Party Bread

I came across the idea to make pull-apart bread online, and I instantly knew that it was an easy way to recreate the delicious “special” bread from an Italian restaurant back home. Their bread has cheese, long hot peppers, olives, and meat baked into it to create a delicious pre-meal feast. Here is a shortcut to that wonder: Buy an already-baked loaf of bread, cut it open, stuff it with goodness, and heat it until it’s gooey. To make a … Continue reading

Slow-Cooked Chipotle Beef with Cheesy Polenta

Spicy beef, I need more of you in my life. Chipotle peppers really pack a punch, but their fire is tempered by the cheesy polenta. It’s a nice pairing. And this meal could hardly be easier to prepare. Throw a bunch of ingredients in a pot, and let them simmer for hours until the beef starts to fall apart and the flavors meld beautifully. Not a fan of polenta? Spoon this beef between two pieces of bread for a medium-brow … Continue reading

Spicy Chipotle Chicken and Rice in a Single Pot

This dish taught me a valuable lesson: Always look in the mirror before venturing into public. I failed to do this. Four hours later, while still in public, I realized that I had a red sauce spot right on the center of my forehead. If someone had decided to lick it off of my face, they would have said, “Wow, that’s a delicious and spicy sauce. Where can I get more?” Well, weird stranger. You’re in the right place. I … Continue reading