Pasta Nests with Pan Seared Shrimp – Entertaining with Pizzazz

With the holidays rapidly approaching it's not too early to start thinking about dishes to make your holiday gatherings more delicious!  Everyone of us becomes an event planner when the holiday season starts and whether its a cocktail party, dinner or even a brunch, my Pasta Nests with Shrimp will leave a lasting impression. Let's start by … [Read more...]

Thai Inspired Chicken Tenders with a Pineapple-Mango Chili Sauce

Have you ever made something that was so delicious you even surprised yourself?  Well that was the case with my Thai Inspired Chicken Tenders and that oh so tasty Pineapple-Mango Chili Sauce! I was recently asked by the J.M. Smucker Company for a chef's perspective on their new product Jif Peanut Powder.  I immediately started thinking how I … [Read more...]

How to Make Skillet Jambalaya

If you want to excite your tastebuds and put some life into that tired old weeknight dinner routine everyone seems to fall into, try my Skillet Jambalaya.   A world of flavors awaits you and it's not that hard to make that journey, simply by taking that path a little bit outside of your flavor comfort zone. What awaits you is a whole new world … [Read more...]

Classic Chicken Salad

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine. Hi I'm chef Dennis and I'm a recovering chef.......sigh   Sometimes I feel like I need to start all of my conversations that way, but when I stop and think about it a recovering chef would not be a good description....there is no recovery for … [Read more...]

I Love my Spiralizer – Zoodles, Toodles and Boodles

I recently fell in love with one of my new kitchen tools, my Spiralizer.   I have to admit it wasn't love at first sight, it was a relationship that was six months in the making. I purchased my spiralizer via Amazon Prime over six months ago, unboxed it, took it apart and then put on a shelf in my pantry.   Over the last six months I'd catch the … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Wild Boar and Pulled Pork Sliders

Over the course of the last year, I've done my best to eat healthier.  That means reading labels and switching over some of the foods I've been eating all my life to healthier versions.   This was one of the reasons I started talking with the owner of Texas Natural Meats about their Wild Boar and Bison. There's a lot of confusion over labeling, … [Read more...]

How to Make Chicken Primavera Aioli

One of the easiest, healthiest Restaurant Style dishes you can make at home is my Chicken Primavera Aioli.    You can easily change up the ingredients depending upon what you have on hand and serve this delicious saute dish over your favorite pasta or grain. Let's start by gathering our ingredients aka Mise en Place. This shows you … [Read more...]

Red Snapper en Papillote

I had a request from one of my friends to make poisson en papillote  aka fish cooked in a parchment paper. It's been ages since I've cooked fish using this method and I've never made this type of dish for Lisa so I thought it would be fun to revive this healthy and delicious style of cooking in our home.   Looking at the fish I had on hand I … [Read more...]

Have your cake and eat it too with Duncan Hines “Everyday Celebrations” Mini Cakes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duncan Hines. All opinions are 100% mine. When I was first contacted by Duncan Hines to try their new Everyday Celebrations Mini Cakes, I had my doubts.  I mean after all I'm a chef and a food blogger, we make our cakes from scratch......right? Well truth be told there isn't always time … [Read more...]

Pan Seared Halibut with a Garlic Crab Topping

Halibut has become one of my new favorite seafood options because of its flavor and texture.  Halibut is a lean fish with mild, sweet tasting white flesh, large flakes and a firm but tender texture.  Because of its leanness halibut becomes dried-out if overcooked, so make sure not to let this gorgeous fish dry out. I recently posted an image my … [Read more...]