Month: January 2017

Spatchcocked Chicken on Bread

Spatchcocking is my favorite chicken technique. Instead of roasting the bird whole, it is cut open and laid flat, maxing out the flavor and shortening the cooking time drastically. I prefer to smoke chicken on my Traeger, but this recipe also works on a…

Cranberry Spice Martini

This time of year, I’m always looking for some sort of spice element in my drinks. In this martini you’ll find both spice and warmth from the ginger and red wine, a tart kick from the cranberry and crème de cassis rounds it out…

Borsetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara is another dish that seems to have a reputation for being more difficult than it really is. A few simple ingredients and less than 15 minutes is all you need to throw together a world class dinner-the most important part is having…

Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is a much abused cocktail. Its been neglected, its had muddled fruit thrown into it, soda water drowning perfectly good whiskey and I once had one served to me with pineapple juice and a celery stick garnish. Fortunately this scrappy concoction…

Smoked Pork Tenderloin with Mustard and Pancetta

Perfect pork is flavorful and juicy, but it is easy to overcook and under season. I used to think I didn’t like tenderloin, but then I learned about grilling and smoking. This recipe is excellent on a grill, but I swear by my pellet…

Hemingway Daiquiri

Ernest Hemingway said it best, “Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares, if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in it’s bars.” He himself was quite the iconic traveller. From Spain to Africa, the man learned the world…

The Art of the Cheese Plate

Cheese plates are sophisticated and crowd pleasing, and even the most culinary challenged individuals can easily succeed with a little preparation. The most important part of this endeavor is obviously the cheese itself, and if you can manage to pick out at least a…

Oxtail Soup

Rich and hearty, oxtail soup is a long, slow process perfect for a melancholy winter day. Oxtail is exactly what it sounds like-the tail of a bull, cut into pieces 2-3 inches thick, with the bone in the middle. It is about as cheap…

Classic Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is my favorite way to use leftover chicken. There are a thousand variations on it, but this is a timeless recipe that I always end up going back to. Enjoy as a sandwich or piled on salad greens-if you can get it…

Burrata Caprese

Caprese (ka-pray-say) is an elegant Italian salad comprised of fresh soft cheese, tomatoes, and basil. High quality mozzarella and balsamic vinegar are essential, but as long as you buy good ingredients this recipe is foolproof. Traditionally Caprese is made with fresh mozzarella, but I…

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