The basis for a majority of Italian recipes is a good marinara sauce. I have experimented and created the ultimate homemade marinara sauce. This sauce is delicious and quick to make. In less than 40 minutes you can be eating. It is tangy, but not tart. It is well balanced for everyone from kids to grandpa. It is a must have recipe for your repertoire.
Pepperoni Pinwheels are the ultimate appetizer. They contain all of the ingredients from everyone’s favorite meal, Pizza! They are easily shared and can be dipped in your favorite pizza/marinara sauce. Pepperoni Pinwheels are like mini pepperoni pizza sans pizza sauce. Therefore you can eat them in your favorite white shirt without too much worry. This is quite possibly one of the best appetizers that I have ever made.
My wife Dana is a great cook and loves to dabble in recipes that center around Italian cuisine. She previously made Rigatoni Alla Vodka, but she has improved on it by using pancetta. Yep, she added bacon! No wonder I married her. This is quite possibly my favorite meal of all time. You have to try it!
Six years ago, I wrote a post rating the best Champagne Under $15. It still is one of my most popular posts. I get a ton of comments on it six years later. It only took 6 years, but we finally lost the bitter taste in our mouths from some of these cheap champagnes and it was time to do another tasting. In fact, we decided to take it to another level…..the best Champagnes under $10. As you know, price does not always translate to quality!
We are only a week away from Christmas and that can only mean one thing. Christmas Cookies!!! I love all types of cookies but for some reason, all cookies taste better at Christmas! This list includes everything from Cut out cookies to fudge crinkles. Lots of sugar, lots of chocolate and a ton of Christmas Fun!
I am a huge fan of the Thermapen. It is fast, accurate, durable and an extension of my arm in the kitchen. It is the one kitchen/bbq tool that I could not live without. I honestly don’t know how people can cook without checking temperatures. I have had my Thermapen for almost 5 years and it works as good today as it did the day I purchased it. The other day the great people over at Thermoworks sent me the newest Thermapen to try out. I was a bit skeptical that I would need a new Thermapen. However, The Thermapen Mk4 is not just an incremental update, it is a brand new kick butt thermometer. The new features make this not only a kick butt thermometer, but the best Thermapen ever! Check out my review below.
I am a huge fan of pepper jelly. I like to add it to marinades and sauces, to add a little sweet heat. I also like to eat it straight up in Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches. Not to mention it is great with a little cream cheese on crackers. Pepper jelly is a pretty universal ingredient. I have tried almost all of the different commercially available Pepper Jelly’s but they just are not hot enough or they are way too sweet. So like any red blooded American, I decided that I could do it better myself. Wow, I was right. This pepper jelly is the best I have have ever eaten. It is not too sweet, but has enough heat to let you know that it contains Habaneros.
I don’t know about you, but we always make way more food than we need for Thanksgiving so that we can have leftovers. I almost think that the leftovers are better than the original meal. I know it sounds wrong, but Thanksgiving leftovers are the bomb! Usually we have a pretty well balanced amount of leftovers. However, this time we had more leftover potatoes than usual. So, I decided that it was time to come up with a recipe that featured leftover mashed potatoes. This Thanksgiving Shepherd’s Pie features leftover turkey, gravy, vegetables all topped with a nice layer of potatoes. It was a hit and I am sure it will be a hit at your house!
Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and I want to give my annual quick tips. Thanksgiving can be a stressful time for any cook. Accepting or asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It can the one thing that keeps you sane during this sometimes stressful holiday. Below I have listed a few tips and shortcuts that can help ease your stress and make your thanksgiving a tad bit more joyous. Be as prepared as possible. I have created a sample menu and timing that you can use to make Thanksgiving as easy as possible. Also, there are plenty of tips from what turkey to choose all the way to how to cook a frozen turkey. Its all in there.
Dana was getting inspired by Thanksgiving and wanted to make a nice treat for my son’s class. So, she decided to make some Turkey Sugar Cookies. That alone sounds good, but Dana added my son’s favorite candy to the mix. Yep, Candy corns to form the turkey feathers. These cookies are quick, easy and super delicious! Plus, they look amazing! Super cute Thanksgiving Cookies that are perfect for any Thanksgiving Table.
Thanksgiving is less than a week away. It is time to get the Turkey and determine when to thaw it. Frozen Turkeys are just fine. I know every TV chef in the country says to buy a fresh Turkey, I have prepared one fresh and one thawed Turkey side by side and my guests could not tell the difference. Here are a few tips for picking out a turkey and getting ready for Thanksgiving.
With the sudden drop in temperature and the start of football season, I have been craving chili. I have made a ton of chili recipes, but wanted to create one that emphasized corn and black beans. The combination of corn and black beans just intrigues me. So I went through my spice cabinet and started grabbing spices. After a few changes, I got the flavor that I was craving. This chili ended up being one the tastiest that I have made. The addition of the corn kernels added a nice texture and flavor. You have to try this chili.
Smoked Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Chorizo Meatballs is a really long name, but super accurate and perfect for this amazing appetizer. This is an awesome appetizer that is perfect for tailgating, cookouts, sports games or any day. The spicy, smokey and cheesey flavors are a great combination. If you want a great appetizer and have access to an outdoor grill this recipe is for you!