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Smoked Chicken Greens Salad with Zucchini and Cilantro Lime Dressing

There are two things that I’ve really enjoyed preparing over the last year, making homemade bread and smoking food, see this smoked chicken recipe.  Making bread is therapeutic and delicious, smoking is time consuming and delicious :-).  I’ve only been smoking food for the last few years and up onto that point I didn’t have a ton of experience with it.  A lot of people just assume because I’m classically trained and logged a decade and a half in the restaurant industry that I know everything there I to know about all cuisines.  Sorry to pop that bubble but most…

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Taco Salad Recipe with Chicken and Avocado Lime Dressing

When coming up with this recipe all I could think about was that weird taco salad rendition that you would get in elementary school from the cafeteria.  Truth be told it was my second favorite day of the month behind pizza day J.  Fast forward 25 years I decided to make my own, un-inspired from what I used to eat back in the day lol.  Don’t get me wrong, the classic tortilla shell with iceberg lettuce, ground beef, salsa, cheese and avocado is super good, especially if you’re craving some grease while trying to be healthy, yes I know the…

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Kale Salad with Apples and Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

You all know it’s that time of year where everyone is setting goals like crazy.  Whether it’s getting in the gym, losing weight or heck even trying to pay off debt, all of us are looking for that reset button, including me!  I didn’t work out on January 1 mostly because our church had a chili cook off and I for sure wasn’t going to miss that one so right out of the gate I didn’t start off too well.  However, the next day I was able to hunker down and get after it while also whipping up and eating…

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Winter Salad Recipe with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Seeds

I know, it’s a winter salad from Chef Billy Parisi that has close to 9,000 ingredients in it.  I realize quite a few of my recipes have a decent number of ingredients in it but man once I’m creating something I being to think, “Well this other thing would go great in here, and then this, and then this, and then this,” until I get completely carried away like in this Winter Salad Recipe with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Seeds.  All I can say is, at least it’s good haha.  That’s my fall back.  However, with a lot of…

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Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Grilled Lemon Chicken

My wife came down stairs after a nap and spotted this Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Grilled Lemon Chicken just as soon as I was done photographing at and just starred at it haha.  She was like, “what is that and can I eat it?!”  After a few bites she said with her mouth completely full, “this is what I want to eat every day of my life.”  I just laughed, but she’s right this Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Grilled Lemon Chicken is dang delicious!! If you’ve been following me for a bit you know I am all about…

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Classic Nicoise Salad Recipe

At least once a week we indulge in an all-out vegetable fest and this Classic Nicoise Salad Recipe hit the nail on the head!  I make so many rich, delicious foods and desserts that a few times a week we just crave nutrients from vegetables so I try to get all vegetarian, or in this case pescatarian, and create something amazing.  I have always been a sucker for Nicoise Salad, in fact I did one some years back but roasted every single ingredient on the grill including the romaine lettuce.  This time around I wanted to use up the new…

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Salmon and Lentil Salad Recipe

I always say how I love summer produce the most and how the variety is so much more grand, but after this Salmon and Lentil Salad Recipe, I think my perception has changed a little bit.  Sometimes I need to make something that I haven’t in a while that helps bring me back to my roots on why I like certain things so much.  I mean I haven’t had an acorn squash in a while, or poached salmon or even a blood orange but the combination of flavors in this salad are to die for!  First let’s start with the…

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Butter Leaf Lettuce and Quinoa Salad with Oranges

The goal of every single recipe that you make should be the balance of flavors.  The right amount of sweet, sour, umami and salt will always render a perfect flavored dish, however it’s not that easy to achieve on a consistent basis.  I do find that achieving that perfectly balanced recipe can often times come in the form of salad because of all the different components you can add in like vinegar for sour, prosciutto for umami, candied pecans for sweet and Kosher salt for salt.          To give some more sustenance to this Butter Leaf Lettuce…

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