Simple Quintessential Cuisine

Lime and Garlic Chicken with Rice

Like a lot of people I find chicken to be rather bland and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it and I love to add lots of flavor.  I had a lime that was beginning to fade and decided to pair the two up. The result was delicious and so simple to make. It has a southwest flare and is sure to please most any crowd!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Despite the 80 degree weather autumn is definitely here. The air is crisp and the trees are vibrant with color. In my mind few things exemplify fall more than roasted butternut squash. So in celebration of the new season I made a butternut squash risotto. What a terrific combination of the savory and sweet! Even better it takes just under an hour to make. This is a great recipe that is easy to prepare for you and your family, and its’ elegant enough to serve to those guests you wish to impress. Do enjoy!

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Decadent Brownies

There are some problems that only a really good brownie can fix. I’ve been on a cookbook buying spree and came across this recipe in “ad hoc at home”.  There are a lot of excellent brownie recipes out there but this one knocks it out of the park. They are thick, just shy of the consistency of fudge, and very chocolaty – sure to remedy any issue that only chocolate can cure.  Thomas Keller, et. al., really satisfy with this one, and their book is most definitely worth purchasing! 

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Spicy Three Bean Chili w/ Slow Braised Beef

With cooler temperatures right around the corner I’ve been thinking a lot about how to enhance the typical winter fare.  I know it’s the food nerd in me. I simply can’t help myself!   I thought about chili and how I could take it to the next level. Then it came to me- rather than adding the traditional ground beef I would swap it out for a slowly braised chuck roast.  I immediately had visions in my head of the meat becoming fork tender after several hours of braising and how delicious that would be in the chili.  I have to say the extra time spent braising was truly worth the wait! The beefiness of the roast added tremendous flavor to the chili and as you might imagine one bowl just wasn’t enough!  Give this one a try; you’ll be glad you did!

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Creamy Key Lime Pie

One of my favorite summertime desserts of all time has to be “Key Lime Pie”. I love the tartness of the lime against the sweet sugar. I had it for the first time several years ago while dining at “Morton’s Steak House” in Kansas City.  I’m not lying when I share that I was sold with my first bite.   Ever since I’ve worked to recreate the recipe and I think I may have come close with this one.  Key limes are not the easiest thing to come by in my neck of the woods, so I opt for regular limes, but if you can find them by all means use them instead.  Oddly enough “Morton’s” recipe can now be Googled but it requires a bit more work so I feel pretty comfortable in sticking with mine.  Whether you opt to make this or “Morton’s” version, I assure you that your taste buds will be delighted. Do enjoy!

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