Easy Filipino Chicken Adobo

Filipino Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo is a wonderful dish indigenous to the Philippines.  It has a complex flavor that comes from a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, spices, and vinegar!  Originally, the vinegar was added to the dish (along with all the salt from the soy sauce) to help preserve the meat… something that was necessary in a [...]

Perfect Medium Rare Beef Ribeye Steak using a Big Green Egg BBQ Grill

Perfect Medium Rare Beef Ribeye Steaks on the Big Green Egg Charcoal Grill

Recently, we decided to invest in a “Big Green Egg” Charcoal Grill.   The Big Green Egg is a “Kamado” style grill - a traditional Japanese wood or charcoal fired earthen vessel used as  a stone or oven.  It uses natural lump charcoal to sear, roast, or smoke any meat of your choice.  This cooker is [...]

Corned Beef Fried Rice (what to do with leftover corned beef)

Corned Beef Fried Rice

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I know many people feasted on corned beef and cabbage for dinner tonight to celebrate…  And – it means that tomorrow, packages of corned beef are probably going to be on sale for about 50% off at the supermarket!  The day after St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to fill [...]

Chicken and Dumplings (or Turkey and Dumplings with leftover Thanksgiving turkey)

Chicken (or Turkey) and Dumplings

After Thanksgiving, many people wonder what they can make with all the leftover turkey!  After the meal is over, I usually simmer the leftover roasted turkey carcass (bones, skin, & wings) to make a hearty turkey stock to use another day.  That stock, combined with any leftover meat, will make a wonderful meal of “Turkey [...]

How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey (how to brine a turkey)

Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

I remember the first time I roasted a thanksgiving turkey.  I followed the advice of some website I read, and roasted the turkey breast side down – supposedly to keep it “juicy”.  What did I end up with?  An ugly flesh colored bird, with rubbery skin, that was neither “juicy” nor appetizing.  The meat was [...]

Steak au Poivre (How to cook filet mignon steak in a pan)

Filet Mignon au Poivre

A couple days ago, I posted a tutorial on how to butcher a whole beef tenderloin (PiSMO) into filet mignon steaks.  I usually do this about 3 times a year… mainly when we have company over for dinner, and typically for Christmas Eve dinner.  My most favorite method for preparing filet mignon is based on [...]

How to butcher (trim and cut) a whole beef tenderloin (a.k.a. “PiSMO”) into filet mignon steaks

How to butcher a whole beef tenderloin (PSMO) into filet mignon steaks

Several years ago, I learned how to butcher a whole beef tenderloin (a.k.a. “pismo”) from watching my favorite Food Network star, Alton Brown.  His show “Good Eats” was my FAVORITE!  (I recorded so many episodes that I ran out of space on the DVR).   Anyway, one night, I watched the episode of Good Eats [...]

Country Fried Steak with Milk Gravy (a.k.a. Chicken Fried Steak)

Country Fried Steak

I was browsing the meat department at the supermarket the other day, and came across a package of thin cut sirloin steaks marked “buy one get one free”.  Well ok then!  Each package contained about 4 thin-cut steaks, so that worked out to about $1.25 a steak!  Score. For REAL steaks (for the grill), I [...]

Pan Seared Rosemary Lamb Loin Chops with Balsamic Glaze

Pan Seared Rosemary Crusted Lamb Loin Chops with Balsamic Glaze

My husband never wants me to buy lamb chops to cook at home… he’s always afraid that the flavor will turn out gamey.  ”Nonsense!” I told him, “It’s not going to be gamey, don’t worry!”  Yet… he didn’t believe me.  But it was fine in the end, and he even admitted that it was good [...]

Mexican Green Chili Pepper & Pork Wontons

Mexican Wontons made with Green Anaheim Chiles, Cilantro, and Ground Pork

Picture it:  6:30pm on a Thursday night, and I had a bunch of Anaheim chilies that I needed to use before they went bad, a package of wonton skins, and a pound of ground pork.  Originally, I was thinking of making a Mexican inspired meat loaf… but standing there at the kitchen counter, it just didn’t sound [...]