Category Main dish

Fettuccini with Lobster Mushroom and Scratch-Made Heirloom Tomato Sauce

Sometimes the food gods leave and you’re left with an empty soul; endless nights of takeout and a heavy reliance of going back to your tried and true recipes….every single night. True I have excuses, and pretty good ones at that. There was a house move, a wedding, a honeymoon, a million house remodeling projects […]

Perfect Roast Chicken with Citrus Gravy

So, we all know my life is a little hectic right now. I may be flying off the grid for an undetermined amount of time in the very near future. Be that as it may, I thought I would share one last recipe before full scale madness ensues. We are packing up and moving, we […]

Grilled Sirloin Flap with Strawberry Salsa and Chipotle Balsamic Reduction

Some friends are family; you have no choice but to have them in your life. You love them, you hate them, you would hurt whoever hurts them, love whoever loves them. Let’s go back in time and space to Lake Nacimiento, CA, 1986…say, October-ish. A close group of married couples and their young kids are […]

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cauliflower Purée and Savory Cherry Compote

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cauliflower Purée and Savory Cherry Compote I am sick in bed for the second day (which is always such a bummer when it is glorious outside, isn’t it?) and I figured I might as well get to it and post last weeks recipe (apologies for the delay).  So here I am, […]

Pan Seared Scallops with Whole-Wheat Pasta and Fresh Pesto

Pan Seared Scallops with Whole-Wheat Pasta and Fresh Pesto serves two Ok, so I get that there is more than one way to cook a scallop, but who are we kidding to deny that there is quite simply one BEST way to cook a scallop. Cast iron my friend. Cast-Iron. Nothing gets that perfect sear […]

Grilled Chicken and Blue Cheese Pear Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken and Blue Cheese Pear Salad with Apple Vinaigrette recipe serves two as a main dish, 4 as an appetizer/side It was a gluttonous weekend for my love and I. Delicious, but gluttonous nonetheless. Needless to say that come Monday afternoon and the proverbial “What shall we have for dinner tonight…” conversation that occurs […]

Lemon Curry Brick Chicken with Spicy Kale and Curry Mashed Potatoes

Lemon Curry Brick Chicken with Spicy Kale and Curry Mashed Potatoes Ok, let’s be honest here. This recipe and post really only exist for one reason, and that reason is the word spatchcocking. I think it’s a pretty awesome word…it just rolls of the tongue in a fun way. Spatchcocking. Say it.  Love it. Moving […]

Rack of lamb with roast tomato and cannellini bean mint stew

This Saturday was a much needed spring cleaning day at the house (a little late I know) and as such, I had great aspirations to make a spring inspired meal. Grilled rack of lamb with a cherry tomato and mint salad; clean, simple, and bright flavors. The weather, however, didn’t want to play along with […]

My Grandmother’s Paella…but not really

I thought it would be appropriate to start my blog with homage to my grandmother. My grandmother was born and raised in Puerto Rico and brought so much culture and life to our family. I believe from her cooking (or what my father lovingly refers to as “spic” food) stemmed my passion for food, with […]