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

Three Cheese Manicotti with sausage ragú

Manicotti with sausage ragú

I must admit, I could eat pasta nearly every day and would never tire of it.  Whether  dried or fresh, it lends itself to so many dishes and it’s this versatility that allows the same ingredient to go from an elegant yet simple capellini with fresh tomatoes and capers to macaroni  n cheese.  From lobster ravioli to minestone soup or spaghetti smothered in chili, it’s all fantastic and quite different.  So when I had a urge for pasta again, I couldn’t quite decide on what kind. After mulling over numerous ideas in my head, I still was no closer to a dinner recipe.  That’s when it … Continue reading

Baked Rigatoni with sausage and eggplant

Baked Rigatoni with sausage and eggplant

Baked pasta is pure comfort food.  From lasagna and mac n cheese to cannelloni, stuffed shells and spaghetti pie; it’s all good, hearty stick to your bones food.  And such is the case for this recipe.  I was at home working earlier in the day with my mind constantly wandering through recipe ideas, but not settling on anything.  So I decided to go to the store to do my normal perusing of the aisles trying to figure out what to cook for dinner. After meandering for what seemed like an hour with no luck, I made my way to the produce section hoping for … Continue reading

Grilled Romaine Salad with Chipotle Caesar Dressing

Grilled Romaine Salad with Chipotle Caesar Dressing

As I’ve stated before, Caesar salad is one of my all time favorites and grilling anything in the summer is one of my favorites things to do.  So combining two of my favorites was a natural.  Grilling romaine quickly over high heat leaves wonderful char marks on the outside leaves and gives it a natural smokiness and the addition of grilled tomatoes along with the spiciness of the chipotles in the dressing compliment perfectly.  If you haven’t tried grilling lettuce, you’re in for a treat.  Enjoy! I started by making the dressing.  I my blender I combined 5 garlic cloves, … Continue reading

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca

After all the Mexican food and braised pork the last few days, I was in the mood for some pasta.  But what kind?  That’s the real trick in cooking for a family; creating something everyone will eat and yet having variety to keep it interesting for me.  So when deciding what kind of sauce to have with the pasta, I had to think about what we hadn’t had in awhile.  The first thing I decided was I wanted no meat in it.  We’d had alot of meat lately and I just didn’t feel like it.  So that ruled out Bolognese … Continue reading

Huevos Rancheros with chorizo

Huevos Rancheros with chorizo

I’m not a huge breakfast person, so when I do sit to one I like it to be something I crave.  Huevos Rancheros is probably my favorite breakfast indulgence.  It’s hearty, packed with flavor and there’s something about the creaminess of the soft yoke blending with the salsa, crisp tortilla and spicy sausage that just gets me.  Normally the tortillas are only fried for about 30 seconds to basically soften them and the addition of chorizo is definitely not authentic, but since this is my site-I make it how I like it.  Enjoy! I started by brushing both sides of … Continue reading

Pork Ossobuco

Pork Shank Ossobuco

Though traditional ossobuco is made with veal shanks, the cooking method lends itself perfectly to pork shanks as well.  If you haven’t tried braised pork shanks, you’re missing out.  Done properly they melt in your mouth and the meat falls from the bone with just a fork.  The other added bonus is they’re cheap; I picked mine up at my Mexican grocer for $1.99/lb.  They normally come as a 6 inch long shank from the front legs of the pig so I had the butcher saw them in half to make the perfect size for braising. Although the addition of … Continue reading

Mexican Shredded Beef

Mexican Shredded Beef

Taco night at our house always includes the usual condiments; queso fresco, avocado, onions, cilantro and the like.  The way it’s changed up is with the filling.  It might be chicken, ground beef, steak, carnitas or in this case shredded beef, which is basically a pot roast with herbs and spices to add some zing.  Even though it’s fairly simple to make, many people mess it up by making it too bland.  I’m all for making it palatable enough for the kids, but as I’ve said before-boring is boring. So this is for everyone who enjoys tacos as much as I … Continue reading