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Steak with Chipotle Pan Sauce and Honey-Lime Roasted Carrots and Red Onions

This is a winner of a meal for the weekend. Delicious steak with honey roasted carrots and onions, set off with the brightness of lime and the spice of chipotle. Enjoy it with a sparkling water or champagne, and maybe the newest episode of WandaVision, and you have yourself a date night in!  Ingredients: 1lime  8 oz carrots, sliced 1 medium red onions, sliced 1 ounce honey 1⁄2 lb steak 1 oz chipotle in adobo sauce kosher salt & ground pepper, to taste  neutral oil 1 tablespoon butter Method: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Finely grate 1⁄2 teaspoon lime zest and set aside. Squeeze 1 tablespoon lime juice into a medium bowl; cut any remaining lime into wedges. Scrub carrots, halve lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 2-inch half-moons. Halve onion, then cut into 1-inch wedges. Add honey, 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, and 1 1⁄2 tablespoons oil to bowl with lime juice; whisk to combine. Add carrots and onions, tossing to combine. Transfer seasoned carrots and onions onto a rimmed baking sheet. Spr

BBQ Chicken with Mac

Is there anything as marvelous as Mac and cheese? Maybe if it is paired with roasted garlic broccoli and charred BBQ chicken. This is a brilliantly fast and delicious meal, perfect for a week night to celebrate a presidential inauguration, especially when paired with wine. Enjoy!  Ingredients: 4 ounces elbow macaroni clove of garlic, minced 1/2 pound broccoli, cut into florets 1/2 pound chicken breasts 2 ounces fontina, shredded 2 ounces cream cheese 2 ounces barbecue sauce 1/2 cup milk 1 tablespoon flour 1 tablespoon butter salt and pepper pinch cayenne Method: Put a pot of heavily salted water over medium high heat. Bring to the boil. Add the elbow pasta and cook for 9 minutes until al dente. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, toss the broccoli with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Salt and pepper the chicken and add a pinch of cayenne. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the broccoli and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Move it over to a side of the sk

Pulled Pork Enchiladas

Winter is a time for delicious, warm food. Comfort food- the classics. The stuff that promises to satisfy. For me, pulled pork will always and forever be my favorite slow-cooked meat. I like to make a batch and freeze it into portions to use later for BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, or shwarmas, or enchiladas. Who can resist an enchilada? Mildly spicy, cheese-tastic and flour tortillas? Yum. Swap out the usual chicken for the lusciousness of melt in the mouth pulled pork and you have a meal for a king. It tastes like it took hours to make (hello, slow-cooked pulled pork!) but it really only takes 30 minutes from start to finish. If you occasionally make use of both your slow-cooker and freezer, you can have delicious and varied meals all winter long.  If you want this to go over the top, serve with guac and sour cream. Maybe even a little salsa. Enjoy Ingredients: 1 bunch scallions, sliced 6 six-inch flour tortillas 2 tablespoons taco seasoning pinch cayenne 8 ounce can tomato sauce 2 teas

Sausage deep dish pizza

Never is there a day that can't be made better with pizza. I found out today that I will be the lead role in a professional opera company upcoming production' what better way to celebrate than with pizza and hard cider? I wanted lots of crust and sausage, so I thought a deep dish sweet peppers and sausage pizza would be the ticket. Serve it with a green salad and a glass of wine, and maybe some too loud singing for celebratory purposes, and enjoy! Ingredients: 1 pound pizza dough 1/2 pound Italian sweet sausage, crumbled 1 clove garlic, minced 8 ounces marinara sauce 1 bell pepper, diced 2 ounces fontina cheese, shredded salt, pepper, olive oil Method: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly oil a cast iron skillet and press the room temperature dough into the base. Meanwhile, in another skillet over medium high heat, add the sausage. Cook until browned and cooked through. Add the sliced garlic and diced bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes, until the bell peppers are softene

Black Forest Cupcakes

 I wanted to make cupcakes to celebrate the end of 2020. This year has been like a black forest of despair, so what better cake to make but Black Forest Cupcakes? They are delicious and retro and look beautiful. I also loved the cupcake idea because I could wrap them individually and deliver them socially distanced to family. It's been a log time since I could share my baking and it was a very nice thing for me to be able to share it. May 2021 bring us all joy, health and hope. Ingredients: Cake: 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup cocoa powder 1 3/ cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons espresso powder 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs 2/3 cup sour cream 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup hot coffee 2 15 ounce cans dark sweet cherries in heavy syrup 2 tablespoons kirsch 24 maraschino cherries Ganache: 1 cup heavy cream 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped Whipped cream: w cups heavy cream 1/4 cup conf