Plum Smoked Christmas Ham Shank


For me, the holidays aren’t complete without the smell of wood charring over an open flame. Back in Texas it was no thang to fire up the pit and slow smoke a brisket for 8 to 10 hours for Christmas dinner. Living further north means that I now have to brave icy temperatures, snow, and even…

Alphabet Soup


Who remembers opening a can of Campbell’s Alphabet Soup as a kid and trying to spell out words? I always liked to spell my name, if I could. There was just something about little A’s and B’s and C’s floating around in my bowl as a kid that was just exciting. It’s been more than…

Individual Beef Wellies


    To welcome the winter season, the wifey and I decided to try our first attempt at Beef Wellington. We are shamelessly addicted to Hell’s Kitchen and perhaps being caught up in the Gordon Ramsay F bomb drama had something to do with us deciding to take on this challenge. What can I can…

Tofu Curry with Basmati Rice


Last time I visited Newark Farmer’s Market, an international grocery near me, I picked up a package of fresh curry leaves. Curry leaves are basically the Indian Bay leaf and should be cooked with accordingly. The smell of curry leaves crackling in a few teaspoons of Ghee along with a few mustard and cumin seeds…

Caldo Verde


That delicious Zuppa Toscana soup from Olive Garden everyone raves about? Well please meet the healthier, tastier more authentic Caldo Verde version. This soup is a Portugal favorite and if you wanna really punch up the authenticity use Linguica in place of the ground pork in this recipe. Caldo Verde is also dairy free (unlike…

Dijon Potato Hash with Sunny Side Egg


Hash is one of my favorite breakfast/brunch meals and it definitely has to be served with a perfectly runny yolk egg. The Dijon mustard in this recipe elevates the hash beyond the tried and true diner style breakfast potatoes and pairs incredibly well with the creamy egg yolk. I will be stirring mustard into my…

Tomato Soup with Bacon Wrapped Aspargus


This past summer I canned my first batch of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes and have been patiently waiting to pop a jar open this winter and make a pot of soup with it. Canning fresh tomatoes for the winter is definitely something I intend to do every year from now on. The flavor was phenomenal! I served…

Chicken Salad with Fresh Mayo, White Grapes, and Toasted Pecans


One of my favorite ways to utilize leftover roast chicken, other than soup of course, is chicken salad. It’s super quick and makes for a great lunch or dinner. I’ve also made this same recipe with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Serve with lettuce, crackers, or on your favorite sandwich bread. Chicken Salad  Ingredients:  2 cups leftover…