Slow Cooker Curry Lentils


  A light snowy drizzle was the first thing I saw out my bedroom window when my eyes fluttered opened Tuesday morning, and curry was the first thing on my mind. As the better half built a fire, I set up my slow cooker with lentils, black cardamom and curry leaves. The vibrant, warming aroma…

Summer Rolls with Marinated Chickpeas


This particular Summer Roll recipe was a serendipity. Originally, the dinner menu called for BBQ Chickpea Chopped Salad, but while gathering supplies at Newark Farmers Market the better half happened to noticed fresh Thai Basil. I was on the hunt for habaneros for my second batch of fermented hot sauce and it never occured to…

Buffalo Chicken Bites with Ranch Roasted Brussels Sprouts


This is the third time in two months that we’ve had Buffalo chicken for dinner. I suppose it’s the cold weather that sets up a craving for extra spicy delights. Since we’d had wings twice already, I decided to mix the menu up just a bit and make Buffalo bites instead. This dinner was fairly…

Roasted Barley Mushroom Pilaf


I absolutely love mushrooms, and I especially love to toss Portobellos on the grill slathered in a bit of Stubbs Spicy BBQ Sauce. The obvious thing to do with leftover bbq mushrooms is to wedge ’em between two buns and call it a night but since I was not in the mood for another typical…

Grilled Veggie Pizza


Saturday night when I smoked turkey legs, I also threw an array of veggies on the grill to use in recipes throughout the upcoming week. For this pizza, I used leftover grilled zucchini and red bell pepper. The smokey char of the veggies, the soft, sweet fresh mozzarella and the herbaceous crunch of the pine…

Smoked Turkey Egg Muffins


If I want to take all the fuss and guesswork out of breakfast for the week, egg muffins are my early morning go-to. My favorite way to prepare egg muffins is to chop up any misfit vegetables or proteins lying around in my fridge, and for this batch I utilized leftover smoked turkey. These little…

Smoked Turkey Legs


  Saturday the temperature rose above 50 degrees and I came down with a vicious case of spring fever! The sun and the warmth beckoned me to go outside to bask in it, while the birds were chirping out at me, “Resistance is futile!” So after a quick supply run, I made a beeline over…

Huevos Rancheros with Jalapeno Pesto


Hmmm, what to do with leftover chili? Without too much deliberation, I decided to whip up a quick Huevos Rancheros style brunch for myself. This recipe, since it utilizes leftovers, is super quick and would make for a great weeknight dinner too. If you have a lot of chili leftover, this simple meal is even…

Wild Boar Chili with Cilantro Lime Rice


  Wild Boars are a pretty pervasive and destructive species and can really devastate an ecosystem if left to overpopulate. This is true in the area of Texas I grew up in and subsequently I was exposed to Wild Boar sausage on more than one occasion. So when the butcher shop had some ground Boar…