Homemade Sriracha

Ingredients for about 1 1/2 cups Sriracha: 1 1/2 lbs of red jalapenos and red serranos, stems removed 4 cloves of garlic, peeled 3 tbsp light brown sugar 1 tbsp Kosher salt 1/3 cup water 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar

Kiwi & Chili-Rubbed Beef Short Ribs

Ingredients: 2 pounds Korean-style (aka flanken style) beef short ribs 1 kiwi For the chili rub: 1 tbsp ancho chili powder 1 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp kosher salt 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp cayenne, or to taste

Peanut Dipping Sauce

Ingredients: 3/4 cup smooth all-natural, pure peanut butter 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 2 tbsp brown sugar 1 tbsp fish sauce 2 tsp soy sauce 2 tsp sesame oil 1/2 lime, juiced sriracha or other hot chili sauce, to taste 1 small can (5.6 oz) coconut milk

“Creamed” Curried Corn

Ingredients: 2 large ears sweet corn 2 tsp olive oil salt to taste 2 cloves garlic, minced cayenne to taste 1/4 tsp smoked paprika 1/4 tsp garam masala 3 tbsp plain Greek yogurt (or more if you want it creamier) 2 tsp freshly sliced chives

Goat Cheese & Peach Tartine

Ingredients: 1 thick slice French bread, sourdough or otherwise 1 tbsp olive oil, or as needed 2 oz fresh goat cheese 3 slices fresh peach fresh thyme leaves and freshly ground black pepper to taste salt to taste

Roast Chicken with Creme Fraiche

Ingredients: 4 1/2 pound whole chicken salt and pepper to taste 1 lemon 1 bunch fresh thyme 1 bay leaf 3 cloves garlic (original recipe calls for adding a few cloves of garlic in the cavity with the herbs and lemon – I didn’t, since I had included garlic in the last twelve things I’d […]

Hot Wheels Pasta

Ingredients: 2 generous cups dry rotelle pasta 2 zucchini, sliced 2 to 3 cups of sliced pepper rings, seeded 2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup green onion 1 anchovy filet 3 garlic cloves, minced salt and pepper to taste 2 cups prepared tomato sauce (use a pinch of sugar if sauce needs it) 3/4 cup […]

Summer Squash & Sausage Stew

Ingredients: 2 tsp olive oil 1 pound Andouille sausage, or other spicy, smoked sausage 1 large onion, diced 3 cloves minced garlic 1 cup crushed tomatoes 3 cups chicken broth, or as needed 2 pounds summer squash, cut in 1-inch pieces 1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cut in 2-inch chunks 1/2 cup diced green […]

Spicy Peach Coleslaw

Ingredients: 1 pound thinly sliced cabbage 2 diced peaches 1 tbsp thinly sliced chives for the dressing (everything is “to taste”): 2 generous tablespoons mayo 1 rounded teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon sambal chili sauce 1/2 lemon, juiced 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon sugar salt and cayenne to taste

Fruity French Toast

INGREDIENTS 1 orange 3 eggs a splash of milk a drop of vanilla essence 3 tsp of brown sugar 4 slices of thick white bread 2 knobs of butter a handful of blueberries a handful of raspberries a few dollops of greek yoghurt

Shrimp & Pasta Shells Salad

Ingredients for 8 portions: For the dressing: 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise 2 tsp Dijon mustard 2 tsp ketchup 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 lemon, juiced 1 tsp salt, or to taste cayenne to taste 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill The rest: 12-oz package pasta shells 1 pound bay shrimp, or other small cooked shrimp, drained […]

Cold White Bean & Herb Salad

Ingredients for 4 portions: 1/2 bunch (the stem end) Italian parsley or cilantro, chopped 1 can (15-oz) white beans, rinsed and drained 3 cloves minced garlic 1 rounded tsp Dijon mustard salt, freshly ground black pepper, and Aleppo pepper to taste 2 tbsp white wine or champagne vinegar (or rice vinegar if you want it […]

Hot Mustard Chicken Thighs

Ingredients: (consider all the spices “to taste” and adjust to your liking) 8-10 chicken thighs 1/2 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tsp mustard powder 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground dry chipotle cayenne to taste 1 onion sliced into rings […]

Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

Ingredients for about 1 1/4 cups: 1 generous cup sliced tomatillos (about 6 oz by weight) *Note: if you can’t find fresh, you can use canned tomatillos in a pinch 1 tbsp minced Serrano pepper, or to taste 1 large ripe avocado 1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves 1/2 lime, juiced salt to taste

Homemade Pancake

Fondant Potatoes

Ingredients for 6 fondant potatoes: 2 tbsp vegetable oil 3 large russet potatoes (other varieties will not work as well) salt and pepper to taste a knob of butter (a 2 or 3 tablespoon size chunk) 4 thyme sprigs 1/2 cup chicken broth or stock, more if needed

S’more Ice Cream Pie

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups finely crushed graham cracker crumbs 6 tbsp melted butter 1/4 cup white sugar 1 (28-oz) container chocolate ice cream 2-3 handfuls mini marshmallows, or enough to cover the top

Homemade Garlic Basil Mayonnaise

Ingredients for 1 1/2 cups Garlic and Basil Mayonnaise: (will last about 3-5 days) 1 cup basil leaves 3 cloves finely minced garlic 2 egg yolks 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 3/4 tsp salt, or to taste cayenne and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil or […]

Smoked Turkey & Spring Pea Fettuccine

Ingredients for 4 small or 2 large portions: 8 oz dry fettuccine noodles, boiled in salted water For the sauce: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp minced garlic 1 tbsp minced shallot 1 3/4 cup heavy cream (about 34-36% fat) 6 oz smoked turkey, sliced 1/2 cup green peas, frozen or fresh shelled 2 tbsp […]

Baked Goat Cheese “Caprese”

Ingredients for 4 portions: 8 oz log fresh goat cheese, cut into 4 equal pieces 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp basil chiffonade 16 cherry tomatoes, halved freshly ground black pepper and cayenne, to taste *bake at 400 degrees F. for about 15 minutes

Barbecue Shrimp

Ingredients for 4 servings: 1 1/2 to 2 pounds colossal shrimp 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste 1/4 tsp smoked paprika 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 1/8 tsp Old Bay seasoning, optional 4 tbsp cold butter, cut in cubes 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary […]

Chilled Sugar Snap Pea Soup

Ingredients for about 6 cups of soup: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 cup sliced leeks 4 cups chicken broth salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste 1 pound sugar snap peas 2 mint leaves crème fraiche or sour cream, and more fresh mint to garnish

Lemon Bars

Ingredients for 16 Small Lemon Bars: For the shortbread crust: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup room temp unsalted butter (1 stick) 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1/4 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp salt Bake crust at 350 degrees F. for 22 minutes For the lemon layer: 2 large whole eggs 1 large egg yolk 1 cup […]

Shrimp & Jalapeno Nachos

Ingredients for 4 Portions: 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp (I used 50-60 per pounds size, which are ideal for this) 1 tbsp vegetable or olive oil pinch of cayenne 1/4 tsp ground chipotle pepper salt and pepper to taste 50-60 large tortilla chips, or as needed 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced very thin about 3 […]

Strawberry Granita

Ingredients for 8 servings: (Note: Yes, this will work with other fruit and berry purees) 2 pounds strawberries 1 cup water 1/3 to 1/2 cup white sugar (depending on sweetness of berries) (Note: I’ve not tried other types of sweeteners) 1/4 tsp balsamic vinegar 1/2 tsp lemon juice very small pinch of salt *Note: freezing […]

Pita Bread

Ingredients for 8 pita breads: For the sponge mix: 1 pkg dry active yeast (2 1/4 tsp) 1 cup warm water (about 90-100 degrees F.) 1 cup (4.5 oz by weight) all-purpose flour Then: 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1 3/4 teaspoons salt 1 3/4 to 2 cups all-purpose flour, or until a soft, slightly […]

Meatless Meatballs

Ingredients for 16 small meatballs: (recipe can easily be doubled!) 1 pound white mushrooms, chopped into very small pieces 2 tbsp olive oil pinch of salt to sauté mushrooms 1 tbsp butter 1/2 cup minced onions 4 minced garlic cloves 1/2 cup instant oatmeal 1/2 cup breadcrumbs packed 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley 1 ounce […]

Tzatziki Sauce

2 cups Greek yogurt 1 large cucumber, peeled, grated, tossed with 1/2 teaspoon of salt 4 cloves garlic, very finely minced juice of half a lemon or vinegar to taste 3 tbsp chopped fresh dill and/or mint salt, pepper, cayenne to taste

Cod & Spinach Casserole topped with Potato Crust

For potato crust: 3 russet potatoes 3 tbsp butter nutmeg, salt, pepper, cayenne to taste 1/2 cup milk For the sauce: 3 tbsp butter 3 tbsp flour 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups cold milk 2 tsp lemon zest salt to taste For the rest: 1 tbsp butter to grease dish salt, pepper, cayenne to […]

Oven “Grilled” Parsnips

Ingredients for 6 servings: 2 pounds parsnips juice of one lemon 2 tbsp olive oil salt and pepper to taste *Aleppo pepper, to taste

Rack of Lamb with Blueberry Beurre Rouge

Ingredients for 4 portions: 2 fully trimmed, racks of lamb (8 bone each) salt and pepper to taste 1 tbsp vegetable oil for browning 2 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary 1/8 tsp cinnamon 1/8 tsp ground cumin 1/3 cup sliced shallot 4 oz (about a cup) fresh blueberries 1 cup decent red […]

Apple Hand Pies

Ingredient For 4 Apple Hand Pies: about 1 pound pie dough, divided into 4 egg wash (1 egg beaten with 2 tsp milk) granulated sugar as needed For the apple filling: 2 tbsp butter, browned 2 or 3 green apples 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup white sugar 2 tbsp brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, […]

Bourbon Glazed Carrots

Ingredients for 6-8 Portions: 1 stick (4-oz) butter 2 or 3 pounds carrots, peeled, cut into equal-sized pieces 1/2 to 1 tsp fine salt, or to taste 1/2 cup bourbon or any kind of whiskey 1/3 cup brown sugar freshly ground black pepper and cayenne to taste fresh thyme leaves to garnish, optional

Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Makes about 3 1/4 cups Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing: *Please note: everything in this recipe is “to taste,” so adjust to your liking! 1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup sour cream 3/4 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon crushed garlic 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon sugar […]

Beef & Guinness Stew

Ingredients for 4 large servings: 4 strips bacon, sliced into small pieces 2 1/2 lb. beef chuck, cut in 2-inch pieces (tossed with black pepper and at least 1 tsp salt) 2 onions, chopped 1/2 tsp salt 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 can (14.0-oz) Guinness beer, or other dark beer 1/4 cup tomato paste 4 […]

Orange Cumin Vinaigrette

Ingredients: 1 rounded teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 rounded teaspoon orange zest 1 tsp cumin, or to taste 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste 1 tbsp fresh orange juice 1/4 cup rice vinegar (or white wine or sherry vinegar) 1/3 cup olive oil, or to taste salt and pepper to taste

Creamy Baked Caramel Custard

Ingredients: *Scant 1/2 cup sugar, melted over medium heat until a dark caramel forms (just a tad less than a full half cup) 1 large egg 3 large egg yolks 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp Grand Marnier 1/2 cup crème fraiche 1/2 cup milk Bake at 325 F for […]

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Ingredients: 2 tbsp butter 1 diced onion 2 pounds asparagus salt to taste 4 cups chicken broth 2 cups water cayenne to taste freshly ground black pepper to taste pinch of nutmeg (I forgot to mention in video, but just add with other spices!) 1/2 cup of heavy cream For the cream topping: 1/4 cup […]

French Toast

Ingredients: 3 Eggs 2 Tbsp of Brown Sugar ½ cup of Whole Milk ¼ cup of Heavy Cream ½ tsp of Ground Cinnamon ½ tsp of Vanilla Extract Pinch of Salt 4 Large Slices of Brioche Bread or Challa bread or 8 smaller slices, sliced ½ inch thick 1 Tbsp of Unsalted Butter

Slow Cooker Red Curry Beef Pot Roast

Ingredients: 2 1/2 or 3 pound beef chuck roast salt and pepper to taste 2 tsp vegetable oil 1 chopped onion 1 or 2 tsp red curry paste, or to taste 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander 2 cups chicken broth 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk 1 can (10-oz) diced tomatoes with […]

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Ingredients: Recipe from Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 3/4 cups sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter 1/3 cup high-quality cocoa powder (use the best you can find) 1 cup water 1/2 tsp fine salt 2 large eggs 1/2 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla […]

Cheese Straws – Cheesy Bread Sticks

Ingredients: frozen puff pastry about 2 tsp olive oil , or as needed about 1/2 cup total finely grated aged cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano, or more as needed salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste

Raw Kale Salad

Ingredient: 1 head green kale 1 persimmon, sliced 1 apple, sliced thin or matchstick cut 2 seedless oranges, cut into segments aka “supremes” (click here for video) handful of chopped nuts For the dressing: 1 rounded teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 rounded teaspoon orange zest 1 tsp cumin, or to taste 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, […]

Grand Marnier Souffle

Ingredients: 2 large eggs, separated 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons melted butter 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 1/4 cup cold milk 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup white sugar powdered sugar to garnish finished souffles Crème Anglaise Sauce: (Makes about 1 cup) 1 […]

Cajun Chicken Ragu

Ingredients: 6 slices of bacon, cut in 1/4-inch pieces 1 large onion, diced 2 ribs celery, diced large pinch of salt 1 green bell pepper, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1/3 cup flour 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, […]

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