Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi is a simple dish, that’s quick to make, and ticks multiple yummy flavor boxes – acid from the wine and lemon, fat from the butter and olive oil, and a tiny hint of heat from the crushed red pepper flakes and the copious use of garlic.  You really have to love garlic to…

Stout Braised Pork Tacos

Pork short ribs rubbed in spices, braised in a broth of stout beer, honey, and garlic, and served up on a tortilla with fresh salsa and sliced avocado – what’s not to love?  Typically I would consider pork ribs to be summer fare, perfect for outdoor grilling weather.  Tacos also have an element of sunny,…

Baba Ghanoush

For the longest time I thought that Baba Ghanoush was bland, drab eggplant mush with the consistency of baby food, but last summer I encountered a stupendous rendition of the dish that made me rethink everything I had ever known about baba ghanoush.  It is that baba ghanoush that I have been striving to recreate…

Carrot and Beef Stew with Red Wine

A classic French style beef stew with all of the usual characters – bacon, garlic, rosemary, onions, thyme, cognac, and lots of red wine.  I served the stew with a side of roasted potatoes.  Usually I like to cook my beef stew Belgium style, with lot of beer instead of wine, but I decided to…

Parmesan Gnocchi Sautéed in Sun-dried Tomatoes and Garlic

The parmesan gnocchi I made the other night turned out wonderfully – light, pillowy cushions of cheese and potato pasta sautéed in olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, and  garlic.  I did not turn out the prettiest of gnocchi, the cheese made them a little chunkier then usual, but the flavors all checked out. I added more…

Cranberry Soy Chicken

I made some homemade cranberry jelly about a week ago, and have been brainstorming non-Thanksgiving ways for using it.  So far, this is what I have been able to come up with – a soy, cranberry, and garlic sauce on roast chicken that has been roasted on a bed of garlic seasoned potatoes, mushrooms, and…

Pork and Green Beans

One of my favorite stir-fry recipes – pork medallions sautéed with fresh green beans and garlic, and left to simmer in a soy and hoisin sauce. Ingredients: 1 lb Pork medallions fresh Green Beans (~ 3 cups full, I tend to eyeball it) 3 cloves sliced Garlic 1 tbsp Olive Oil 2 tbsp Soy Sauce…

Grilled Red Pepper Chicken

A simple summer meal – chicken that has been marinated in a roasted red pepper dressing and then grilled.  The sweetness of the peppers presents a nice contrast to the briny Spanish olives and the fresh bite of the parsley.  The marinade also helps the chicken stay moist throughout the grilling process. Grilled Red Pepper…