Mexican Fried Rice

Mexican Fried Rice

For Christmas I received a Blackstone Griddle.  It is the most used gift that I have ever received. I cook everything on it, from Japanese steakhouse fried rice to smash burgers. We love fried rice so much that I decided to come up with a recipe to go along with some Fajitas.  I combined some tomato sauce, chiles and seasonings to make some of the most delicious fried rice that I have ever had.  It is a huge hit at our house!

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Guacamole

Guacamole

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!

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Goulash – The remainder meal!

Goulash

Sometimes we have a remainder meal. What is that you ask? Well it is a meal using the remaining ingredients of all of the other cooks. Throw the ingredients in a pot and serve. Goulash is my perfect remainder meal. For this meal we had a bunch of remainders lying around. We had 1/4 box … Read moreGoulash – The remainder meal!

Bill’s Bruschetta

Bill's Bruschetta

My Father-In-Law Bill has a great garden and has been harvesting tomatoes for the past couple of weeks.  He utilized the fresh tomatoes to make a great homemade bruschetta. It is a delicious recipe with extremely fresh ingredients. It is a must try.  So here is Bill’s first guest post.  Take it away Bill. Bruschetta … Read moreBill’s Bruschetta

Marinated and Grilled Cherry Tomatoes

Grilled Cherry Tomatoes

I love tomatoes!  I am the weird guy at parties that eats the cherry tomatoes in the vegetable tray.  It seems as if I am the only person that eats them.  So I decided to grill some up as a side dish.  They were delicious!  They were a tad bit tart from the balsamic vinegar making them a great side dish to accompany any grilled meat.

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Asparagus Frittata

Whenever I have a ton of left overs and I want to clear out the fridge I try to find something new and exciting to try. I love eggs and they go with almost any flavor. You can make them sweet in desserts or savory in a quiche. So I wanted to use eggs and the asparagus, tomatoes, and onions that I had left over from this last weekends barbecue. The only thing that came to mind was a frittata.

Layered with onions, asparagus and tomatoes this was a great dish.
Layered with onions, asparagus and tomatoes this was a great dish.

It is amazing how great of a dish you can make just using simple ingredients.

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Panzanella Skewers with Sherry Vinaigrette

Panzanella Skewers

I am always looking for a new way to spice up a salad.  So when I came across this recipe, I knew I had a winner.  Grilled tomatoes and bread served over a nice green salad.  The smokiness of grilled tomatoes and bread add a unique flavor to this salad.

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Eggs Baked in Roasted Tomato Sauce

The other day I was reading the December issue of Food and Wine and I came across this recipe and I had to try it.  Roasted tomato sauce and eggs.  So simple yet I had never even thought of trying it.  Although it takes a bit to make it, the tomato sauce can be made ahead of time so that you can make a quick and easy dish.

Eggs baked in roasted tomato sauce
Eggs baked in roasted tomato sauce

Serve with some toasted slices of baguette and you have a great breakfast.

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Pesto Pork Chops with Grilled Summer Vegetables

Over the weekend a few friends came over for a barbecue.  Barbecueing is nice as you get to sit around, bs, drink, and have a good time.  Macheesmo brought over some fresh pork chops from the farmer’s market near his house.  So we decided to make a pesto pork chop.  On the side I wanted to grill some veggies.  So I went to the market and found yellow squash, zucchini, bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and some red onion.  It was an awesome combination.

Grilled Pesto Pork Chops
Grilled Pesto Pork Chops

Jeff brought Margaritas so I forgot to take a lot of pictures.  Sorry.

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