Gnudi with Cavolo Nero Sauce

Emily’s Rating Chris’s Rating
9 / 10 8.5 / 10

This was so tasty I had to resurrect the blog so we can make sure we remember this recipe and make it again.

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Dish Gnudi with Cavolo Nero Sauce
Recipe Source James Beard Website 
Difficulty 5 / 10
Time to Complete ~2 hours of active time, dough needs to rest for 2 hours minimum, however
Sides Served Cauliflower
Leftovers?
Lessons Learned This is a really different way to make gnudi compared with April Bloomfield’s – the result is a dough that is much easier to work with, but more like really light, billowy gnocchi, rather than a liquid cheese ball like April’s. Both are delicious, this is just much easier
Any Recipe Deviations?
Make Again? Absolutely
Changes Next Time? Nope – the Tuscan Kale sauce was really tasty, and would be really good just with store-bought gnocchi as well for a fairly quick and easy dinner
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Chicken Shwarma

Emily’s Rating Chris’s Rating
7.5 / 10 7 / 10

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This was a really delicious, super easy grilled chicken dish. There was a good amount of spice – not too much for us, but if we made for others we may dial it back a bit.

Dish Chicken Shwarma with Yogurt Sumac sauce
Recipe Source  RecipeTin Eats (sauce from Jerusalem)
Difficulty 2 / 10
Time to Complete 10 minutes of active time – 10 minutes to grill. Need to let marinate for awhile, though
Sides Served Roasted Broccoli
Leftovers? Nope, but we halved the recipe
Lessons Learned
Any Recipe Deviations? No
Make Again? Definitely
Changes Next Time? Serve with pita or naan
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Grilled Hanger Steak with Sweet Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, and Chimichurri

Emily’s Rating Chris’s Rating
8.5 / 10 8 / 10

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This is the best thing I’ve made in awhile and fairly easy relative to Suzanne Goin standards. Super flavorful, really good. Full meal in one dish.

Dish Grilled Hanger Steak with Sweet Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, and Chimichurri
Recipe Source AOC
Difficulty 5 / 10
Time to Complete 1.5 hours; only 30 mins of active time though
Sides Served
Leftovers? Yes, leftovers are good
Lessons Learned
Any Recipe Deviations? Nope
Make Again? Definitely
Changes Next Time? Change nothing
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Grilled Chicken with Garbanzos, Corn, and Chile-Cumin Butter

Emily’s Rating Chris’s Rating
7.5 / 10 7 / 10

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Another really tasty Suzanne Goin recipe – this one’s actually pretty easy compared with her normal recipe. I’m going to combine this one with the Cook’s Illustrated way of grilling chicken to make my own take on this that will be even better.

Dish Grilled Chicken with Garbanzos, Corn, and Chile-Cumin Butter
Recipe Source  AOC by Suzanne Goin
Difficulty 5 / 10
Time to Complete ~1 hour or so. Short by Goin standards
Sides Served  Full meal in one dish
Leftovers?  Yes
Lessons Learned Grilling BS Chicken breasts is dangerous. These NEED to be brined before hand. Or just use bone-in because it’s so much better
Any Recipe Deviations?  I used canned chickpeas because I have never seen fresh garbanzos ever. I also used powdered Chile de Arbol in the butter, because I didn’t have dried peppers. Would’ve been better with dried peppers, but was still fine
Make Again?  Yes for sure
Changes Next Time? Make it like the Lemon-Rosemary grilled chicken from Cook’s Illustrated (i.e. baste the bone-in chicken with the butter as you cook it)
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Grilled Lemon Chicken with Rosemary

Emily’s Rating Chris’s Rating
7.5 / 10 7.5 / 10

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I’ve made this a bunch of times and it is awesome. Really moist, delicious chicken. Kind of a pain relative to grilled chicken, but definitely worth it. Going to start making my own flavored butter and using this technique to make my own recipes (like the Suzanne Goin recipe)

Dish Grilled Lemon Chicken with Rosemary
Recipe Source Cook’s Illustrated
Difficulty 5 / 10
Time to Complete 1.5 hours
Sides Served
Leftovers?
Lessons Learned Brining chicken makes such a big difference. Lemon and rosemary are a phenomenal combo. Thighs > Breasts
Any Recipe Deviations?
Make Again? Yes, make often
Changes Next Time?
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Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale

Emily’s Rating Chris’s Rating
N/A 7 / 10

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My new go-to really quick dinner if Em is working and I don’t feel like making something more elaborate. Really tasty. Decently healthy (?)

Dish Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale
Recipe Source Food 52 Blog
Difficulty 1 / 10
Time to Complete  10 minutes !!
Sides Served
Leftovers? No
Lessons Learned
Any Recipe Deviations? Nope
Make Again? Yes definitely
Changes Next Time? Less peanut butter than recipe calls for and more siracha. Feel free to experiment with different veggies
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Green Chorizo Tacos with Kale and Potatoes

Emily’s Rating Chris’s Rating
8.5 / 10 8 / 10

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I was looking for something to do with a ham I had from our Meat CSA so decided to make green chorizo, which I had never heard of until watching the finals of Top Chef. It’s a Mexican version of this delicious sausage which made its name in Spain. As opposed to getting red flavor and color from paprika and cayenne, here we get green flavor and color from poblanos, serranos, and parsley. It is super tasty with great heat and it’s pretty easy to make. The fact that it’s from Alex Stupak of Empellon only made it a safer bet to try.

This is great in tacos, but it would also be really good with eggs.

Dish Green Chorizo Tacos with Kale & Potatoes
Recipe Source Green chorizo from Alex Stupak. Tacos from Food & Wine
Difficulty 4 / 10
Time to Complete ~1.5 hours
Sides Served
Leftovers? Yes, but make double because this is so good and easy to increase size
Lessons Learned Green chorizo is super tasty – hard to believe it’s not found more often around the States compared to its Spanish counterpart
Any Recipe Deviations? Nope
Make Again? Definitely
Changes Next Time? Already have made twice and recipe is phenomenal. If you wanted to, you could add 1-2 more serrano chiles to increase heat, but you can also do that easily with fixins
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