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Homemade Pita Bread Recipe

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Man did I have fun this week making this Homemade Pita Bread Recipe.  I’ve never made it before but I am just so intrigued by middle-eastern cuisine, especially from Israel, so I had a blast making this.  First I was so shocked at how simple it was to make, it was literally 5 total ingredients.  THIS is how pita bread should be made, not with 1,000 ingredients from your local grocery store. I grew up eating pita bread quite a lot.  We would use it as sandwich bread all of the time when I was a kid.  My sister and…

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Elotes Recipe on a Stick with Cotija Cheese and Cilantro

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This Elotes Recipe on a Stick with Cotija Cheese and Cilantro is the ultimate side dish to serve up no matter the out door occasion!  Seriously it may be my favorite thing to eat of all time! Once the corn is shucked, spray with PAM No-Stick Cooking Spray and grill until lightly charred and cooked. Next smother on some mayonnaise or Crema Mexicana along with some chili or chiplotle powder, cotija cheese, fresh cilantro leaves and salt and pepper! Save Print Elotes Recipe on a Stick with Cotija Cheese and Cilantro Author: Chef Billy Parisi Recipe type: side dish   This Elotes…

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Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

I am one of those people who like to graze all day long on backyard BBQ get together type food, like this Summer Pasta Salad Recipe.  Whether it’s bone suckin’ ribs, potato salad or just watermelon, this is comfort food at its finest!  Another huge benefit is the ease of making these delicious dishes!  Outside of smoking BBQ ribs, pork, brisket or chicken these foods should be ready in no time. Pasta salads are incredibly given the seasonality of the fresh produce you want to throw in there.  For example, pasta salads can change a bit during those cooler months…

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Creamy Polenta Recipe with Parmesan Cheese

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No joke, I’ve been making this Creamy Polenta Recipe with Parmesan Cheese for the longest time but for some reason I’m just getting it up on BillyParisi.com for the first time.  Talk about a ridiculously easy to make but tasty side dish to serve up at any meal.  Most people always go with the traditional rice or potato as a starch but they’ve been missing out big time.  Polenta is not only delicious as a side dish but it also works great as a main component of a main meal.  For example, you can fold in roasted vegetables and chicken into…

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Boiled Green Beans Recipe with Butter Glaze

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I know this Boiled Green Beans Recipe with Butter Glaze is beyond simply, but sometimes it’s the easiest dishes that can bring out the most joy.  For me this recipe reminds me of my childhood a bit, because I always remember my mom outside watching us runaround while she picked green beans and threw them into a pot.  We cook them different nowadays as I like a much firmer greener green bean, but the taste is still there. We actually even trim the green beans different as well lol, mom I promise your’s are still great!  I remember when I was…

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How to Make Scalloped Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese

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If you’ve ever wondered How to Make Scalloped Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese then you’ve come to the right place.  Similar to that of it’s more fatty counterpart potatoes dauphinoise, scalloped potatoes have no cream in them which makes them a little healthier to eat.  In face you could make them as healthy as you want by even replacing the small pads of butter I put in between each layer with olive oil or even coconut oil if you are really looking to keep anything unhealthy down.  I’ve always been in the mindset that anything in moderation is ok.  However this is…

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Roasted Sweet and Savory Acorn Squash

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When it comes to cooking for the holidays I know how stressing it can get.  You’ve got “those” family members coming over that you only see like 3 times a year, kids are running around, your house is trashed and your kitchen has crusty foil lids laying around and food is everywhere.  Yeah, I’ve been down that road a few times.  But, it’s all good because eventually that delicious meal you’ve been working up to will get served, people and kids will eat, and your favorite relatives will eventually go home :-).    One of the biggest questions I get…

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Easy Thanksgiving Day Slow Cooker Stuffing

Save precious stove top and oven space by making this amazingly Easy Thanksgiving Day Slow Cooker Stuffing. Save Print Easy Thanksgiving Day Slow Cooker Stuffing Author: Chef Billy Parisi Recipe type: Side Dish   Save precious stove top and oven space by making this amazingly Easy Thanksgiving Day Slow Cooker Stuffing. Ingredients 1 small diced yellow onion 3 small diced stalks of celery 8 cups of cubed crusty bread 1 tablespoon of dry sage 1 tablespoon of dry thyme 1 cup of melted butter 1 cup of chicken stock salt and pepper to taste Instructions Place all ingredients into a slow cooker,…

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