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Chicken and Chorizo Tacos


Total Time: 20 minutes Yield: 6 portions Ingredients Ground Chicken, 1 pound Chorizo, 1 pound removed from casing Small Flour Tortilla, 18 each Avocado, 2 each Green Onion, 2 each diced Lime, 3 each Black Beans, 1 can Tomato, 1 each diced Chipotle, 1 tablespoon sauce or chopped pepper with sauce Sour Cream, 4 ounces Cilatro, 1 bunch Method In ... Read More »

Traeger Grills “Meat Madness”


The “Meat Madness” competition http://www.traegergrills.com/meat-madness was brought to my attention by a fan who knows of my love of BBQ and smoking, so I was very happy when the folks at  Traeger Grills invited me to participate – even going as far as lending me one of their amazing smoker/grills with which to create my dish. The grill arrived and, ... Read More »

Rib Roast with Roasted White Potatoes and Asparagus


TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 30 min Prep:30 min Cook:2 hr  YIELD:6 servings LEVEL:Intermediate INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 cup canola oil (approximately) 1 (5 pound) beef rib roast, with bones 1/4 cup butter 1 small onion finely chopped 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup red wine 2 cups veal ... Read More »

Fried Bananas with Chocolate, Lavender Honey, and Five Spice


INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup  good quality chocolate syrup 1 teaspoon  Chinese five-spice powder Vegetable oil for frying 1 1/2 cup  all-purpose flour 3/4 cup  cornstarch 1 1/2 tablespoon  baking powder 1 1/2 cup  seltzer water 4 bananas (cut in half on the diagonal) 1/4 cup  powdered sugar Lavender honey for drizzling Creme fraiche for garnish Small chunk dark chocolate for garnish Fresh ... Read More »

Black-Eyed Pea Salad


Total Time: 1 hrYield:4 to 6 servings Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil, approximately, as needed to brush on peppers 1 red bell pepper, halved, stemmed and seeds removed 1 yellow bell pepper, halved, stemmed and seeds removed 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1 large clove garlic, lightly crushed with the side of a knife blade and quartered 1 cup olive oil, ... Read More »

Bourbon Turkey Brine


Looking to spice up your Thanksgiving bird? Try this twist on your typical Turkey brine. It might just become your new Thanksgiving tradition! Ingredients 2 gallons Water 1/2 cup Salt 1 750ml bottle good-quality Bourbon (if you wouldn’t drink it, don’t cook with it) 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar 2 gallons roughly-chopped Mirepoix (Carrots, Celery, and Onions) 12 Garlic cloves, smashed ... Read More »

Pan Seared Chicken Breast with Herb Jus and Potato-Vegetable Hash


Time: 30 minYield: 2 servings Ingredients 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil2 skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts, cut airline-style, tenderloins removedSalt and freshly ground black pepper1 cup dry white wine1 clove garlic, minced1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley leaves2 tablespoons butter, unsalted1 tablespoon minced fresh chives Potato-Vegetable Hash, recipe follows Potato Vegetable Hash: 1 Idaho ... Read More »

Smoked Espresso-Rubbed Brisket Sandwich


This sandwich recently won the “Best Sandwich” award at the New York City Wine and Food Fest! Give it a shot and let me know what you think in the comment section below.  Time:  A long time… but it’s worth it! Yield: 6 servings Ingredients For the Espresso Rubbed Brisket: 5 lbs Whole Raw Brisket 2 oz Ground Espresso 6 oz Dark ... Read More »

Beef and Ground Pork Sliders


Time: 27 minYield: 12 sliders Ingredients 2 ounces butter1 cup yellow onions, thinly sliced1 teaspoon white pepper2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided12 ounces (80/20) ground beef12 ounces ground pork1 teaspoon black pepper1/4 cup equal parts mayonnaise and mustard1 teaspoon lemon juice1 cup thinly shredded romaine hearts12 slices cheese of choice (Gruyere, baby Swiss, or Gloucester)12 petit buns (2 to 2 1/2 inches), ... Read More »

Crab Cakes with Grilled Corn Relish


Time: 1 hr 10 minYield: about 35 to 40 cakes Ingredients Crab Cakes: 2 eggs, whisked2 teaspoons seafood seasoning1 1/2 cups mayonnaise1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs2 teaspoons hot sauceSalt and freshly ground black pepper3 pounds lump crab Corn Relish: 2 ears fresh corn, husked (peeled, and silky threads removed)2 Roma tomatoes1/2 sweet onion2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley2 cloves garlic, finely chopped1 ... Read More »