4 posts from month 04/2015

Chicken and Corn Mexican Tortilla Soup

This is one of my recipes that really benefits from time.  If you can plan ahead at all try to do it at least a few hours in advance or up to 1 day so that the ingredients have more time to come together into a luscious blend of flavor harmony. Yes that's a real thing. And it reheats beautifully so why not?  But for me the part that really sends this dish over the top is all of those yummy things you serve alongside the soup.  I love the crunch of the ... Continue Reading

Puttanesca Crusted Chicken with Fresh Tomato Relish

I'm so excited about this recipe because I love the flavors that go into a Puttanesca sauce (typically red onion, tomatoes, Kalamtata olives, capers and garlic) but I wanted to try it with a different twist instead of making it as a sauce to serve over pasta.  This chicken dish works so well to get all those flavors in every bite by first crusting the chicken in an almond, garlic, Parmesan cheese and Kalamata olive mixture and then browning it until it's crisp on the ... Continue Reading

Roasted Artichoke and Fennel Butter

It's artichoke season and every time I go to the grocery store I see a big beautiful display of green artichokes on sale.  Sometimes I shy away from cooking them just because they are a bit more labor intensive than other veggies, but I have to say .... it's really worth it to get to that delicious, tender little center of the artichoke. And it only took me a few minutes to do it. I thought I'd try something completely new by making a butter based spread that can ... Continue Reading

Gruyere Potato Gratin

I made this cheesy dish of goodness for Easter dinner, which I do every year, and it quickly disappeared.  I forgot how good it is because it's not every day I slowly cook potatoes in a pound of cheese with heavy cream....but oh is it worth it. That little sprinkling of chives at the end really just makes the dish pretty and adds a touch of freshness.  I think it might actually reduce the overall calories in the dish too, or something like that.  (okay well ... Continue Reading