Shiraz Roast with beef gravy

This is our family recipe for a super tender roast with very rich gravy. There’s something that a nice dark red wine does for a large cut of beef that just complements the flavor like nothing else. In this recipe we use Shiraz wine to flavor our beef and gravy, if this is something you haven’t tried, you are seriously missing out.

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Chicken rice pilaf

Chicken rice pilaf recipeRecipe: Chicken rice pilaf

Sometimes you just need comfort food and to me chicken rice pilaf comes to mind. This chicken rice pilaf recipe was created one weekend while taking care of my wife. She was recovering from the flu and “nothing sounded good”. Everyone’s been there before. Those dreaded days where you have a taste for absolutely nothing. Some serious pick-me-up food was necessary.

I decided to take my chicken soup recipe and put a more fulfilling twist on it, chicken rice pilaf. Instead of noodles and broth, I’d go for a more hearty mix of rice brown and white rice. The aromatic mix of Basmati rice, celery and onions would fill the house with that smell that just says ‘home cooking’. Bright orange carrots and green peas add inviting familiar colors to the mix. Dill and parsley bring everything together in a nice savory way.

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Cuban Mojo chicken wraps with pineapple, roasted red pepper salsa

Mojo Wrap Recipe

Mojo Wrap Recipe

Cuban mojo chicken wraps with pineapple, roasted red pepper salsa

Master Chef revisited.

About this time last year I entered and won our local Louisville TV station’s edition of Master Chef. Since the show aired I have yet to post the recipe on Weekend Chow Down so I felt it was time to revisit and share this wonderful summertime recipe.

I’ve always loved the bright citrus, garlicky, zesty flavors of Mojo (aka Spanish BBQ). In the US, Mojo is popular around Florida, especially where there is heavy Cuban influence like Miami. If you’re looking to bring some Latin inspiration to your summer cook out, look no further. Mojo is really such a simply marinade to create and not only packs a ton of flavor but also does a great job of tenderizing meats. A good fresh Mojo marinade goes great with bone in and boneless chicken or pork. If your not totally convinced yet, it’s a healthy alternative to sticky store bought BBQ sauces that are packed with sugar and corn syrup. Read more

Chorizo burger with Jazz apple slaw

Chorizo Burger Recipe

Chorizo Burger Recipe

With summer in full swing, I can’t help but want to grill burgers out by the pool. Bored of the same old beef burger and inspired by my wife’s quest to eat healthier; this spicy summer burger is the answer to a healthy but tasty beef burger alternative.
These Chorizo burgers defeat the dreaded “dry” turkey burger stereotype by incorporating a few tricks and some big flavors. The Chorizo burger is an eleven on the savory scale. Smoked paprika, chipotle, provolone cheese and garlic marry up with the sweet of apples drizzled in a tangy red cabbage vinaigrette slaw.

Before you run and hide from the dreaded “turkey burger”, hang in there for a moment. Turkey alone can lead to a dry burger, however by adding some ground pork and a bit of olive oil to the mix you’ll have that juicy burger you crave.

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Chunky Steak Chili

Chili is many things to many people. Chili is one of those dishes that everyone prepares their own way. This recipe is what chili is to me. I never really favored chili much because most chili’s are filled with beans and I’ve never really been a fan of beans. One day I set out to create a chili that I would like; I knew it needed to be beefy, hearty, and full of flavor. I made this chili with nice big hunks of steak in mind. Read more