Mojo Chicken Burritos

Who doesn’t love a good burrito?

Mojo Chicken Burrito

Like burgers, I think burritos get a bad rap (no pun intended). For this dish, I wanted to have something that was still hearty and scratched that Mexican-flavor itch, but I also wanted it to be fresh and flavorful, not greasy and drowning in muddled flavors hidden under some ground beef slurry.

The end result was very fresh and flavorful: I rubbed a chicken down with some pretty strong, savory spices (think cinnamony, limey adobo) and roasted it. This was then chopped and pulled into tender chunks of juicy meat. By itself, this was tasty, but a burrito just cries out for salsa, or at least some kind of sauce. Since beef wasn’t in the cards today, I thought a mojo sauce would be better for chicken than a tomato-ey salsa (mojo is typically a largely citrus-based sauce, if you’ve never had it. Sweet, acidic, and very… click to read more…

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Poached Mahi Mahi with Papaya Mango Salsa

Today’s dinner is subtle, spicy, and sweet: a delicately prepared filet of Mahi Mahi, poached in a light, spiced wine, topped off with the tropical flavors of a mango and papaya based sauce.

Poached Mahi Mahi with Papaya Mango Salsa

The holidays have come and gone and now we’re on to that Tuesday/Wednesday part of the year. With the holidays, vacation has also passed.

Despite living in Florida, my wife and I relaxed a little further south in Key West (still Florida) with my family. We had a good time and ate a lot of good food. Fish and the sea were a large part of the entire trip, whether it be the SCUBA, the restaurants, or the sport fishing. Everything had its ups and downs–for instance, much to my surprise, sea sickness is quite common among SCUBA divers, or at least, the ones on the boat with me that day. They don’t teach you what to do when your dive partner chums the waters more… click to read more…

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Sausage Stuffed Shells

Some times, I like to really doll up a meal to make it something delicate and decadent. Other times, I just want something hearty and quick. This is one of those times: lasagna’s less popular, ugly step-brother: stuffed shells.

Sausage Stuffed Shells

This is nothing terribly fancy–pasta, tomatoes, sausage, parmesan, and ricotta–but hey, it’s good. For no good reason at all, I was just in the mood for shells instead of lasagna, even though really, they would both be largely similar. I don’t have pasta terribly often, and when I do, its usually some quick linguine kind of dish, so having a filled pasta just seemed like a nice change. Plus, it can be hard to write a ton of posts ahead of time before you go on vacation so bear with me! 😉 (this is the last one–I’ll be back and cooking fresh soon! Think of this as “leftovers”)

  • 1 box of shell pasta
  • ~ 1-1.5 lbs sausage (I use

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Poached Mahi Mahi in Vanilla Cream Sauce

Fish…and vanilla?

Poached Mahi Mahi in Vanilla Cream Sauce

This dish was inspired by Lydia over at The Perfect Pantry. A while back, she had posted a recipe for Sea Bass with Vanilla Cream Sauce that just intrigued me as I had never seen vanilla used for anything outside of dessert and baked goods, let alone with meat/fish. I mean, there’s fish…and vanilla. Huh?

There’s really no reason vanilla can’t be used for other things (e.g. a la chocolate and chicken), but its funny how you just sort of typecast things. Kind of like how my colander is only for pasta–it was embarrassingly shocking for me when I realized I could also use it for boiling potatoes (…or anything other than pasta). Vanilla with fish seemed like another such “aha!” kind of moment…just… click to read more…

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Apple Roasted Cornish Game Hen with Orange Cranberry Mustard Sauce

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but roasted birds still feel seasonally appropriate. Today, I roasted some Cornish Game Hen with a sweet and herby apple flavor and topped it off with a tangy orange cranberry mustard sauce.

Apple Roasted Cornish Game Hen with Orange Cranberry Mustard Sauce

I’ve had it in my head all week that I wanted to cook quail. Granted, I’ve never had quail before and I don’t even know what it is I’d like to do with it, but I wanted it. Well, they were impossible to find so I settled on Cornish Game Hens, which is still a bird I’ve never worked with before, but it wasn’t quail, so I was little peeved. I then hit up my pile of recipe books for inspiration to see what I could do with these, and there was close to nothing there (and what was there really didn’t sound terribly interesting). So my bad mood began to develop a little further. I sat and I planned, but nothing… click to read more…

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Roast Turkey & Gravy

The great beast, the top of the food chain, and yes, the centerpiece of Thanksgiving: the turkey (what?). There’s a plethora of ways to prep the holiday bird out there, each with their own ups and downs that strike fear in the hearts of millions every year: you could smoke it, deep fry it, roast it, overcook it, and so on and so forth. As the host for Thanksgiving this year, I picked up a medium sized bird (~18 lbs) and opted to brine and roast it.

Roast turkey, out of the oven and resting

If you’ve never brined a turkey before or have never heard the term, the idea behind it is simple: before you sit the turkey in the oven for several hours of heat, you want some assurance that the end result will still be moist, flavorful meat, not just some cooked-to-cardboard turkey. The solution is to prepare a spiced, and more importantly, fairly salty solution which you’ll soak the turkey in overnight. By… click to read more…

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