Showing posts from April, 2021

Chicken with Thai Green Curry and Jasmine Rice

I love Thai green curry!  Unfortunately, I don't have time to always make it from scratch.  There are a lot of ingredients and it is time consuming.  I found that the Trader Joe's Green Curry Simmer Sauce is great.  It's not too spicy and is easy to make.  Here is one of my cheat, go to sauces when I don't have a lot of time to cook, but still want to make a delicious meal for my family.  I love a Pinot Grigio or a Riesling with curry.  Cheers! Serves 4 1/2-3/4 lbs. diced boneless chicken.  I use thigh meat. 1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil. 1/2 sliced yellow onion. 2 Cups chopped broccoli. 12 oz. sliced white mushrooms.   1/4 tsp. salt. 1 Jar Trader Joe's Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce. 1/2 Cups of Jasmine Rice. Make 1 1/2 cups Jasmine rice according to directions. Dice chicken into small chunks.  Put olive oil, onion and chicken into a large saute pan on high heat.  Saute  for 5-7 minutes. Fill a small pot with water and bring it to a boil.  Add 1/4 tsp. salt.  Add br

Aglio e Olio

Here is a delicious and simple recipe for those crazy days when you need something quick and you know you have all the ingredients in the kitchen.  My family loves this recipe.  Who doesn't love pasta, garlic, olive oil and Parmesan? I love an Alborino or Savignon Blanc with this recipe.  Cheers! 1 Lb. spaghetti pasta. 4 garlic cloves chopped. 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil. 1/4 tsp. salt and ground pepper. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Red pepper flakes optional. Cook pasta to package directions. In a large saute pan, add olive oil and chopped garlic.  Saute for 3-4 minutes on medium high heat.  Do not let garlic burn. Drain pasta and add to saute pan with garlic and olive oil.  Add salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.  Combine well.  Turn off heat and mix in Parmesan cheese. Serve with extra grated cheese.     

Alan's Macaroni Salad

When the weather gets nice, I think of BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.  One of my favorite memories is of my dad grilling and making macaroni salad.  It's s simple recipe and full of flavor.  I like to make it early in the day so it's nice and cold for dinner. This salad is perfect with grilled chicken, hamburgers, steak, hot dogs, ribs and pretty much anything else you can grill. Depending on what you grill, pick any wine you're in mood for.  Cheers! Serves 6-8 1 lb. elbow macaroni noodles 1 -1/14 cups of mayonnaise 1/2 Tbs. of Dijon mustard 2/3 cup sliced green olives with pimentos 4 green onions diced.  Note: use white and green parts 1/3 cup chopped parsley 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 2 hard boiled eggs sliced Cook macaroni noodles according to directions.   Drain and rinse with cold water.  Put drained noodles into a big bowl.  Let the noodles cool down in the refrigerator for an hour or two . Add mayo, Dijon mustard salt and pepper and mix well to combine.   Add sl

Salmon Kebabs

 This is a quick and versatile recipe. It can be made with salmon, shrimp, scallops, chicken or any meat you like.  I love salmon!  It's flavorful, good for you, easy to find and a snap to cook with.  You can use reusable skewers or the wood skewers.  Make sure you soak your wood skewers for 10 minutes  in water before you use them so they don't burn. For this recipe, I buy a couple of salmon steaks and remove the skin.  If you prefer, you can have the skin removed by someone in the seafood department.  The rest is just veggies and a grill or grill pan.  A chilled Pinot Noir or Chardonnay goes perfect with this dish.  Cheers! Serves 4 2 lbs. Salmon  3 large bell peppers.  I use red, orange and yellow 1 large red onion 1 yellow onion 1/4 cup Ponzu sauce 1/2 tsp. each Salt and Pepper Cut raw salmon into small 1x1 inch cubes.   Cut peppers into slices the same length as the salmon and about 1/2 inch width. Cut onions into thin strips the same length as salmon and peppers and about

Pappardelle with Pesto and Sausage

 I love having several quick recipes in my recipe box.  This is a delicious one that my family loves.  You can make homemade pesto, but buying pre-made pesto from the store makes this recipe a snap. If you buy fresh Pappardelle, this recipe is even quicker.  I usually have some dried Pappardelle with all my other pasta varieties in my pantry.  I love a Pinot Grigio with this recipe, but if you prefer red, a Pinot Noir or Chianti works great.  Cheers! Serves 4-6 1 lb. of Pappardelle pasta.  3/4 lb. Italian sausage. 1 Tbs. olive oil. 3/4 cup pesto. 1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream. 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional). 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese. Cook Pappardelle according to packaged directions. In a saute pan on high heat, add oil and sausage.  Break up and brown the Italian sausage. Drain any excess fat from the pan. Turn heat to medium and add pesto to the sausage and mix.  Slowly add half and half or cream and stir to combine.  Add red peppe