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

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

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

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

Easy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Easy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Few side dishes can compare with simple, creamy mashed potatoes.  They’re the perfect compliment to most any meat.  Steak,braised short ribs, barbecued ribs, fried chicken, grilled chicken, roasted chicken, pork chops, pork roast and the list goes on forever.  The kids like it and adults do too.  But unfortunately when I have them at a restaurant, they’re often not creamy and buttery, but more like the taste of what I imagine eating cardboard would be.  The potatoes are on the plate merely as an afterthought.  Would it kill them to add a little flavor to the potatoes?  After all, they went through the … Continue reading

FYB Potato Salad

FYB Potato Salad

With all the grilling that’s been going on I’ve been remiss in mentioning the side dishes that complete the perfect backyard barbecue.  I posted my Mac N Cheese (see archives) recipe but hadn’t posted my potato salad.  I had always found potato salad kinda boring and bland; it just didn’t do much for me.  I have tried so many over the years at the urging of this person and that person promising it to be THE BEST potato salad ever from Great Aunt Fannie’s old family recipe.  “Feel that crunch in your mouth? That’s the secret ingredient…waterchestnuts.”  Bleh.  So awhile back I set … Continue reading