November 2014

Spicy Sweet Tex-Mex Chicken Feast

A Sweet and Spicy Tex-Mex Weeknight Feast

If you’ve been following me for a while, you see that I almost always fry chicken or bake it with a ton of butter. The truth is that usually I despise grilled chicken – why not just chew on cardboard amirite? – but the way I grill chicken in this recipe creates a sweet and spicy caramelized crust that is to die for. Although a nice bean quesadilla and a mango salsa help to mellow out the intense spice in the chicken, I wouldn’t recommend this dish if you can’t stand the heat.

Caramelized Spicy Chicken With Mango Salsa and Refried Bean Quesadillas

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Butter chicken pinwheels with haricot vertes and lemon ricotta twice-baked potatoes.

Oh You Fancy Now? A Tasty, Elegant, and Budget-Friendly Dinner Party for 4

When I’m hosting friends for dinner, I try not to overthink a complicated menu. I strive for comfort food that is elegant but not fussy, and ingredients that yield good-size portions without breaking the bank. I’m fortunate to have a farmers’ market nearby, so I get all of my fresh vegetables for a fraction of the cost at the grocery store. That’s how I was able to pull of this meal for roughly $5 per person, and if you follow these steps, you’ll be done and ready to serve in an hour!

Crispy Butter Chicken Pinwheels with Roasted Haricot Vert and Twice-Baked Lemon Ricotta Potatoes

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