Spicy Thai Chicken and Asparagus Soup Recipe

Spicy Thai Chicken and Asparagus Soup

This soup is not only a feast for the eyes but flavorful as well. A happy contrast between hot and creaminess. If you find it too spicy add a bit more sugar. If you think it is too bland and needs a bit more zing, add a dash of soy sauce or a squirt of lime juice.

Pork Cutlets Parmigiana Recipe

Pork Cutlets Parmigiana

Once in a while I have to go back to some old favorites and Pork Cutlets Parmigiana is one of them. It’s a real picker-upper, real soul food, an Italo-American classic. Memories of Marco Polo Restaurant in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood! Alas, they have upgraded their menu to serve todays more monied crowd. Similar to Spaghetti with Meatballs this dish did not exist in Italy originally.

Chicken Bites with Spicy Maple Glaze Recipe

Chicken Bites with Spicy Maple Glaze

A sweet and hot dish that is reminiscent of a much loved American-Chinese take out, General Tso’s chicken. In this recipe, maple syrup or honey provides enough natural sweetness and lets the chicken crispness shine through. It’s less sweet than your run-of-the-mill take out and can be prepared in less time than making a call and getting the delivery.

White Bean, Pork and Smoked Sausage Stew Recipe

White Bean, Pork and Smoked Sausage Stew

The recipe is an adaptation of the ubiquitous Fabada Asturiana, a recipe of humble origins from the Asturias region in Spain, traditionally cooked with large white beans, meat leftovers and blood sausage. I substitute the latter with spicy kielbasa.

Portuguese Pork and Clam Stew Recipe

Portuguese Pork and Clam Stew

Carne de Porco à Alentejana, a popular stew recipe of pork and clams from the Alentejo region in Portugal. The Alentejo, the region east of Lisbon, beyond (além) the river Tejo, is known for its rural beauty, ancient towns and villages and its excellent food and wine. A burst of flavors, a true representative of Portuguese cooking.

Etruscan-style Rabbit Recipe

Etruscan-style Rabbit

Tender rabbit meat in a savory sauce of herbs and spices. The original recipe from Tuscany calls for a hare but we’ll use the more easily available rabbit. Its mild flavor is similar to veal or chicken and it’s high in protein and low in fat.

Rock Cornish Game Hens in Escabeche Recipe

Rock Cornish Game Hens in Escabeche

A variation of Guatlles amb Vinagreta, a traditional Catalan dish made with quails. In the US quails are hard to come by outside the mega cities. I use Rock Cornish game hens, also known as Cornish game hens.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin on Arugula Salad Recipe

Roasted Pork Tenderloin on Arugula Salad

A garlic studded pork tenderloin with an almond vinaigrette, the result: a fusion of nutty and meaty flavors served on a bed of bitter greens like arugula (also known as rocket or rucola). A tasty recipe from Umbria in Italy.

Zucchini stuffed with Meat Recipe

Zucchini stuffed with Meat

In Greece, this dish is known as Kolokithakia Gemista Me Kima. Serve it with roasted potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and the Avgolemono Sauce, a lemon-egg sauce – delicious!

Chicken Curry with Lime and Coconut Recipe

Chicken Curry with Lime and Coconut

This Thai inspired chicken recipe combines the golden color of turmeric with coconut milk and tangy lime. The result is spectacular. Jasmine Rice with Shredded Coconut and Cilantro turns dinner into something special without extra work.

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts Recipe

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Petti di Pollo Ripieno di Spinaci makes for a stylish main course for a dinner party. Don’t be discouraged by the several stages involved in the preparation. The dish can be made ahead of time.

White Bean Stew with Cured Pork Loin Recipe

White Bean Stew with Cured Pork Loin

Haricots Blancs à laVillagoise is a real soul food recipe for the winter season from the Vaucluse region in the Provence. Coco Beans are fresh, white shell beans, almost round. Their green pods turn yellow or red when mature. They are much loved in France and the preferred choice for dishes using white beans. If you can’t get Coco Beans use the Great Northern white beans or Cannellini beans.

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