I am a sucker for sweet and spicy flavor profiles. So when we had a few chicken breasts lying around and a can of pineapple chunks, I knew that I had to make kabobs. To be honest, I have never been to Hawaii or even had traditional Hawaiian food. So the authenticity of this dish is not purely Hawaiian, but Hawaiian in style. These Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs are a chicken kabob coated in a sweet and spicy sauce that takes you right to the beach.
Tomorrow is National Martini Day! June 19th, 2015. Yeah, I didn’t know either. So in the best interest of you guys, I wanted to give you guys the perfect martini recipe. There is nothing worse than letting National Martini Day go by without celebrating it. So since today is Thirsty Thursday, we are posting the recipe today!
I have had a craving for a light and fluffy cake, but I didn’t know what to make. Then I asked my son and he said make it taste like Oreos. Sounds like a plan. So I decided to create a super simple, super delicious cake. The basis for this cake is a simple box cake mix, but the frosting and Oreos put it over the top.
My wife Dana is from New York City! When we visit NYC, we like to purchase food items to bring back Virginia. One of those food items is fresh pasta. Our favorite is Manicotti. You just can’t beat the flavor of the pasta, from the pasta stores in New York. Since we haven’t been to NY in a while, our stash has run dry. So I wanted to surprise Dana with some handmade Manicotti. I must say the three cheese Manicotti was freaking fantastic. Even Dana said it was the best that she had eaten. That says a lot.
Dana and I were organizing our cabinets the other day and we found our pasta attachment for our kitchen aid mixer. Looking at it, we knew what our next recipe was going to be. We are making fresh pasta. This recipe is an all-purpose flour based pasta. I would have loved to make a semolina flour based pasta, but I was unable to find semolina flour at any of my local stores. I have some on order. I will make a semolina pasta soon!
Happy Memorial Day 2015! First and foremost, I want to thank all of the soldiers and veterans out there. Because of you guys and gals we can enjoy our freedom and we have the ability to celebrate Memorial Day. Thank You!
Memorial Day is the official start of the summer and nothing screams summer like, BBQ and grilling! To help out with your outdoor party, I have compiled a few tips, tricks and recipes to share with you all!
I love Chipotle! It is delicious, so I decided to recreate a burrito bowl. I utilized my fajitas seasoning, skirt steak, some black beans, cilantro lime rice, salsa and guacamole to create one of the greatest meals known to man. Dana said it was her favorite meal ever! That says a lot. The combination of rice, black beans, meat and cheese is Amazing!
So I am slowly building up the ingredients to make my own burrito bowl. So far we have made some kick butt salsa and guacamole. Next in line is the cilantro lime rice. I have tried this a bunch of different ways, but this is my favorite. It uses lime zest and lime juice. Make sure to zest the limes before juicing. Learned that the hard way. This recipe does a great job recreating the cilantro lime rice from the burrito chains. This makes enough for 4 burrito bowls.
We are on a Tex-Mex kick here on the blog and the next condiment that Dana and I wanted to make was Guacamole. I love Alton Brown so I wanted to try out his version of the classic dish. I must say that he hit a home run with it. We used this recipe. it was well balanced, not too spicy and downright delicious!
Dana and I love southwestern food. For that reason, one of our favorite condiments is Salsa. To quench our thirst for salsa, I decided to create a fresh salsa. This salsa is crisp and refreshing, all the things jarred salsa are not. If you have never made fresh salsa, I totally recommend it.
We recently got a new rice cooker. It is a zojirushi rice cooker and it is freaking awesome! and I wanted to expand our repertoire of rice dishes beyond just white long grain rice. So I decided to come up with a new recipe that would utilize the rice cooker but impart a ton of flavor. So I substituted the water for chicken broth and then added herbs and onions to enhance the flavors. This was some of the tastiest rice I have ever made.
Since the snow has melted we have been itching to grill. So I decided to dust off the Weber Grill and make some chicken. I wanted to use only the ingredients that I had in the house, so I raided the pantry. I had soy sauce and honey. Boom, honey soy chicken. Sounds like a winning combination to me. Since I wanted to maximize surface area of the chicken that absorbed the marinade, I decided to cube the chicken and skewer it. This was a great combination which is going to be added to our regular dinner rotation. You have to try this.