Mushroom Stuffed Pork Chops Baked in Stuffing

This year some friends and I had an early Thanksgiving in Connecticut because my friends weren't able to make it home this year. Our hostess called it, "Friendsgiving," in an appropriate attempt at distinguishing the event from its usual late-month predecessor. While trying to come up with what dish to bring, my friend, Flex (of... Continue Reading →

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Pulled Pork Shoulder in the Slow Cooker

I've smoked a pork butt twice (there's really no un-awkward way to say that) and both times it was especially difficult to get it to that "fall-off-the-bone" state. Smoking takes hours and I don't always have that kind of time on my hands, so I wanted to get all of that pork butt goodness, but... Continue Reading →

Boudin Sausage with Bourbon Gravy

When I went to New Orleans for my friend's wedding, he introduced me to a new food that I had never had before on the morning of his wedding. The groomsmen (and one groomswoman) gathered at my friend's house and had breakfast together, which one of the groomsman prepared for us. That breakfast consisted of... Continue Reading →

Pork Wellington Recipe

I've watched a lot of Hell's Kitchen on TV. That means I've watched a lot of Chef Gordon Ramsay yelling and cussing out many wannabe chefs due to their culinary failures. It also means that I've seen Beef Wellington served and prepared an absurd number of times in one setting.  Aside from the fact that... Continue Reading →

Sausage and Apple Stuffing Recipe

Traditionally, stuffing (or "dressing" depending on where you're from) went inside of poultry and cooked along with the bird. I'm not sure when stuffing left the bird and ended up as its own dish, but I'm so glad it did (besides, the USDA recommends against stuffing a turkey for food safety reasons!). Ever since watching... Continue Reading →

Collard Greens Recipe

One of my friends described the feeling of coming back from New Orleans as "NOLA withdrawal."  That makes sense because while in New Orleans for a friend's wedding we tasted many delicious foods ranging from po' boys to turtle soup to smoked bbq to boudin (a ridiculously amazing cajun sausage).  At Mother's Restaurant in New... Continue Reading →

Caprese Salad and Proscuitto Sandwich

This is one of my favorite foods of all time and I especially love it in sandwich form, so this is a two-part blog.  Caprese salad is of Italian origin and is absurdly simple to make.  It's just fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and a little dressing. It's just a great dish for when... Continue Reading →

Chipotle Flavored Pinto Beans Recipe

These spicy and flavorful beans are absurdly easy to make.  I made them for the first time with just what I had lying around the house.  The chipotle peppers really make this dish, but the Canadian Bacon really added another element and depth to the flavor.  I often make these beans to serve with any... Continue Reading →

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