Rolled Chicken with proscuitto and spinach stuffing

Rolled Chicken with proscuitto and spinach stuffing

With all the Holiday happenings and being that I still have to make a living with insurance (Medicare renewal time of year is crazy), December was a whirlwind and I was just not able to add to the site.  It’s not that I wasn’t cooking or taking photos; I just couldn’t find the time or the energy to sit down and finish a blog.  I hope everyone had had a wonderful Christmas or whatever you celebrate that brings your family together and a safe and happy New Year.  We spent ours with a flu ridden son vomiting through the night.  Nothing … Continue reading

Cheesy Meatloaf Pockets with creamy onion gravy

Cheesy Meatloaf Pockets with creamy onion gravy

It’s the never ending question for all home cooks- what to do with leftovers that’s different than just having leftovers?  Such was my dilema last night, facing a partially devoured meatloaf.  I had made Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf  and really wanted to do something different with the leftovers rather than eating the same dinner twice.  While my daughter and wife were perfectly content to eat it again, it’s not my son’s favorite meal.  So how do you make a ten year old love meatloaf?  Hot Pockets! To make it a little more interesting, I decided to make a gravy to dip … Continue reading

Poblano Corn Chowder

Poblano Corn Chowder

I’m the only one I know who picks a 95 degree day to make corn chowder.  To my defense; when I bought the corn the other day, I didn’t realize we were going to have a heat wave in Southern California that rivaled mid summer.  But that’s what happened.  Knowing that my house was going to be a pressure cooker didn’t stop me from my task.  I had a recipe in my head and I had to go forward. This delicious soup, (my wife said it was one of the best I’ve ever made) gets a little kick from roasted … Continue reading

Rosemary Pork Skewers with mango cream

Rosemary Pork Skewers with mango cream

This recipe was only partially created by me.  The ingredients were chosen by ten different people as part of the Allrecipes.com Gang-Up Recipe challenge.  Basically it works similar to Chopped, in that you have to create a recipe from the random selected ingredients.  You’re allowed to make 2 changes total; you can add 1 item and delete 1 item, add 2 or delete 2 items.  You are also allowed to use water, salt and pepper in addition to the listed ingredients.  So being that I was not one of the ten that chose the ingredients, I have to give partial credit to those … 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