Cider Brined Turkey with rich kettle gravy

Cider Brined Turkey

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I figured it was time to share my recipe for a perfectly roasted, juicy turkey.  Since we will be spending it at my mother in law’s house and I will be released from turkey duty, my family was overjoyed that we’d be having a turkey dinner early.  Along with the turkey we had an amazing sage sausage stuffing with dried cranberries, celery root and potato mash, and cranberry/bing cherry sauce; all of which will be posted soon. Turkey can be rather dull unless you add flavor in some way.  Some heavily season and deep fry it(I’ve … 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

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

Pan Seared Chicken Breast with tarragon mustard sauce

Pan Seared Chicken Breast with tarragon mustard sauce

Sometimes, simple is best.  I have to remind myself of that from time to time.  A grilled ribeye with just salt and pepper is quite near perfection.  Does a seared scallop really need much more than a touch of seasoning to bring out it’s sweet flavor?  Today, now more than ever, the quality of ingredients available to most of us is astounding and we have to remember to let those ingredients shine. Such is the case for a chicken breast.  It’s probably the most popular staple protein used, yet we try desperately to doctor it up so it won’t be the same boring 4 … Continue reading

Grilled Ribeyes with Whiskey Gorganzola sauce

Grilled Ribeyes with Whiskey Gorganzola sauce

I know I’ve professed my love of ribeye steaks before but I have to say it again.  I LOVE them!  They have a good ratio of fat to meat which equals great flavor; maybe not the healthiest cut but who cares.  The last time I cooked these, Bone-in Ribeyes with grilled Mediterranean vegetable salad, I seasoned them with my own rub.  This time around it was simply salt and pepper because I wanted the sauce to really stand out.  While a sauce is definitely not necessary, it adds to the richness of the meat and provides fantastic flavor. Being that … Continue reading

Peach Bread Pudding with caramel cream

Peach Bread Pudding with caramel cream

Bread pudding is definitely one of my favorite indulgences and peach pie would be high on that list too.  So when I went shopping for the ingredients to make a simple bread pudding and saw all the peaches on sale, I couldn’t resist putting them together.  As I was filling my cart, my mind started thinking of a sauce and the out loud muttering started again.  “Dad you’re doing it again and people are looking funny at you,” my son noted embarrasslingly.  Luckily for him and all the poor shoppers around me, the perfect sauce came quickly.  If peaches and … Continue reading

Grilled Pizza Two Ways

Grilled pizza with arugula pesto

After desperately trying to avoid ordering pizza on my last post, yesterday pizza was exactly what I was in the mood for.  The weather was so wonderful that the thought of cooking them indoors just seemed wrong.  So the obvious choice was to grill them.  Now if you haven’t tried to grill your pizza you’re missing out.  First, they cook very fast and second, they get a nice smoked flavor that I just love.  The real trick to grilling pizza is about planning and having everything you need within reach.  You don’t want to be running into the house to … Continue reading

Wet Burritos with homemade enchilada sauce

Wet Burritos with homemade enchilada sauce

Like most families, we have our regular rotation of meals.  Spaghetti, pizza, roast chicken and of course tacos.  In my family tacos are king; and not just any tacos but steak tacos Arrachera.  But sometimes I just get in the mood for a big burrito topped with enchilada sauce and melted cheese; and last night was one of those nights.  When I’m in a rush I do use canned sauce, but when I have the time I prefer to make my own.  Homemade sauce is far better than canned and you can control the heat level by choosing different chiles.  So next time, … Continue reading