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  • Main Dishes

    ITALIAN POT ROAST

    Beef
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    There’s nothing better than slow braised beef on a cold winter’s night.  Add a little sausage, parmesan cheese and basil and you’ve got a delicious Italian version of pot roast.  Serve with my Balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes.

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    RIGGS’ ARTICHOKE, SUN DRIED TOMATO AND SAUSAGE RIGATONI

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    This a recipe my friend Chuck Rigali made for my 50th birthday party.  It’s so delicious I just had to post it!  Use hot Italian sausage.

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    FILET BOURGUIGNON WITH SMASHED POTATOES

    Beef
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    This is a classic french recipe that I decided to use very expensive filet’s to see how much richer it would be.  Probably the best beef bourguignon I’ve had anywhere!

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    BOW TIE PASTA WITH ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND ROASTED VEGETABLES

    Ethnic
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    This is one of my go-to recipes because I usually have most of the ingredients on hand.  If you don’t have the cauliflower and broccolini, just roast any vegetables you have such as zucchini, squash, carrots, etc.

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    CREOLE SHRIMP STIR-FRY

    Cajun/Creole
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    One of my favorite dishes to eat when in New Orleans is Shrimp Creole.  I decided to add some vegetables and turn it into a stir-fry.

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    GREEN CHILI PORK STEW WITH SWEET CORN

    Cinco de Mayo
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    This is one of my favorite stew’s to eat here in the Southwest in the winter.  I added sweet corn to offset the spiciness.   This is served at the Roaring Fork Restaurant by chef Robert McGrath and this is my version.  It’s freakin delicious.  Make sure you get mild poblanos.

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    PULLED PORK WITH BLUEBERRY/RASPBERRY CHIPOTLE SAUCE

    Holidays
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    Succulent pulled pork with a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce.  This will make the perfect sandwich for your next barbecue.  The beauty of this recipe is you can make the barbecue sauce and spice rub one day ahead.

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    BOW TIE PASTA WITH SHRIMP IN THAI GREEN CURRY SAUCE

    Ethnic
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    This is a new and exciting way to eat curry.  Try it with pasta instead of over rice.  You will be pleasantly surprised!

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    SAUSAGE, KALE AND PESTO PASTA

    Ethnic
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    This is one of those recipes where I pulled out everything Italian from my refrigerator and created a decadent pasta dish.  You can use any type of pasta you want but I think penne or rigatoni go well with this because the sauce and vegetables fill the inside of the pasta when you mix it.

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    CAPPRICCIOSA PORK CHOP SALAD

    American/Italian
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    Cappricciosa is a type of popular Italian pizza with prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato sauce, green olives and sometimes artichokes.  I used the ingredients of the pizza and transformed the classic to a salad.  Great skinny tips at the bottom of the recipe!

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    JAPANESE SPAGHETTI WITH PORK AND SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS

    American/Japanese
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    There’s nothing better than a bowl of noodles with fresh ingredients.  This is such a nice light change to the traditional spaghetti recipes out there.  I purchased the mushrooms inexpensively from Costco.  Trade in your red sauce and try this one.

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    BEEF RENDANG STACK

    Asian/African
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    This is a Malaysian beef curry stew that I turned into a more formal presentation.  If you like curries you will love this. 

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    GRAND “MERE” CHICKEN POT PIE

    American/French
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    Grand Mere is a decadent French fricassee stew.  I decided to re-invent this recipe and put it in a pot pie.  This is something you want to serve to only the very special people in your life as it is extremely decadent and memorable.

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    “NOT SO SKINNY” CHICKEN MARSALA WITH MUSHROOMS

    Chicken/Poultry
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    View this Recipe Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2S7KxZ6Ww0 Be prepared when you make this chicken marsala as it will be “hands down” better than any marsala you’ve had in a restaurant.  I added garlic, shallots and heavy cream which aren’t necessarily in the traditional recipes.  OMG…this is great!  I should of been Italian…oh wait I am!

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    FARFALLE WITH VODKA SAUCE AND ITALIAN SAUSAGE

    Ethnic
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    This use to be one of my favorite recipes when I was in my twenties.  I thought it would be fun to try this recipe with some sweet and spicy pickles and I was right…it’s the bomb!  Use whole tomatoes in this recipe instead of canned crushed.  It’s nice to have little pieces of tomato […]

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    BEEF SHORT RIBS BRAISED IN RED WINE WITH CELERY ROOT PUREE

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    Succulent short ribs that fall off the bone in a rich red wine reduction sauce.  I served these ribs with my celery root puree which is on the website!

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    ULTIMATE SAUSAGE, SPINACH AND MUSHROOM LASAGNA

    Ethnic
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    This is the most unbelievable tasting lasagna.  You will be hooked once you make it.  Definitely not a skinny dish.   Serves a lot of people so make it at your next family gathering.

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    BAKED CHICKEN WITH APPLE CIDER BARBECUE SAUCE

    Chicken/Poultry
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    This barbecue chicken literally falls off the bone after baking.  I used light butter to skinny it up a bit.  The barbecue sauce is simply delicious!

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    GRILLED CHICKEN LEGS WITH MARY’S BLACKBERRY BARBECUE SAUCE

    Appetizers
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    Chicken legs were never really a favorite of mine until I put my blackberry sauce on them.  WOW…what a treat for the stomach.  The barbecue sauce goes well with grilled chicken and also pork.

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    STACKED THAI CURRY

    Asian/African
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    The most delicious and beautiful dish you will serve this week.

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    BOWTIE PASTA WITH PESTO AND SHRIMP

    Italian

    Why buy store-bought pesto when you can make it yourself?  This is a different variation and you will love it.

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    CAJUN JUMBALAYA

    Cajun/Creole
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    This is a nice and spicy jumbalaya with authentic flavors from New Orleans.  Simmering the shrimp shells with the chicken broth intensifies the shrimp flavor in the dish.

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    CHICKEN CURRY WITH CAULIFLOWER AND CARROTS

    Asian/African
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    I had to use my new Madras curry powder from Williams Sonoma and it was sweeeeeeeet!  I took most of the oil out and used light coconut milk and added some vegetables in.  Serve with jasmine rice.

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    MONSTER ITALIAN BURGERS (AMERICAN/ITALIAN FUSION)

    American/Italian
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    Are you looking to be the hit of your next barbecue?  Make these and you will be.  Serve with some grilled corn.

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    CHINESE FIVE SPICE AND ORANGE GLAZED SALMON (AMERICAN/CHINESE FUSION)

    American/Chinese
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    The glaze makes this salmon a little sweet and sticky.  Quite delicious and unique!  Serve the salmon with my sesame green beans!

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    CHICKEN TIKKA MASSALA

    Chicken/Poultry
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    This is a nice and light version of Chicken Tikka.  I took most of the oil out and its still delicious!  The sweetness of the eggplant works well with the spicyness of the sauce.

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    STACKED CHICKEN TIKKA MASSALA

    Chicken/Poultry
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    This a nice and light version of Chicken Tikka.  I omitted most of the oil out of this recipe as Indian food tends to be a little oily and it’s still delicious.

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    PORK CHOPS WITH BLACKBERRY BARBECUE SAUCE

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    This is my favorite barbecue sauce that I created.  Use fresh blackberries.  You can make this barbecue sauce as spicy as you want or not spicy at all.   I serve these pork chops with my Shaved Brussels Sprout and Beet Salad.

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    “NOT SO SKINNY” BUFFALO CHICKEN MAC AND CHEESE

    Chicken/Poultry
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    If you like your mac and cheese spicy then this is the dish for you.  Make sure and use a high quality cheddar cheese for this dish.

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    POMEGRANATE/ORANGE GLAZED SALMON WITH SHAVED BRUSSELS SPROUT SALAD

    Hot Salads
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    The sweetness of the pomegranate glaze and the spiciness from the rub on the salmon complement each other so well.  The shaved brussels sprout salad is so crisp and unique I decided to put a little mexican spin on the salad.

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    STACKED ITALIANO

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    Instead of putting pasta on a plate and serving, make this stack and serve hot right at the table in the stack.  Let your guests remove the foodstax and join in on the fun.

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    FETTUCINI WITH PESTO, CHICKEN AND ASPARAGUS

    Ethnic
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    View this Recipe Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhO_7RkrFkI This is an inspiration from a recipe given to me by Sharon Kilb years ago.  She turned me on to Pesto.  I took out a few things and added a few things and this is the delicious dish I came up with.  Use fresh store-bought pesto if you can find […]

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    ROOT BEER BRAISED CHICKEN

    Chicken/Poultry
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    I now it sounds strange but it’s fantastic.  Slightly sweet but extremely savory.  The chicken falls off the bone in this delicious sauce.

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    FIRE ROASTED BUCATINI AL’ AMATRICIANA

    Ethnic
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    This is one of my go to pasta dishes.  Its spicy and sweet at the same time.  If you can’t find bucatini just use spaghetti noodles.

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    GINGER SHRIMP KEBOBS

    Appetizers
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    These are great for barbecues as you can marinate them ahead of time, put them on skewers and then put them on the grill when your guests arrive.  Nice sweet and tangy flavor!

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    KOBE CHEESEBURGER TART

    Beef
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    If you’re looking for a kid friendly meal that you can make ahead, this recipe will work for you.  Not only is the presentation beautiful but your kids will love it!

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    GRILLED HALIBUT WITH BASIL MUSTARD BUTTER

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    This is one of those healthy and light dishes that you will make over and over.  The mustard sauce is tangy and goes well with the halibut.  Nice and light.

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    RIBEYE WITH SMOKEY IRISH WHISKEY SAUCE

    Beef
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    Now here is the dish you need to be making for your significant other on St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s extremely flavorful.  Serve it with my Slam Dunk Irish Potatoes with Bacon a nd Cabbage

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    HALIBUT AND SHRIMP WITH COCONUT AND PEAR CURRY SAUCE

    Asian/African
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    Ok, all I can say about this dish is I got my first “11″ from my husband.  He gives me a 1-10 for all of my recipes.  I had some Bosc pears from Trader Joes that were ripe and I decided to add them into the curry sauce to sweeten it up and it totally […]

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    TOGARASHI MARINATED STEAK WITH CARAMELIZED PEARS (AMERICAN/JAPANESE FUSION)

    American/Japanese
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    I told you guys I would create something for my ripe pears.  This came out great.  The sweetness of the pears complements the spicyness of the steak.  Togarashi is a Japanese 7 spice.

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    ROSEMARY, THYME AND PANCETTA WRAPPED CHICKEN LEGS

    Chicken/Poultry

    If you’re looking for something very pleasing to the eye and mouthwatering, make these grilled chicken legs.  Delicious and unique to look at.

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    PORCINI SAUCE WITH PAPPARDELLE

    Ethnic

    This was the recipe I made the first night in Italy for Jackie’s 50th birthday.  It was a huge success.  Porcini’s were in season and we bought them by the bag full.  Unfortunately, if you can get them in the states they are quite expensive.  If you can find them and want to splurge you won’t […]

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    CHICKEN ENCHILADAS IN A CREAMY POBLANO SAUCE

    Chicken/Poultry

    My favorite chicken enchiladas are in Phoenix from “Carlos Obriens” and are soooo good.  I made these and thought I’d died and gone to Mexico!  Quite Yummy!

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    CHICKEN MARY ANGELA

    Chicken/Poultry
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    My husband says this was the best recipe of 2010 so if I were you I would copy it as it will be in my new cookbook.

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    PORK SCHNITZEL WITH CREAMY MUSHROOM SAUCE

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    On my vacation in Germany I had the opportunity to have the most delicious Pork Schnitzel in a Mushroom Sauce.  So of course, I couldn’t wait to get home and duplicate the recipe.  I added tarragon to the sauce and it came out better than expected.  The key to a good Schnitzel is the thinness of […]

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    ORECCIETTE WITH VEGETABLES

    Main Dishes
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    This recipe sounds quite plain but it’s got to be one of the best tasting pasta’s I’ve made.  I made this recipe at a cooking school in Tuscany but with homemade pasta and it was incredible.

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    GRILLED LEMON, GARLIC AND CHIPOTLE CHICKEN BREASTS

    Chicken/Poultry
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    This chicken has a wonderful slightly spicy lemony flavor and the best part of all is the flavorful bread crumbs on top the chicken breasts.  Serve with green beans and a salad.

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    BACON WRAPPED SHRIMP WITH JALAPENO AND FONTINA CHEESE

    Appetizers
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    My husband made these for my birthday and they were so good I might have to have these every weekend.  Makes a great appetizer or even as an entree with a salad.

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    BEEF BRISKET & BEER CHILI

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    I smoked the beef brisket for about 10 hours in my Bradley digital smoker and it came out unbelievable.  I used half of the brisket for the chili and saved the other half in the freezer.  The poblanos and beer add a nice spicy flavor to the chili.  Serve with any kind of toppings you […]

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    STEAK, MUSHROOMS AND SWEET CHILI NOODLES

    Asian/African
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    View this Recipe Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4urETlnTQ8 I used very little oil in this recipe and used Olive oil spray to saute the steak and vegetables.  This is the tastiest noodle dish I’ve made so far.  You’re going to love it.  Even better the second day heated up!

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