Pork Chops in a Mushroom, Sour Cream Red Wine Sauce

Written by Chacha on Feb 6th, 2016 in Main Dish, Mushrooms, Onions, Pork, Pork Chops, Sour Cream | No Comments

Servings: 4 to 6 Ingredients 6 pork chops 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced 8-ounces white mushrooms, sliced 4 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and minced Kosher Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 cup cabernet, Shiraz, or any good-quality red wine 1 cup sour cream Cooked pasta, for serving Directions Season pork chops well on both side […]

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Turkey with Giblets Gravy

Written by Chacha on Nov 22nd, 2015 in Carrots, Celery, Giblets Gravy, Main Dish, Meat, Onions, Poultry, Thanksgiving, Turkey | No Comments

Ingredients The biggest myth in all of American cookery is the belief that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve. One of the secrets to a moist, delicious turkey is to by a frozen turkey and brushing it with butter all over. You can season the butter any way you want; the possibilities are […]

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Spaghettis with Simple Meatless tomato Sauce

Written by Chacha on Nov 3rd, 2013 in Carrots, Italian, Meatless Main Dish, Onions, Pasta, Recipe, Tomatoes | No Comments

Servings: 4 Ingredients •    10 to 12 large cloves garlic, minced •    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil •    6 tablespoons butter •    1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes •    Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste •    Kosher Salt •    Freshly ground black pepper •    ½ teaspoon Mexican or Greek dried oregano, crumbled •    3 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley •    1 carrot, […]

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Spaghettis with Simple Marinara Sauce

Written by Chacha on Nov 3rd, 2013 in Carrots, Italian, Meatless Main Dish, Onions, Pasta, Recipe, Tomatoes | No Comments

Servings: 4 Ingredients 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 6 to 8 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and minced ½ cup good-quality red wine 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes 3 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste ½ teaspoon Mexican or Greek dried oregano, crumbled 1 carrot, cut into 3 pieces 1 bay leaf Kosher […]

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Ensalada Rusa (Rusian Potato Salad)

Written by Chacha on Nov 1st, 2013 in Beets, Carrots, Eggs, Latin, Potatoes, Recipe, SideDish | No Comments

Ingredients For the vinaigrette: ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ½ small onion, grated 1 large clove garlic, smashed, peeled and ground in a mortar and pestle to a paste. ½ teaspoon Kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper For the salad: 2 pound potatoes 2 carrots 1 beet 1 cup steamed peas 2 hard […]

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Arroz con Gandules (Pigeon Peas and Rice)

Written by Chacha on Oct 26th, 2013 in Latin, Meatless Side dish, Pigeon Peas, Recipe, Rice, Vegetable | No Comments

Servings: 4 Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 cubanella or sweet banana pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped 1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped 1 whole Serrano pepper (Note: I always add a whole, not chopped, Serrano pepper just because I like it spicy) 5 cloves garlic, smashed, […]

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Braised Broccoli

Written by Chacha on Mar 26th, 2013 in Broccoli, Recipe, Side Dishes, Vegetable | No Comments

Servings: 4 Ingredients 2 head broccoli, cut into florets 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 large cloves garlic, crushed, peeled and finely sliced Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste Kosher salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste ¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, optional Directions Place the broccoli florets in a colander and rinse. Drain well. Heat […]

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Best Black Beans (Habichuelas Negras Guisadas)

Written by Chacha on Jul 5th, 2012 in Black beans, Dry Beans, Latin, Meatless Side dish, Side Dishes, Vegetable | No Comments

Servings: 6 to 8 Ingredients 1 pound dried black beans (preferably Goya) 6 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled, divided 1 large onion, thinly sliced, divided 1/2  green bell pepper, cored, seeded and very thinly sliced Extra-virgin olive oil 4 quarts water 1 teaspoon dried Mexican or Greek oregano leaves, crumbled 2 teaspoon freshly ground cumin 2 teaspoon tomato paste or ¼ cup canned tomato […]

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