Moussaka eggplant meat tomato sauce olives greek dish
Moussaka is an eggplant based dish of the Balkans, Eastern Mediterranean, and the Middle East. The best known variation outside the region is the Greek one.
Salsa Verde for Enchiladas

This recipe is adapted from Rick Bayless Quick Cooked Tomatillo Sauce (link below). This everyday Mexican salsa verde is green from a delicious native berry (tomatillo) that frequently bears the name of its very distant relation the tomato.

Rotisserie Chicken

This is an adapted version of Rotisserie Chicken from food.com. We've tried many-a-rotisserie-chickens and were always wary of the "chicken spices" because of all of the chemicals and artificial flavors. Use salt and pepper and get a bland chicken.

Halibut Fillet
Poaching fish in olive oil gives it a luxe texture. Don't think the fish is going to be oily or greasy as a result because it's not. In fact, poaching --the gentlest form of cooking-- gives the fish a terrific, clean flavor. Halibut is fairly bland, so it needs the flavor intensity that the beets...
smoked and grilled tri tip

Tri-tip is tough and dry when overcooked and the meat usually lacks flavor.

Spanish Fabada (Fabada Asturiana)

Fabada is one of the 3 essential Spanish dishes alongside cocido and paella. This fabada preparation is a variation from the bible of Spanish cooking from Simone Ortega, "Recetas de Cocina". Find a link to buy the book through Amazon below in English or Spanish....

These were the traditional empanadas cooked for Christmas and New Year.
Arroz Rojo Mexicano - Mexican Red Rice
This is the typical red rice you get with Mexican food but served right after it is made it is simply delicious.
tomatillos
This sauce made with tomatillos, the small green tomatoes that come in a husk, is a classic Mexican sauce used for many dishes including Lengua en Salsa Verde, Carne en Su Jugo, Carnitas Tacos, Huevos Divorciados and many others.
Sliced slabs of juicy Prime Rib

We make this bone in Prime Rib for Christmas or New Year. I personally love Prime Rib. There is something about the tender and juicy eye, crispy fatty crust and saltiness of Prime Rib. The fat factor, the au-jus, pure umami, mallard, deliciousness that all meat...

These are typical Chilaquiles from Guadalajara Jalisco.
chicken pot pie
From "Cook Your Meals the Lazy Way": This recipe relies almost entirely on commercial ingredients not least of which is the meat from a rotisserie chicken (or left over chicken meat from another dish), and yet the result is utterly delicious. You'll need a powdered biscuit mix (such as Bisquick) to...
Basic recipe for Belgian waffles.
Corn smut (Ustilago maydis) is a pathogenic plant fungus that causes smut disease on maize and teosinte (Euchlena mexicana). The fungus forms galls on all above-ground parts of corn species, and is known in Mexico as huitlacoche; it is eaten, usually as a filling, in quesadillas and other tortilla-...
Roasted Beets
Roasted beets are delicious and easy to make. They go well with salads, meat, and alone as a quick snack. Just add a little olive oil, salt and a squeeze of lemon.
Genovese Pesto Recipe

We use our own basil grown in our garden. We got the seeds from Baker Creek. This basil is incredibly aromatic and spicy and makes the best pesto I've ever tasted. Link in the description below. Whichever way you go with this make sure you use enough olive oil to...

This is a classic soup I had at The Fishery in San Diego, where chef Paul Arias used to work. We will miss your tostadas Paul!

Stuffed Salmon

Delicious and simple recipe when you have cooked shrimp and salmon!

Box Bread

This is variation 2 from Peter Reinhart's - The Bread Baker's Apprentice. I regularly bake this bread to have at home instead of buying box bread. I use un-hulled sesame seeds for garnish over the egg wash.

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