Category: Fresh Sheet

Guacamole

Smashed avocados, salt, lime, garlic; guacamole is a masterpiece of simplicity if done right. The better the avocado, the less work it needs, but even mediocre fruit yields an acceptable result when you develop a feel for preparing it correctly. Great as an appetizer,…

Spinach Artichoke Dip

The great thing about dips is that they’re flexible. While it would be ideal to always have every necessary ingredient, we all have lazy days where going to the store seems like a lot of work. Spinach artichoke dip is one of my pantry…

Annual Sportsball Party Planning

Every year about this time, people gather together to eat unhealthy finger foods and scream at their televisions, a tradition I happily facilitate. My team is out of the event-that-shall-not-be-named this year, but that never stops me from throwing a party. Whether you’ll be…

Hot Birthday Dip

No party at our house is complete without this flavorful bean dip. Another recipe from my mother in law, we don’t just keep it for birthdays anymore-it’s way too good. Make more than you think you need, because it does not last long. Ingredients…

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki Okonomo-How you like it Yaki: Grill More like okonomi-yummy, this savory Japanese pancake is one of my absolute favorite dishes. I first tried it in high school when my Japanese teacher made it for our class-she is a chef now, and she made…

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…

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