Cinco De Mayo Dinner

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For Cinco de Mayo I decided to whip up a few Mexican dishes. The guacamole recipe is quite simple and very delicious. Just remember to use a good amount of lime juice to prevent the avocados from turning brown. If you do not feel like chopping all the vegetables you can just mash up the avocados and add fresh salsa. When making the refried beans I used a mix of ancho and chipotle powder but you can used whatever type of chili powder you like most. The center piece of the meal was the chicken enchiladas. While they take a little bit of time to prepare they are well worth it. Depending on the size of your pan this recipe will make 5-8 wraps. you can also serve this dish with yellow rice, my favorite is Goya. You will find the recipes below, Enjoy!

Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Refried Beans

Guacamole

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Pan Cooked Chicken in a Lager Reduction Sauce

Lager chicken

My dad is in a beer of the month club, and yes it’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. I used the Fordham Brewing Company’s Helles Lager as the base for a pan sauce to serve over chicken. To cook the chicken I seasoned it with salt and pepper, then cooked it until done in a pan. After the chicken was finished I sauteed shallots and garlic then deglazed the pan with the beer. I reduced it down by half then added the home made chicken stock. after reducing the mixture down to 3/4 I added whole grain mustard and heavy cream. The sauce was delicious and matched up well with the chicken. Aside from being great to cook with, the beers from Fordham brewing company are also great for drinking. You can find a link to their site below.

Fordham Brewing Company

Valentines Day Dinner Ideas

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A reminder to all the guys out there, tomorrow is Valentines Day. If you haven’t thought of anything to do for your Valentine yet how about cooking them dinner? The following recipes are easy to prepare but look and taste impressive. A few of these recipes I have posted on the blog before while others will get a full post in the future. Enjoy and I hope this helps with your Valentines Day plans.

Penne Pasta in Vodka Cream Sauce

Siracha Shrimp Scampi

Pan Seared Duck Breast in Honey Balsamic Pan Sauce

Steak Dinner: Show her you are the master of the grill and pick your favorite steak, or her’s. Season it with kosher salt and pepper and grill to your desired finish. Serve it with a baked potato, salad, or other vegetable. You can never go wrong with a well prepared steak dinner.

Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin: I’ll give you the shortcut for this recipe, longer recipe will be a blog post later. Marinate the pork in honey mustard dressing overnight. Cook in oven at 350 degrees F for 20-24 min or until done. While pork is cooking take spinach, garlic, shallot, olive oil, lemon juice, and whole grain mustard put in pan and saute spinach until wilted. Serve pork with spinach and wild rice. This is a very simple recipe with great flavor.

 

Calling for Suggestions

Hey everybody hope you are enjoying the blog so far. I wanted to try something new this weekend. If you could leave a comment requesting a dish you would like to see on the blog I will choose one, and make it, and write a post on it. Thanks in advance for the suggestions and please tell everyone friends, family, coworkers, the crazy person at the end of your street, whoever about the blog. Can’t wait to see all the suggestions you guys post!

Spanish Dinner

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On Sunday I decided to experiment with some Spanish dishes. I was inspired to attempt these dishes by a dinner I had at Amada in Philadelphia. The highlight of the meal was the rosemary white beans, they had an great bacon flavor and turned out very well for a  first attempt. The chick peas and spinach looked incredible and tasted just as good. The rub on the brined pork tenderloin had a great flavor and the brining process left the meat moist and delicious. You can find the recipes below:

Rosemary White Beans

Spanish Style Brined Pork Tenderloin

Chick Peas and Spinach