We order smoked whole chickens from a local butcher from time to time. They're great to have around because they're versatile--you can use them in sandwiches, wraps, salads, etc. They're also quick and easy toppings for pasta and rice dishes. I chopped up some smoked chicken for an alfredo for dinner last night. The chicken… Continue reading Fettuccine Alfredo with Smoked Chicken
When we visited KokoMana, an agri-forestry operation in Savusavu that makes artisinal chocolate, we brought back a bag of cocoa nibs to use for a home-brewed stout. A few days ago, hubby placed most of the nibs package in a cloth bag that Fijians use to hold kava powder when mixing with water. He soaked… Continue reading Cocoa-Infused White Rum
Compound butter is easy to make and adds notes of fresh flavors. Simply soften butter to room temperature, then mix in fresh herbs. I snipped fresh parsley and chives from our garden for this one.
Mexican cuisine is one of my faves because it's very high on the savory quotient, and certain dishes are relatively easy to cook at home. I haven't made quesadillas in a long time, and I was inspired to cook them for a weeknight meal. A note on serving: There's more than one way to dish… Continue reading Ground Chicken Quesadillas
I got the idea for a pork roast from Better Homes and Gardens. They recommend cooking pork shoulder in the oven for a few hours until tender, then shredding the meat and using it in various dishes. I enjoyed cooking this roast on Sunday. We made carnitas with it for dinner, and there was plenty… Continue reading Oven-Roasted Pork Shoulder