Juiciest Cheese Burger

Written by Chacha on Sep 3rd, 2012 in Bacon, Beef, Bread, Cheese, Condiments, Onions, Recipe | No Comments

Servings: 4 Ingredients 8 slices bacon 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (preferable 85 % lean ground beef) 3/4 cup water or good-quality beef broth (preferable homemade) 1/2 medium white onion, finely chopped Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Oil, for brushing grill’s grate 4 tablespoons good-quality mayonnaise 2 tablespoons good-quality ketchup 1 tablespoons good-quality yellow mustard 4 […]

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Chicken Tostadas

Written by Chacha on Aug 18th, 2012 in Appetizer, Cheese, Mexican, Poultry, Recipe, Vegetables | No Comments

Ingredients Servings: 8 For the chicken: 1 whole chicken breast, bone in, skin on, split Extra-virgin olive oil Cumin powder Freshly ground black pepper Kosher salt For the Tostadas: ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced 1 green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced 1 large jalapeno pepper (with seeds), […]

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Spaghettis with Simple tomato Sauce

Written by Chacha on Aug 18th, 2012 in Cheese, Meatless Main Dish, Pasta, Recipe, Side Dishes, Tomatoes | No Comments

Ingredients 10 to 12 large cloves of garlic, minced 1/2 cup olive oil 6 tablespoons butter 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste Kosher Salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil leave ½ teaspoon Mexican or Greek dried oregano, crumbled 1 pound spaghetti 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, for serving […]

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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Written by Chacha on Aug 8th, 2012 in Cheese, chilies, Cream, Mexican, Poultry, Recipe, Tortillas | No Comments

Ingredients 1 whole chicken breast, bone in, skin on, split Extra-virgin olive oil Freshly ground cumin Freshly ground black pepper Kosher salt 16 (6-inch) fresh corn tortillas 2 cup chicken broth (preferably homemade) 1 large white onion, chopped 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced 2 4-oz. cans green chilies, diced, divided 1 Serrano pepper, finely diced 1/2 cup heavy cream […]

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Tortilla Chicken Soup

Written by Chacha on Aug 8th, 2012 in Cheese, Mexican, Poultry, Recipe, Soups, Tortillas, Vegetables | No Comments

Ingredients 2 whole chicken breasts, bone in, skin on, split Extra-virgin olive oil Freshly ground cumin Chili powder Garlic powder Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 white onions, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 4 carrots, chopped 6 large cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and chopped 3 Serrano or 2 Jalapenos peppers, minced 1 (16-ounce) can crushed tomatoes 2 ½ quarts good […]

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Goat Cheese in Olive oil with Herbs

Written by Chacha on Jul 15th, 2012 in Appetizer, Baguette, Cheese, Herbs, Recipe | No Comments

Servings: 4 Ingredients 1 (8-ounces) log goat cheese 1 large garlic clove, finely minced and then worked into a puree with 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Baguette slices Directions Place the cheese on a small serving platter. […]

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Feta Cheese in olive Oil with Lemon and Shallot

Written by Chacha on Jul 15th, 2012 in Appetizer, Baguette, Cheese, Herbs, Lemon, Recipe | No Comments

Recipe courtesy Cooks Illustrated Servings: 4 Ingredients 1 1/4 cups extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium shallot , sliced thin 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 (8-ounces) log feta cheese Pita bread or slices of baguette Directions Add 1 cup of the oil, shallots, oregano, lemon zest, and pepper flakes […]

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Pasta with Fresh Corn and Tomatoes

Written by Chacha on Jul 10th, 2012 in Cheese, Corn, Meatless Main Dish, Pasta, Recipe, Tomatoes | No Comments

Servings: 4 to 6 Ingredients 1 pound wide egg noodles or fettuccine 3 ears corn, shucked 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large shallot, thinly sliced Pinch crushed red pepper 3 cups grape tomatoes 4 large cloves garlic, finely minced Kosher salt and freshly ground black  pepper 2/3 cup good white wine 1/2 cup chicken broth, […]

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Rice and Eggplant casserole

Written by Chacha on Jul 8th, 2012 in Casserole, Cheese, Eggplant, Meatless Main Dish, Recipe, Rice, Side Dishes | No Comments

Servings: 6 Ingredients 2 medium eggplants, peeled and sliced in ¼- inch rounds * Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste All-purpose flour, for dusting Extra-virgin olive oil to brown eggplant slices 1 cup long-grain rice, cooked, (preferably not converted) 2 cups simple tomato sauce, recipe follows 1/2 pound mozzarella, grated 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano chesse * Store-bought […]

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Chicken Divan

Written by Chacha on Jun 15th, 2012 in Broccoli, Casserole, Cheese, Cream, Main Dish, Meats, Poultry | No Comments

Servings: 6 to 8 Ingredients 3 pounds broccoli crowns, broken into florets and steamed Sliced almonds, optional For the chicken: 8 chicken breast 2 1/2 quarts water 1/2 small onion, quartered 1 sticks of celery, trimmed and quartered 2 sprigs of thyme 1/2 tsp. black peppercorns Salt to taste 2 large cloves garlic, crushed For the Sauce: 6 tbsp. unsalted […]

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