Split Pea Soup from Bon Apetit

I have to admit, I love a good left-over ham bone.  Why? Because it lends so much flavor into the broth of the next recipe you put it into, plus the added meat is a bonus!  One of my favorite things to make with a left-over ham bone is split pea soup and normally I…

Quick Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup

What to do with left-over roast chicken carcass?  Make chicken noodle soup!  This recipe relies heavily on the fresh thyme, and earthy parsnips but is simple in its deliciousness. You can have a more rustic meal by pulling off all the meat from the left over carcass of a roast chicken in place of the…

Pulled Pork with Root Beer Sauce

Bring meat to a Super Bowl party and everyone will love you for it.  Bring good pulled pork and you won’t have to worry about brining leftovers home because it will gone before the 3rd quarter!  This dish served as a nice break from all the chips, dip, bad interceptions, turnovers and snack foods. Side…

Guava Infused Maple Syrup

This syrup was a surprising hit!  I was unsure how the guava flavor would be received by our friends, but I took a chance and it paid off.  It was a nice fruity addition to the waffles and pulled pork that was served as a Spanish take on chicken and waffles.  This syrup is also…

Crispy Cornmeal Waffles by Williams Sonoma

These waffles are light and crispy and tastes so good!  This was on our brunch menu as my take on classic southern chicken and waffles- Pulled Pork Pernil and waffles with Guava Infused Maple Syrup. This would also be delicious as a sweet treat topped with fresh berries and whipped cream. For the waffles: 4 Tbs. (1/2…

Columbian Arepas with Chives

I love arepas, but the only ones i’ve encountered are the ones you find at the fair or rock festival with a slice of swiss in the middle. Large and filling, the arepas found at such places are more fluff than substance.  These are more of a cheesey corn cake, the added chives gives it a…

Cincinnati Chili

I’ve been craving chili; warm, spicy, chili that is filling to the belly and soul.  I think I found this chili. This recipe is a warm and full of bold flavors reminiscent of it’s Macedonian and Mediterranean roots.  The true Cincinnati chili recipe requires that the sauce is more watery than I made here, but…

Sumac Chicken with Cauliflower, Carrots, and Parsnips

This is the first time I’ve ever cooked with sumac, and I will definitely find ways to sneak this unique spice into my foods in the future! It is deep red in color, aromatic with notes of pink peppercorns and citrus. It tastes like dried lemons and ancho chilies all at once, with a tart,…

Candy Bar Topped Brownies (from Bon Appetit)

This is a decadent brownie, and really rich so you might need a tall glass of milk when you dive into these babies.  We made these twice: once for my department Thanksgiving potluck and a second time for a potluck dinner at a friend’s place.  Both times people raved about how pretty and good they…