Tagged with dinner

Holiday Dinners at My House

Holiday Dinners at My House

Holidays with my family require a few signature dishes. Every family has their own traditions and at my house our traditional holiday dishes revolve around meat and protein. Of course there is the common turkey at Thanksgiving, and spiral ham, or beef roast at other occasions, but we also have other requirements. Often, before Christmas … Continue reading

Seafood Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers

Seafood Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers

Ok, so before I get into this dish, I will just go ahead and admit that it’s a weird one.  I’m not sure why I came up with it, but the idea intrigued me. I had some extra frozen scallops and shrimp that I needed to use, so I decided to try a new idea … Continue reading

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving is one of those great American holidays that no matter what religion or non-religion you are, we can all celebrate it. It’s a time to give thanks for all we have and for those we have in our lives to share it with. Every year since I was about 6 years old, my immediate … Continue reading

Gracie’s Restaurant Review – Providence, RI

Gracie’s Restaurant Review – Providence, RI

Just in case you don’t read this very detailed review, let me sum it up by saying that Gracie’s is [was] the best restaurant in Providence. I don’t want to hear about Atwells Ave. or Federal Hill. Gracie’s is [was] the reigning champ as far as I’m concerned. I know thems are fightin’ words, but I’m not … Continue reading

Extra Crispy Chicken Tenders

Extra Crispy Chicken Tenders

I freaking love chicken tenders. Especially dipping them in different sauces to change up their flavors. I don’t know why, but I do. Frankly, I’m not sure I even need to explain myself, so take me as I am! While looking around online, I saw a baked Chicken Tender recipe that caught my eye from … Continue reading

Collard Greens Recipe

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

Smoked Pork Shoulder (Boston Butt) Recipe

Smoked Pork Shoulder (Boston Butt) Recipe

While visiting a friend out in Connecticut, he and his family rewarded my mini-road trip with a full day of smoking a pork shoulder. We used a dry rub that I came up with a couple of years ago and a combination of techniques discerned from my own experiences and from reading what others had … Continue reading

Tender Classic Meatballs

Tender Classic Meatballs

After my first attempt at meatballs yielded a very dense product, I decided to go back to the drawing board. I read that using white bread and milk can really help make meatballs tender, so I incorporated those ingredients into the recipe.  I also used a slightly fattier ground beef mix (85/15) and pureed the … Continue reading

Lean Meatballs with Caramelized Onions

Lean Meatballs with Caramelized Onions

Getting the right texture for meatballs is harder than you would imagine. This was my first attempt at making meatballs and they didn’t come out like I wanted, but they actually tasted pretty good.  The “problem” was that these meatballs were basically all meat and weren’t as tender as most meatballs I’ve had. If you … Continue reading

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Soup is not a meal (unless it’s real Ramen or Pho) so let’s just get that out in the open right now.  Nonetheless, this butternut squash soup came out so absurdly well that I would consider eating it as a light meal (or a hefty snack) with some toasted bread. I don’t know what made … Continue reading

Goat Cheese and Arugula Pizza (with Chicken)

Goat Cheese and Arugula Pizza (with Chicken)

While out with some friends in Providence, RI, we had dinner at Union Station Brewery (owned by John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House).  The food was decent, but one of the dishes, a personal arugula and goat cheese white pizza made me want to try re-creating it at home. I didn’t go with a white … Continue reading

Shredded Beef In The Slow Cooker Recipe

Shredded Beef In The Slow Cooker Recipe

Without a grill, cast iron pan, or simply a kitchen that can handle smoke from searing, it’s really tough for lay people to make great steaks.  Whenever I lived in apartments, I found it harder to cook meat the way I wanted due to a fear of the smoke alarm going off triggering firetrucks and … Continue reading

Tony’s Clam Shop Review

Tony’s Clam Shop Review

While in Quincy, MA, I drove by a couple of clam shacks on Wollaston Beach.  The logical result was a hankering for a lobster roll.  First thing I did, was search reviews for the best lobster roll in Quincy and the reviews seemed almost unanimous, that Tony’s Clam Shop had the goods. I went to … Continue reading

Chicken Parmigiana (Chicken Parmesan)

Chicken Parmigiana (Chicken Parmesan)

It’s time for a classic.  Chicken Parmagiana (or Chicken Parmesan, however you spell it).  I love this almost cliché dish.  It is the guilty-pleasure touchstone upon which I judge all Italian-American restaurants.  If a restaurant can’t make a good chicken parm then there’s something wrong. It’s such a simple dish, but it is definitely one … Continue reading

No. 9 Park Review

No. 9 Park Review

A few friends and I wanted to participate in restaurant week and debated about where to go.  Someone recommended some high class tapas place, which I vetoed immediately.  I’ll write another post about my anti-tapas feelings and how I think it’s a huge scam.  Anyway, someone suggested going to No. 9 Park because it is … Continue reading

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

I received a request for a fish taco recipe.  The requester also specified that she prefers non-battered fish, but I wasn’t sure I could comply with that request at the risk of making sub-par tacos.  Instead, I decided to try a tempura style batter, which would give the fish a very thin, low-calorie, layer of … Continue reading

Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala

I wasn’t always the biggest chicken Marsala fan after tasting the mass produced, overcooked, dry version at my college cafeteria.  It is super easy to make though and can hit the spot when you want a little Italian in your life (insert “that’s what she said” joke here).  I can’t take full credit for this … Continue reading

Shrimp Shumai and Veggie Stir Fry

Shrimp Shumai and Veggie Stir Fry

Impress your lady friend with dim sum! A long time friend introduced me to dim sum in college and I’ve loved it ever since.  It wasn’t until a little over a year ago that another friend told me that he made steamed shrimp shumai (dumplings) at home and sent me a recipe that I used, … Continue reading

Baked Eggplant with Sausage Stuffing

Baked Eggplant with Sausage Stuffing

Halved eggplant with tomato sauce, cheese, and sausage stuffing.  Disclaimer: I did not write this recipe, but I did edit the format.  It is a guest blogger’s recipe and it does look tasty! Ingredients: 1 carrot sliced  (60 cal.) 1/2 onion diced (60 cal.) 1 can diced tomato (100 cal.) 1 tbsp olive oil (120 cal.) … Continue reading