• beurre blanc salmon
    Basics,  Dinner

    Rob’s Date Night: Beurre Blanc Sauce

    Something with a fancy French name, like Beurre Blanc, tends to be pretty intimidating to many people. I don’t really blame those people; the French for all of their contributions to the culinary world were not simple. Their flavors tend to be complex and their techniques to get those flavors are similarly involved (all of which I love). Amy routinely has to reign in some of my ingredient selections though and finds my love of tackling of some of these recipes funny, given my inability to multi-task in the kitchen. But, I figured I would take a run at teaching myself something new for a date night. Beurre Blanc sounds…

  • orange sriracha pork
    Dinner

    Orange-Sriracha Pork

    This Orange Sriracha Pork recipe is inspired by an old favorite that seemed perfect to bring back. Given what’s going on right now, I also think this is a great recipe for using pantry ingredients. This recipe actually started as a braised chicken thigh dish. I love this recipe since its super flavorful, but braising chicken thighs can be pretty slow and requires a lot of back and forth. So I took the basic formula and decided to morph it into a pan sauce. This makes it faster and in my opinion a little more approachable. Sriracha gives a really great spicy kick to anything while having a nice balance…

  • 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…

  • french onion chicken
    Dinner

    French Onion Chicken

    I love French Onion Soup or just about anything with caramelized onions in it. What is not to love about the sweetness they provide to a recipe? Rob and I were throwing around some dinner ideas when we came up with this recipe. Our brainstorming started with pork chops. I remembered our caramelized onion pork chop from my technique post a while back. Rob then threw out the idea of a variation of a chicken pan sauce (think piccata but French). We both immediately decided that was the meal. The best part of this is that you need to make the onions first, which means that flavor stays in the…

  • Pan Sauce 5
    Dinner

    Cooking Technique: Pan Sauce

    If I had to choose one recipe to make without knowing who I was making it for or why I was making it it would be Chicken with a pan sauce.  Not only is it super easy to make and a crowdpleaser (even the pickiest of eaters will like it) but it is elegant on its own, you can serve it at a formal dinner party.   The other great thing?  Pan Sauce is a dish you can experiment with once you have the technique down.  You can vary it up with your favorite flavors.  I love adding dijon mustard, garlic or different herbs like thyme or rosemary to vary…