Smothered Pork Chops

Okay. Don’t tell Bobby this . . . but I also have a terrible crush on Tyler Florence although I have to admit Bobby is a better cook in a lot of catergories. Still — when it comes to Southern food, Tyler has the edge. I know this isn’t on my heart diet, but I […]

Ribeyes with Goat Cheese, Watercress and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

It’s summer time again . . . and even if the livin’ ain’t easy, ribeye steak always makes you THINK it’s easy. This is another DELICIOUS Bobby Flay recipe . . . I’ve made it three times — and each time as I’m enjoying every bite, I’m imagining that Bobby (yes, we’re on a first-name […]

Korean Chicken Wings with Soy Ginger Glaze

Okay. So, as far as I’m concerned, a girl cannot have enough chicken wing recipes. Every new recipe I find becomes my new fave. This is lipsmacking duh-duh-duhLIOCIOUS! I’m a wing kind of girl. Turkey at Thanksgiving? No, thanks — I’ll just take the wing. Slices of roast chicken? Nope — just the wings please. […]

Pork and Lemongrass Meatballs in Lettuce Cups

It’s been a lemongrass kind of weekend. I decided to try four new recipes — each required lemongrass — lemony, gingery and so fragrant. Wish I could figure out how to make it into a perfume. So, I began with these pork and lemongrass meatballs for dinner last night — continued with the yummy chicken […]

Seared Porterhouse with Maitre d’ Butter

I love “Alex’s Day Off” — she’s such a great cook — and teacher. Everything I’ve made from her programs comes out perfectamundo. This steak is duh-lish-shuss! 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 8 additional tablespoons, softened 1 cup minced shallots Coarse sea salt 2 teaspoons green peppercorns 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, […]

Maple-Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potato Wedges

I made this for dinner last night — really inexpensive (as long as you have maple syrup in the fridge already) with a high yummability factor. The recipe comes from a really cute/great website called Big Girls, Small Kitchen — written by two 25 year old friends, Cara and Phoebe who are great cooks. This […]

Broccoli Beef in Black Bean Sauce

Oh my gosh! I had this for dinner last night and lunch today — easy to make and so full of flavor! My local grocery store had small packages of carne asada beef — $2.12, and I made half of the recipe below and had enough for two meals along with some jasmine coconut rice. I […]

Butternut Squash and Mushroom Wellington

Susan made this for us at our Christmas 2010 dinner, and it was really delicious. A mushroom, butternut squash, and goat cheese filling is encased in puff pastry, made in a log like a beef Wellington, and cut into slices to show the yummy filling. DELISH! Time: 1 hour 15 minutes 4 tablespoons butter 1 […]

A Perfect Prime Rib Roast

The ideal standing rib roast should contain three to five ribs. Three is the perfect size for dinner for six to eight. For more guests (or more leftovers), order a four- or five-rib roast. Either way, ask for a small-end (or first-cut) roast, meaning a roast cut from the loin end of the steer, where […]

Chicken Pot Pie

Winter comfort food. And my second favorite winter meal. Ingredients For the chicken: 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs 3 medium leeks, well rinsed and dark green leaves removed 1/2 cup baby carrots 2 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 teaspoons fresh (or 3/4 teaspoon dried) thyme leaves 2 […]