Spanish Chicken and Chorizo

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I love chorizo (also known as chourico) in all its forms, from the fresh Mexican variety with its heavy dose of chile to Portugese style that’s gently smoked and of course Spanish which comes hot or mild depending on the type of paprika used, smoked and unsmoked and 1000 different variations of such.  As with any variety of sausage, quality counts.  For example, commercial varieties of Mexican chorizo mainly use variety meat that’s leftover after butchering (don’t read the label) while freshly made chorizo at your local Mexican market will likely use ground pork and lots of fresh chile. For this … Continue reading

FYB House Chili

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This is the house chili here at Fill Your Belly headquarters A.K.A. my kitchen.  It’s a great allpurpose chili with just enough spice and heat to please adults yet mild enough to keep kids happy.  As I said on yesterday’s blog, all the normal accompaniments were served with it – cheese, diced onions, sour cream, avocado, fritos and the perfect side of Buttermilk Cornbread. The great thing about chili is once it’s in the pot simmering, other than the occasional stir, you can pretty much forget about it.  In fact the longer it cooks the better the flavors get.  And for those … Continue reading

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

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

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

Hawaiian Pot Pork

Hawaiian Pot Pork

This is a dish I’ve been making for years; long before kids and marriage.  I’m not quite sure how it came about, but I suspect it was due to what I had on hand in my pantry and refridgerator.  You know; throw a bunch of things in a pot and tweak until you like it.  Over the years I’ve simplified it-I recall it being overly complicated. After my wife and I married, I made this for her and she was hooked.  The kids followed and were fans as well.  Although I can’t imagine this is a Hawaiian dish, it had pineapple in … 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

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