Chicken and Basil Pasta


* 1 8 oz. package of fresh pasta
* 2 teaspoons olive oil
* 1/2 cup onion, diced
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 2 cups boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
* 2 1/2 cups tomatoes, diced
* 1/4 cup basil, chopped
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
* 1/4 cup parmesian cheese


Cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onions and garlic. Stir in the tomatoes, chicken, basil, salt and hot pepper sauce. Reduce heat to medium and cover skillet. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture is hot and tomatoes are soft. Don’t over cook or basil will loose flavor.

Toss sauce with pasta. Serve with parmesian cheese.

Cajun Blackened Chicken Breasts


* 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
* 4 tablespoons butter
* 3 tablespoons cajun seasoning

Cajun Seasoning
* 1 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1 teaspoon basil
* 1 teaspoon thyme
* 1/4 teaspoon oregano
* 1 tablespoon paprika
* 1 teaspoon celery salt
* 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


Add all ingredients for the cajun seasoning together in a small bowl and mix well. Place butter in a flat bowl. Dip chicken in butter and place on a plate. Season on both sides with seasoning.

Brown chicken on both sides in a cast-iron skillet over high heat. Drizzle remaining butter over chicken and continue cooking until chicken is cooked through.

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Cara’s Schezuan Salmon


* 1/2 cup soy sauce
* 1/2 cup sake
* 1/4 cup green onion, diced
* 1/4 cup scallions, diced
* 1 pound salmon


Combine all ingredients in a gallon ziplock bag and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove salmon from the bag, and cook in a saute pan over medium high heat for about 6 minutes a side.

Cuban Black Bean Soup


* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 medium onion, diced
* 2 celery stalks, sliced
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 3 cans black beans
* 1 can chicken broth
* 2 tablespoons canned diced jalapenos
* 1 ham hock
* salt to taste


Heat oil in a stock pot over medium high heat. Saute onion and celery for 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Add black beans, chicken broth, jalapenos and ham hock. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Remove ham hock. Slice off any extra ham from the bone, dice and put back into soup. Salt to taste.

Beef with Mushroom and Rosemary Sauce


* 1 pound sirloin steak
* 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
* 1 cup red wine
* 1 cup green onions, chopped
* 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
* 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 can beef broth


Combine mushrooms, wine and steak in a large zip-lock bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Remove the steak from bag, reserving marinade. In a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray over medium high heat, cook steak 4 minutes a side. Remove from pan.

Combine the onions, rosemary, vinegar, garlic and beef broth in the pan. Add remaining marinade. Bring to a boil a reduce to 2 cups, stirring frequently.

Cut the beef into thin slices and place on a serving platter. Spoon the mushroom mixture over the beef.

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Beef Stew


* 4 tablespoons olive oil
* 2.5 pounds stew meat, cubed
* 4 teaspoons combination of basil, oregano, thyme, savory and marjoram
* 4 teaspoons salt
* 4 teaspoons pepper
* flour
* 1 cup onion, chopped
* 1/2 cup celery, chopped
* 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
* 4 tablespoons garlic, minced
* 1 cup red wine
* 2 bay leaves
* 4 carrots, chopped
* 3 potatoes, chopped into 1 inch squares


Season meat with the combination of spices, salt and pepper (2 teaspoons each). Dredge in flour. In a large stock pot over medium-high heat, heat olive oil and brown each side of the meat. Remove from pot.

In the stock pot, add olive oil. Saute onion, celery, carrots and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the combination of spices, salt and pepper to the vegetables (2 teaspoons each). Add the beef and wine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Add potatoes and carrots and cook for 45 minutes longer.

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Beef Bourguignonne


* 4 pounds sirloin steak, cut into 1/4″ x 4″ strips
* 6 pieces bacon
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 pounds mushrooms, sliced
* 2 bay leaves, crushed
* 2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
* 1 teaspoon thyme
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/8 teaspoon pepper
* 1/2 cup butter
* 1/2 cup flour
* 2 14 ounce cans beef broth
* 1 cup burgandy wine


In a medium skillet over medium high heat, saute bacon pieces, then remove from pan. Add beef to pan and brown in bacon drippings. Add garlic, mushrooms, bay leaves, parley, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir well. Add bacon and remove from heat.

In a large skillet, melt butter then add flour. Stir together to make a roux and cook a few minutes until light tan. Add beef broth and burgandy wine. Place beef mixture in pan. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Beef and Bean Burritos


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 cup salsa


In a large saute pan on medium-high heat, brown ground beef about 5 minutes. Drain fat from pan. Add the can of beans and salsa to pan, mixing well with the beef.

Chicken Enchiladas


* 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts
* salt and pepper to taste
* 2 teaspoons ground cumin
* 2 teaspoons garlic powder
* 1 teaspoon Mexican Spice Blend
* 1 red onion, chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 cup frozen corn, thawed (optional)
* 5 canned whole green chiles
* 4 canned chipotle chiles
* 1 (28 oz) can stewed tomatoes
* 2 cups cheddar and jack cheeses, shredded
* 16 corn or flour tortillas
* 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce
* cilantro, chopped
* sour cream

Heat oil in a medium saute pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper and brown for 7 minutes a side (until cooked). Sprinkle with cumin, garlic powder and Mexican Spices before turning. Remove chicken.

Saute onion and garlic in chicken drippings until tender. Add corn and chiles. Stire will. Add canned tomatoes and saute for 1 minute.

Shred chicken breasts and add to saute pan. Dust the mixture with flour.

Microwave the tortillas on high for 30 seconds. Coat the bottom of 2 13×9 inch pans with a ladle of enchilada sauce. In a shallow bowl, dip each tortilla in enchilada sauce to lightly coat. Spoon 1/4 cup chicken mixture in each tortilla. Fold over filling, place 8 enchiladas in each pan with seam side down. Top with the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 until cheese melts. Garnish with cilantro and sour cream.

Shannon & Michael’s Tortilla Soup


* 4 tablespoons corn oil
* 4-7 corn tortillas, coarsely chopped
* 6 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
* 1 cup onion, pureed
* 2 cups tomatoes, pureed
* 1 tablespoon ground cumin
* 2 teaspoons chili powder
* 2 bay leaves
* 4 tablespoons canned tomato puree
* 2 quarts chicken stock
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1 chicken breast, boiled and cut into pieces
* 1 avacado, peeled, seeded and cubed
* 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
* 3 corn tortillas, cut into strips and fried with butter and salt until crisp

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute tortillas with garlic and cilantro over medium heat until tortillas are soft.

Add onion and fresh tomato puree and bring to a boil. Add cumin, chili powder, bay leaves, canned tomato puree and chicken stock. Bring to a boil again, then reduce heat to simmer. Add salt and cayenne pepper to taste, and cook, stirring frequently, for 30 minutes.

Pour into warm soup bowls and garnish with chicken breast, avocado, shredded cheese and tortilla strips.