Penne with Pepperoni & Basil

I kind of threw this Penne with Pepperoni & Basil together at the last minute on a Monday night and, we loved it. This is a perfect example of what you can do on the fly if you keep those basic staples of all the things that you love in your pantry. For me, that means always keeping a big basket of pasta – all different varieties. This means penne, linguine, spaghetti, fettucini, elbow macaroni…

Luscious Turkey Breast

I’ve posted a BBQ turkey breast before with this same rub but, this time I picked up a bone in breast and the results were entirely different. I carefully pulled the skin back, put on some latex gloves and spent some time massaging my little bird with this yummy, moist rub. After the breast meat was thoroughly coated I went to town on the skin and made sure that it too was nicely saturated…

Curried Chicken Salad

The world went a little crazy a few years back over the big break up of “TomKat” and that’s where this Curried Chicken Salad recipe came from oddly enough. I couldn’t pick up a magazine without reading about Katie Holmes! Where she was going, what she was doing, even where she was buying her groceries in NYC. So funny. I found this chicken salad recipe in People Magazine one day…

Hoisin Short Ribs

Make sure that you select these Hoisin short ribs out of the butcher’s case so that you get a nice marbling but not a slab of fat – that is NOT a good thing on a short rib! Short ribs used to be an inexpensive cut of beef, not so these days. You will pay on average, $5 to $8 per pound for short ribs and there is a lot of shrinkage during the braising process so despite…

BBQ Shrimp

I took an old BBQ shrimp classic of my mom’s and made it even more simple than ever. I actually came up with this recipe when I was scratching my head on a Friday night during Lent trying to figure out what I could make for dinner that didn’t involve salmon. I remembered my mother’s old, classic oven baked shrimp recipe that she served most as an appetizer. It was very, very…

Chicken & Dumplings

Everyone has “their way” to make chicken & dumplings. I’ve had them made with biscuits and a million other ways. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not turning down dumplings any day of the week, I’ll take them any way I can get them but, Bisquick is my personal weapon of choice when it comes to making one of my all time fall favorites. Here’s the deal on the chicken.. I don’t really like to…