Pollo a la Brasa with aji sauce

Pollo a la Brasa

Pollo a las Brasa or Peruvian chicken is one of the most widely consumed foods in Peru and is one of my favorites.  It’s normally a whole chicken slowly cooked on a rotisserie over wood charcoal after a long marinade.  While I have done it rotisserie style in the past, I decided to adapt this to leg quarters and cook it over indirect heat on my gas grill.  While I do miss the added smokiness of the charcoal grill, the marinade more than compensates by adding a huge amount of flavor and lending a beautiful color to the finished chicken.  … Continue reading

Chicken Parmesan with a twist

Chicken Parmesan with a twist

Chicken parmesan is almost a staple in our house.  It’s one of those meals that I know everyone will devour without the slightest dissent.  But it never hurts to change things up a little.  Such was the case yesterday, when my son came back from a 2 day sleepover at his cousins’ house and informed me his throat was sore.  The cough soon followed and a cold had definitely set in.  So I was a little shocked when I asked him what sounded good for dinner and he responded with veal parmesan.  I imagined him responding with soup, a quesadilla … Continue reading

Citrus grilled chicken salad with Salsalina dressing

Citrus Grilled Chicken Salad with Salsalina dressing

As I was typing away yesterday, it hit me that I hadn’t made an entreé size salad in quite some time .  I don’t know why I haven’t made one lately; we used to eat salad only for dinner almost once a week.  Perhaps I just got bored with them or more probably  I thought creating a different type of dinner recipe was more enticing.  Whatever my reasoning for being remiss, it was time to have salad again for dinner.  The more I thought about it, the better it sounded. Now the question became-what kind?  Caesar?  Always a favorite of mine, but not this time.  … Continue reading

Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs

Everyone loves a good meatball.  Well, maybe not everyone but most do.  Just think how much better a good plate of spaghetti is with a hearty meatball along for the ride.  My family is no exception to this-they LOVE meatballs.  I’ve made them over the years using beef, sausage and veal in differing amounts, but a couple of years ago I was trying to lose weight and tried them using ground turkey.  I was expecting “yuck dad, what’s wrong with these” but got a completely different response.  They liked them far better with the turkey and from then on I’ve been … Continue reading

Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich with red pepper aoli

Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich with red pepper aoli

Sometimes nothing will satisfy you like a good sandwich.  That’s exactly what I was thinking about when out the inevetible “what’s for dinner?” came calling from the living room.  I thought about making thin pork chops, Milanese style, with just a little lemon squeezed over to brighten them up.  But that just didn’t sound good.  It’s not that we’ve had them in awhile; it’s been quite some time in fact.  Still, my mind kept veering back toward a sandwich. I hadn’t purchased anything for it though, so I rumaged through the fridge to see what I could salvage to make an … Continue reading

Cilantro Caesar Chicken Kabobs

Cilantro Caesar Chicken Kabobs

One of my absolute favorite salads is Caesar.  There’s just something about the zing from the garlic and worcestershire along with tangy lemon and saltiness of the anchovy that gets me.  So when my son suggested we do kabobs on the grill, it hit me that the same type of dressing would be great on chicken.  I knew I would change it up a bit, but now at least I had a jumping off point.  I wanted it to have similar flavors but with a little more Mexican twist to it.  Being that it was invented in Mexico by an Italian immigrant named Caesar Cardini, I … Continue reading

Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Hope everyones weekend was safe and found you in the company of friends and family.  Over the long weekends I tend to pretty much barbecue anything I can; and this one was no exception.  We grilled steaks, chicken, burgers, corn,onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and hotdogs.  Had salad, beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, pizza and a FEW beers. After all that grilling, I wasn’t sure what I wanted tonight for dinner and my request for imput returned the typical result.  “I don’t know?  What do you feel like?”  So, I decided to browse the grocery store for some inspiration after picking up my daughter.  We had … Continue reading

Whole grilled chicken with honey chipotle glaze

Grilled Whole Chicken with honey chipotle glaze

Once I get in the mood to barbecue, I can’t control myself.  I absolutely love cooking outside.  If I could find a way to physically move my entire kitchen outdoors when it’s sunny I would have done it already.  Of course that’s not really necessary; plus if I dare tear up another room in the house without finishing the bathroom that I started (I won’t mention how long ago) my wife will kill me.  Actually she won’t kill me…who would fix dinner.  Check out my “About” tab if you want more details.  Oops-getting off track again. Yesterday steaks were calling me, but today the … Continue reading