Spiced Mulled Wine

Spiced Mulled Wine

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!

Spiced Mulled Wine

Spiced Mulled Wine

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Poor Man's Mock Prime Rib

Poor Man’s Mock Prime Rib

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.

Poor Man's Mock Prime Rib, Ruth's Chris Potatoes au Gratin, Restaurant Style Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Caper Sauce

Poor Man’s Mock Prime Rib, Ruth’s Chris Potatoes au Gratin, Restaurant Style Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Caper Sauce

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Instant Pot Beef & Barley Soup

Instant Pot Beef & Barley Soup

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.

Instant Pot Beef & Barley Soup

Instant Pot Beef & Barley Soup

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Lemony Chicken with Green Beans

Lemony Chicken with Green Beans

Lemony Chicken with Green Beans - simple enough for every day; elegant enough for company! There are potatoes, too, making it a complete meal. Try it with artichokes in the spring!

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.

Lemony Chicken with Green Beans

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Ham & Parmesan Risotto Instant Pot or Stove Top Version.

Ham & Parmesan Risotto (Instant Pot or Stove Top)

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.

Ham & Parmesan Risotto Instant Pot or Stove Top Version.

Ham & Parmesan Risotto Instant Pot or Stove Top Version.

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Simple American Style Soused Chicken

Simple American Style Soused Chicken

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.

Simple American Style Soused Chicken

Simple American Style Soused Chicken

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Chicken with Lemon & Artichokes

Chicken with Lemon & Artichokes

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.

Chicken with Lemon & Artichokes

Chicken with Lemon & Artichokes

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Potage - Cream of Spring Vegetable Soup

Potage – Cream of Spring Vegetable Soup

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?”

Potage - Cream of Spring Vegetable Soup

Potage – Cream of Spring Vegetable Soup

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Poor Man’s Paella

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.

Poor Man's Paella - chicken, regular rice. Fantastic, even on a budget.

Poor Man’s Paella – chicken, regular rice. Fantastic, even on a budget.

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Slow Cooker Bolognese

Slow Cooker Bolognese

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.

Slow Cooker Bolognese

Slow Cooker Bolognese – of course you’ll want to transfer to your fave pot so it doesn’t look like you made it in the Slow Cooker!

 

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Medallions of Beef with Red Wine Reduction

Medallions of Beef with Red Wine Reduction

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.

Medallions of Beef with Red Wine Reduction

These Fillets are thin, only cook them for a minute or two!

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Wine . $2.35

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.

Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms with Wine

Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms with Wine

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