Category Archives: Main Dish

Spicy Peanut Noodle

1/4 c. soy sauce
2 t. crushed red pepper
1 t. honey
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 T. vermouth
1 t. pressed garlic
1 T. sesame oil
1/2 T. dry ginger
1/3 c. cream of coconut

Mix together and pour over:
1/2 lb. of cooked linguine
1/2 c. chopped peanuts
3 chopped radishes
1 chopped stalk of celery
2-3 chopped green onions


Pumpkin Soup

buttercup squash, cooked


one onion

half head of garlic

16 oz mushrooms

1 lb Italian sausage

4 stems kale, chopped

chicken or veggie broth

lb. frozen cheese tortellini

1 c. Heavy cream

tin of pumpkin

fresh basil

Pizza Dough

1 1/4 c. warm water
1 T. yeast
1 T. honey
1 t. salt
2 c. bread flour
1 c. wheat flour
olive oil

Dissolve water, yeast, & honey in a bowl and let develop. Add flour & salt and kneed until dough is smooth and firm. Place in lightly oiled bowl and cover. Let set for 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 with pizza stone. Roll out on cornmeal. Let rest 10 minutes. Poke with a fork and then bake for 6 minutes. Top with whatever you like and then bake an additional 10-12 minutes. Makes 2-3 crusts.

Hawaiian Pasta Salad

1/2 lb. pasta
2 carrots, julienned
1 med zucchini, julienned
1 red pepper, julienned
3 green onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 t. grated ginger
handful basil, chopped
handful cilantro, chopped
1 c. chopped fresh spinach
1 T. white wine
2 T. mango juice (or OJ)
2 T soy sauce
1 T. olive oil
1 T. sesame oil
1 T. lime juice
1 lb. scallops and/or shrimp (optional)

Prepare pasta. Lightly cook veggies. Add sauce & simmer briefly. Toss pasta with veggies, spinach, & seafood.


because “hackbraten” is so much more fun to say than “meatloaf”

veg. oil
1 carrot, finely diced
2 stalks cellery, finely diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 T. salt
1 T. ground pepper
1/4 t. cayanne
1/2 t. cumin
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 t. paprika
2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 lbs. ground pork
4 eggs
1 c. ketchup
1 c. 1/2 & 1/2
1 c. quick oatmeal

Sauté veggies until tender. Add seasonings to veggies. Mix everything together until well blended. Pack into 2 bread pans & cover with foil. Bake at 400 for 1 hour. Remove foil & bake 15 minutes or until the top browns.

To make a vegetarian version, replace the ground meats with TVP hydrated in stock and butter.

Tortilla Soup

For Roz, who told me he loved me over my first bowl of tortilla soup.

12 corn tortillas
canola oil
1 lb. cooked chicken, shredded
6-8 c. chicken broth
1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
1 can diced tomatoes
2 chipotle chiles
1 T. adobo sauce
2 T lime juice
1 avocado, diced
12 oz cotija cheese
fresh cilantro, chopped
crema (or sour cream)

Preheat oven to 425. Slice tortillas & coat with oil & bake for ~ 14 minutes, tossing about half way though, until tortillas are crispy but not burnt. Puree in processor or blender: onion, garlic, tomatoes, chiles, adobe. Cook the tomato sauce in oil for 10 minutes. Add the broth, chicken, & lime juice. To serve, place some toasted tortillas, chopped avocado, and crumbled cheese in a bowl. Ladle in broth and chicken. Top with a dollop of crema and sprinkling of cilantro.

Moroccan Chicken

4 chicken thighs
med onion
4 carrots
1/2 t. paprika
1/4 t. cumin
1/4 t. coriander
pinch cinnamon
pinch cloves
pinch cardamom
2 T. honey
1/2 T lemon juice
1 c. chicken broth
1/3 c. kalamatas
1 T. cilantro
1 lg can diced tomatoes

braze chicken on med-high in oil (5-8 min/side) remove and cover. Remove all but 1 T. fat. Cook onions & carrots util soft, add spices and cook 2 min. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 20 min. Shred chicken and return to pot. Serve with couscous

Alternate ingredients:
shredded chicken
paprika, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, salt
chopped dried apricots
chopped kalamatas
chopped almonds

Veggie Version

sm-med butternut squash
1 c. red lentils
1 med onion, diced
half a head of garlic, chopped
1 T. fresh ginger
2 cans garbanzo beans
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 c. veggie stock
1t. cinnamon
1t. cumin
1t. turmeric
1 t. paprika
1 t. coriander
salt to taste

Special Sauces for Pulled Pork

BBQ Sauce:
1 c. ketchup
2 T. grated onion
2 T worchestershire
2 T mustard
3 T molassas
2 T. maple syrup
3 T. cider vinegar
1 t. chili powder

Herb Paste:
1/2 c. cilantro leaves
3 cloves garlic
1/4 c. minced onion
1 jalapeno
1/2 t. cumin
1/4 c. oil
1 T. lime juice

Mojo Sauce:
4 cloves garlic
2 t. salt
1/2 c. oil
1/2 t. cumin
1/4 c. cider vinegar
1/4 c. orange juice
1/4 t. oregeno
1/8 t. black pepper