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Spicy Zuppa Toscano
October is here and that means soup season and what better way to kick it off than with a hearty, keto friendly Zuppa Toscano!
Surprise Wedding Mac & Cheese
Back in July I did a cooking demonstration at the Stark County Educational Service Center at Stark State College for PBS Western Reserve in celebration of The Great American Recipe on PBS. Here's the recipe for our Surprise Wedding Mac & Cheese! All photos here are credited to Kelsey Davis and are included in the CantonRep article.
Barbecue Coffee Pork Medallions with White Cheddar Grits
For the Finale of The Great American Recipe, I decided on a coffee-cocoa rubbed pork tenderloin served up on a bed of jalapeno cheddar grits slathered with the combination of a red-eye style pan reduction and my Somethin' Somethin' Sauce, a sweet and savory Kansas City style barbecue sauce. I finished it with a Hungarian style quick pickle for that bright, spiciness to cut through the heaviness of the dish.
Balsamic Berry Walnut Cobbler with Bourbon Cream
This cobbler is a simple recipe that harkens back to the kitchen of my Aunt Fred from the hills of West Virginia. I straight up Brian-ified this recipe by adding a few of my favorite flavors and took it from the hollers of West Virginia to the Bluegrass State with some bourbon whipped cream.
Spicy Dill Shrimp Salad in Phyllo Cups
The shrimp dip starts off sweet and creamy with a heavy hit of dill and ends in a slight fruity burn from those birdseye chiles. This dip gets absolutely demolished in our house during the holidays. My wife and I have learned to make double or even triple the recipe to ensure that we have some for that nibble with the night cap.
Spicy Salmon Cakes
This turnt up Salmon Cake combines my love of kimchi, fresh salmon and the spicy flavors of our Somethin' To Cry About barbecue rub. Fried to a golden brown and served with a delicious tartar sauce, this spicy kimchi salmon cake is sure to please any salmon lover!
Romesco Style Meatballs Subs
This meatball sub is inspired by my brothers from another mother and working in their pizza place in North Eastern Ohio! The meatballs are tender and moist, the hoagie bun is chewy and is the perfect vessel for the romesco style sauce I use to bring depth of flavor to the dish. Add a slightly sweet, bright red wine vinaigrette to bring it all together and you have the perfect makings for an afternoon nap!
West African Beef Short Ribs
This West African Beef Short Rib was inspired by my friend Kalu and his family, melding the of the flavors of Nigerian street food with a down-home, hearty meal worthy of any Sunday supper. The spicy, luscious and unctuous short rib is offset by the starchy sweetness of the rice and the bright acidity of the tomatoes.
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Growing up in Northeastern Ohio, prepared cold salads played a considerable role in our home. My take on that salad tightens it up a bit by cubing all the veg, flipping out white onions for red, adding a bit of celery and taking the herb volume to 11. Creamy, herby and fresh, this takes me back to summers on the back porch in North Eastern Ohio.
Grilled Chicken Shawarma
This chicken shawarma recipe hits all the right notes for the on the go lifestyle. I can't even communicate the amount of times I've made this as the main dish for a weekend of shows or a quick bite while trucking someplace to sling sauce. Pair this with an easy prepared salad, such as our Harissa Chickpea or the Creamy Cucumber and you are legit set up for good eats.
Sweet Cheese Crepes
Every Sunday we'd head to my Grandmother's farmhouse in Auburn, Ohio and nine out of ten times, there'd be a pile of fresh crepes waiting. They'd be piled high, some rolled up with this cottage cheese sugar mixture, or jelly, or butter and sugar. Sometimes we'd show up before they were rolled up and we'd be put to work, spooning in ooey gooey mixtures and rolling those piled high pyramids. After my grandmother passed on, my aunts and mother would still make crepes for family get togethers.
Pancetta Zucchini Quiche
The quiche played a part in that and is truly is a slice of my northern Ohio holiday traditions. I have *always* taken Christmas Breakfast seriously. Big spreads of decadent dishes served with fresh coffee and mimosas or the occasional chambord hot chocolate. This quiche fits right in, offering up a luscious, robust bite that is sure to encourage that mid morning nap.