Mexican Rice Salad with Cilantro Dressing

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large white onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon minced seeded serrano chiles 2 cups long-grain white rice 3 1/4 cups low-salt chicken broth 3/4 teaspoon salt Cilantro Dressing (recipe below) Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and serrano; sauté until onion is translucent, […]

Roasted Squash Enchiladas with Ancho Chili Cream Sauce

Serves 4 to 6 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1” cubes 1 T. olive oil Salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 6 ancho chiles (dried), stemmed and seeded 1 c. vegie or chicken broth 3 T. butter 1 onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 t. ground cumin […]

Chicken Stroganoff with Mushrooms, Sherry and Sage

4 t. Extra-virgin olive oil 1 8 oz package sliced cremini (baby Bella) mushrooms Kosher salt 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 T. finely chopped fresh sage Freshly ground black pepper 1 ¾ lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (5 or 6), trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 ½ to 2 inch pieces (I use […]

Fresh Corn, Orzo, and Smoked Chicken Salad with Pine Nuts

Mom’s favorite salad!   Serves 6 to 8 3/4  t. red pepper flakes ½ c. seasoned rice vinegar 2 T. light corn syrup 2 bay leaves 3 T. lime juice ¼ lbs dry orzo pasta 2 T. olive oil ¾ lbs. julienned smoked chicken (or you can use a supermarket already roasted chicken . . […]

Saigon Garlic-Lemongrass Wings

Great appetizer or light entree — terrific flavor! Be sure to let the wings marinate at least 4 hours — and 24 hours is even better! 12 whole chicken wings (2 ½ to 3 lbs) 4 cloves garlic, peeled ¾ c. chopped shallots 1 piece (1 inch) fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced 2 stalks […]

Crostini with Fennel Sausage

Super quick to make! 1/2 pound  Italian sausage, casings removed 5 ounces grated fontina or crumbled robiola or taleggio cheese 1 teaspoon fennel seed, coarsely ground 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley Salt 12 slices rustic, coarse-textured bread, cut into 2 to 3-inch serving pieces Preheat an oven to 350°F. Crumble the sausage in […]