Sausage Farmhouse Scramble

Sausage Farmhouse Scramble

Dana and I went to Hash House A Go Go a last year when we went to Mohegan Sun Casino.  It was an amazing breakfast.  We both had a farm house scramble.  Basically it is a biscuit topped with griddled potatoes, veggies, meat, eggs and cheese.  Basically the best combination possible.  We have been talking about it for a while now.  After making homemade biscuits the other day, we thought it would be a great idea to make our own farmhouse scrambles at home.  My take uses sausage and a pepper medley.  Totally Awesome!

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White Chili

White Chicken Chili

I was looking for a nice healthy dinner the other day.  I was thinking back and remembered a recipe that my Grandma Donna gave me.  It was for white chili.  It is simple, easy and quite delicious.  Plus, it utilizes chicken instead of beef. Another good thing is that the only real sodium in it, … Read moreWhite Chili

Potato Meatloaf

Potato Meatloaf

I love meatloaf and when Dana suggested that we have it for dinner, I was excited.  One of my specialties is Potato meatloaf.  Instead of using all breadcrumbs, I used half potato flakes from instant potatoes.  It adds a creaminess to the meatloaf that is completely awesome!   I used this technique once before on … Read morePotato Meatloaf

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

The other night I was struggling to think of something to make for dinner.  Then I saw this photo on SavorySights and I wanted stuffed peppers. So I modified the recipe a bit and created a stuffed pepper that was amazing.  It was tasty and filling and best of all, easy to make. Stuffed Peppers – (adapted … Read moreStuffed Peppers

Quick Chicken Stir-Fry

Chicken Stir Fry

The other day I wanted something quick to eat.  Nothing screams fast, like stir-fry.  So I decided to go and see what looked good at the market.  I found some broccoli and bell peppers.  Plus, Dana loves water chestnuts so I added a can of those.  To be honest, they are my favorite part too.  A Stir-fry does not have to be complicated.  A little garlic and ginger and you can make almost any veggie taste awesome.

Chicken Stir Fry

Overall this stir-fry took 12 minutes from start to finish.

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Chicken Fajitas

Slice the chicken and place on top of the peppers and onions

I spent the weekend practicing my BBQ techniques for the upcoming Pork in the Park competition.  After spending all weekend working on ribs and pork butt, I wanted to change it up a bit and cook some chicken.  So I decided to make some fajitas.  I have made chicken tacos with a wet marinade, but I have never made a dry chicken rub.  So I opened up the spice cabinet started combining spices until I had a tasty rub.  This rub makes enough for about 10 pounds of chicken so you can store the remaining rub in an old spice shaker or in a covered bowl.  I used the rub for both the chicken and the veggies and it made some delicious fajitas.

Dry Rubbed Chicken Fajitas

I plated this up family style and let everyone grab what they wanted.

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Breakfast Potatoes

I love breakfast.  Probably my favorite meal of the day.  Mostly because it is the only meal where it is cool to eat bacon straight up.  But secondly, because it is almost always served with potatoes.  I love those crazy tubers.  So I decided to whip up some potatoes.  These potatoes are loaded with peppers and onions.  They are almost a breakfast on their own.

Breakfast Potatoes

Heck, top with an egg and you are good to go.

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Steak Fajitas

I was craving steak the other day so I went to the store to see what was on sale.  Flank steaks were on sale so I picked one up.  When I see flank steak I think of one thing, Fajitas.  So I picked up some peppers and an onion and it was on.

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Chicken Tacos with Homemade Tortillas

Happy Cinco de Mayo! In honor of today I wanted to make a classic mexican dish.  At first I wanted to make steak tacos with homemade tortillas. But, it just so happened that everyone around me had the same idea. There wasn’t a single flank steak to be found within 10 miles. So I changed it up and made chicken tacos.  Luckily there just happened to be a few chickens at the market.

Chicken Tacos with homemade tortillas and hot sauce
Chicken Tacos with homemade tortillas and hot sauce

These chicken tacos are so easy.  Even with making your own tortillas it was on the table in 2 hours.  30 minutes or less with store bought tortillas.

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Homemade Hot Sauce

The wingtacular is coming up in a couple of weeks and I wanted to give a little help to the competitors. The basis of any good wing sauce is a good hot sauce. Over the counter hot sauces are good, but if you make your own you can control the ingredients and the amount of heat.  As always, nothing compares to homemade.

Habaneros, jalapenos, poblanos and long hot peppers were available at the grocery store.
Habaneros, jalapenos, poblanos and long hot peppers were available at the grocery store.

I went to the local grocery store last night looking for a nice mix of peppers to create my hot sauce. The main problem was that they were extremely limited in their selection. So for this hot sauce I am making a green hot sauce. It still has the spiciness that I look for in a hot sauce but it has a different color and more of an earthiness to it.

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Herb Garden Revisited

Update – The wingtacular has been moved up to May 16th.  We still have three more open spots. Click here to learn about the wingtacular.

A couple of weeks ago I planted 12 varieties of herbs and peppers in a self-watering seed starter that I purchased at Lowes.  You can find the link here. The whole thing went south when the self-watering indoor green house got a case of mold.  The mold covered all of the plants except for the pepper plants and the basil.  So needless to say, I have to start all over again.  I would not recommend the self watering green house starter as it pretty much sucks. 

I have transplanted the herbs and peppers that survived the deadly mold created by my crappy self watering green house.
I have transplanted the herbs and peppers that survived the deadly mold created by my crappy self watering green house.

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Sourdough Pizza

Last week on friday I made a sour dough starter. After stirring it today I noticed it was ready to go. The first thing that came to mind was sour dough pizza. When I was in college there was a pizzaria by my house with the best sour dough pizza. After years of trying I think that I may have finally figured it out.

Perfect crust and great sour dough flavor
Perfect crust and great sourdough flavor

Once you have your starter  this crust takes only and hour or so to make.  Rather fast for a pizza crust.  The recipe makes two crusts so if you don’t need the other one you can refrigerate it for 2-3 days or it freezes very well.

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The Blue Box Revisited – Spicy Mac n Cheese

If you are like me, no matter how much you cook, you always have a box of Mac n Cheese in the pantry.  As much as I want to hate the stuff it is good.  So, I have worked to spice it up in more than one way.  Honestly, it is not much, but it is enough to transform a bland blue box to a tasty concoction.

Spiced up Mac n Cheese

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