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

Herb Braised Chicken with garlic cream sauce

Herb braised chicken

With the soured economy many families are having to cut back on expenses; groceries being one of the largest.  There’s some good that’s come out of this though.  More people are using coupons and realizing they can save quite a bit with minimal effort.  They also are using cheaper cuts of meat and finding that with a little patience and know, a fantastic meal can be had on a budget.  I found chicken leg quarters for $0.59/lb and created the dish pictured below along with the trio of fresh carrots from our farmers’ market. Herb braised chicken with garlic cream sauce   … Continue reading