So the holiday festivities are behind us, and we’re settling back into the work routine. I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda happy to get back into the routine again. I love the holidays and taking a break, but after a while, I start to get a bit antsy and ready to do something again. Plus, after sitting around for a couple of weeks eating delicious (but heavy) holiday food, it’s time to get back into a normal routine. One of the first recipes that I always make right after New Year’s is a delicious soup. Nothing against all of the delicious cheesecakes, brownies, and Christmas cookies, but I’m ready for a change! I decided to start the new year off right with a classic comfort food: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. Given how cold it is outside right now, this soup couldn’t have come at a better time!
I love a good grilled steak. As far as I’m concerned, it’s virtually impossible to top a juicy grilled steak with a flavorful, crispy crust from the grill. Whenever my wife and I go out for a special dinner, you can almost always count on me ordering a steak. And no surprise here…it’s fairly common for delicious steaks to show up on the back deck during grilling season. (How do you like your steak? Classic or as a Steak Sandwich?) But, alas, it’s not grilling season right now. In fact, I think the grill is currently buried under about 12″ of snow. But the weather hasn’t stopped me from enjoying steak! Instead, I whipped up this tasty Steak Tip Risotto the other night, and I’m here to tell ya that it is one mighty tasty meal. In fact, I’d venture to say that this Steak Tip Risotto has earned a spot in my list of top winter comfort-food meals!
Do you have a favorite restaurant meal that you always crave whenever you go out to eat? I do! In fact, I’ve got several…but one of my favorites is the Chipotle’s Burrito Bowl. I used to order the burrito at Chipotle, but then my wife taught me to order the bowl and ask for the tortilla on the side. Then you just tear off pieces of the tortilla and make a bunch of mini-burritos. (Just typing this is making me crave a burrito bowl now!)
I really enjoy cooking at home, so I decided to take on the challenge of re-creating the Chipotle Burrito Bowl at home. I had a blast tweaking the recipes until I found a version that got pretty darned close to what you get at Chipotle. My sister-in-law is straight addicted to Chipotle, and she was the first one to introduce me to the wonders of a Chipotle burrito bowl many years ago. I knew she would make a great judge, so I bribed her to do a taste test for me. And the result? Two thumbs up! I’ll take it…and I’ll also take a burrito bowl for dinner tonight please!
Every once in a while, you just stumble across a recipe idea that is so simple, yet so incredibly delicious. Well, that happened to my wife and me this past summer when we were traveling in Scotland. After spending several nights in B&B’s around the Scottish countryside, we made our way into Edinburgh for some late summer festivities. While Edinburgh was amazing (one of the top 3 cities I have ever visited!), we definitely missed the homemade breakfasts that we had gotten used to out in the B&B’s. (The recipe for these Chocolate Espresso Muffins came from one of those B&B’s up in the Scottish Highlands.) So there we were in Edinburgh looking for somewhere to grab a bite for breakfast. All I can say is thank goodness for Yelp! We checked out some popular breakfast spots near our hotel, and we ended up in a little bakery called the Pie Maker. All they made were, well…pies, and they were incredibly delicious! So needless to say, I’ve had these breakfast pastries in my mind ever since that trip, and I finally got around to creating my own version. And man, are they delicious…and easy!