Zucchini Tian (Tian de Courgettes au Riz)

My favorite way so far to eat zucchini, shredded zucchini casserole with cheese and rice. The only thing missing is an episode of Julia Child making it in the background.

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Chicken Pot Pie

The base of this recipe is good enough to eat on its own as a soup. If you add a crust you have pot pie, toss in some biscuits and now you have chicken and dumplings. Don’t be afraid to simplify and use a rotisserie chicken and pre-made pie crusts from the grocery store.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Chicken parm is one of our favorite hot sandwiches as well as one of my favorites to order at Italian restaurants. This recipe is much easier than pounding out chicken breasts and produces an excellent crisp meatball.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

For many people Chicken Tikka is the first dish they are introduced to for Indian food, and for good reason. It is flavorful and has a lot of familiar tastes. It isn’t usually spicy and doesn’t have ingredients people haven’t heard of. For me, it continues to be my favorite Indian food and this recipe is my favorite to date.

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Smoked – Pulled Pork

Pork shoulder is a very forgiving and cheap meat to start with if you are new to smoking. During a long cook it slowly transforms to an incredible tender feast for many people to enjoy.

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Sous Vide Pork Carnitas

This recipe doesn’t get much easier. Super tender carnitas that can be started the night before and ready within 20 minutes for dinner. Add guacamole, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, rice and salsa and you have a full Chipotle bowl at home.

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Sous Vide & Smoked Beef Brisket

My love for brisket has only recently come about. A local BBQ restaurant started to offer a full-cut brisket option so I decided to give it a try. It is so tender and juicy, reheats well and is probably my favorite smoked meat to date.

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Cottage Pie

Cottage pie is the beef version of the more well known version of Shepherd’s Pie which is served with lamb. This entree is pretty quick to prepare, easy to add a variety of vegetables to, and the leftovers reheat well. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite entrees lately.

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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

This recipe came to me highly recommended from a friend and it has now been added to our regular rotation of meals. It is a little time consuming, I have reworked the recipe some to reduce the time, but it makes quite a bit of food so you can take a few days off and eat leftovers.

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Cheddar Ranch Turkey Burgers

These two extra ingredients will ensure that turkey burgers will be in regular rotation during the grilling season. The cheese oozes right out and each bite is loaded with flavor.

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Pepperoni Garlic Knots

These doughy knots cooked in the cast iron skillet, end up being like a deep dish pizza appetizer with individual pieces each wrapped in flavor.

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Pizza Dough

This simple recipe makes a dough that can be used for pizza, breadsticks, garlic knots, calzones etc. Simple, tasty and fool-proof.

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Cilantro Lime Rice

Made famous by Chipotle, this super simple rice is a hit with the family. We make our own burrito bowls, quick nachos or add as a side with steak tacos.

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Mongolian Beef

I didn’t have high expectations for this dish, I have tried similar recipes and have never been impressed. However, this one is a keeper, and it is simple.

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Summer Vegetable Casserole

This rainbow of color is sure to spruce up your table and provide a change of pace compared to a regular vegetable spread. When done properly the layer of cheese makes this smell like a delicious pizza.

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Crispy Roasted Sweet Potato Spiral

I made these unconventional Sweet Potatoes for Thanksgiving and hope to keep them in a regular rotation. If not only for taste, but for presentation.

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Macaroni & Cheese

Warning, this isn’t a mac and cheese made for children. This will take much longer than the stuff from the box, but the taste is much better and there are some good techniques to practice.

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Loaded Smashed Potato Skillet

My wife loves potatoes more than any other food. She even named her cat Tater. This recipe is often requested and I can’t blame her.

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Quinoa and Black Beans

One of our favorite dishes that features Quinoa. This dish also reheats pretty well and makes for a healthy addition to the lunchbox.

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Shredded Buffalo Chicken

While this isn’t one I particularly love, everyone else does. Me and Buffalo sauce aren’t really friends. Quick and easy, great for a large group – and it’s cheap!

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Pork Chops with Sweet and Sour Peppers

This was one of our first recipes to try out from the Home Cooking Cookbook, and while it is a little more intensive, it produces great results. The techniques learned here we have used for other dishes.

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Spicy Drunken Chicken

After falling in love with the Drunken Chicken at Yats, I had to find something similar. This recipe is super simple and lasts for quite a few meals and scales nicely for larger groups like a board game night.

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Stir Fry Chicken and Rice Noodles

This has become one of our favorites, we chop all of the ingredients in advance and then when we get home dinner can be ready in about 30 minutes, cooked fresh.

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