Month: February 2017

Glazed Ham

Glazed Ham with rice and naan

Everybody loves “that” ham at the holidays, but waiting in line for 45 minutes and paying $80 annoys me, so this past holiday season I tried to make my own. It was so successful, I think we ended up going through four full-size hams…

Martinez

Martinez Cocktail

Thought to be the precursor of the martini, the Martinez has been around since the mid 1800’s. It is said to be a twist on the original Vermouth Cocktail (which was vermouth, lemon, bitters and maraschino liqueur). This drink is a classic that I…

Chicken Burrito

Chicken burrito

Full disclosure-I have so much leftover chicken in my fridge right now. We threw a party and ordered a few too many breasts, so I’ve been trying to use them like crazy. Along with the other leftovers, I decided to get creative and see…

French 75

French 75

This is Sauce and my go to post dinner cocktail. It is an absolute classic with roots all the way back to the 1910’s. The most believable story says its birth was a happy substitution of champagne for soda in a Tom Collins. The…

Cadillac Sliders

The Cadillac is Salty’s favorite sandwich, and for good reason. He named it the Cadillac in homage to the car, because this sandwich has everything he wants and nothing he needs. While I personally prefer a few more vegetables on my lunchtime sandos, I…

Valentine’s Day

Steak oscar with asparagus, potatoes and fresh hollandaise

Whether you’re trying to impress someone or you want to spoil yourself without having to watch gross couples at some overpriced prix fixe dinner, this Valentine’s Day can easily be a gastronomic success, if nothing else. Anybody in the restaurant industry will tell you…

Corn ‘N Oil

Corn 'N Oil

Someone ordered this drink for me a few years ago in Florida, claiming I would love it. Two sips and I was hooked. Corn ‘N Oil is a Caribbean drink with completely unknown history. Rich and sweet, blackstrap rum is the star of this…

Chicken Paillard

Chicken Paillard

Chicken Paillard (pie-yard) might be spelled fancy, but it is an incredibly simple and endlessly versatile item. My favorite topping is a simply dressed salad, but this chicken can be used for everything from sandwiches to shortcut satay. You can also prep and freeze…

Fried Egg Sandwiches 3 Ways

A perfect fried egg sandwich

Fried egg sandwiches are the taste of my childhood. Summer mornings and snow days meant fried egg sandwiches for breakfast, and it was also a tradition every time certain family friends came to town. My mom made them one way, our friend made them…

Cheesesteak Sandwich Party

Last summer I threw a weekend party for about 20 people at my house. We made cheesesteak sandwiches, and everybody said they were the best cheesesteaks ever. The secret-I made my guests assemble their own sandwiches from an array of options, and consequentially provided…

Skillet Fried Couscous with Asparagus and Bacon

Fried rice is an undeniably delectable dish, and I like to mix it up by using couscous instead of rice. This dish is very hearty, so it pairs well with a simple roast chicken or topping of grilled shrimp. Ingredients 1 cup Pearl couscous…

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff is classic Russian comfort food, but Americans seem to have happily adopted it into their repertoire as well. Although Stroganoff can be made out of cheaper cuts of meat, my butcher had a sale on tenderloin tails, so I decided to spoil…

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