Black-Eyed Peas + Greens = Prosperity

Every New Year’s Eve/Day I’ve gotta make my Hoppin John, black-eyed peas over aromatic steamed rice with some stewed collard greens. I make enough of it to last for a couple of nights and even store some in the freezer for a rainy day.

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You betta Yassa that turkey!

With recent news The Cecil and Minton’s would consolidate into the Minton’s space at the end of this month Executive Chef JJ Johnson gave me the recipe for Cecil’s yassa chicken suggesting the marinade would be perfect for a holiday turkey.

Sausage + Peppers Stuffed Portabellas

This dish was part of a weekly menu I prepared for a client that included chicken Milanese, king salmon with chimichurri plus vegetable sides, herbed orzo and a caprese salad. I was on an Italian vibe mostly.

A Superbowl 50 Menu

 Holidays and special events are always a fun time to cook for my clients. Marry  clients’ requests and dietary needs with the best available ingredients and my creativity and I start to wish I could be a SCHOP! client myself! This week for Superbowl 50, amongst organic pork tenderloin crusted with mustard capers & garlic…

Lunch Today: Salad Nicoise

I was intently working today and ignoring my hunger pangs to eat because I didn’t feel like cooking. But as a stomach has a tendency to do, it got the better of me and forced me to see what I had. Inspired by the smallest new potatoes I’ve ever seen and some haricot vert I…

Got Brisket…early?

Passover is just around the corner and for those that like to be ahead of the game either because they have too much going on or because they need it “just so” some will buy their brisket early…maybe too early. Following is a recent text exchange with a client that inspired this post: CLIENT: Question….

Bacon Popcorn

Had a craving for something crunchy which can only mean popcorn for me. As I pulled down my 3 quart pot and the lid and glanced at my usual coconut oil anticipating the final product, my small jar of rendered bacon fat started whispering in my ear, “you know if you use me instead, I…

A Tale of Two Soups, One Stock

Who doesn’t love a two-for-one deal?! Whether you are grocery shopping, at the drugstore, or picking up your favorite comfy undergarments at a big box store. It makes you feel like you done good! You should feel that way in the kitchen. In my last post, Taking (chicken) Stock, I made a large pot of…

Taking (chicken) Stock

If you are not out sledding, snowshoeing, building a snowman or having a snowball fight then its a perfect day to have a pot of stock simmering slowly on the stove. I always have errant chicken parts in the freezer just for days like this. Add some veggies, herbs, spices and water and homemade stock…

Quick Green Lunch

While I certainly didn’t feel like cooking today, I had some kale and collards in the fridge that were admonishing me for not putting them to good use. I had the onions, garlic, apple cider vinegar, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper, some vegetable Better Than Bouillon plus coconut oil and a soupçon (love that…

Baking In Gooey Holiday Cheer

Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you have gotten all of your gift shopping done and all is wrapped and ready. The holidays can be a little overwhelming sometimes and we forget the true spirit of the season. So this morning I woke up and decided to bake in a little cheer. I saw this recipe…