Pimento Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Chicken

Pimento cheese is essentially a cheddar and cream cheese mixture with a few spices thrown in there and little bits of jarred pimento, which is just a sweet cherry pepper that has a very mild heat.  It's a southern classic and, having spent a few years of my life in the south, one that is nostalgic in the way only Virginia ham biscuits with butter can come close to.  It's so easy to make and it keeps well in the fridge. There are probably lots of great recipes out there for this spread but I ... Continue Reading

Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwich

Fast forward a few days from now to that inevitable leftover turkey staring you down in your fridge as you ponder what wondrous midnight snack you can make with it.  Sure, the classic cranberry and cream cheese sandwich comes to mind but why not try a new leftover turkey sandwich with a fresh twist?  This ultimate leftover turkey sandwich comes to life with caramelized onions, fresh spinach, and a creamy mustard and horseradish sauce that may just change your whole view on leftover turkey.  ... Continue Reading

Beer Braised Sausage Sloppy Joes

Part 2 of my Father's Day menu that includes everything Beer, Bacon or Bourbon are these Beer Braised Sausage Sloppy Joes.  Not the most elegant dish, I know, but flavorful and sure to please Dads everywhere who just want to relax and enjoy a good meal.  And it pairs wells with beer.  Did I mention that? I decided on sweet Italian sausage as the meat because it is readily available and already has some good flavor.  But I amped it up a but by adding in some diced pancetta, fresh ... Continue Reading

Challah Bread Egg Toast

This ooey, gooey Challah Bread Egg Toast (loaded with lots of cheese and veggies) is the ultimate breakfast sandwich for any occasion.  It's sumptuous, full of flavor and texture, and makes an impressive presentation on any brunch table.  I love using Challah bread for it's slightly sweet outside and spongy, delicate texture but you could use brioche or even a ciabatta bread if you can't find Challah.  Challah is a Jewish traditional ceremonial bread but it's readily available in most ... Continue Reading

Tea Sandwiches

These tea sandwiches are perfect for any crowd and any occasion when it comes to easy entertaining.  There is a vegetarian version and a meat version so you can have all the bases covered and they both have a scrumptious herbed butter on the bread that resembles the classic watercress tea sandwiches served in England.  Perhaps best of all is that this is one of those easy, no-cook recipes but still looks fancy for entertaining.  These tea sandwiches can be part of a brunch, bridal shower, ... Continue Reading

Tuna fish three ways

There is nothing more fun than taking a simple dish - like tuna fish - and finding new ways to present it and eat it.  It's all about options with this tuna trio.  I came up with these ideas as part of my cooking segment for KCRA3 on what college kids can make in their dorm room kitchens.  Unless things have changed dramatically since I went to college, which is possible, it's all about cheap, quick and easy.  Also, tuna fish is a very healthy option for college kids who may be concerned ... Continue Reading

Back To School Party

Why not kick off the school season the way we do the summer with a back to school party to get the kids excited?  It doesn't have to be big.  Just your kids and one or two friends that maybe they haven't seen over the summer or a new friend who may be in your class next year!  The more important thing is to involve your kids and make it fun and easy by serving a few kid-friendly favorites and letting them help.  I grabbed a roll of white wrapping paper and let them make the sign, which ... Continue Reading

Flank Steak Fajita Roll Ups

Flank steak makes a wonderful fajita because it's a flavorful cut of meat that isn't too expensive and, when cooked right, it's super tender.  I really like to marinate the steak as long as possible, at least for a few hours, but overnight is even better.  The steak is the star of the dish here, closely followed by the sweet peppers and onion and the creamy Garlic Parsley Spread so it's important to get the cooking of the steak right.  Cumin is a classic flavor with fajitas but if you ... Continue Reading

Roasted Garlic & Parsley Spread

Roasted garlic is one of my favorite ingredients to use in sauces and spreads because it has a mellow, sweet nutty flavor from the roasting process that doesn't give off that big raw garlic punch.  Don't get me wrong - I personally love the raw garlic punch - but this is a more toned down way to use this ingredient for those who may not share my views on raw garlic.  Because you first roast the garlic you can use a LOT more of it than you would if it were raw.  For this recipe I tried it ... 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