Chicken Pesto Gorgonzola

I love it when we go out to a restaurant and find a dish that we absolutely love!  One of my favorite challenges is to try to figure out what is in it and replicate it at home.  This in the inspiration behind this recipe for Chicken Pesto Gorgonzola.

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Grilled Corn Salad

 

Grilled Corn Salad is the perfect summertime accompaniment to any BBQ or gathering all season long.  I love this salad because it’s so easy, tasty and colorful.  It’s fresh, healthy and full of flavor!  The great thing about it is that you can make it ahead and it can be served room temp or even chilled in the fridge when you’re ready to eat.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu is a French Classic that is pretty easy to master and will impress your family and friends.  Admittedly, this is a dish that hasn’t been on my radar for quite a while, so it was something new for my family.  Last week at culinary school our team moved to the “Entree” station for our 2 week rotation.  Needless to say, you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face for the entire 6 hour class.  It’s the main attraction, the big event and so much fun!  Each day, we switch cuisines, also on a 2 week rotation, so that everyone gets to work in every station for each cuisine.  The other day for French day, we made this Chicken Cordon Bleu.

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Ratatouille

Going to Culinary School has always been a dream of mine.  Ultimately, I would’ve loved to have gone to the Culinary Institute in Napa, but with 3 kids still in Elementary and Middle School, that wasn’t going to work and I didn’t want to wait another 10 years until they’re off in college to go.  So, I’m taking classes at DVC, our local community college.  However, it is an ACF (American Culinary Federation) accredited program and the entire kitchen was renovated about 3 years ago, so it’s a very top notch facility.

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Tinga de Pollo Tacos

Tinga de Pollo Tacos are the answer to shake up your next Taco Tuesday.  Why just stick to ground beef when there are so many other tasty, creative options to eat in a taco?  Tinga de Pollo literally translates to shredded or torn chicken.  This is an easy weeknight meal that comes together with some help from your slow cooker…dinner is done!

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Grandad’s Salsa

My dad used to make this salsa for almost every family get together or special occasion.  Although closely adapted from one of Tyler Florence’s salsa recipes, he put a few touches of his own on it over the years.  Tyler Florence was his favorite celebrity chef to watch on Food Network.  We spent hours watching Tyler’s Ultimate together when he would visit.  He used to take the printed, folded up recipe back and for the with him to New Zealand to make for his friends there as well…and so, it became “Grandad’s Salsa”.

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Sous Vide Carnitas

One of my favorite gifts I received this Christmas was a sous-vide tool.  Even though I feel like I’ve cooked almost everything, I can now cook food in a completely new way and produce different results.  So, although I’ve made Carnitas many times, I’ve never made them like this.  These Sous Vide Carnitas are juicy and crunchy in a whole new way.  Top them with your favorite taco toppings and you’ll have a showstopper!

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Steakhouse Filet Mignon with Red Wine Reduction

 

There is nothing better than an incredibly juicy, perfectly cooked steak at your favorite steakhouse.  Well, I lied.  There is something better.  Making your own incredibly juicy, perfectly cooked steak at home!  This Steakhouse Filet Mignon with Red Wine Reduction is that steak.  It’s the kind of meal that will make you ask, “Why go out?”.

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SF Style Cioppino

 

I love to make this SF Style Cioppino recipe this time of year.  We always have family over during the holidays and this is the perfect meal that is elegant in presentation, easy to prepare, light, healthy and oh’ so delicious!

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Four Seasons, Punta Mita, Mexico

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Even though it’s just a photo of one of the 4 spectacular sunsets we saw at the Four Seasons, Punta Mita, Mexico, it almost makes you feel like you need sunglasses! This was one of the most magnificent resorts we’ve ever visited. The location is about a 30 minute ride by car from Puerto Vallarta airport. Upon arrival, as you walk though the breezeway, you are greeted by friendly staff and panoramic views of the beautiful property and ocean before you. The sprawling resort gives you the feeling that you are the only ones there, it’s absolutely amazing in every way!

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