Stuffed Chicken in Chardonnay Cream Sauce

I have made this recipe since the early 1990s. I had caught it watching a Northwest cooking show when spending a summer with my dad in, of all places, Boring, Oregon. Fortunately, the local PBS station was anything but boring when it came to some delicious recipes. I don’t recall the show’s name but it [...]

Pork Loin with White Wine Reduction

There are so many ways to make a sauce, but most have one of the following main ingredients: heavy cream, butter or wine. And, yes, some great sauces use all three. The one I invented last Friday night used a white wine reduction. Breaded Pork Loin with White Wine Reduction Serves 4 4 pork loin [...]

Real Home Cooking: Shortcut Ravioli

One thing I wanted to do with this blog was to make it about home cooking, not just gourmet cooking. Home cooking isn’t about doing everything by scratch, well at least the non-idyllic version isn’t. Home cooking is often about finding shortcuts and having dishes that are easy to make after a long day at [...]

Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

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It’s Saint Patrick’s Day so I decided to do the traditional thing and make some corned beef and cabbage. The following recipe is a better version than most, as it leaves the cabbage separate from the main crock pot, giving the cabbage a more independent taste when combined with the corned beef and other vegetables [...]

Products I Like: Geeta’s Indian Sauces

As much as I enjoy creating sauces from scratch, I don’t always have the time or patience and just want a good quick meal after a long day at work. I love Indian cuisine and have found a few good store bought sauces that are worth trying in your kitchen. My favorite prepared sauces come [...]

Honoring Grandpa with His Infamous Wontons

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One of my absolute favorite dishes growing up was one we had often when visiting my grandparents. My grandpa, Yoshio, would wrap pork and put a small slice of egg into a wonton and serve it with some white rice and soy sauce. I have removed the egg from the recipe below, but if you [...]

Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli and Chicken

Here is a simple pasta recipe that only takes 20 minutes to make. I highly recommend fresh pasta or at least the refrigerated pasta you can find at gourmet markets. If you’re local to SE Michigan, definitely add Ventimiglia Italian Foods in Sterling Heights to your shopping routine and pick up some of their fresh [...]

Taco Truck Tacos… Simple and Great

When I lived in South Pasadena, California I used to stop by a taco truck in Pasadena along Fair Oaks Boulevard. It was a big yellow truck parked in an empty parking lot that sat there in the late hours of the night. We would usually get some tacos there around midnight, or later, after [...]

Restaurant Review: Mind, Body, & Spirits

The above photo is the Half Roasted Chicken at Mind Body & Spirits a new restaurant in Rochester Hills, Michigan that we enjoyed last Friday night. And by enjoyed, I mean the food but also leaving the boys with the in-laws. Mind Body & Spirits is a very unique restaurant. We discovered them when I [...]

Freezer Cooking: Easying Meal Planning in One Evening

There is nothing really special here recipe wise; instead, I wanted share an approach to cooking I have taken up in the past six months — freezer cooking. Freezer cooking is all about preparing the same recipe 3 or 4 times at one sitting and freezing each meal portion separately for use on another day. [...]