Shitake Mushroom & Winter Squash Risotto

Creamy, filling, and so satisfying. Stay close while cooking, you need to keep up on the stirring. 3 ½ – 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock Cooking oil 1-2 tbs. butter 1 medium delicata or small butternut squash – 1 1/2 cups of cubed or sliced pieces 1 small yellow onion, chopped, or ½ cup […]

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Caramelized Vegetable and Meatball Soup

Winter is all about hearty soups and chowders. This is one of my favorites. Make extra and freeze. 1 small, peeled and seeded butternut squash 1-2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled 2 carrots 2 large parsnips, peeled 2 cups chopped kale 3-4 garlic cloves, peeled, cut if extra-large into medium pieces olive oil 1 lb. […]

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Squash, Chorizo, and Sage Tart

This tart makes a great appetizer or main dish with a green salad. For an easy way to cook and cut squash see the end of the recipe. 1 puff pastry sheet, defrosted if frozen Olive oil Salt and pepper 1 butternut or delicata squash ½ lb. chorizo ground sausage 1 cup grated cheese, I […]

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Baby Crab Cakes with Sriracha/Chive Aiol

Baby Crab Cakes with Sriracha & Chive Aioli

2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 egg, beaten Dash of Worchester sauce 2 cups lump crabmeat, drained and cleaned of all shells drops of sriracha, to your taste (optional, can also use Tabasco) 2-3 chopped scallions 1/3 cup bread crumbs (equals 4 slices), I like panko Butter and […]

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Chicken with Sage

Chicken with Sage

8 chicken thighs or 4 chicken breasts Olive or avocado oil 1 tablespoon butter 1-2 apples, I like granny smith,  cored, and cut into wedges 1/3 cup chopped onion 3-4 minced garlic cloves 2/3 cup chicken broth 1 teaspoon cider vinegar 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or ½ tablespoon dried Salt and pepper to taste […]

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Artichokes with Lemon Butter

Artichokes with Lemon Butter

Artichokes can be intimidating for the beginning cook but they are truly easy and quite delicious! If these directions don’t do it for you check out youtube for a tutorial. 2 artichokes butter lemon With a sharp, serrated kitchen knife, cut off about one inch from the top of the artichoke, removing the sharp tips. […]

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Roasted Yams

Roasted Yams with Chipotle Cream

  OK, I know it’s not cayenne, but I love this recipe for its simplicity and great flavor. Heat oven to 400 degrees 2 large yams or sweet potatoes Olive oil Salt and pepper Chipotle cream Cut yams or sweet potatoes into flat discs 1 – 1 1/2 inches thick, trimming off ends to attain […]

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Spicy Cayenne Shrimp

Spicy Cayenne Shrimp

1 ½ pound raw, peeled and deveined shrimp 2 -3 tablespoon butter 2 cloves garlic powder 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce Juice from 1 lemon 1 ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon oregano ½ teaspoon black pepper Rinse shrimp. Melt butter in skillet, add seasonings and stir well. Add shrimp and l sauté lightly for 7 […]

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Cayenne Chicken

cooking oil ½ onion minced 3-4 cloves minced garlic ½ -1 tsp cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon turmeric salt and pepper to taste 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into strips ½ cup water 2 tbs soy or shoyu sauce ½ cup plain yogurt Fresh or dried parsley for garnish Add enough oil to cover […]

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Chicken with Wine and Mushrooms

Chicken with Wine and Mushrooms

8 rinsed and patted dry chicken thighs and legs (my favorite) or 4 breasts Flour for dredging and thickening 1 medium onion, diced 1 red bell pepper, sliced and diced 4-6 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup sliced mushrooms, (I like shiitakes for their immune-bolstering effects and hearty flavor) Cooking oil 1 cup wine – your […]

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