Southwest Pumpkin Stuffed Bell Peppers


This recipe was inspired by one of the first dishes my lovely wife used to make for me while we were dating. She found the recipe for Southwest Pumpkin Burgers in a copy of an EatingWell magazine and it quickly became one of her favorite solo dinners and then when I started spending the weekends…

Soba Noodles in Ginger Lemongrass Broth with Mushrooms & Miso


Whenever there are unhappy tummies or a bout of cold viruses spreading through our house, noodle soups are my go-to cure-all remedy. In my opinion, there is nothing as healing as a warm bowl of broth spiked with fresh ginger, garlic, lemon, and herbs. Homemade broth is a familiar, comforting, deliciously medicinal mouthful of scrumptiousness…

Skillet Seared T-bones & Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad


  The only problem with having a spectacular local butcher 10 minutes from my kitchen is that I drop a healthy amount of my food budget there, but my conviction is that if I can’t afford proteins that are locally sourced and/or pastured raised then I eat vegetarian. I think if more folks adhered to…

King Arthur Whole Wheat Sandwich Loaf


I am not a baker, is something I say wholeheartedly without hesitation. But with my lovely baker wife traveling frequently for work, I’ve ventured out of my comfort zone twice now to practice baking fresh bread. The first loaf was a lovely rye, that we devoured and this go around I tried my hand at…

Super Bowl Party for Two


    It doesn’t matter how far removed I am from the Lone Star State, being a native born Texan means football is in my blood. I can’t tell you how many high school football games I’ve attended, how many Super Bowl parties I’ve tossed back shots at but my better half isn’t the most…

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…