Fettuccine with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Fettuccine with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

There are two ingredients that I love more after roasting; red bell peppers and garlic.  Roasting the peppers over a flame until blackened and blistered, then removing the skin and seeds enhances their natural sweetness and they are miles apart in their flavor from the jarred variety.  Garlic as well is transformed when it’s roasted in the oven, becoming soft and sweet and far more subtle than in it’s raw state.  So when I was coming up with a new sauce, I knew I wanted to use both of these ingredients roasted to perfection. This is such a simple sauce but it does … Continue reading

Grilled Romaine Salad with Chipotle Caesar Dressing

Grilled Romaine Salad with Chipotle Caesar Dressing

As I’ve stated before, Caesar salad is one of my all time favorites and grilling anything in the summer is one of my favorites things to do.  So combining two of my favorites was a natural.  Grilling romaine quickly over high heat leaves wonderful char marks on the outside leaves and gives it a natural smokiness and the addition of grilled tomatoes along with the spiciness of the chipotles in the dressing compliment perfectly.  If you haven’t tried grilling lettuce, you’re in for a treat.  Enjoy! I started by making the dressing.  I my blender I combined 5 garlic cloves, … Continue reading

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca

After all the Mexican food and braised pork the last few days, I was in the mood for some pasta.  But what kind?  That’s the real trick in cooking for a family; creating something everyone will eat and yet having variety to keep it interesting for me.  So when deciding what kind of sauce to have with the pasta, I had to think about what we hadn’t had in awhile.  The first thing I decided was I wanted no meat in it.  We’d had alot of meat lately and I just didn’t feel like it.  So that ruled out Bolognese … Continue reading

Braised Short Ribs

Braised Short Ribs

One of my favorite things to eat of all time are braised short ribs.  When done correctly, they melt in your mouth and are pure comfort food at it’s best.  The great thing about cooking them is they go well with so many flavors.  All you really need are vegetables and some kind of liquid to braise them in.  I’ve made them so many ways that I’ve lost count and this will probably be the first of many short rib recipes. For this one I decided to make use some marinara that I had leftover from a few nights ago; see … 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

Herb Grilled Skirt Steak with roasted fingerling potatoes and rocket salad

Herb Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Rocket Salad

Don’t you just love when Mother Nature doesn’t want to follow direction?  It has been nothing but gorgeous weather for over a week and when I finally get the urge to grill again…rain.  Really?  Rain?  This is Southern California; we don’t do rain in June.  Apparently I was wrong, as the clouds rolled in, even though I assured my wife they would not put a damper on the weekend.  I was all set to grill; tank filled, tongs cleaned and polished, and grates scraped clean when…drip, drip, drip. After it quickly became a steady rain I let my wife know it was leftover … Continue reading