Soup

Roasted Broccoli and Garlic Soup with Cheddar

Roasted Garlic and Broccoli Soup

Roasting vegetables (like broccoli and garlic) always brings out amazing flavors.  This is a great way to turn warm, roasted vegetable flavors into a really flavorful broccoli and cheddar soup. Use White Mirepoix for the Soup Base The base for the soup is going to be a White Mirepoix.  Traditional […]

Kid Friendly, Lunches

Curry Chicken Salad Sandwiches

There are a couple of classic sandwiches that have universal appeal and are easy to make: grilled cheese, peanut butter & jelly and of course, chicken salad.  What I was looking for was a chicken salad sandwich that wasn’t overly mayo’d and had some bold flavor as well….something beyond an […]

Beef, Grilling, Main Dishes

Chimichurri Steak Skewers

Chimi Marinaded Steak & Vegetable 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) […]

Soup

Favorite Soup Recipes

With winter right around the corner, it’s time to dust off your collection of soup recipes and admit that full on grilling season (at least in Chicago) is pretty much over. Around here, the first time the high only made it to 60, my wife was already asking about the […]

Side Dishes

Crispy Oven Baked Artichokes

Crispy Oven Baked Artichokes

Fresh artichokes are really tasty, especially when you get down to that delicious choke in the center, but they are a lot of work.  So you’d think that canned, or jarred, artichokes would be a suitable substitute?  Not really.  It’s not as bad as fresh asparagus vs. canned asparagus, but […]

Side Dishes

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

As side dishes go, Quinoa is the gift that keeps on giving.  Here I give it a little Mediterranean flair with leftover pine nuts and olives. This dish follows the basic side dish formula of:  Starchy Base + Something Crunchy + Something Herby + Something Acidic + A Little Bit of Oil. Though […]