Chicken & Rice

Out of the blue, a request for pigeon peas and rice with crispy chicken came my way. As you know, I fell in love with this dish back in Western Mass, and, since moving, have craved it frequently. Not long ago, I produced an amazing Pernil but did not follow through with the rice. True…

Slow Cooker Pintos

Growing up, beans and rice was one of my favorite meals. My father liked his beans with smoked ham hocks. So, that’s how my mother cooked them. She and my sister thought ham hocks were disgusting, however, and wouldn’t touch them, and, because I was often lumped into their “lady like” preferences by default of…

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Rice with Sweet Peas

One of the first meals I ever learned how to cook for myself (other than Top Ramen that is) was lemon pepper chicken tenders. I would serve the lemony pan seared tenders with a hefty side of chicken flavored Rice A Roni, along with a pile of over steamed broccoli drowning under an oozing mound…

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…

Fried Catfish with Braised Mustard Greens

Fishing was a major part of my childhood. We’d spend the morning out on a pier overlooking a pond, on the shores of a lake, or the banks of a river lazily fishing the day away. After we’d caught our limits of catfish or bass or perch, the fished would be cleaned and then fried…