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Main Course Recipes

Meat is the centerpiece of most American meals. Whether it is beef, pork, poultry, or fish, I'll show you some gourmet recipes to highlight their best qualities and provide tips on choosing the right product for your dish. For those who abstain from meat or just for a change of pace, I'll provide you with some wonderful recipes that are vegetarian.
  1. Breakfast Recipes (26)
  2. Pasta Recipes (2)

Beef Cheek Braised with Vegetables
This is an amazing dish to serve for the family or special guests. The braised beef is very tender and will almost melt in your mouth. The recipe calls for what seems to be a large amount of beef but the cheeks will shrink by about half during braising.

Confit of Duck with Lemon Pasta
Succulent, delicious duck confit is a magical thing. Confit is a little time consuming but it's quite simple to make and most of the time is in the oven. Here we have a very tasty gourmet dish of duck confit with pasta and fresh lemon - very rich and flavorful!

Emmy Awards Beef Filet Mignon
This recipe for beef filet mignon was served at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Governor's Ball by celebrity chef Joachim Splichal of Patina Restaurant Group. The dish was served with a 2009 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Plank Grilled Pork Chops with Apples and Sage
Cooking on a wood plank over a hot fire creates a wonderfully smoked wood flavor without the trouble of building your own smoke house! The wood also protects the meat from getting charred by the flames. The recipe uses the classic combination of pork, apples, and sage. The smokey flavor from the wood adds a very delicious flavor dimension. Finally, more apple flavor is added with a hard apple cider reduction. Simple to make, this gourmet dinner is flavor packed!

Top Ten Gourmet Chicken Recipes
Chicken seems to be everybody's most popular ingredient for dinner. It is certainly the most versatile meat you can use in cooking, taking on the flavor of whatever you add to your dish. Here are ten of the most popular gourmet chicken recipes. Sautéed, roasted, or fried - you will find delicious dishes from regional America and around the world.

Gingery Braised Duck Legs
This is wonderfully comforting stew that combines the fatty, meatiness of the duck with a bold dash of ginger. Braising leaves the duck meat moist and succulent. Serve this gourmet dish over egg noodles or Jasmine rice.

Roast Tenderloin, Mushroom Risotto Fries and Parsnip Creamed Spinach
This is the entree guests will be enjoying at the 64th Emmy Awards Governors Ball in Los Angeles. Created by celebrity chef Joachim Splichal and his team at Patina Catering, the dish is elegant but simple enough to be made at home. Really nice beef tenderloin is seared and roasted, and then served with mushroom risotto fries, creamed spinach...

Grilled Clams and Chorizo
This a wonderfully tasty Latin dish that is quick and fun to make! Shellfish cooks very quickly on the grill and you know the clams are done as soon as the shells open. Easy! Delicious fresh clams and spicy chorizo sausage are added here to a nice smoked paprika and butter sauce. Clams are used in this recipe, but you could also use mussels or shrimp.

Asparagus and Green Pea Risotto with Fresh Herb Tarka
This recipe is a wonderful combination of Italian and Indian cooking. You start with a nice tarka, which is a flavored oil used in India that you create by frying fresh herbs. You add this to a traditional risotto made with Parmigiano-Reggiano and fresh spring asparagus and green peas. Great depth of flavor is found in this incredible dish!

Restaurant Bolo Burger
This amazingly tasty burger comes off the menu of Bobby Flay's Spanish-inspired restaurant Bolo (now closed). This upscale burger features premium Spanish ingredients such as Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, and piquillo peppers. The homemade smokey aioli adds a richness and complexity to the burger but is very easy to make.

Chinois Lamb Chops with Cilantro Mint Vinaigrette
The marinade and sauce in this recipe has a very Asian flair with scallions, chili flakes, peanut oil and rice wine vinegar. It adds a very nice flavor to the meat. A crisp salad dressed with cilantro mint vinaigrette adds a nice balance to the lamb.

Tumeric Chicken with Sumac and Lime recipe
This very simple chicken dish is packed with great exotic flavor. Persian in origin, chicken thighs are braised with turmeric and sumac. Chicken thighs are suggested because they have more flavor but breasts would work just fine. Serve on rice or quinoa.

Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches with Winter Herb Pistou
Pistou is the French version of pesto - crushed garlic with a blend of herbs, in this case sage, thyme, rosemary, and parsley. Not surprisingly, it tastes absolutely wonderful with melted cheese!

Porchetta
Porchetta is a wonderful Italian invention of a rolled roasted ham with herbs and spices and tons of flavor! Porchetta is incredible sliced up and served as sandwiches (a common street food in Italy) or served as a main course at dinner with a side of bitter greens such as arugula or dandelion greens.

Spaghetti with Shrimp and Tomato Passatina
Spaghetti with tomato sauce is a classic Italian-American dish that everyone loves. This version is more authentic Italian and is based on a meal cooked often by the fishermen of northeastern Italy. The wonderful flavor comes from shrimp cooked with the shell on and a little white wine. The shrimp are later ground up with a food mill to form a...

Barley & Vegetable Pot Pie
Pot Pie is a favorite classic dish. This vegetarian version contains a hearty mix of mushrooms, barley, and white beans that is rich and satisfying. Phyllo dough is used for the crust to save time but the result is a delightfully crisp and flaky crust everyone will enjoy.

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Grilling a Whole Lobster
Lobster is a culinary delight that many cooks enjoy but are afraid to cook at home. This is a simple method for preparing lobster - boiled very briefly, cut in half, then finished on a hot grill - that results in delicious seafood cooked right every time. Served with melted butter, it's absolute heaven.

10 Steps to a Traditional Clambake
An old-fashioned clambake on the beach is an event that shouldn't be missed. An American tradition, the clambake date back hundreds of years to when the first European settlers learned the practice of cooking food in a pit of hot rocks from the Native Americans. The tradition is still popular today and is often a grand celebration.

Slow-Roasted Pork Sandwich with Red Cabbage, Jalapeños, and Mustard
Pork shoulder is slow roasted and sliced thin in this recipe for a very tender and flavorful helping of meat. A red cabbage slaw made with red wine vinegar and olive oil tops the pork. Dijon mustard and fresh jalapenos finish off this succulent sandwich served on chewy ciabatta bread.

Salmon Burgers with Hoisin Barbecue Sauce and Pickled Ginger and Napa Slaw
These delicious Asian-inspired salmon burgers are sure to impress your dinner guests. Fresh salmon is smothered in an amazing hoisin barbecue sauce and topped with a helping of freshly made slaw and pickled ginger.

Crispy Pork Belly with Caramel Vinegar

Oven Braised Beef Short Ribs
Braised in a very flavorful marinade of soy sauce and red wine, these beef short ribs are rich and succulent - the meat is tender, falling off the bone. Serve on a bed of polenta or rice.

Chicken Paillards with Pancetta and Sage
Fresh sage and delicious pancetta create a wonderfully flavorful chicken dish perfect for a family dinner or casual meal with friends. The chicken is pan fried and finished with a very nice butter wine sauce. Add a mixed salad and crusty bread for the complete dining experience.

Poached Long Island Duck Breasts with Farro
Traditionally, duck is prepared by poaching it in the fat that comes with it. Here, Chef Seamus Mullen has a rather unorthodox method of poaching the duck in olive oil. The duck comes out moist and delicious while retaining a nice rosy color in the duck meat. Farro is a grain (related to wheat) very popular in Europe, especially Italy.

Salt and Herb-Crusted Prime Rib with Red Wine Sauce
Prime Rib is a very delicious and tender cut of meat. Select a prime rib roast that has a lot of marbling, which is the visible fat running throughout the meat. The more marbling there is in the meat the more moist and flavorful it will be when cooked.

Traditional Roast Goose for Christmas
Serving roast goose on Christmas Eve in France is a tradition that dates back centuries. Goose is still served at the family table today in America and across Europe. Here is a simple method that leaves the skin golden and crisp while the meat is tender and moist. This is a two day process as the duck must be refrigerated overnight for the...

Momma Rochelle’s Stuffed Quail Gumbo
French meets Cajun in this beautiful rendition of a Southern classic. Bacon and andouille sausage are sauteed together with rice and vegetables for the perfect Cajun stuffing. The duck or chicken stock should be very rich to have a good depth of flavor.

Clam Risotto with Lemon
This is the perfect meal for a cold day, fresh and simple. Because of the brininess of the clams, you don't need much salt. Cheese is definitely a no-no but a little butter at the finish adds the proper amount of richness. Serve with your favorite crusty bread.

Fried Green Tomato and Grilled Portobello Sandwich
Here's a wonderful Southern sandwich, deeply flavored and just down right delicious: Fried green tomatoes, grilled portobellos, herbs and goat cheese on crusty sourdough bread.

Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella, and Zucchini Pie
This delicious savory pie is bursting with flavor. Fresh cherry tomatoes, Parmesan and fresh mozzarella, zucchini and basil make this dish a delightful summer treat for your guests. The crust is nothing fancy but laid in rustic style like a galette.

Spanish-Style Grilled Cheese with Smoky Paprika Roasted Pepper & Tomato Topping
Manchego cheese, Serrano ham, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, garlic and parsley grilled between thick slices of French bread make this one incredibly tasty sandwich.

Racks of American Lamb with Fig Vinaigrette and Herbed Yukon Gold Mashers
Here is a very delicious rack of lamb recipe, grilled with a sweet and sour vinaigrette of black mission figs and balsamic vinegar. Rosemary mashed Yukon potatoes make a nice complementary side.

Grilled Mozzarella Sandwich with Crispy Prosciutto and Broccoli Rabe
Broccoli Rabe (also called rapini) is a bitter green common in Italian cooking. This delicious grilled cheese sandwich recipe definitely has an Italian flavor to it with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and broccoli rabe all melted together and piled high on, of course, Italian bread.

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Grilled Country Pork Chops with Bourbon-Basted Grilled Peaches Recipe
Here is a wonderful summertime recipes for grilling juicy flavorful pork chops that have been brined overnight and served with grilled fresh peaches. Grilling the peaches brings out the flavor by caramelizing the natural sugar. Baste them with butter, honey, and bourbon as they grill to make them shiny and even more flavorful.

Fusilli Pasta with Artichokes
Here is a delicious Italian recipe for an artichoke pasta dish. Fresh artichoke is combined with mushrooms, white wine, tomato paste, garlic and herbs for a wonderfully aromatic and tasty sauce.

Pasta Shells with Sardinian Artichokes
This simple Italian recipe for a delicious pasta dish uses fresh artichokes sliced thinly and sauteed with garlic and parsley. The aroma is heavenly and it tastes even better.

Spicy Tomato and Lobster Linguine
This is a very simple recipe for using lobster in a pasta dish. Very delicious, your guests will never know how easy it is to make.

Chicken Salad on Croissant
Chicken salad is classic and there are a multitude of creative ways to make it. I love this version for its depth of flavor from the spices used and all the tasty things stuffed inside: pumpkin seeds, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, orange zest and coriander to name a few.

Chicken al Pimentos
This delicious Sicilian-style roast chicken recipe comes from Chef Bill Rosenberg of Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar in Connecticut.

Orange & Maple Roasted Turkey
Here is a simple recipe for roast turkey that creates a flavorful and moist turkey using oranges, maple syrup and lots of herbs. Brining the turkey is an important step in creating a really moist turkey.

Lolly’s Roast Chicken with Sage Stuffing
Here is a delicious recipe for roast chicken that is perfect for a family dinner or add a side of cranberry sauce and you have a great holiday meal.

Asparagus and Scampi Risotto
A wonderful and creamy rice dish that works wells as a main course or as an appetizer, it's equally tasty with just scampi or just asparagus.

Semolina Gnocchi with Roasted Peppered Pears, Gorgonzola and Prosciutto
Here is a delicious and visually stunning dish that works well as a salad or as the main course. Roasted pears with baked gnocchi, gorgonzola cheese and prosciutto create a very hearty and flavorful meal.

Rigatoni with Meatballs (Rigatoni con Polpettine)
Pasta and meatballs are classic comfort food. Here is a great recipe for rigatoni pasta with meatballs that has a wonderful meaty flavor and lots of herbs. The rigatoni, which is larger than penne pasta, really stands up to the heartiness of meatballs.

Grilled Chicken Tacos al Carbón with Fresh Orange Salsita
The name al carbón means “cooking over coals” and refers to the charred surface of the meat derived from the grilling process. The wonderfully refreshing orange and pepper salsa goes great with the grilled chicken.

Pizza Margherita
Classic Margherita-style pizza is the most basic of all pizzas but so delicious is you use good ingredients: a nice olive oil, ripe juicy tomatoes, good mozzarella cheese and fresh basil.

Heirloom Tomato Flat Bread
This is a beautiful way to use those tasty ripe heirloom tomatoes of summer. Fried garlic, basil oil and some good cheese make this a delicious first course or light lunch. This recipe comes from Bungalow 44 Restaurant in California.

Slaughterhouse Five Ribs
This delicious rib recipe is done in Kansas City barbecue style and comes from our friends at Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue and Catering (3002 West 47th Street, Kansas City, KS).

Matt's Famous Austin-style Chalupas
Very simple to make, these chalupas are wonderful comfort food. Homemade refried beans are the best but canned will work fine if you're in a hurry. Once you have all the ingredients assembled, making these are quick and easy. Perfect for a party or family dinner.

Herb Roasted Pheasant with Wild Rice Stuffing - 2009 Inaugural Luncheon
The tradition of the Inauguration Luncheon dates back at least a century. Approximately 200 guests including President Obama, Vice President Biden, their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership will attend the event in Statuary Hall. The menu by Design Cuisine is based on favorites of President Abraham Lincoln.

Duck Breast with Cherry Chutney - Recipes from the 2009 Inaugural Luncheon
The tradition of the Inauguration Luncheon dates back at least a century. Approximately 200 guests including President Obama, Vice President Biden, their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership will attend the event in Statuary Hall. The menu by Design Cuisine is based on favorites of President Abraham Lincoln.

Citrus-Rubbed Roast Goose with Baked Gingery Apples in Calvados
Here's an easy method of cooking goose that creates a flavorful result. Calvados is a wonderful apple brandy from France. If you can't find calvados, there are several varieties of apple brandy made in the U.S. that are very nice.

Cilantro Chicken with Avocado and Pickled Tomato Salsa
Here's a delicious chicken recipe with an abundance of southwestern spices. Created by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Border Grill (Santa Monica).

Roast Goose with Pomegranate Glaze
Fruits (pomegranates, quince, plums, oranges) and herbs gives this recipe for roast goose a nice complex flavor perfect for holiday entertaining.

Southwestern Rubbed Pork Chops with Grilled Peach and Chipotle Salsa
Pork chops can be a bit boring so I've spiced them up a bit here. The spiciness is balanced well with the sweetness of the fresh peaches. I prefer to grill pork chops so they don't dry out.

Tequila Marinated Mahi Mahi with Avocado-Tomatillo Sauce and Grilled Tomatoes
Mahi Mahi is a wonderful fish for grilling. It has a nice meaty texture and great flavor. This recipe uses some traditional Latin ingredients (tequila, lime, avocado, tomatillo, coriander, chilis) that combine with the Mahi Mahi for excellent results.

Spaghetti with Fresh Spinach and Gorgonzola
Spinach and Gorgonzola make a perfect combination. A bit of pasta and you have a delicious meal.

Penne Pasta with Fresh Artichokes
Fresh artichokes in season are wonderful prepared as simply as possible. A little garlic and butter, a splash of lemon, some onions and you're all set. Add some pasta and you have a meal.

Ratatouille with Summer Herbs
This is a simple recipe that uses lots of summer vegetables and fresh herbs. This aromatic dish works wonderfully as a first course or as a light entree.

Cornish Game Hens with "Pickled" Figs and Prosciutto
Here is a very elegant and stylish recipe for Cornish game hen created by former John Ash & Co. Chef Jeffrey Madura.

Gypsy Peppers Stuffed with Frommage Blanc
This wonderful stuffed pepper recipe comes from Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. This recipe calls for Gypsy peppers (also called bull's horn peppers) but any frying pepper will work.

Shrimp with Nectarine and Chili Sauce
Here's an easy way to prepare shrimp that is popping with flavor. Sweet juicy nectarines and spicy serrano chilis make a wonderful combination that pairs very well with shrimp.

Miso-Glazed Cod with Charred Red Onions, Nectarine and Radish Salad
There are a lot of ingredients to this cod dish but it is beautifully simple to prepare. Fresh, juicy nectarines complement the grilled fish wonderfully. Created by by Chef Adam Perry Lang of Daisy May's BBQ in New York City.

Chilled Seafood Salad
Here's a wonder seafood dish served cold with shrimp, mussels, calamari, and scallops. This recipe was created by Executive Chef Henry Salgado of the Spanish River Grill, New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Filet Mangrove Snapper with Sambuca, Fennel and Kalamata Olives
This recipe was created by Miami chef Giancarla Bodoni of Escopazzo, an organic Italian restaurant.

Bing Cherry Chicken Salad with Toasted Pecans
Here's a wonderful fruit-packed version of chicken salad from Marjorie Druker, chef and co-owner of the New England Soup Factory located in the Boston area.

Grilled Asparagus and Lamb Kabobs with Mustard Aioli
Here's a fairly simple dish that brings together two of spring's best ingredients: lamb and asparagus. Lamb and asparagus both cook quickly on the grill. Watch them closely so you don't overcook them. Lamb is best served medium rare.

Carbonara with Green Asparagus and Pancetta
This is a wonderfully rich and tasty dish that works well as a main course. It also pairs beautifully as a side dish with meat dishes.

Spicy Ziti with Olives and Capers
Recipe for a spicy vegetarian pasta dish.

Clam, Pork, Sausage, and Bacon Stew
A number of traditional Portuguese dishes are based on the unlikely, but flavorful, combination of pork and shellfish. This variation on ameijoas na cataplana, the classic clam and pork stew, calls for three types of pork: fresh pork cubes, spicy sausage, and bacon.

Late Autumn Vegetable Casserole
Here is a wonderful comfort food recipe. Fall vegetables have never tasted so good.

Eggplant, Sausage, and Ziti Casserole
Comfort food at its best, an Italian dish from our friend Emeril with hearty sausage and pasta and lots of cheese. Yum.

Guinea Hen with Raspberries
"The guinea hen is a West African relative of the chicken and partridge, originally from Guinea. It has a gamey taste and can dry out easily because it has little fat. Cooking the bird in a covered pot and adding fat solves that problem, and raspberries match its stronger flavor. The raspberries inside the bird will tint the bird's juices red: don't let this fool you into thinking that it needs more cooking." - author's note.

Bay Scallops with Mushrooms, Peppers, and Grilled Italian Sausage
I've always loved the lusty combination of scallops, peppers, and Italian sausage. In this dish we use tiny, succulent Nantucket Bay scallops and sometimes present them as a first course served in a scallop shell. If bay scallops are unobtainable, larger sea scallops may be substituted.

Chicken Milanese
"Crunchy breaded chicken hidden under a mountain of tart salad is just the kind of thing I want to eat on a warm summer night. Perhaps you agree. These don't take long to make, but if you have some extra time, make extra chicken breasts so you'll have them in the refrigerator for sandwiches. If you don't have summer tomatoes, skip the tomatoes altogether. You want flavor." -Roy Finamore

Oven Roasted Pork Chops with Sweet Shallot and Pama Sauce Recipe
This delightful recipe using PAMA pomegranate liqueur was created by Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli of Butter Restaurant in New York City.

Pan-seared King Salmon with Blood Orange Vinaigrette
"King salmon has a lovely rose color and a high fat content, making its flavor very rich and sweet. The acidic vinaigrette offsets the sweetness perfectly, and the colors are an absolute symphony on the plate. Tomato- Basil Vinaigrette is another great sauce for this salmon."

Beef Filet Mignon and Red Wine Braised Short Rib, Cippollini Onions, Marrow Flan
This recipe was created by Los Angeles celebrity chef Joachim Splichal (Patina Restaurant) for the 59th Annual Emmy Awards Governors Ball.

Grilled Fish with Nectarine Mint Salsa
Here's a great recipe for fish that is healthy yet full of flavor.

Barbecued Pork Shoulder With Grilled Peaches
I love the flavor of fresh peaches with pork. This recipe seems a little complicated with all the ingredients but its really not too bad once you have everything assembled. The long cooking time is typical of most pulled pork recipes and results in wonderfully tender and moist dish. This great dish was created by Chef Adam Perry Lang of Daisy May's BBQ in New York City.

Cherry Mustard Chicken
Here is a very simple recipe for jazzing up chicken. Fresh cherries match wonderfully with chicken. Serve with rice and salad for a complete dinner. Leftovers make for a nice cherry chicken sandwich or chop up the chicken and add to a salad.

Chicken Breast with Fennel & Tomatoes
Here's a refreshing way to serve chicken. Fresh summer tomatoes, fennel, olives, and feta cheese give this lively dish a definite Mediterranean flavor.

Roast Cornish Hen with Sauteed Blueberries and Garlic
Here's a beautiful dish using fresh blueberries created by Cory Schreiber, chef of one of my favorite restaurants, Wildwood in Portland, Oregon. Don't be afraid to try this one. Despite the upscale look of this dish, it's actually quite simple to make.

Thai Curried Chicken with Peaches
If you like Thai food, you'll love this recipe. Here's a wonderful recipe for chicken with an authentic Thai curry flavor. The spiciness is balanced nicely by sweet peaches.

Green Chili Bread Pudding with Avocado Salsa
Here's a delicious recipe for bread pudding with a Mexican twist. Mildly spicy green chilies, spices, and lots of cheese go into this bread pudding that balances nicely with the fresh tasting avocado salsa. Recipe provided courtesy of the California Milk Advisory Board.

Tom Douglas's Crab Cake BLT Sandwiches
This delightful recipe comes from Seattle celebrity chef Tom Douglas . Chef Douglas' restaurants include Lola , dahlia lounge , Etta's , and The Palace Kitchen.

Rack Of Lamb With Mustard & Herb Crust On Sautéed Vegetables
Who knows more about cooking lamb than the Irish? Here's a wonderful recipe for roasted lamb from Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo. Ashford Castle is one of the most luxurious castle-hotels in Ireland.

Recipe courtesy Tauck World of Discovery.

Creamy Risotto with Pan-seared Scallops, Andouille Sausage, and Wild Mushrooms
Risotto is a wonderful method of cooking rice. By constantly stirring and adding liquid little by little, the arborio rice finishes with a nice creamy consistency. This recipes adds a trio of scallops, spicy sausage, and earthy mushrooms along with some fresh herbs that creates a delightfully tasty and aromatic dish. This is comfort food at its best!

Raspberry-Chile Glazed Chicken Roulade
These Roulades are simple, elegant and tasty with a striking presentation. They reflect a contemporary Southwestern approach to classic flavors. From Daniel Hoyer's Fiesta on the Grill.

Spicy Green Tea-Rubbed Grilled Salmon
Recipe reprinted with permission from GREEN TEA: 50 HOT DRINKS, COOL QUENCHERS, AND SWEET AND SAVORY TREATS (Harvard Common Press, 2006).

Garlicky Chicken Kebabs
Here is a delicious chicken recipe perfect for summer grilling. And if the weather isn't so great, it also works great under a broiler. Lots of Middle Eastern flavor with roasted garlic, coriander, and cumin. Works great for an appetizer or as an entree with some flatbread and a salad.

Hickory Smoked Pork Shoulder with Carolina Barbecue Sauce
Nothing says southern cooking like slow-cooked pork and Carolina BBQ sauce.

Lamb Adovada with Chipotle Chile Sauce & Carmelized Corn
Here is wonderful recipe from the new cookbook from the Sante Fe School of Cooking. "Guests at the school are surprised how much they like this lamb and confess to enjoying more lamb since their discovery. It works well for a dinner party because it is elegant, but you can rub on the lamb in the morning and there isn't a lot of last-minute preparation." - from Southwest Flavors by Susan Curtis and Nicole Curtis Ammerman.

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Leg of Lamb with Orange & Basil Salsa
This recipe for grilled lamb is a wonderfully aromatic and flavorful dish. The mild spiciness of the lamb pairs very well with the fruitiness of the orange & basil salsa. Most recipes for grilled leg lamb call for deboning the leg beforehand. I find that you lose a lot of flavor this way and it is much better to grill the leg as is, removing the meat afterwards.

Chile-Seared Salmon with Sweet Pear Pineapple Salsa
"Chiles love salmon - they add just the right accent to flavor the salmon to its greatest dimension. Fruity salsas, spiked with chiles, adds just the right complement." Jane Butel from her cookbook Real Women Love Chiles.

Aztec Style Pork Chops from Jane Butel's Real Women Eat Chiles
You’ve got to give the Aztecs credit for chipotles – they are the spicy, subtly smoky red jalapenos that give this recipe a super punch. The honey and cinnamon pair beautifully with the pork and serve to make for a lacquered brown on the outside of the chops. You are set here with spice for a very healthy entrée. I like these served with spiced steamed spinach and whipped sweet potatoes – special enough for company.

White Lasagna with Chicken, Artichokes, and Mushrooms
Tired of the same old lasagna? Try this wonderful white lasagna with chicken, artichokes, mushrooms, and an herbed white sauce. It's very earthy with a creamy texture and a hint of sweetness.

Chicken with Prosciutto and Gruyere Cheese with Apple-Pomegranate Relish
A Swedish favorite, falukorv is a lightly smoked, thick (two to three inches in diameter), boiled sausage, similar to ring bologna. This chicken recipe uses cheese, mustard, and apples to re-create the flavors of this classic sausage dish.

Michael Chiarello's Pea-And-Potato Ravioloni with Sage Brown Butter
Tender peas are typically the first spring vegetable to appear in Northern California. As much as we locals would like winter to be over, when peas arrive, we are still in a shoulder season between winter and spring. By pairing a winter-satisfying potato with the first kiss of spring, you and your guests will be able to celebrate both. - Michael Chiarello

Persian Chicken with Pomegranates, Pine Nuts, and Grapefruit Yogurt
This recipe is loosely based on the traditional Persian dish, Faisinjan. Classically made with duck or wild birds, this recipe uses the more available chicken. Pomegranates, pine nuts, and yogurt are all Middle Eastern staples whose flavors marry very well in this dish.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Apple Chutney
Sometimes you just need good old comfort food. Pulled pork takes a long time to cook, but it's well worth the wait. Juicy, tender pork melts in your mouth. Rich, tangy barbecue sauce and spicy apple chutney create a wonderful taste sensation. Messy, fatty, and rich. Good stuff!

Cornbread Crusted Pork Chops with Spicy Peach & Corn Salsa
Don't throw away that leftover cornbread! Cornbread makes an excellent coating for meats. It has an earthy sweetness and crunchiness that is just sublime when fried. Freshly made cornbread is also suitable for this recipe. Peach and corn salsa make a wonderful accompaniment to this recipe for cornbread crusted pork chops. A variety of textures and flavors make this a true delight.

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chicken
Here is a delightful recipe for roasted chicken that pairs the sweetness of ripe tomatoes and brown sugar with the smoky spiciness of chilies and jalapenos. It's also low fat. What could be better?

Blackened Salmon with Chipotle Squash Puree and Mang
A little spicy, a little sweet, this recipe combines some of my fall favorites. Fresh and earthy butternut squash pairs perfectly with salmon. Sweet, tangy mangos cut through the smoky, spicy chipotles to create a dish that is exciting and challenging yet well-balanced.

Susanna Foo's Roasted Five-Spice Pork Tenderloin
"Jalapeno peppers, coriander seeds, and five-spice powder give this marinade a lively fragrant note. It penetrates the meat, contributing character and a bold, sweet-tangy flavor. If I have fresh coriander seeds on hand, I use them in place of dried. Serve with Pickled Napa Cabbage or Cranberry-Ginger Relish." - Susanna Foo

Butternut Squash and Pear Ravioli with Rosemary Sauce
Ravioli doesn't have to be boring kid stuff. Try this wonderful combination of earthy and sweet flavors. It's sure to change your opinion of ravioli.

Herb Crusted Lamb Chops with Creamy Morel Potatoes
A wonderful lamb recipes that combines the brightness of fresh herbs with earthy morel mushrooms.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Broiled Peaches
Both tangy and sweet, here is a chicken dish that is sure to please.

Farmhouse Shrimp and Scallops with Pernod Cream Sauce
A rich and earthy dish with complex flavors, seafood and the farm combine here for a heavenly match.

Roasted Chicken with Mango Glaze
Succulent roasted chicken combines with fresh mangoes to create a Carribbean style dish in this easy to make recipe.

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Corn Soufflé with Red Pepper Sauce
A wonderful savory soufflé, this aromatic dish uses two kinds of corn (fresh corn and cornmeal) and fresh basil for the perfect main course of a light summer meal.

Sea Bass Fillets with Tomatoes and Roasted Red Pepper and Almond Sauce
This Spanish recipe starts by sautéing on the stove-top with a cazuela or ovenproof skillet then popping everything into the oven once the fish is added to finish. The fish is served with a red pepper and almond sauce, an adaptation of the Spanish romesco. If you don't have sea bass, you can substitute another firm-fleshed white fish.

Sopressata Sandwich with Magical Mezzetta Pepper Sauce and Fried Egg
Here is the winning sandwich recipe from Iron Chef Michael Symon that he created for Mezzetta's Celebrity Make That Sandwich Contest. Michael's...

Restaurant Aquavit New York’s Swedish Meatballs
This simple but beautiful recipe for Swedish meatballs comes from legendary Restaurant Aquavit in New York. Founded by Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised Chef Marcus Samuelsson, the Scandanavian cuisine of Restaurant Aquavit has garnered acclaim and numerous awards including three stars from the New York Times.

Champagne Poached Alaska Salmon
Champagne, fresh tarragon, capers, lime juice and red onion make for a delicious poaching liquid. Lightly cooked, the salmon is moist and flavorful.

Seared Beef with Smoked Tomato Drizzle
Cooked in a cast iron skillet on a hot charcoal grill, this is the Western version of beef carpaccio. The beef gets a delicious char on the outside but is still very rare on the inside. Served chilled and paper-thin on a bed of fresh baby arugula.

Alder-Planked Alaskan King Salmon with Oregon Pinot Noir Morel Sauce
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Seared Lamb Loin with Chickpea Puree and Parsley Finishing Oil
White House Chef Comerford's cooking often incorporates the traditions of her native Philippines. This dish of lamb uses tahini paste and chickpeas, fresh mint and parsley, citrus, and harissa.

Chicken with Ramps and Morels
Here's a deliciously simple chicken recipe using wild foods of spring; morels and ramps. If you have some fresh fiddlehead ferns available, go ahead and add them to the dish. They will complement it very well.

Moroccan Spiced Cornish Hens Over Roast Vegetables
Lots of vegetables, fresh herbs and, of course, spices make this a very flavorful meal.

Roasted Red Pepper, Goat Cheese and Baby Arugula Paninis
Love goat cheese? This is a delicious panini sandwich recipe with lots of goat cheese, baby arugula, roasted red bell peppers, peperoncini, and Calamata olives sandwiched between slices of your favorite artisan bread.

Fig Relish and Ham Sandwiches (Paninis)
Create this amazing grilled ham and cheese any way you want but try this first with homemade fig relish, thinly sliced prosciutto, Toma cheese, fresh herbs on really good bread.

Filet Mignon Sandwich with a Chimichurri Sauce and Goat Cheese
A very delicious take on the steak sandwich - tender grilled Filet Mignon with Chimichurri sauce (a variant of green sauce), goat cheese and roasted sweet red bell peppers on Ciabatta bread.

Pissaladière
A common Niçoise street food, the name Pissaladière is derived from the word pissala, French for anchovy paste. This pizza-like treat is simply delicious with anchovies, sauteed onions, Niçoise olives and herbs.

Tyler Florence's Chicken Enchilada
Here is a delicious recipe for chicken enchiladas - full of delicious herbs and spices and lots of lots of cheese.

Sweet Vidalia Onion Muffaletta Sandwich
The muffaletta sandwich has its origin in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This amazing sandwich consists of layers of salami and other meats, cheeses such as Swiss or provolone, and topped with a chopped olive relish. In this recipe, we've added a good amount of Vidalia onion for a nice twist.

Pork Belly Sandwiches
This sandwich is a play on the classic BLT. Pork Belly is substituted for the bacon. Slow roasting is a long process but the result is meat with some incredible flavor! Fresh peaches can be added to this sandwich if you really want to push it over the top!

Squid Pad Thai
Chef Ludo Lefebvre (L.A. Ludobites Restaurants) loves to decontruct a dish, analyze the ingredients, and reimagine the dish again with his unique culinary genius. A favorite of Ludo's is the Vietnamese dish, Pad Thai. Here's the twist - Ludo substitutes the noodles with thin strips of squid. This dish is a bit time consuming, but the resulting is fantastic!

Guacamole Tortilla Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Guacamole and fresh tomatoes make for a very flavorful twist on grilled cheese. This is a really delicious sandwich for game day or to just enjoy with family or friends. This sandwich uses three types of cheese: Colby, Monterey Jack and Goat. Tortilla chip butter is used on the outside for a nice crunch and extra flavor.

Ethiopian-Spiced Duck Breast with Beet Chutney, Foie Gras, Watercress, and Fig
This is the ultimate fusion duck recipe! Ethiopian, Japanese, Jamaican, French - certainly not what first appear to be complementing flavors. But it works here, and its complexity is delicious! There's lots of ingredients here but once you have everything gathered, the dish is quite simple to put together.

Peppercorn-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Potato-Apple Gratin, Brussels Sprouts, and Demi-Glace
This beautiful rack of lamb is wonderfully presented on the plate with an incredible fragrance that will definitely wow your dinner guests. There are many components to this dish but the actual cooking process is quite simple. The flavors of the potato-apple gratin and Brussels sprouts pair very nicely with the roasted lamb.

Sausage and Butternut Squash Lasagna
This hearty and delicious lasagna contains many of the classic ingredients - noodles, ricotta, Parmesan, tomato sauce - but includes butternut squash and parsnips which adds a wonderful flavor to the overall dish.

Baked Stuffed Lobster
If you love seafood, then this is the dish for you! Whole lobster, split and stuffed with a delicious mix of shrimp, scallops, and crab with fresh herbs and corn bread. Absolutely fantastic and perfect to serve at any special occasion or get together.

Top 10 Irish Recipes for St. Patrick's Day
Looking for something delicious for your St. Patrick's Day celebration? Here is a collection of ten great Irish recipes - some traditional recipes direct from Ireland and a few more modern dishes from Ireland's top chefs.

Fried Sweet-Tea Chicken with Sweet-Tea Syrup
What is more Southern than Fried Chicken and Sweet Tea? Why not combine the two for one delicious treat! Chicken brined in sweet tea with lemon and thyme, then fried up to a deep golden brown. Perfect!

Buttermilk Fried Quail with Ajax Gravy
Classic Southern fried cuisine with wild game for the main course, along with bacon flavored butter beans and lots and lots of gravy!

Classic Boeuf Bourguignon (French Beef Stew)
Boeuf Bourguignon is a wonderful comfort food that is a favorite in France. If you can't make it into a nice French restaurant anytime soon, this recipe is a very good substitute. It will take you a bit of time, as the beef is slow cooked until it's very tender, but it's definitely worth the wait! With bacon, carrots, onions, fresh garlic, mushrooms, herbs, Cognac, and wine - this stew is definitely a meal in itself.

Simple Pad Thai
Pad Thai is a classic Asian dish that is a favorite to many. While we might easily order it at a restaurant, it seems on the surface to be daunting to prepare at home. Here's a simple version that's quick but still has lots of flavor and that authentic pad thai flavor.

Butternut Squash Bread Soup
Imagine a smooth, velvety butternut squash soup combined with the classic French Onion Soup! Baked in the oven with hunks of bread and lots of gooey cheese, this is one hearty soup very fitting for a meal all by itself.

Steak au Poivre with Mushrooms
There are few things I believe one should add to a great steak. Mushrooms is one of those things. Lots of mushrooms, leeks, red wine, and, of course, pepper make for a delicious sauce for beef. Try this recipe with your favorite cut of steak.

Shrimp and Cheese Grits with Spicy Garlic Sauce
This Low Country favorite from down South is big on flavor! Cheesy grits cooked right are the perfect background for the shrimp. No sausage is used in this one, but feel free to throw some in if you like. A delicious sauce of mushrooms, garlic, and hot sauce add just the right amount of kick to this dish.

Curry Noodles with Chicken
This is a wonderful recipe for a Thai comfort food favorite - Curry Noodles with Chicken. All of the ingredients can be found at the supermarket but it will definitely have a very authentic flavor. The list of ingredients is a bit extensive but the cooking process is quite simple and doesn't take long to complete.

Carnitas Tacos with Apple Salsa - Spanish Pork and Apples
Here's a delicious twist on the classic pork and apple pairing. The pork is tender and delicious when slowly cooked and mixed with spices. Wrapped in corn tortillas, a salsa of fresh apples and jalapenos top these off.

Barbecue Paella with Chicken, Shrimp & Chorizo Sausage
Paella is a versatile Spanish dish that can incorporate many different types of vegetables and meats. Classically, you need a base of rice, saffron, and olive oil. In this recipe we add chicken, shrimp, and chorizo (with an assortment of vegetables).

Beer-Battered Catfish Tacos
Catfish has a nice texture and great, bold flavor. It's wonderful fried. This is a great batter for catfish made with your favorite Mexican beer. Served with a nice crunchy coleslaw.

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