Buttermilk Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy

Fork tender Top Sirloin Steak enveloped in a crispy, crunchy, well seasoned breading, hot from the fryer, and covered with a rich and decadent Cream Gravy. Buttermilk Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy is what is on the menu for dinner this weekend. The origins of Chicken Fried Steak also known as “Country Fried Steak,” can be traced back to […]

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Pork & Shrimp Potstickers

What can I say, I have a love affair with potstickers. It started years ago when researching Asian cuisine during my culinary apprenticeship. The combination of flavors, fillings, cooking methods, and dipping sauces are endless. When served with a quick stir-fry vegetables and you will have a quick and delicious meal. That is, once you’ve […]

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Chicken Pot Pie – Don’t Fear the Flame

I love Chicken Pot Pie.  Tender chicken, vegetables, thick and rich chicken sauce, nestled in a buttery and oh so flaky pie crust.  But  how do you take Chicken Pot Pie from “great” to “omg.” Well, it’s all about caramelization.  Don’t fear the flame! this is how we develop deeper flavors from our food.  Most […]

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Chả Giò (Vietnamese Pork Spring Rolls)

Have you ever eaten something at a restaurant that tasted so good you couldn’t stop thinking about it? For me, my cravings got the best of me this week.  Ever since visiting San Antonio this past April. I’ve been thinking about the Spring Rolls at Viet-Nam Restaurant on Broadway. During the fifteen years I lived in San […]

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Mexican Rice and Beans the Dynamic Duo!

In Italy the Tuscan’s are know as the “mangiafagioli” or the bean eaters.  I’m proud to count myself among the bean eaters of the world.  For that matter a rice eater too!  Beans and rice the unsung hero’s of any Mexican meal. What a perfect pairing as side dishes to accompany Chicken Mole, Enchiladas, Tamales, Tostadas, Fajitas, or any […]

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Thanksgiving Leftovers, Second Take!

Ah…Thanksgiving leftovers.  For my family it was always tradition to plan for leftovers.  That was part of the ritual of Thanksgiving.  Everyone would revisit what was in the refrigerator and make up a plate of their favorite dishes.  I especially loved making “Thanksgiving on a bun,” leftover soft rolls with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet […]

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Bad to the De-bone!

“What is that?”  Was the question from my family this Thanksgiving as I readied the turkey for the oven.  This year, the turkey preparation wasn’t very traditional.  Instead of roasting the turkey whole on the bone.  I decided to de-bone and trussed two turkeys.  Why would I do this?  Well knowing we would be hosting twenty-four family members I wanted the […]

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Practically Perfect Pasta

I know we’ve all been there.  You look in your pantry and refrigerator trying to decide, “What’s for dinner?”  This was my predicament last night.  It was 7:00 pm and I was hungry.  Time to make something, but what? I thought of a dinner I had made for my parents years ago when they visited me.  Center […]

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