• Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Pork,  Proteins,  Recipes,  Spanish

    Spanish-Style Grilled Pork Loin

    Pork loin is always a  big hit in our house. It’s delicious, lean, healthy and lends itself to all types of savory flavors. When it’s cold outside I sear and then roast the pork, but as soon as Spring arrives I head out to the grill. Not only am I fascinated by the alchemy of the grill, I love not having dishes to wash, so I am always trying to figure out how to make our entire dinner outside. The tasty marinade bastes the pork and then transforms into a delicious sauce for your dinner…and a vinaigrette for a quick salad later in the week. Now that’s getting some serious…

  • Chicken,  Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Recipes,  Soup

    Chicken & Lemon Stew

    At this time of year there’s still some uncertainty in the weather, lots of warm days hint of Spring, but the nights can be chilly and some days you need warm socks and a jacket. This stew is the last one I make each year, it’s fresh and light, and chock full of vibrant flavors – cumin, turmeric, dried red chiles, olives and lots of lemon. While this stew is great for a family dinner, it’s also special enough to serve for a cozy dinner with friends. Don’t be scared away from the long recipe – it’s very simple actually. I also included some technique notes that hopefully will add…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Recipes,  Sides,  Starches

    Jasmine Rice

    Rice is a dinnertime staple in our house. I serve it with all types of meals, but especially with Asian dinners, so Jasmine is the rice I make over and over again. The secret here is the cooking technique. I bake my rice which means hands-off cooking and even more important, it cooks consistently. Perfect, fluffy rice every time! Print Jasmine Rice Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 8-10   Why is this rice so good? The secret to baking the rice is the consistent temp - unlike the stovetop where you can never achieve the same result. Make sure you have boiling water and chicken broth (by the way, the combination of the…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Italian,  Meat,  Pasta,  Recipes

    Roasted Meatballs

    I have never been one for frying meatballs (too messy!), so I am constantly tinkering around with baking meatballs instead. This recipe was inspired by Ina Garten’s new cookbook. I have always baked my meatballs, but usually at a low temperature. I still make meatballs that way from time to time, but I really appreciate the speed with which these meatballs come together. The additional breadcrumbs and higher heat help the meatballs keep their shape and cooks them all the way through…then all you need is a quick simmer in the sauce and dinner is ready! Have a few extra minutes? Make my delicious marinara sauce! Marinara Sauce Print Roasted…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Pork,  Recipes

    Healthy Pulled Pork

    This recipe thunderbolt really happened by accident. I was trying to make pulled pork last minute and the grocery store was out of pork butt. Tragedy! I know, not a horrible thing, but what was I going to do? Well, I decided to grab a pork loin and see what I could do with it. Turns out the pork loin made a delicious and much healthier pulled pork. The one change, since it has so little fat, you really want the shredded pork to sit overnight in the braising liquid. So, this is a recipe you need to start 1 day before you want to eat it. Try my barbecue…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Pork,  Recipes

    Easy Baked Ham

    Ham is always a big hit in our house! It’s so easy to cook and I can feed a lot of hungry kids. When I’m making a ham just for our family, I don’t bother with a glaze, but I’m including my favorite glaze recipe here as well. To make this recipe even simpler, I call for a spiral-cut ham, so you don’t need to spend a lot of time carving the ham. With this recipe I am hopeful you’re encouraged to make family Sunday dinner a tradition in your house. Print Easy Baked Ham Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 10-12   Behold the 2 ingredient recipe! Of course, you can make the…

  • Asian,  Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Pork,  Recipes

    Spicy Honey Pulled Pork

    I LOVE pulled pork…it is so flavorful and a great option for feeding a crowd (or our family). Not enjoying any fat on my food, I shred it neurotically, so you’re only left with lean pork. And it freezes beautifully, so you can make a big batch and save some for a future meal. Usually I gravitate to Southern flavors, lots of brown sugar, cumin, celery seed. Sometimes I go out on a limb with still more cumin, but amp up the chipotle chili powder and the pork is ready for a Mexican-inspired meal. Inspired by a food article (I am constantly reading), I went in a totally different direction,…

  • Chicken,  Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Recipes

    Oven-Fried Potato Chip Crust Chicken

    Crispy chicken breasts are always a big hit in our family…and probably any house with children. So, I’m on a never-ending quest to come up with new variations on a breaded chicken breast, and make the recipe as easy as possible. I think I have hit the jackpot here – POTATO CHIPS are in the breading! Obviously, your kids are going to love these. And for the cook – this chicken is oven-fried, so no one gets stuck at the stove. Mustard and Sweet Relish Sauce Print Oven-Fried Potato Chip Crust Chicken Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 8-10   This chicken is so easy to make...take the techniques and ingredient ratios and make this…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Meat,  Recipes

    Beer-Braised Brisket

    Nothing could make me happier than to share my new favorite brisket recipe! I love brisket and really prefer to smoke it, but I got started too late, and knew I was going to have to go with a braise. I even had to skip the season, wrap and chill it in the fridge for 1 – 2 days step. I was originally just cooking pulled pork and then when I realized how many hungry kids were going to be here, I added the brisket to double the amount of slider sandwiches. I served this as part of a big football spread for all Jeff’s boys and their friends home…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Recipes,  Sides,  Starches

    Old Bay Potatoes

    How I LOVE potatoes! They are just my favorite food (and of course a carb downfall), but you only live once and everything is good in moderation. I am always working on new potato recipes and of course anything with potatoes, cheese, bacon and butter is going to be a winner, including this spicy potato casserole that’s perfect for an afternoon of football. It’s an ideal year-round side for pulled pork, brisket, ribs and burgers on the grill. Print Old Bay Potatoes Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 10-12   Just like a mashed potato casserole with some kick to it! There is a good bit of butter here, but consider this a special…