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Braised Pork and Fontina Stuffed Ravioli with Sauce Pomodoro

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Hands down the very first thing I miss as we enter the colder Fall and Winter months is fresh tomatoes.  Whether I grow them in my backyard or pick them up at the local produce market they seem to be on my every dish in the summer time.  Now that it’s cold that’s changed a bit, but possibly for the better? Let me introduce you to Mutti tomatoes, which are straight out of Parma Italy.  They use a unique combination of Rotondo Di Parma, Plum, Cherry, Baby Roma and San Marzano tomatoes to literally bring the freshest tasting tomatoes I’ve…

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Flattened Chicken with Pumpkin Butter and Braised Red Cabbage

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I absolutely love this time of year, simply because it gives me an excuse to cook something with pumpkin in it.  When I was making this Flattened Chicken with Pumpkin Butter and Braised Red Cabbage, I can’t lie I found myself constantly eating the butter and spreading it on the chicken with every bite.  Along with cooking pumpkin in October, comes the pumpkin patch, hay rides and lots of scary costumes.  My daughter the other day told us she wanted to be a graham cracker for Halloween… Not quite sure how that one will work out, but nonetheless we had…

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Turkey Sloppy Joe Recipe with Mozzarella and Pickles

I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun I had making these Homemade Sloppy Joe Sandwiches with Ground Turkey. I knew as the recipe was coming together that it was going to be a bomb flavor combo! It also brought back some great memories growing up in St. Louis. We’d eat sloppy joes on the regular and every time it was so flippin delicious, but this was the first time I had ever made them homemade. Now because I didn’t want just the sloppy joes on a bun, you know I had to take it up a few…

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe in Stout Beer

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This Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe in Stout Beer is a bit of a twist on your grandma’s old roast recipe.  Yes there are still a lot of the same components, but I decided to make it a bit more savory by adding in a tasty milk stout beer!  Of course you could do all milk stout as the liquid, but to break it up I added in a bit of beef stock to help cut into the stout a bit so it wouldn’t leave any bitter taste whatsoever.  I always enjoy pulling out the slow cooker because for me it…

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Marinated Chicken Recipe with Soy and Red Wine

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I know how it is so easy to get into a cooking rut and continue to keep making the same food week over week, which is why I whipped up this Marinated Chicken Recipe with Soy and Red Wine.  It is so simple and literally consists of 9 total ingredients, which includes salt and pepper and a tasty sauce to finish off with.  The marinade for this recipe was actually a simple sauce we used to make at one of the restaurants I chef’d at for a few years.  The name of the sauce is beurre rougere pronounces bear-ro-jer and was…

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Turkey Bacon Grilled Cheese with Provolone

While I was creating this Grilled Cheese with Turkey Bacon, Caramelized Onions and Fig Jam I was definitely making a fresh tomato soup behind the scene to dip this thing in, and it was glorious! I’ll have to redo the soup so I can give you the recipe, however the grilled cheese is beyond ridiculous to eat by itself. It has the perfect balance of sweet, tart, salty and savory all wrapped up in one amazing bite! The best part about this Grilled Cheese with Turkey Bacon, Caramelized Onions and Fig Jam is that it’s super easy to make, you…

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Tomato Farro Salad with Salmon and Lemon Yogurt Sauce

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When I make a dish that has multiple components to it, i.e. veg, starch, protein and sauce, I am always in search of the perfect balance, like in this Tomato Farro Salad with Salmon and Lemon Yogurt Sauce.  Nothing in the dish should over take the flavor of something else, it should however look to compliment There are some great chefs out there who can fit every flavor profile, sweet, savory, salty, bitter, and spicy into a single food item.  I however take a different approach and try to incorporate all of those flavors into separate items on the dish…

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Mediterranean Turkey Burger with Zucchini Fritter and French Remoulade

Every summer that comes along I always get pressured to buy turkey burgers by the pound at least once a week from my wife, so I whipped up this Mediterranean Turkey Burger with Zucchini Fritter and French Remoulade.  She is literally obsessed with turkey burgers, as are my in-laws, so every time I make them they seem to make arrangements to come over J; Needless-to-say, I live with Turketarains!  If you aren’t sure what that is, it’s someone who has taken the concept of eating turkey as much as possible to another level.  Now I’m not saying that it’s all…

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