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Ingredient: garlic

White Wine Coq Au Vin Chicken Thighs

White Wine Coq Au Vin Chicken Thighs

Coq Au Vin is definitely some serious comfort food. A French dish traditionally cooked with a whole rooster and Burgundy wine, in this recipe I use chicken thighs and white wine (Coq Au Vin Blanc).

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Shrimp Pasta

Shrimp Pasta

This Shrimp Pasta recipe definitely falls in the comfort food category. It reminds me of summer but is just as good in the winter. Surely a plate of this pasta would brighten a gloomy winter day. (more…)

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Vegetable Beef Soup

Vegetable Beef Soup

When the weather turns cold there’s nothing like snuggling up to the table with a big bowl of Vegetable Beef Soup. This is an easy to make recipe that will make you feel good inside. If you are pressed for time you can throw everything in the crockpot. Brown the meat and throw everything in the crockpot 6-8 hrs or until the meat is tender. (more…)

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Chili with Beans

Chili with Beans

Well, it’s about that time of year to start thinking about cold weather comfort food. My two favorites are Chili and Gumbo although I eat them both year around. This recipe will be the first of several types I cook over the next few months. I think this is the type most people think about when you mention chili. Feel free to experiment with different dried chilies, I don’t always use anchos. The heat level to me is mild at best and I love to substitute Tapatio hot sauce for Crystals for added flavor and heat. (more…)

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Carne Guisada

Carne Guisada

A Tex-Mex favorite of mine for sure. One of the things I probably miss the most about not living in Texas is not being able to just jump up and drive a block or two and pick up a couple Carne Guisada Tacos. Some places serve it with a brown gravy and some serve it with red gravy. I’ve had it with and without diced potatoes although I prefer it without. (more…)

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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo with Blackened Shrimp

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo with Blackened Shrimp

This is a great Chicken and Sausage Gumbo recipe with just the right amount of heat for the timid. Don’t worry though, you can kick the heat up to what ever level pleases you. This recipe is highly customizable so don’t be afraid to experiment. I garnished this with Blackened Shrimp because I like them that way.  You can add 12 oz of raw small or medium peeled and deveined shrimp near the end of the cook cycle. Oysters and/or crab will work as well. The okra is optional in this recipe because I don’t like it but feel free.

File is usually used as a thickener for gumbo but not in this recipe. I use it for flavor and the chocolate roux is the thickener. I use water in this recipe but feel free to try chicken or shrimp stock but watch out for salt so you don’t ruin it. (more…)

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Parmesan Garlic Thyme Mashed Potatoes

Parmesan Garlic Thyme Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes, a foundational comfort food. Just think of all the things you can do with a potato. You can bake it, fry it, roast it or boil it. You can make french fries, hash browns (diced or shredded), potato pancakes, scalloped potatoes and on and on. For me, there is no more comforting way to consume potatoes than mashing them. This recipe will reward you with rich, creamy, flavor-packed mashed potatoes sure to become a favorite.

Milk instead of half and half is ok but it does make a difference in the flavor. It’s hard to know how much salt is in salted butter from brand to brand so I use unsalted. These potatoes can be served plain as a side or try topping them with my recipe for Garlic Beef with Mushrooms for an experience you won’t soon forget. (more…)

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Restaurant Style Salsa

Restaurant Style Salsa

I have boiled, roasted and grilled more tomatoes, peppers and garlic than I can count trying to find that perfect salsa I get at my favorite Mexican restaurant. While I came up with some pretty good salsa’s, this is the one I love. The color and consistency tipped me off as to where I was going astray. And while I had to move away from the fresh tomato’s it was worth it.

If you want to use fresh tomatoes you can. Just put them in boiling water for a couple minutes and then transfer to an ice bath and the skin will come off easily. Let the tomatoes cool before processing. (more…)

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