Vegetable Grain Bowl


  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 12 oz. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (~3 cups)
  • 2 large shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked pearled farro, rinsed
  • ½ cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup toasted pecan halves


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Combine Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, shallots, butter, curry powder, garlic, pepper, and ½ tsp. salt in a large bowl. Toss to coat. Spread in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake until vegetables are tender and lightly browned, 20-25 minutes.
  2. Bring 4 cups water and ½ tsp. salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over high. Add farro, and cook according to package directions; drain.
  3. Mix yogurt, lemon juice and 1 Tbsp. water in a bowl for topping. Split farro into 4 bowls, and divvy up vegetables evenly on top. Add pecans and yogurt sauce.

Crawfish Boil

Here’s the back of the napkin scribblings from the last boil:

  1. Add water to pot, turn on burner
  2. as water comes to boil, add powder, salt and splashes of liquid crab boil
  3. add bay leaf, whole red potatoes, halved onions, halved lemons, garlic
  4. test potatoes for doneness, once done…
  5. add crawfish and cook 5-8 minutes
  6. cut off heat and soak 30 minutes
  7. add sausage, mushrooms, corn and whatever else while soaking
  8. check saltiness and add more if necessary

Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters with Lime Dressing


  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp grated lime zest plus 2 tablespoons juice
  • 2 tsp. plus ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 (10-ounce) chicken leg quarters, trimmed
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano


  1. Combine garlic, salt, sugar, lime zest, 2 tsps. oil, cumin, pepper, and cayenne in bowl and mix to form paste. Reserve 2 tsps. garlic paste for dressing.
  2. Position chicken skin side up on cutting board and pat dry with paper towels. Leaving drumsticks and thighs attached, make 4 parallel diagonal slashes in chicken: 1 across drumsticks, 1 across leg joints; and 2 across thighs (each slash should reach bone). Flip chicken over and make 1 more diagonal slash across back of drumsticks. Rub remaining garlic paste all over chicken and into slashes. Refrigerate chicken for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  3. For a charcoal grill: Open bottom vent completely. Light large chimney starter filled with charcoal briquettes (6 quarts). When top coals are partially covered with ash, pour two thirds evenly over half of grill, then pour remaining coals over other half of grill. Set cooking grate in place, cover, and open lid vent completely. Heat grill until hot, about 5 minutes.
  4. For a gas grill: Turn all burners to high, cover, and heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes. Turn primary burner to medium and turn other burner(s) to low. (Adjust primary burner as needed to maintain grill temperature of 400° to 425°.)
  5. Clean and oil cooking grate. Place chicken on cooler side of grill, skin side up. Cover and cook until underside of chicken is lightly browned, 9 to 12 minutes. Flip chicken, cover, and cook until leg joint registers 165°, 7 to 10 minutes.
  6. Transfer chicken to hotter side of grill, skin side down, and cook (covered if using gas) until skin is well browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip chicken and continue to cook until leg joint registers 175°, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer to platter, tent loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, whisk remaining ¼ cup oil, lime juice, cilantro, oregano, and reserved garlic paste together in bowl. Spoon half of dressing over chicken and serve, passing remaining dressing separately.

Serves 4

Pozole #2


  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 lbs boneless Boston butt pork roast (or tenderloin)
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 (14-ounce) can low-salt beef broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt-added stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (7-ounce) can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans golden hominy, drained
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded Boston lettuce
  • 2/3 cup unsalted baked tortilla chips
  • 2/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2/3 cup thinly sliced radishes


  1. Combine 1 tsp salt, paprika, and pepper. Trim fat from pork. Cut pork into 2-inch pieces; trim any additional fat. Combine pork and paprika mixture, tossing well to coat.
  2. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove pork from pan. Add onion, carrot, bell pepper and garlic to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Return pork to pan; stir in water and next 7 ingredients (water through tomatoes).
  3. Remove 2 large chile and 2 1/2 tablespoons adobo sauce from can; reserve remaining chiles and sauce for another use. Remove seeds from chile; finely chop. Stir chile and adobo sauce into pork mixture. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours or until pork is tender. Remove pork from pan using a slotted spoon; place pork in a large bowl. Shred pork using 2 forks. Add tomato mixture to pork in bowl. Let cool to room temperature; cover and chill overnight.
  4. Skim solidified fat from surface of stew. Combine the stew, remaining 1/2 tsp salt, and hominy in a large Dutch oven, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Ladle stew into bowls. Top each with lettuce, chips, cilantro, and radishes.

From Chris and Britta and adapted from

Cacio e Pepe

aka Spaghetti with Pecorino Romano and Black Pepper
from Cook’s Illustrated, Jan & Feb 2010


  • 6 ounces Pecorino Romano, 4 ounces finely grated (about 2 cups) and 2 ounces finely grated (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • Table salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely ground black pepper


  1. Place finely grated Pecorino in medium bowl. Set colander in large bowl.
  2. Bring 2 quarts water to boil in large Dutch oven. Add pasta and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt; cook, stirring frequently until al dente (about 10 minutes).
  3. Drain pasta into colander set in bowl, reserving cooking water. Pour 1 1/2 cups cooking water into liquid measuring cup and discard remainder; return pasta to now empty bowl.
  4. Slowly whisk 1 cup reserved pasta cooking water into finely grated Pecorino until smooth. Whisk in cream, oil, and black pepper. Gradually pour cheese mixture over pasta, tossing to coat. Let pasta rest 1 to 2 minutes, tossing frequently, adjusting consistency with remaining 1/2 cup reserved pasta water. Serve, passing coarsely grated Pecorino separately.

Pad Thai Dan Dan



  • ½ palm sugar disc (about 1 oz)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. tamarind concentrate
  • Sriracha hot sauce

Pad Thai

  • ½ box pad thai noodles (about 7 oz)
  • ½ package extra firm tofu, squeezed of liquid and diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small shallot, chopped fine
  • 1 Tbsp salted radish, shredded
  • 4 green onions, sliced lengthwise then chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • ½ cup peanuts, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 recipe Pad Thai sauce
  • Vegetable oil
  • Lime
  • (optional ½ lb. of diced chicken or shrimp)


  1. In small saucepan, simmer water and palm sugar until dissolved. Add tamarind and fish sauce, and stir to combine. Add Sriracha to taste (about 2 Tbsp). Set aside.
  2. Fill large bowl with warm water and let noodles soak approximately 15 minutes.
  3. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in large non-stick pan over medium heat. Fry tofu until golden on all sides, set aside. Saute meat and set aside (if using). Wipe pan clean, add more oil if needed. Scramble eggs, set aside. Wipe pan clean.
  4. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil over med-high heat. Saute shallot and salted radish 2-3 minutes. Add drained noodles and combine. Pour in about ½ of the Pad Thai sauce and stir constantly to coat noodles thoroughly. Stir fry about 5 minutes, add more sauce if it starts to dry out too much.
  5. Add green onions, tofu, cooked meat, and eggs. Combine well for about 3-5 minutes, add more sauce if needed. Turn off heat, add bean sprouts, peanuts, and cilantro. Squeeze ½ of lime and serve.

Serves 2

Thai Sticks

1st place Winner! – Olympique 2013

Team Thai-Juan, representing Thailand and Mexico, took home Best Dish honors with this simple Thai street food staple. Basically, we wrapped some ground chicken and pork around lemongrass spears, threw em on the grill, and slapped on some peanut sauce before serving. Fire!


  • 1 ½ cups sliced shallots (about 10)
  • ½ cup shredded dried unsweetened coconut (can be toasted coconut found in supermarkets)
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced
  • 2 fresh Thai chiles, stemmed
  • 1 1-inch chunk fresh galangal,
  • sliced 2 Tbsps vegetable oil
  • 1 lb boneless chicken thighs with skin, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 16 whole fresh lemongrass stalks
  • 1 package Lobo Satay Mix (peanut sauce!)


  1. Grind first 7 ingredients in processor to coarse paste. Do not clean processor.
  2. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add paste to skillet; Saute paste about 5 minutes; transfer to large bowl and cool.
  3. Add chicken and salt to processor; grind coarsely. Add ground chicken and pork into paste in bowl.
  4. Clean lemongrass by removing outer layer(s), wash and remove the tips. Press ¼ cupful of meat mixture around thick portion of 1 lemongrass stalk in 4-inch-long sausage shape, leaving 1 inch of stalk end exposed. Repeat with remaining chicken mixture and stalks.
  5. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill until chicken is cooked through, turning often, about 8 minutes. Serve with warm peanut sauce.

Adapted from

Salmon Florentine


  • 2 packages (2 x 10 oz) frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 2 tsps. minced garlic
  • 5 sun­dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup part­skim ricotta
  • 4 skinless salmon fillets (6 oz each), rinsed and patted dry


  1. Heat oven to 350°. Squeeze spinach of excess liquid. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute more. Add spinach, tomatoes, salt, pepper flakes and pepper; cook, stirring, 2 minutes more.
  3. Remove from heat; let cool 15 minutes.
  4. Add ricotta; stir to combine. Add extra salt and pepper.
  5. Pile spinach mixture on top of fillets.
  6. Put fillets on a rimmed baking sheet or in a glass baking dish; bake until cooked through, 20-25 minutes.

Do it with Quinoa pilaf.


Pasta, Peppers and Sausage


  • 1 package fettuccine
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsps olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, sliced into 4 pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups (14 1/2 oz can) diced tomatoes in juice
  • grated parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 450˚. In 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish, toss peppers, onion and basil in olive oil and spread in even layer. Add sausage pieces.
  2. Bake 25 minutes, uncovered, stirring once or twice.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and juice and bake 10 more minutes.
  4. Cook pasta. Drain.
  5. Remove sausage, cut into thin slices, and return to pepper mixture.
  6. Combine pasta and pepper mixture, toss, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Braised Short Ribs #2

Short ribs cost a fortune around here, but hey, who’s better than you? YOLO!! This preparation is an L Stockton special, and is quite good.


  • 2 ½ lb. beef short ribs
  • 2-3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 3 cups beef stock


  1. Heat oven to 275°. Season ribs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in dutch oven. Sear ribs on all sides 1-2 minutes per side. Do in batches if necessary to avoid crowding. Set aside.
  2. Drain all but 1 ½ Tbsp oil. Add onion, celery, carrots, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, and rosemary; sauté 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add stock and wine. Return ribs back to pot. Liquid should come at least halfway up side of ribs. Bring to a boil.
  4. Cover, place in oven and bake for 3 hours, flipping ribs halfway through to ensure an even braise.