Tomato and Pumpkin Seed Salsa

May 05, 16 Tomato and Pumpkin Seed Salsa

Posted by in Building blocks, Side dish, Sponsored

Tomato and Pumpkin Seed Salsa recipe – tomato salsa thickened with pepitas makes a great chip dip.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Broth and Shredded Chicken

Pressure Cooker Chicken Broth – simmer a whole chicken, cut into pieces, to get broth and shredded chicken for use in other recipes.

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Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce for a lazy Sunday – slow roasted tomato sauce.

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Mango Lassi

Feb 24, 15 Mango Lassi

Posted by in Appetizers and Drinks, Building blocks

Mango Lassi (in the Vitamix)

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Compound Butter with Parsley and Lemon (Maitre d’Hotel Butter)

Sep 16, 14 Compound Butter with Parsley and Lemon (Maitre d’Hotel Butter)

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Compound butter is a chef’s best friend, and is one of the secrets of French bistro cuisine. Maitre d’Hotel butter – with a little lemon zest and parsley mixed in – gives bistro food its distinctive character. Maitre d’Hotel butter is versatile. I use it to saute vegetables, baste roast chicken, and season mussels. But...

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Ten Steps to Rotisserie Grilling

Aug 12, 14 Ten Steps to Rotisserie Grilling

Posted by in Building blocks, Rotisserie

I love my rotisserie. It turns out better roasts than any other method I’ve tried. Get it? Turns? Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week. There is some extra work involved with rotisserie grilling – you can’t just slap the meat on the grill – but it’s worth the effort. Here is my ten step program for your...

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Blue Moon Smoothie

Jan 27, 14 Blue Moon Smoothie

Posted by in Building blocks, Side dish

This recipe is inspired by the Blue Moon smoothie they serve at Mustard Seed Market & Cafe in my hometown of Akron. Every weekend, we have an argument before our big Sunday breakfast – who gets to make the smoothie. That’s not fair! He made it last week! It’s my turn! No, you made it last week! I get to do it now! Sigh....

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Espresso Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

May 21, 13 Espresso Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

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Barbecue sauce is easy to make at home. The basic flavor profile is: 4 parts ketchup 1 part vinegar (usually cider vinegar) 1 part sweetener (molasses, brown sugar, honey, or a mix) spices and seasonings The spices and seasonings are where you can make the sauce your own. Pull out a bottle of your “secret recipe” barbecue sauce,...

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Sichuan Roasted Pepper Salt

Apr 18, 13 Sichuan Roasted Pepper Salt

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I’m trying to lose weight. I start every day with a high protein breakfast – which means lots of hard boiled eggs. They’re quick, easy, portable…and boring. Or, at least, they were boring. Then, one morning, I had enough of boring. I went looking through my pantry, and noticed my jar of Sichuan pepper salt. I use it often...

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Homemade Sweet Hot Mustard

Mar 21, 13 Homemade Sweet Hot Mustard

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The Colman’s mustard people were kind enough to send me a sample of their mustard powder. This is some seriously spicy mustard – the jar of prepared mustard made my nose hair stand at attention. I love it. They also sent a tin of mustard powder. Time to make my son’s favorite condiment – sweet hot...

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Homemade Honey Mustard

Nov 01, 12 Homemade Honey Mustard

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Homemade mustard? That’s crazy talk. Why would I make my own mustard? Because it’s there. Because my son is a mustard fiend. And, mainly, because I just bought a Vitamix blender. My new toy needed a test. My oldest son has a serious mustard addiction. I tried to get him involved in making this recipe. It worked –...

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

Sep 20, 12 Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

Posted by in Building blocks, Slow cooker

Homemade chicken stock is kitchen alchemy, turning trash into gold. Take the leftover bones from a roast chicken dinner, add water, and the result is my secret weapon in the kitchen. Stock is the backbone of my soups and pan sauces. I’ve been pressure cooking chicken stock for years; I throw roast chicken carcasses in...

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Grilled Tomato and Habanero Salsa (Chiltomate)

Sep 20, 11 Grilled Tomato and Habanero Salsa (Chiltomate)

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Grilled Tomato and Habanero Salsa (Chiltomate) recipe. Grilled fresh tomatoes and super-hot habaerno peppers make a fiery salsa.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Stock

Oct 13, 09 Pressure Cooker Chicken Stock

Posted by in Building blocks, Pressure cooker

Stock is the basis of great cooking. In his book Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking, Michael Ruhlman says that stock is… …the single preparation that might elevate a home cook’s food from decent to spectacular. I absolutely agree. Stock is flavor, pulled out of leftover bones and meat. With...

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Blue Cheese Dressing

Apr 21, 09 Blue Cheese Dressing

Posted by in Building blocks, Weeknight dinner

Vinaigrette week* wraps up on DadCooksDinner with another favorite of mine, Blue Cheese Dressing. A salad with blue cheese dressing goes wonderfully with a nice, juicy steak. And, of course, it’s the traditional accompaniment with Chicken Wings (recipe here). *And yes, I know it’s not Vinaigrette week any more. I made...

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Caesar Salad Dressing

Apr 17, 09 Caesar Salad Dressing

Posted by in Building blocks, Weeknight dinner

Vinaigrette week continues on DadCooksDinner. Here is the dressing that gets the most requests for the recipe – my Caesar Salad dressing. This is the dressing where I learned the power of the basic formula for vinaigrettes. A few years back, I was staying with my Aunt and Uncle in Chicago, and I was making dinner.* *You...

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Red Wine Vinaigrette

Apr 16, 09 Red Wine Vinaigrette

Posted by in Building blocks, Weeknight dinner

For Vinaigrette Week: This is a classic French vinaigrette*, made with red wine and Dijon mustard.*Did I mention I took some cooking classes in Provence? And one in Paris? Stop me if I told you this one already… This is my what I make for a quick weeknight salad when I have mild lettuce. Romaine, greenleaf, bibb, or iceberg...

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Lemon Herb Dressing

Apr 15, 09 Lemon Herb Dressing

Posted by in Building blocks, Weeknight dinner

This is my new favorite vinaigrette. I love the mediterranean combination of lemon and olive oil. I think it’s the most verstaile dressing I make – it goes well with a wide range of vegetables, from salads, to potatoes, to shredded carrots, to green beans. It’s the dressing for Salad Nicoise, Greek Salad, and...

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

Apr 14, 09 Balsamic Vinaigrette

Posted by in Building blocks, Weeknight dinner

For Vinaigrette Week: here is the first vinaigrette I learned as a technique as opposed to a recipe. It’s still my favorite – the balsamic vinegar gives it a hint of sweetness that I really like. I was at a cooking class given by Fat Cats, a local restaurant. The chef did the recipes, while one of the owners kept up a...

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Basic Technique: Vinaigrette

Apr 13, 09 Basic Technique: Vinaigrette

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This was probably the technique that made me a food snob. Once I learned it, I was ruined. Why anyone spends money on store-bought salad dressing, which tastes of nothing but the stabilizers they put in it, is beyond me.*Death to store-bought salad dressing! Who’s with me! Chaaaaarge! All you need is some good vinegar, some...

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Homemade Barbecue Rub

Jan 24, 09 Homemade Barbecue Rub

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I use this homemade barbecue rub on anything I want to have a barbecue flavor. Sure, barbecue sauce is nice, but the rub is where the flavor is. Now, If I was a real barbecue pitmaster, I would have to guard this recipe with my life.* *You know – the old Keyser Soze routine: “If I told you, I’d have to kill you....

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Turkey Stock done right

Dec 07, 08 Turkey Stock done right

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Recipe: Ruhlman’s Turkey Stock Done Right(via: Ruhlman.com) Equipment: 12 quart stock pot (or the largest pot you have that you can fit in your oven.) I have this: All-Clad Stainless 12-Quart Multi CookerAnd I want this: All-Clad Stainless-Steel Stockpot – 16 quart Aromatics! Ingredients: Carcass from one turkey,...

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