Category: dinner

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14
Aug
2020

Instant Pot Risotto

This method works surprisingly well. It’s currently my go-to instant pot recipe, replacing the spaghetti and meat sauce recipe I made last year. Be sure to have the onion and garlic already chopped, and your rice pre-measured before you turn…

cast iron frying pan
18
Oct
2019

Hearty Beef and Hominy Chili

1 lb ground lean beef (7% or less) 1 small onion, chopped 1 small green bell pepper, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional) 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 (14½ ounce) can of diced tomatoes ¼ cup tomato paste…

17
Jan
2015

Orecchiette with Sausage, Baby Kale, and Bell Pepper

(Even though this recipe is calls for orecchiette, I’ve made it with other shapes of pasta. Rigatoni works well.) 2 ¾ teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped 5 garlic cloves, crushed…

15
Oct
2013

Cauliflower Soup

A LOW-CALORIE WAY OF MAKING A SATISFYING SOUP

09
Jan
2012

Best Damn Smoked Chicken Recipe, period

This may be the best thing that could ever happen to a chicken. I get a whole lot of compliments on this one. There are some members of my extended family who insist I bring this to any family gathering,…

29
Mar
2011

Frenchman’s Franks & Beans

1 T olive oil 1 large leek 1 stalk of celery, diced 2 carrots, diced 2 or 3 sprigs of thyme 1 sprig of rosemary 1 bay leaf 1 small to medium russet potato, peeled and quartered stock or water 1…

12
Mar
2011

Hungarian Goulash

2 large red bell peppers 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 lb boneless beef shank, or normal stew beef, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces Kosher salt & pepper 2 large onions, chopped 4 large cloves of garlic, minced 2 t…

07
Nov
2010

Wild Rice Stuffing

Tried this in a chicken last week. I’m usually against putting stuffing inside a chicken or a turkey, since it means longer cooking time, and increases the chances of bacteria, but I figured if I didn’t make the stuffing too…

21
Oct
2010

Roasted Delicata

In one way, I think my wife usually dreads the autumn, because that’s when I start doing things with winter squash. For the most part, she’s not into them. I think it has something to do with the way they…

10
Aug
2010

Bolognese Ragu

I ended up getting a bumper crop of red plum tomatoes from my garden this week, so I made this sauce. I prepared the tomatoes by peeling the skins off (dip into boiling water for 30 seconds), then cutting them…

11
Jul
2010

Alabama Smoked Chicken

Caught a random episode of Cooks Country this weekend where they made an unusual barbecued chicken recipe. I tried to replicate it, though I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. The weird part about the recipe is that the barbecue sauce…

18
Mar
2010

BBQ Pork Chops

3 or 4 thick cut natural pork chops, rib cut, on the bone 1 onion whatever fresh herbs you have on hand (rosemary, thyme, sage) 3 tablespoons salt 1 tablespoon sugar water 2 tablespoons oil ground black pepper 2 ounces…

02
Mar
2010

Aaron’s Favorite Lasagna

My grandfather loved to cook, even back in the Eisenhower days, where the men went out to work, and the women stayed home and kept the house. He was a fabulous bread maker and started my mother on her endless…

27
Dec
2009

Better Roast Chicken

So it seems pretty straight-forward, but I never actually tried it until last week. A better way to roast a chicken. I’ve often lamented the fact that the thighs and drumsticks are rarely ever completely cooked to my liking, or…

13
Dec
2009

Braised Lamb Shanks with Barley and Winter Roots

2 or 3 lamb shanks salt 1 onion, chopped fine (or substitute the same quantity of leeks) 3 or 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces 3 or 4 parsnips, ditto 2 or 3 turnips, ditto 1 can…

13
Dec
2009

Boston Baked Beans, take 2

You might find, in the Cooking Monster archives, an entry I wrote about my attempt to make a batch of homemade baked beans, and how I lamented that the results really weren’t worth the effort. Well, urged on my my…

03
Dec
2009

Beef & Barley Stew

Now that Gourmet Magazine is no more, I’m getting emails from their successor, Bon Appetit. The other day, they sent me an email that described a stew that sounded great, although their recipe was fully vegetarian and relied on mushrooms…

09
Nov
2009

“Quick” Meat Sauce

This is a quicker substitute for bolognese sauce, which normally takes a long afternoon of simmering. This only takes about an hour and 20 minutes, total, and has satisfying, rich, deep flavors. I use ground bison, but you could substitute…

20
Oct
2009

Roast Pork with Apples and Rhubarb

Preheat oven to 375º. Score the fatty side of a pork loin roast, just to penetrate the fat layer. Generously season with salt, pepper, and herbs de Provence. On the stovetop, brown all sides of the roast, 3-5 minutes per…

12
Oct
2009

Roasted Winter Squash Pasta

So I had this scheme to make pasta with the flesh from some autumn squash. It turned out pretty good, though I’m not sure if it was worth the trouble. In the end, I couldn’t really detect any flavor difference,…

08
Aug
2009

Maple-Glazed Ham Steak

¼ cup water ¼ cup maple syrup 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon ketchup 1 ham steak Combine water, syrup, butter, soy sauce, and ketchup in a frying pan big enough to hold your ham steak. Bring…

27
Jul
2009

Eleven Herbs and Spices Revealed?

Ron Douglas, author of America’s Most Wanted Recipes, claims he has discovered the secret recipe after lots of chicken, and years of testing. According to an article in The Guardian, the secret ingredients are : 1 teaspoon ground oregano 1…

08
Jul
2009

Julia’s Method for Cheeseburgers

I watched an old episode of Cooking with Jacques and Julia, on the topic of beef, and they demonstrated their methods for making hamburgers, so I decided to give Julia Child’s method a try for dinner last night. The result…

28
Jun
2009

Pan-roasting the Best Steak

My wife and I have pretty much stopped ordering steak when we go out, since I seem to be able to cook it better than they can, for less money… granted, I can’t say how my steak compares to the…

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