Spanish Style Fried Chicken with Avocado

Fried chicken is delicious. I think everyone can get behind this statement. There are some classic recipes out there (Thomas Keller's version comes to mind immediately), but there are so many variations you can make to fried chicken. You can do KFC (Korean Fried Chicken), there are hot versions, and you go this direction, which infuses Spanish spices for a great take on fried chicken. INGREDIENTS 3 garlic cloves, smashed 4 cups buttermilk [...]

General Tso’s Cauliflower

You may still be working on your resolutions, and one might have been to eat healthier or get more vegetables in our diet. Regardless of if that's the case, this recipe is a great alternative to take out. You may need to substitute some ingredients if you can't find them but this makes a great meal. INGREDIENTS For the General Tso’s Sauce: 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 10 garlic cloves, [...]

Buttermilk Fried Shrimp

We made fried chicken recently, so that got us thinking about other things we could bread and fry and shrimp was a natural next choice. These are very easy to make. You don't need a deep fryer either, a dutch oven or any other wide pot is perfect here. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp! INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon [...]

Gingerbread Cake

There are lots of different ways to make gingerbread, and in the holiday season, it's a great thing to experiment with. This is a cake type implementation that is easy to make and will get you some excellent ginger flavour. INGREDIENTS 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch chunks [...]

Baked Brie With Caramelized Pecans

Baked brie is a fantastic appetizer, and it's straightforward to make. You can experiment with many different flavour combinations as well, so there are almost endless options. This uses caramelized pecans which gives a great sweet taste to the brie. INGREDIENTS 1 (8 ounce) package brie cheese (with rind) 1⁄4 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons chopped pecans 2 teaspoons butter PREPARATION STEP 1 Heat [...]

Nashville Style Hot Chicken Sandwich

If you've been on this list for a little bit, you will know our affinity for fried chicken. The Nashville Hot is a specific and delicious kind of hot chicken, that is, well, hot. It's really good and while it takes a bit of effort. It's delicious! INGREDIENTS Fried chicken: • Peanut oil, for frying • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 1/2 cup cornstarch • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • Kosher [...]

Banana Bread

We always end up with extra bananas at home or in our freezer, and this is a fantastic way to use those up! INGREDIENTS 1⁄2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs, beaten 3 bananas, finely crushed (for serious and extreme moist and delicious, try 4 bananas) 1 1⁄2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla (optional) PREPARATION STEP 1 Preheat oven to 350º [...]

Bacon and Tomato Linguini

Another great use for tomatoes. This is sort of a pasta carbonara with the addition of tomatoes. INGREDIENTS Kosher salt 12 ounces fresh linguine 6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 3 cups cherry or grape tomatoes 1 shallot, thinly sliced 2 large eggs 1/3 cup grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese, plus more for topping 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest Freshly ground pepper 1 cup fresh basil, torn [...]

Classic Chicken Parmesan

A classic recipe that every home chef should know how to make. It's a bit heavy so we have this infrequently, but when we do we are always happy afterward. INGREDIENTS 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 10 ounces each) 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 15-ounce can tomato puree 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese 1/4 [...]

Spicy Cashew Peanut Bar Mix

A bit of a different twist on a recipe today, but great to have around the house for snacking or if you are entertaining a small crowd. INGREDIENTS 3 tbsp. canola oil 2 cups roasted and unsalted cashews 2 cups roasted and unsalted peanuts 3 tbsp. sugar 1 tbsp. ground coriander 1 tbsp. ground Sichuan peppercorns 1 tbsp. Kosher salt 1 tsp. Thai chile flakes 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 tbsp. fish [...]

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