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

Simple Carnitas

Simple Carnitas

This is an old recipe of mine that’s been pretty popular on Allrecipes.com the last few years and I decided it was time to share it here.  It’s the easiest method I know for tasty carnitas and by cooking it in water rather than lard, the fat is knocked down to just 10 grams per serving.  Salt is the main seasoning and this recipe also has a subtle orange flavor in the background and because the meat is mild, it makes wonderful barbecue pulled pork sandwiches as well.  While you might be inclined to omit the orange, I assure you it’s very mild and adds … 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

Blood Orange and Mixed Greens Salad with blood orange vinaigrette

Blood Orange and Mixed Greens Salad with blood orange vinaigrette

I love roaming my local Farmers’ Market sampling and smelling the best the local growers have to offer.  Fresh produce, breads, nuts and cheeses entice you to taste everything.  Most of the time I know what’s going to be offered; fantastic dandelion greens and pea shoots from one booth and every kind of tomato imaginable from another.  But sometimes I spot something I wasn’t expecting.  As I walked down to the end of the first row of booths, a small stand was set up with nothing but some ugly looking oranges and bottles of a red juice.  Immediately I knew what they were, blood oranges.  Normally we don’t see … Continue reading

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

What to make for dinner?  That’s the question I found myself asking yesterday.  Repeated peeks into the refrigerator, freezer and pantry had revealed nothing that seemed to entice me.  So off to wander the store I went, hoping for some inspiration to strike me. I made my way to the meat counter first, figuring if I could decide on a protein the rest would fall into place.  Right away I saw some nice pork chops and moved in to grab some, excusing myself as I reached in front of a nice gentleman.  I turned around, plopped them in the cart and within a few … Continue reading

Veal Paprikash

Veal Paprikash

There are very few cuisines that can register a comfy, warm feeling in your stomach, even before you’ve eaten it.  Hungarian food fits that bill.  Just thinking about it, you know you’re going to get a fantastic, stick to your bones meal.  The most obvious of these is goulash and that’s almost what this blog was about, but if you dig a little deeper you’ll find there are quite a few more recipes than that. I was at the store, of course with no list, trying to decide what I needed for a goulash when I remembered my wife saying we needed … Continue reading

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

The kid’s are back in school and just like clockwork the weather cooled down as well.  It had been such a mild summer, I wasn’t sure we’d see a change in the weather for awhile.  But change it did; cool breezes and and earlier sunsets seem to have appeared overnight.  My son wasn’t too happy to see it all end but as for me, I get my house back and can finally get a lot more work done. With the change in the weather, I start thinking about comfort food.  Stews, roasts and soups are all the things I look … Continue reading

Chile Verde Stew

Chile Verde Stew

Chile verde has always been a favorite of mine, but not so much with the rest of my family.  My daughter and son would always eat it but just weren’t too enthused.  So the other day when I was rumaging through the fridge looking for dinner ideas, I found a single pork tenderloin that hadn’t been used for the weekend barbecue and decided it either had to be cooked or frozen.  But what to do?  I didn’t really want barbecue again, so I kept on foraging.  I found a couple bunches of cilantro, chicken stock and sour cream but not … Continue reading