Cheesy Chicken and Pasta Bake

Cheesy Chicken and Pasta Bake

Let’s bake some pasta!Cheesy Chicken and Pasta Bake1 tablespoon olive oil3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cubedKosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste4 garlic cloves, minced2 ½ cups chicken broth2 ½ cups heavy whipping cream1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta2 cups grated Parmesan cheese2 cups shredded mozzarella cheeseHeat oil in a large skillet…

Sausage, White Bean and Tortellini Soup

Sausage, White Bean and Tortellini Soup

It’s gonna be a cold and hopefully, wet weekend in Redding. Here’s something to warm your cockles:Sausage, White Bean and Tortellini Soup1 tablespoon olive oil4 links hot or sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings2 cloves minced garlic1 onion, chopped1 medium rib celery, choppedOne 15-ounce can white beans, like cannellini or navy, rinsed and drainedOne 15-ounce…

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Blue Cheese-Ranch Dressing

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Blue Cheese-Ranch Dressing

It’s time to fire the deep-fryer for a chicken sandwich.Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Blue Cheese-Ranch Dressing4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs4 of your favorite bunsfresh cilantrobread & butter pickle chipsvegetable oil, for frying (enough to submerge chicken)BUTTERMILK MARINADE4 cup buttermilk2 teaspoons paprika1 teaspoon cayenneGarlic salt and fresh ground pepper, to tasteFLOUR MIX2 cup all-purpose flour2 teaspoon…

Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken

Today is National Chicken Lady Day, which honors Dr. Marthenia “Tina” Dupree. Dupree was the Director of Community Relations and Training at the second-largest chicken restaurant chain in the world for over 12-years. Dr. Dupree led numerous efforts to improve education in her community. She provided training and certification that led to business opportunities to…

Spicy Fried Wings

Spicy Fried Wings

I think I’ll fire up my new deep fryer again and make KFC copy-cat, spicy wings. Why wouldn’t I? Spicy Fried Wings Spicy Chicken Seasoning:1 tablespoon seasoning salt1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes2 teaspoons black pepper2 teaspoons cayenne pepper2 teaspoons poultry seasoning1 teaspoon lemon-pepper12 whole chicken wings, cut in 1/2 at the joint and tips removed Spicy Chicken…

Beef Tips with Gravy over Noodles

Beef Tips with Gravy over Noodles

The weather says it’s time to step up your comfort food game. Beef Tips with Gravy over Noodles 2 tablespoons olive oil1 onion chopped2 pounds cubed chuck or stew meat10 ½ ounces beef broth10 ½ ounces onion soup1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce1 bay leafKosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to tasteCooked egg noodles, for servingTo Thicken Gravy:3 tablespoons…

Marinated Tri-Tip Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Horseradish Cream Sauce

Marinated Tri-Tip Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Horseradish Cream Sauce

I think it’s time for a sandwich which features something that once had a pulse.Marinated Tri-Tip Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Horseradish Cream SauceCARAMELIZED ONIONS4 jumbo yellow onions, halved and sliced into thin half moonsHoney1/2 cup olive oil4 tablespoons unsalted butterKosher salt, to tasteHORSERADISH CREAM SAUCE1 cup mayo1 cup sour cream1/4 cup buttermilk1/2 cup prepared…

Hot Wings with Blue Cheese-Yogurt Sauce

Hot Wings with Blue Cheese-Yogurt Sauce

Another great weekend is ahead, packed with some great sports contests…World Series, Ducks and Cal, NASCAR at Martinsville, Kings and Heat, Warriors and Hornets, Sharks and Lightning, Raiders and Saints, Niners and Rams. There’s probably some soccer somewhere, but who cares? Take your pick and I’ll be your wingman!Hot Wings with Blue Cheese-Yogurt SauceFor the…

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

The spaghetti carbonara was great last night, so I thought I’d stay on the pasta train. If you like it hot and spicy, try this:Shrimp Fra Diavolo1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling1-pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced2 to 4 anchovy fillets, chopped1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more,…