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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New York Strip Steaks with Bobby Flay’s Steak Seasoning on Lotus Buns

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

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I had leftover spice rub from the Bobby Flay Ribs and two New York Strip steaks from my meat CSA, so put this together. I also steamed some lotus buns from Chinatown and the combo of these 3 things was pretty fantastic. Would definitely do this again and will look for more opportunities to make sandwiches with these delicious buns.

Dish
Recipe Source Steak seasoning from Mesa Grill cookbook (delicious) – indoor cooking technique from Cook’s Illustrated
Difficulty 3 / 10
Time to Complete 30 minutes
Sides Served Green beans with gremolata
Leftovers?
Lessons Learned This is a great method for cooking steaks indoors. The Bobby Flay spice rub is delicious and not spicy at all
Any Recipe Deviations? Nope
Make Again? Yes
Changes Next Time?
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Green Beans with Gremolata

Emily’s Rating Chris’s Rating
6.5 / 10 7 / 10

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We love tilapia with gremolata and I’ve long had this recipe from Ina Garten marked, so decided to make it. It was delicious. I’m pretty sure gremolata would be good on anything.

Dish Green Beans with Gremolata
Recipe Source Barefoot Contessa’s Foolproof
Difficulty 3 / 10
Time to Complete 30 minutes
Sides Served
Leftovers?
Lessons Learned
Any Recipe Deviations? No
Make Again? Yes
Changes Next Time? No
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Oven-Roasted Ribs with Peanut Chipotle Sauce and Peanut-Green Onion Relish

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

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This is a really good, though fairly complicated (what else is new) Bobby Flay recipe. If you have the BBQ sauce already made, it’s pretty easy though and really tasty. The peanut relish is an especially good compliment. You could probably use any BBQ sauce here and still get a really good and unique dish.

Dish Oven-Roasted Ribs with Peanut Chipotle Sauce and Peanut-Green Onion Relish
Recipe Source Mesa Grill Cookbook
Difficulty 7 / 10
Time to Complete 3-4 hours
Sides Served
Leftovers? Nope
Lessons Learned This sauce is delicious
Any Recipe Deviations? Nope
Make Again? Yes
Changes Next Time? Double or triple recipe – these sticky ribs (so they’re able to eat as appetizers) are delicious and go quickly
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Roasted Cauliflower and Green Chile Soup with Blue Corn-Goat Cheese Taquitos

Emily’s Rating Chris’s Rating
8.5 / 10 6 / 10

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Really tasty cauliflower soup. As is always the case with soups, Emily loved it and I liked it but didn’t find it as substantive for a dinner as I need.

Dish Roasted Cauliflower and Green Chile Soup with Blue Corn-Goat Cheese Taquitos
Recipe Source  Mesa Grill Cookbook
Difficulty / 10
Time to Complete
Sides Served
Leftovers?
Lessons Learned
Any Recipe Deviations?
Make Again?  Yes
Changes Next Time?  Nope
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