Chicken Fried Chicken


Last week was my birthday week, and coupled with that-which-shall-not-be-named, I decided to make one of my favorite, and least often consumed meals: Fried Chicken and Mash, with Country Gravy. This is definitely a special occasion recipe, but in the light of present times, and it being my birthday, I felt a treat was in…

Peri Peri Inspired Roast Chicken with Minted Peas and Rice


Another photobomb by my little fur-man, Finley. He was working that precious charm of his hard while trying to steal a bit of that spicy chicken! He did get a couple sauce-free nibbles, ’cause I just can’t resist spoiling them! The first time I experienced the African chili chicken dish, Peri Peri, was at Nando’s…

Blackberry BBQ Chicken with Honey Glazed Carrots


I’ve been making the same BBQ sauce recipe since I was about 20 years old. It’s pretty simple, but over the years I tweak it now and again to mix things up a bit. For this recipe, I picked up some gorgeous blackberries from Detwiler’s Farmer’s Market, along with some locally raised chicken breasts, and…

Smoked Chicken Summer Rolls with Avocado Poblano Sour Cream


  Inevitably, I always have a couple days worth of leftovers after I grill. Wanting something fresh and light, I decided to utilize leftover smoked chicken and corn in this Summer Roll recipe. Summer Rolls can be a bit time consuming but so worth the effort. To simplify this recipe, just omit the rice paper…

Chicken Vegetable Biryani with Spicy Tomato Chutney


Unless you count fried chicken and collard greens and TexMex and Cajun (which I do) or all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets (which I don’t) as ethnic food, I was exposed to very little variety around the dinner table growing up. When I was very young, my mother kept up a vegetable garden so thankfully I was exposed…

Smoked Chicken & Sausage Gumbo with Shrimp and Okra


  Growing up next door to Louisiana, I was privileged enough to eat several scrumptious, steaming bowls of Gumbo at various cook outs, potlucks, and football games over the years. It is a very comforting and nostalgic stew for me and I love to make it. I usually only treat myself to it during Mardi…