When I was young and living in the Colorado Rockies, in the tiny little village of Georgetown, I had “Spiced” or Mulled Wine for the first time. I can’t think of any recipe that says “Holiday” more than warm spiced wine on a wintery day. It doesn’t matter if it’s a holiday with family and/or friends in the cabin or on a ski or snowmobile trip, or a home-based gathering like Thanksgiving or Christmas, Spiced Mulled Wine makes the party!
It’s been a long time since I’ve made a roast. I mean a real roast, in the oven. I did do a 30 Minute Instant Pot Roast, which was fun, but that was way back in January. So when I saw roast on sale this last week I decided it was about time to try another. Now Prime Rib isn’t in my budget, and truthfully, neither is a Standing Rib Roast but here’s my go-to method to take a cheap, grocery store roast and make it taste better, kind of a Poor Man’s Mock Prime Rib.
I have really fond memories of this recipe, Chicken Bordeaux from the New York Times Cookbook. At least Chicken Bordeaux was in a New York Times Cookbook in the early ’80’s. In Craig Claiborne’s day, I think. This harks back to when I was young, and if the pictures are correct, wearing a bikini!
Fall comes, the leaves turn and at that first temperature drop, I seem to crave comfort food. I actually have a list of comfort food. Well, not a formal one, but one in my head, and Beef & Barley Soup ranks high on that list. What ranks even higher on my list is this Instant Pot Beef & Barley Soup.
Swiss Steak with Mushroom Gravy Instant Pot Version. So it all started when I asked the folks what they wanted for dinner. That’s like usually like pulling teeth, but there we were in August: temperature 96 degrees. My Dad immediately said “Swiss Steak.”
A gorgeous dish, it really should have a fancy name…a little wine, lemon and a handful of sun-dried tomatoes spark up gorgeous green beans, chicken and a few potatoes. Fingerling potatoes or Yukons are perfect but a red potato makes a great budget stand in. And everything is napped with that bright sauce. Shhh…don’t tell anyone how simple this dish is and they’ll think you’re a genius.
I wanted to throw out this delicious quick little creamy sauce – I use this same basic recipe in all kinds of ways.
I love me some Risotto – how ’bout you? It amazes me how you can take a simple ingredient like rice, add a glug of wine & a few gratings of cheese (plus a bit of this and that) and turn it into a gourmet meal – no make that a gourmet experience – because you get to drink the rest of the wine! Plus plus! This is a marvelous recipe for Risotto – Ham & Parmesan Risotto Instant Pot or Stove Top Version.
Hey guys! I’ve been super psyched over my very retro Home-Made Onion Soup Mix. While you can’t say this about everything, it’s been like a little trip to the past that’s actually turned out better than I remembered! One thing I’ve been using it for is this Campbell’s Ultimate Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Roast.
I had some red lentils (which are really orange, so that’s bizarre, isn’t it?) calling to me the other night. Calling at 2:00 a.m. Seriously. I was like “shut up, go to bed.” But that’s the kind of thing that happens when you look at Pinterest before falling asleep. And Red Lentil Dip with a Spanish Flair is what comes of it.
It was a dark and stormy September day…sounds like the start of a good horror story, huh! It could have been because I needed some barbecue sauce. And I didn’t want to go out in the rain.
We all have those recipes we make over and over again, right? The ones we just about crave? The ones we pull out for an occasion. Birthdays, Company? Anniversaries? This Bacon Dried Cherry & Caramelized Onion Stuffed Tenderloin is one of those at our house. It’s an absolute show stopper!
Here’s another one of my recipes that tastes and looks all “gourmet” but gets dinner on the table in no time at all – Soused Chicken. I’ve made this for years and the somewhat unusual flavoring gets rave reviews. Seriously, people think you’re going all fancy whenever wine and a little cream or half and half are in the picture.
I wish I had better pictures of these au gratin potatoes…rich, satiny, silky and utterly decadent, I make these sometimes for Holiday dinners, or any special dinner that needs a killer side.
I was in for a treat when my siblings visited this week. My sister and I found a recipe for Three Herb Chicken with Mushrooms in a little booklet called “Our Best Recipes” by Better Homes and Gardens.
Awhile back I posted a bit of a cheater’s recipe for the Black Pelican’s Citrus Rosemary Brined Chicken. I saw it on Diner’s Drive Ins and Dives and just had to recreate it. When I made it, I simplified things just a bit; I used a boneless breast and served it with the Vegetable Saute. It was fantastic.
Happy Mother’s Day! I thought it would be perfect to post a favorite dish I used to make for my Mother after she no longer cooked. She loved this Chicken with Lemon and Artichokes. The sauce has a lot of flavor and is bright, garlicky and lemony. Couscous soaks it up beautifully and when served on a platter, this simple dish seems like so much more.
This is a beautiful soup, simple and a sneaky way to get almost anyone to eat their vegetables – and eat them, they will, and they’ll darned well like them – prepared like this! 🙂 The subtle flavoring lends a gorgeous background note without overwhelming the delicate vegetables. It’s just enough to make you want to taste again and again while wondering “Just what is in this?”
Mushrooms are so good for you: they fight inflammation for one thing, but what do you do when picky eaters won’t eat or even try one? Make them taste better, then ease them into other recipes after the first success! These easy, Creamy Mushroom Pork Chops were a huge hit at our house and might be one at yours, too.
Paella is a dish that for years was wrapped in mystique, seemingly out of reach of the average American. It’s a darn shame because a simple Paella is a stunning dish and very doable dish for a week-night dinner.
I’m a huge fan of is a Bolognese. Deep, rich, winey, this meat-based sauce is out of this world fantastic. It’s just insanely good. But what I’m def’ not a fan of is babysitting Bolognese on the stove top, stirring often as it reduces. While Bolognese is made from the simplest of ingredients, it needs to simmer just about forever, lovingly tended, and ain’t nobody got time for that. The answer? Slow Cooker Bolognese.
If there’s one thing I don’t spend a lot of money one, it’s usually steak; it’s pretty “rare” around our house. (Ok, I have a rule, only one bad joke per post, so it’s safe for you to keep reading, now.) And if I do splurge, it’s not your average dinner night. That doesn’t mean, though, that we don’t have Steak every now and then. Or every once in a blue moon, Beef Tenderloin. And that’s when I want to make Medallions of Beef with Red Wine Reduction.
One of my favorite dishes of all time, Coq au Riesling, is absolutely gorgeous. Best of all, it’s one of those dishes that masquerades around, looking all gourmet, when in reality, it’s all smoke and mirrors.
An assortment of your favorite dried fruits, gently macerated overnight in a spiced wine mixture, baked until plump and flavorful, the wine reduced to a ruby syrup. When I brought this compote to Thanksgiving one year, my baby sis gleefully dubbed this “Compost!” Our family has called it so ever since…
A fantastic budget item for the buffet, these Stuffed Mushrooms are a bit different from some. A moderate amount of Sherry or Marsala adds a lot of flavor, but they’re dry roasted in the oven. The mushroom flavor intensifies, and these are every bit as good with a plain old button as they are with any of the fancier mushrooms – even better as they’re a bit more tender.
I love me some Chicken Marsala. Especially the Classic Chicken Marsala. But Chicken Marsala has a dirty little secret: it sounds (and looks) all fancy but is really nothing more than a sautéed breast of chicken with a simple pan sauce.
This is one of my go to sides when I serve Pork Chops – slightly sweet and a bit tart, it has none of the overwhelming pungency of the Red Cabbage Braises that are so popular today.