Smoked Hawaiian Pizza

INGREDIENTS Cornmeal, for spreading/transferring dough 1 (13.8 ounce) can refrigerated pizza dough, or preferred pizza dough recipe 1/2 cup marinara sauce 2 cups mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup cooked ham, diced 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, diced 4 slices cooked bacon, diced 1 green bell pepper, diced INSTRUCTIONS 1. Start your grill to a good smoke and with the lid open for 5 minutes. 2. Set the temperature to 450 degrees F and place a pizza stone inside, close the lid and let preheat. 3. Roll out pizza dough into a 12-inch circle. 4. Sprinkle cornmeal on a pizza peel or pan to transfer the pizza to the pizza stone. 5. Spread rolled out pizza dough onto the pizza peel or pan. […]

Monte Cristo Sandwich Sliders

INGREDIENTS 1 (12 count) pkg. Kings Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls 1/2 cup raspberry preserves 1/2 pound deli sliced turkey 1/2 pound deli sliced ham 6 slices swiss cheese 1/2 cup butter, melted and divided 1 egg, beaten 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise Powdered sugar, for garnish INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 2. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. 3. Slice rolls horizontally (keeping them connected) and place in the bottom of prepared baking dish. 4. Spread raspberry preserves on top of the bottom half of the rolls. 5. Layer with sliced turkey, ham and cheese. 6. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup melted butter, egg, Worcestershire […]

Homemade PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

INGREDIENTS 1 pound ground chicken 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1/3 cup soy sauce 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar 1 cup mushrooms, chopped 1/2 yellow onion, chopped 1/2 cup water chestnuts 1/4 cup green onion dash freshly grated ginger 1 teaspoon garlic salt and pepper 1 teaspoon garlic salt INSTRUCTIONS 1. Cook ground chicken in a pan until fully cooked all the way through. 2. Add the olive oil, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, rice wine vinegar, mushrooms, onion, green onion, water chestnuts, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper, and garlic salt until the onions begin to go clear. Continue stirring around the pan until everything is fully incorporated. 3. Remove from heat and serve in lettuce leaves. 4. […]

Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole

Ingredients 6 large croissants, cut open 1 pkg bacon 8 slices provolone cheese 1 c cheddar cheese, shredded 8 eggs 2 Tbsp milk 2 Tbsp butter Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. 2. Cook bacon and set aside on a plate with a paper towel to soak up the grease. Once cooled, break into 1 inch pieces (approximately). 3. Place the bottom halves of the croissant in the dish, trying to get them to be as close together as possible. 4. Spread provolone and cheddar over the tops of the croissants. Bake in the oven until cheese begins to melt (about 5 minutes) 5. Remove from oven. Spread the bacon […]

One Pot Cajun Chicken & Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 1 pound of chicken, cut into bite sized pieces 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt freshly ground black pepper to taste 14 oz smoked sausage, sliced on the diagonal 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1 quart of low-sodium chicken broth 2 1/2 cups of heavy cream 1 pound of dried penne pasta 1 1/2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning plus more for topping 4 oz of freshly shredded parmesan cheese 1 cup of Italian flat leaf parsley, minced Instructions 1. Start with a large covered cooking pot. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and brown in olive oil over medium high heat. 3. Add sausage and continue to cook until lightly browned. 4. […]

Ham, Egg, and Cheese Waffle Sandwich

Ingredients 1 (16.3-ounce) package Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layers Refrigerated Biscuits 6 eggs, lightly scrambled (soft scrambled) 8 slices cheddar cheese 8 pieces thinly sliced smoked ham Instructions Preheat a waffle iron to medium heat and lightly spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Open the biscuits and separate each biscuit in half. Stretch the layers thin to about 5 or 6 inches in diameter. Top one half of the biscuit with a piece of cheese, a slice of ham, and a generous heaping tablespoon of scrambled eggs. Top with the other half of the biscuit and pinch to seal the edges closed. Place in the waffle iron and close. Cook 4 to 5 minutes or until the biscuit is golden brown […]

Barbacoa Short Rib Tacos

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 6 pounds | 3kg beef short ribs (fat trimmed) 4 chiptole peppers in adobo sauce, chopped (plus the adobo sauce) 1 white onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic (or 4 cloves garlic, minced) ⅓ cup barbecue sauce ¼ cup fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 bay leaves 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon salt ½ cup beef broth / stock Warm corn tortillas Instructions: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Trim as much visible fat as possible from each rib (optional but helps lessen the fat content). Brown the ribs in batches until browned on both sides (about 3-4 minutes each side, per batch). Transfer the browned […]

Honey Dijon Roasted Pork

Ingredients: 1 (1 lb.) pork tenderloin 2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced Salt and pepper, to taste     Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. In a small bowl, stir together mustard, honey, and thyme. Place sliced onion in a single layer in bottom of prepared dish. Season pork with salt and pepper on all sides, and then place on top of onion in the dish. Brush half of the mustard mixture over the pork. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove cover, brush with remaining mustard sauce, and put under the broiler for about 5 […]

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Liven up your weekly meals with this quick and easy slow cooker carnitas. Just marinate and let the slow cooker do the heavy lifting. Before you know it you have an amazing meal. Ingredients: Serves: 6-8 4 pounds pork shoulder roast 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper ¾ cup orange juice (2 oranges) ¼ cup lime juice (2 limes) 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 onion, quartered   Instructions: In a small bowl combine chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Rub on the outside of the pork shoulder rub thoroughly. In the slow cooker, combine orange juice, lime juice, garlic and onion. Place pork on the top. Cook on low for […]


When you hear the name borscht what comes to mind rather depends on where you are, or at least where you call home.  These days the soup is associated with Eastern Europe, with somewhat different tastes depending on whether the recipe comes from the Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Belaruss, etc.  All are based on beetroots (this has changed over the centuries) which means the soup ends up red.  Likewise all are tart or even sour, nearly always served with sour cream. Since many versions of borscht are Jewish, this one will be based on beef (although pork remains an option). 1 lb. beef (preferably chuck, cut into tiny pieces) 3 medium beets (peeled & shredded) 3 cloves of garlic (minced) 3 […]