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Dec 30, 2022

Surprise Wedding Mac & Cheese

Brian Leigh

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.

Aug 12, 2022

Barbecue Coffee Pork Medallions with White Cheddar Grits

Brian Leigh

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.

Aug 11, 2022

Balsamic Berry Walnut Cobbler with Bourbon Cream

Brian Leigh

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.

Aug 10, 2022

Spicy Dill Shrimp Salad in Phyllo Cups

Brian Leigh

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.

Aug 6, 2022

Spicy Salmon Cakes

Brian Leigh

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!

Aug 4, 2022

Romesco Style Meatballs Subs

Brian Leigh

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!

Jul 30, 2022

West African Beef Short Ribs

Brian Leigh

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.

Jul 29, 2022

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Brian Leigh

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.

Jul 28, 2022

Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Brian Leigh

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.

Jul 22, 2022

Sweet Cheese Crepes

Brian Leigh

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.

Jul 22, 2022

Pancetta Zucchini Quiche

Brian Leigh

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.

Jul 22, 2022

Cranberry Citrus Brussels Sprout Salad

Brian Leigh

This cranberry and bacon-filled brussels sprout salad played the perfect foil to our surprise barbecue wedding's robust and rich flavors! This prepared salad's bright, acidic tones provided the ideal balance to a day filled with laughter, love, and surprises! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does. I've been kicked off The Great American Recipe, but I'm still cookin'!
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