Thit Heo Kho)

We were riding bikes through Montreal, and all of a sudden, I had a huge craving for Thit Heo Kho, a braised pork and egg dish. My mom used to make a version of this dish all the time, and I remember loving the sweet and savory sauce and the tenderness of the pork and intoxicating flavors of the egg. So of course, I had to give this a shot in my own kitchen. Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 1.5 lb pork shoulder  (or 1lb…

Chicken Kabobs on the Grill

Tuan’s cousin from Wisconsin, Quinn, emailed me a few days ago wondering if I could come up with a similar chicken kabob recipe to that of Ravi Kabob’s in Arlington. That’s one if his favorite places, and seeing as how there isn’t a kabob place that compares in Madison, WI, he’s trying to recreate one of his favorite dishes at home. I’ve never even tempted to make Middle Eastern food before, but I couldn’t resist a challenge! So here’s my first attempt at making chicken kabobs. I just want to…

Braised Lamb Shank to Ring in the Autumn

Fall is my favorite season for a variety of reasons, Football is back, my birthday, my wedding anniversary, Halloween and Thanksgiving all happen during this 3 month span! The temperature gets cooler, the mornings are crisp, the air outside is fresh and nothing makes me feel cozier than a great meal from my kitchen. I’ve got a huge list of stews, soups and other yummy items I want to make this season. I wanted to kick off the season right with my very first attempt at making braised lamb shank.…

Asian BBQ Pork Chops

While we were in Wisconsin, my husband’s cousin, Quinn, made this really delicious BBQ chicken dinner. It was a slightly sweet and garlicky dish and I loved how the sauce pared superbly with the chicken. He was gracious enough to share his recipe with me and I decided to try it on some pork chops I got from the farmer’s market. Since the weather is getting a little colder, I decided to cook my pork chops in the Dutch oven, instead of throwing them on the grill, but you can…

Garlic Rosemary Oven Roasted Chicken

I was cooking a dinner for 35 people, and had to strategize so that dinner would come out super tasty. When cooking for 35 people, it’s really important to find an easy to make recipe so that you aren’t driving yourself crazy and get too frazzled in the kitchen. I found that it was key to find items that I could prep and then just toss in the oven, set the timer, and relax. So for this particular meal, I decided to make garlic rosemary roast chicken, rosemary potatoes, garlic…

My First Attempt at Chicken Cacciatore

I’ve always heard of this dish, chicken cacciatore, but always assumed it was pretty hard to make and had way too many ingredients. But every time I see this dish, it always smells so fragrant and looks super delicious. Since today is really gloomy and muggy, I decided to make this dish for dinner. It reminded me of good old comfort type food. Serving Size: 2 Cook Time: 50 minutes Ingredients: 2 red bell peppers Extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 cup all-purpose flour 2…