Tomato bruschetta is one of the most well known appetizer that is made with simple, wholesome ingredients. It is packed with bold flavors from the garlic and basil and balanced it out with the fresh tomatoes. Check out the recipe below.
Beef barley soup is a great flavor soup and is normally made my cooking beef low and slow until it is very tender. This beef meatball and barley soup will give you a similar flavor without the long cook time and still packed with all of the great ingredients that are normally found in the soup. Check out the recipe below.
These cappuccino muffin are packed with coffee and chocolate flavor and nice and moist that will keep a great flavor for a few days. For most people, these muffins a great and easy way to start your day along side a cup of coffee or milk.
In Italian cuisine, a sugo is an Italian gravy (ragu) or sauce that normally has tomatoes, garlic and red wine within. This baked capanelle with pork sugo is a great alternative to the usual baked pasta dishes since it is not heavy and packed with cheese like most baked past dishes, but still very delicious and satisfying. Check out the recipe below.
One of my most favorite meals is deep dish pizza. Growing up in Chicago, cornmeal crust deep dish pizza is a common style of crust, the cornmeal adds a great flavor to the crust and filled with all of your favorite toppings topped with a tangy tomato sauce. Preparation for the pizza is simple and bakes to a crispy outside but a soft inside on the crust. Check out the recipe below.
As it snows here in Minnesota, there is nothing better then sitting inside having a bowl of soup keeping warm. Southwestern Chicken and Bean Soup is a great change to the normal chili and is simple to prepare and packed with flavor from the spices and fresh vegetables. Most of the ingredients I had in my cupboard and it can be made in as quick as 30 minutes, but the longer it cooks the better the flavor just like most soups out there. This is a great recipe to use up leftover chicken or the turkey from your holidays.
While I was on a vacation to Washington DC, I had an amazing chocolate pecan pie that has stuck with me for the past week. the richness and sweetness of the pie was fantastic. For my Mini Chocolate Pecan Pie Cookies, I added the richness of the shortbread cookie in place of the pie crust and they are packed with a rich chocolate flavor that mixes with the nutty flavor of the pecans makes these an amazing addition to your normal holiday cookies, or anytime of the year. Check out the recipe below.
During the week it is hard to get a good meal meal out for your family, with this cheesy chicken artichoke skillet there is very little prep time and the rest is it cooking itself. The skillet is creamy and filled with vegetables and chicken and packed with cheese so it keeps your family pleased. Lastly, the clean up is very simple since it is all in one single pan. Check out the recipe below
In a large skillet, melt the butter and cook the carrots and peppers. Cook until almost tender and add the chicken and cook until chicken is cooked.
Stir in the cream of chicken soup, artichokes, rice, thyme and milk. Stir and cover then place in a 350F oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and top with cheese and green onions and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
As we are in the holiday season, deserts are a big part of the season. Poach pear tarts are quite simple to make and is a real wow factor with the colors of the red wine leaching into the light color of the pears and the whole how would be filled with a great smell from the cinnamon and orange. The Light and flaky tart with the rich and creamy mascarpone cheese topped with the soft, tender poached pears do make a great tasting tart that will please any group.
Fra Diavolo (Brothers Devil in Italian) is a sauce that is normally a tomato-based sauce with chili peppers for spice normally with seafood. Scampi Fra Diavolo has everything that makes a great meal, butter, garlic and a bit of a spicy (but not to much) that leaves your mouth looking for more. The tender shrimp covered in the crunchy panko breadcrumbs make it perfect over pasta, polenta over even as an appetizer on top of toasted bread.
Hey everyone, I am Dan and Live in Minnesota. I am here to show you the wonderful world of cooking and baking. As being a young boy in the kitchen to being a chef for over 10 years, I will show you the great recipes I have used over the years and what I do next. Please stick around and Enjoy!!