Crispy Brussels with Maple Gastrique

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yield: 4 servings 1 lbs Brussels Sprouts, cleaned and halved 1 cup Pecan Pieces, toasted 2 cups Gooseberries, cleaned and halved 1/4 cup Maple Gastrique, recipe below Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add a small amount of oil and without crowding the pan add brussel sprout. Allow to brown for 2 minutes before tossing… Read more »

Grilled Pineapple and Blueberry Pico

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This is a tasty and refreshing pico de gallo that I threw together for some skirt steak tacos the other night.  For the grilled pineapple, just slice pineapple first then grill and dice up. If you grill extra pineapple, can also toss some with a little sugar and serve over some vanilla ice cream as… Read more »

Simple Grilled Shrimp

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While I’m home with our new baby, I have had a chance to do more home cooking that usual…but had to get creative with the ingredients we have on hand, as baby Ernie isn’t ready for the grocery store yet! Luckily there are lots of yummy things you can make with a few fresh ingredients,… Read more »

Simple Brunch frittata

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This simple egg dish can be made with your favorite vegetables, as long as they are completely cooked until fairly dry.  Try caramelized onion, sautéed mushrooms, roasted peppers, or a combination whatever you prefer.   yield: 4 servings 1/2 tbsp butter 1 cup cooked vegetables 8 eggs ½ cup cream 1 ½ tsp salt 2 tbsp goat… Read more »

Faux Irish Cream Syrup

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Yield: 1 cup syrup Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp almond extract 2 tbsp chocolate syrup Whisk together all ingredients until well combined. Adjust vanilla and almond extract to taste. For espresso: Combine 1 ½-2 oz syrup with a double shot of of espresso and top… Read more »

Pan Fried Fish with Green Curry Sauce

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Serves: 4 Time: 30 minutes 3 tbsp basil leaves, packed 1 c cilantro, chopped with stems, about ½ bunch ¼ tsp ground cumin ¾ tsp ground coriander 1 tbsp garlic, chopped small 1½ tbsp ginger, peeled and chopped small 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced and divided 2 tsp jalapenos, chopped with seeds (omit seeds for… Read more »

Los Drowned Sliders

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  Yield: ~ 36 sliders Time: 8 hours Active Time: 1 1/2 hours Ingredients: For Beef: 1 4-5 lb chuck roast Kosher salt 1/4 c canola or grape seed oil, divided 1 poblano pepper, sliced 1 red peppers, sliced 1 red onion, sliced 1/4 c garlic cloves, peeled (about 1/2 head) 3 tsp fennel seeds… Read more »

The Onside Kick Batch Cocktail

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Serves: 12 (6 oz cocktails) Time: Less than 10 minutes Ingredients: 6 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice 12 oz Aperol or Campari (Campari will be a little more bitter) 12 oz gin 2 bottles brut champagne 12 orange slices Mix together lemon juice, Aperol, and gin; this can be done several days in advance. Right… Read more »

Spicy Pimiento Cheese Dip for a Crowd 

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Serves: 12-15 Time: 30 minutes 1 lb cream cheese, softened 2-4 tbsp Sriracha 2 lb finely shredded sharp cheddar, divided 3/4 c Mayo 11.5 oz can Pimientos, chopped   Paddle cream cheese and Sriracha in stand mixer until completly  smooth. Reserve 1 cup cheddar and add remaining ingredients until fully incorporated. Scrape bowl sides at… Read more »

The Lunchbox Batch Cocktail

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Serves: 12 (12 oz cocktails) Time: Less than 10 minutes Ingredients: 10 1/2 c orange juice 12 oz amaretto 7 12 oz Pilsners Mix together orange juice and amaretto, this can be done the day before. Right before serving, poor in beer. Mix well before pouring. Do not serve over ice.