Main Dishes

Parchment Cooked Halibut in Olive Oil with Green Beans and Carrots

Have you struggled to cook thick pieces of fish, like halibut, thoroughly without totally drying them out?  The key is cooking the halbut in parchment paper and making sure you properly fold the parchment. Many times I’ve come home with a beautiful piece of halibut, cooked it and found it […]

Chimi Marinaded Steak & Vegetable Skewers

Chimichurri Steak Skewers

With the right cut and the right marinade you can grill awesome beef kebabs.   And even if it isn’t outdoor grilling season, don’t worry as these steak skewers are great for indoor broiling too. For some unknown reason, I never really got into beef skewers (also known as shish kebabs) […]

Oven Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Garlic and Horseradish

Oven Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Garlic and Horseradish

Beef Tenderloin is great.  What about oven roasted beef tenderloin that’s been rolled and stuffed with garlic and horseradish?  Well, that’s even better.  And it’s a one pan dish that’s really quite easy to do. The trickiest part of the dish is butterflying open the filet.  I could have taken […]

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork in 45 Minutes

Same Night Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

Who loves pulled pork?  Who loves waiting 8 hours for it to be ready in a slow cooker?  After somewhat successfully converting other slow cooker recipes for a pressure cooker, I set out to do the same with pulled pork. This wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. […]

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with a Garlic Rosemary Rub

I’m pretty sure it’s still trendy to wrap just about anything in bacon.  Plus, it’s hard to go wrong wrapping a pork tenderloin in bacon.  Add in lots of garlic and roasted vegetables, and it’s actually a fairly easy weeknight dish This caught my eye in a recent issue of […]

Tortilla Española

We can’t go to a Tapas restaurant without ordering at least one Tortilla Española.  And it turns out that there isn’t a lot to it.  Just 3 ingredients: eggs, potatoes and onions.  Though somehow I’ve never really been able to make it as good as they do in a restaurant….until […]

Grilled Chicken Shwarma with Peppers & Onions

My favorite eat-out lunch is easily anything Mediterranean.  Luckily, in the Chicago Loop where I work, there seems to be more Mediterranean lunch spots than Starbucks.  And nearly every one of these restaurants makes some variety of Chicken Shwarma.  While the spices may vary, it’s typically always marinated and grilled. […]

Pressure Cooker Bone-In Ham

Pressure Cooked Bone-In Ham with Maple-Honey Glaze

If you’ve ever bought a refrigerated pre-cooked ham, then you know that the suggested cook time to warm it back up is based on the number of pounds, and could take hours. You get a warm ham, but it’s also usually pretty dry in the middle.  I’ve found that you […]

Baja Style Fish Tacos with Tilapia

Baja Fish Tacos with Avocado and Tilapia

When I was working in Santa Monica, fish tacos were a staple at lunchtime.  The great thing is that there’s no shortage of places in Southern California to get some great tacos.  One of my favorite spots by far was Sharkees in Manhattan Beach for some killer Baja-style Fish Tacos. […]

Crispy Lemon Tofu with Onions and Broccoli

Crispy Lemon Tofu with Broccoli

Long ago, the restaurant Big Bowl had a signature dish called Crispy Lemon Chicken.  I’m pretty sure I ordered it about every time that we went there.  Similarly, my wife always ordered the Feel Good Chicken Wonton Soup.  While it’s no longer on the menu, here’s an at-home version that […]