Super Sundays

One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese

One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese

One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon of olive oil – stock 1 spanish or yellow onion, chopped finely – $1.19 2 cloves of garlic, minced – stock ½-lb lean ground beef – $5.49 12-oz bottle of beer (I used a wheat beer, Blue Moon) – stock 2½ cups low-sodium chicken broth[…]

Pulled Pork Pasta Salad

Pulled Pork Pasta Salad

Pulled Pork Pasta Salad Serves 12 as a side dish Note: This salad was intended as a straight-up side dish to enjoy pretty much any season. As I wasn’t entertaining a large group of guests, I found myself scarfing up just about all of the leftovers after our first round of photos and tastings. At[…]

Sweet & Savory Asian-style Pulled Pork

Asian Pulled Pork

Sweet & Savory Asian-Style Pulled Pork Serves 8 Inspired by Dessert Before Dinner Dry Rub Ingredients: ½-Tablespoon Chinese Five Spice – $2.26 Generous amount of freshly ground black pepper – stock ½-Tablespoon kosher salt – stock ½-Tablespoon packed brown sugar – stock 1 teaspoon ground ginger – stock 5lb bone-in pork shoulder – $10.51 Ingredients[…]

Cold Sesame Noodles

Cold Sesame Noodles

Cold Sesame Noodles Serves 2 to 3 Adapted from Saveur Ingredients: ½ lb whole wheat spaghetti, cooked al dente, according to package directions (soba noodles also work, but I find they have a slightly bitter after-taste that’s distracting) – $2.19 4 Tablespoons sesame oil, divided – stock 2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce – stock 1[…]

Savory Marsala-Infused Mushroom-Shallot Sauce

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Savory Marsala-Infused Mushroom-Shallot Sauce Serves 4 Note: The consistency is not particularly creamy nor saucy, it’s almost chunky, even tapenade-like. But it’s perfect and packed with flavor. Ingredients: 2 large shallots, halved – $0.89 3 cloves of garlic – stock 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, divided – stock 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, divided (you[…]

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala Serves 3 to 4 Adapted from Annie’s Noms Ingredients for the Marinade: ¾-cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt – $1.49 3 teaspoons lemon juice – stock ¾ teaspoon ground cumin – stock ¾ teaspoon kosher salt – stock ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper – stock ¼ teaspoon ground ginger – stock 1½ lbs[…]

Pumpkin Seed and Spinach Pesto

Pumpkin Seed & Spinach Pesto_opt

Pumpkin Seed and Spinach Pesto Makes about 2 cups Adapted from Whole Living Ingredients: 1 cup hulled, raw pumpkin seeds – $6.87 1 cup fresh basil, packed – $1.79 ¼-cup fresh chives, roughly chopped – $0.69 1 cup baby spinach, packed – $3.99 1 large garlic clove – stock 1 teaspoon salt – stock Freshly[…]

Buffalo Chicken Chili

Buffalo Chicken Chili_opt

Buffalo Chicken Chili Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon olive oil – stock 1 tablespoon butter – stock 2 lbs white meat ground chicken – $9.49 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped finely – $0.89 1 sweet onion, chopped – $1.19 2 ribs of celery, chopped finely – $2.99 5 cloves garlic, minced or run thru[…]