Chicken Paillard

Chicken Paillard is the perfect quick, tasty weeknight meal your family will love! The chicken turns out perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.  I finish it off with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a sprinkle of fleur de sel to add brightness to the dish.  Pile on some fresh greens and you’ve got yourself a delicious dinner!

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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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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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Cornish Game Hens & Wild Rice Stuffing

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Hands down, Cornish Game Hens & Wild Rice Stuffing is one of my favorite fall meals!  This recipe is pretty easy but makes for a beautiful presentation and it’s a break from the norm.  I usually cut them in half to serve, no one can usually get through a whole one on their own.  Adding the dried cranberries and apricots enhances the wild rice with a little pop of fall colors.  And the slivered almonds adds a crunch with every bite.  Impress your family and friends with this delicious dish!

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Chicken Marsala

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Chicken Marsala is another classic that is so easy to make but tastes and looks beautiful on the plate.  Definitely do-able for a weeknight family style dinner or fancy enough for a weekend dinner party.  Pounding the chicken thin keeps in tender and cooking time is quick.

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Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs

Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs….I couldn’t actually call myself a food blogger if I didn’t have this recipe on my blog, right?  After trying many recipes and variations over the years, I have landed on this as the best combination of a few of my favorites.  Honestly, Spaghetti & Meatballs is kind of a classic that you don’t really want to mess with.

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Five Cheese Mac & Cheese

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That’s right….I said it…Five Cheese Mac & Cheese!  We were invited to a Halloween party last night and I volunteered to bring a Mac and Cheese dish.  Well, I couldn’t decide on which recipe I wanted to make…so I made two!  After returning from vacation where I was out of the kitchen for a week but filled with daily cooking inspiration, I jumped at the chance.  That may sound weird, but it is actually really tough for me to stay out of any kitchen!  So, this is the first one, stay tuned for the second, I’m sure it will surface soon.  Hint….it included bacon!

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