• caesar salad
    Basics,  Lunch,  Side Dish

    Tangy Tarragon Caesar

    Caesar dressing is one of those recipes that can take a little bit of trial and error to get right. I have made my own at least two times before this for the blog (recipes here and here). Both of those, came out okay but I always thought I could do better. Well, turns out practice does make perfect and third time is the charm!! I was start from scratch, and use egg yolks for my dressing. You can use mayo as a simplification, but to me that defeats a bit of the point. The nice thing with the egg approach is I can have a better control of the…

  • milanese pesto caprese
    Dinner

    Milanese with Pesto & Caprese

    So tonight’s post doesn’t really have a recipe with, but combines a few of my favorites from the blog for a nice, cohesive plating. The recipes for tonight are my Chicken Milanese (link here) and a variety of Pesto (links here, here, and here, if you can’t tell I like pesto). Separately, these make for great, versatile elements of a meal; combined they make for an excellent easy meal. When trying to come up with a cohesive meal, my general approach looks to versatile techniques that can be adapted easily. This way I am able to weave common flavors throughout the plate. Most of the time a good meal pairing…

  • provencal piccata chicken thigh
    Dinner

    “Provencal Piccata” Roast Chicken Thigh

    This roast chicken thigh dish is what I would consider an elevated pantry pantry meal (at least for me). I called this “Provencal Piccata” since its got elements from both of those styles for a fun French-Italian mash-up. This may not be what you would traditionally consider a “pantry meal.” Normally, that calls to mind some kind of basic pasta dish or other hodge-podge type meal. This is a really nice pantry meal that is also a really cohesive dish. All of the ingredients for this are items that will be in my fridge, freezer, or pantry at any given time. Chicken thighs are one of my favorite proteins and…

  • creamy tomato basil pasta
    Dinner

    Creamy Tomato-Basil Pasta

    This is one of those recipes that basically came about on accident. Rob and I were brain storming how to best use some of the stuff we had bought. There were a few things we knew we wanted which was it would have chicken and a cream sauce. We originally started with a creamy pesto pasta, but I wasn’t feeling that. I wanted something a little bit different. That was about when I remembered the package of small tomatoes we had picked up. We decided to roast them up to really break them down and make them tasty. This then led to the next key ingredient decision which was to…

  • chicken mole enchiladas
    Dinner

    Chicken Mole Enchiladas

    Rob and I have been nibbling around the edges (no pun intended, lol) of making a Mole sauce for a while. There is something very intimidating about very traditional recipes, like Mole, that has caused us to hold back for a while. I find that many Asian recipes are very similar. There is something in the techniques and proportions that is not always intuitive; you sometimes need a level of tradition and taste from growing up with it. So anyways, we set out to try and tackle Mole. Turns out that, while very traditional, its pretty simple to get right. There are a few key elements that you need, but…

  • chicken parm
    Dinner

    Elevated Chicken Parm

    Chicken Parm is not a recipe that Rob and I are particular huge fans of. We knew some people in college who were very passionate about how they are made. On the flip side, Rob almost never ate it growing up. So, we decided to make an attempt at elevating chicken parm with a lot of homemade, custom elements. To start things off, we made a custom breadcrumb mix. Its a mix of ground parmesan, herbs, lemon, olive oil, and plain breadcrumbs. I have found that I like to add the olive oil to breadcrumb mixes. It makes it a little stickier which allows for a better crust. The other…

  • chicken dijon sauce
    Dinner

    Chicken with Dijon Pan Sauce

    I learned the basic technique of this recipe very early in my cooking experience. I ended up taking a Sur la Table cooking class with my sister and the basic recipe was the primary focus of the class. Pan sauces might just be one of the simplest but most versatile techniques out there. You really just need some good brown bit in your pan, an acidic liquid, and some basic flavor elements. The technique really does require those first two elements though. The brown bits from your meat (usually chicken, often dusted with flour) is basically pure flavor and are a cook’s best friend. The acid helps to grab all…

  • moroccan chicken
    Dinner

    Moroccan Roast Chicken Thighs

    Roasted chicken thighs are probably one of my favorite recipes. The reason I love them is just how versatile the concept is. If you can master the technique you can literally do almost any flavor style you can imagine. My recommendation is start French (like these) and then experiment from there. This time around I decided to take this in the direction of Moroccan. Rob actually suggested the concept based on a dish I had last time we were in Sonoma. We went to Glen Ellen Star, which is an awesome little restaurant in Glen Ellen (shocking, I know) that is one of our all-time favorites. Anyway, I had ordered…

  • baked bbq chicken
    Dinner

    Baked BBQ Chicken

    I really like cookout or BBQ food; unfortunately, living in an apartment can make that really tough. Between a limited number of grills and not really being able to let things cook for long times, I have to find other ways. Baking makes for a pretty sure-fire bet when you are limited by equipment. Chicken definitely bakes well so the only thing you maybe loose is some char or smokiness. I tried a few new techniques for this baked BBQ chicken to experiment. Thankfully everything worked out great. So if you have the time and want to try something new, I highly recommend these. First, we ended up breaking down…

  • chicken nachos
    Dinner

    Tequila-Lime Chicken Nachos

    I love nachos!! I’m not sure if its the finger food aspect or what, but there are times I like them more than tacos. This version is a ground chicken version using one of my favorite flavor combos for Mexican food: tequila and lime!!! Rob and I have been making something along these lines for a while, but haven’t really ever made them pretty like this. Historically, we just used those store-bought taco seasoning packs. There is just something about those things that is hard to replicate. Plus they are just so easy, I don’t always feeling like trying. Anyway this time around, we did make our own spice mix.…