• chicken biryani with recipe
    Chicken

    Chicken Biryani

    Auntie Bea’s delicious Chicken Biryani recipe, healthified verion of biryani made with brown Basmati rice for higher fiber and a lower Glycemic Index rating, slightly adapted from Homemaker’s Magazine, October 2005 Issue. She had mo, Chris and I over for dinner and served this in 2010. We were  so impressed.  She gave me the recipe, and after trying it out first, I then had her and mom over for lunch and made this – and a nice memory in the process. This was shortly before mom got very ill, so sadly, it was one of the last times we had one of these lovely lunch dates with the two of…

  • Chicken Florentine recipes
    Chicken,  Main Course

    Chicken Florentine

    I remember making this elegant dish for the first time as a romantic dinner for my husband and I in my cramped little kitchen in our tiny little apartment back in the early years of our marriage. It turned out great, he loved it and was very impressed. Its a perfect specimen of Spa Cuisine which you can make right in your very own kitchen.  Spa Cuisine is healthy, low calorie, beautiful looking, and most of all, delicious tasting gourmet food. 1 + ¼      tbsp. olive oil 1              onion, finely chopped 1              carrot, peeled and shredded 1              garlic, finely chopped 1 + ½      tsp. basil 1 +…

  • Individual Beef Wellington with Bordelaise Wine Sauce
    Beef,  Main Course

    Beef Wellington with Bordelaise Wine Sauce

    You’ll find this dish on the menu of only the finest restaurants. Dazzle your guests at your next extra special dinner party, when you serve this masterpiece from your very own kitchen… 8 beef tenderloin steaks (5 oz.) 1 tbsp. cooking oil 1 pkg. (17 ¼ oz.) frozen puff pastry sheets 1 egg 1 tbsp. water 8 slices liver paté, ¼” thickness Lightly brown steaks in hot oil over medium high heat. Blot oil off steaks with paper towel. Allow to cool. Thaw pastry for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 400º F. Place one slice of paté, cut to fit steak, on top of each steak. On a lightly floured…

  • Elegant fondant potatoes
    Potatoes,  Side Dishes

    Fondant Potatoes

    Crispy crust on the outside, tender and creamy goodness on the inside. Elegant fondant potatoes create “perfect textures and contrasts between the creamy potato center and the crusty edges. The key here is to use russet potatoes; it’s a texture thing. You’ll cut them into cylinders. Next you’ll brown the tops and bottoms in a hot, hot skillet before adding butter and thyme—and finish the potatoes by roasting them in chicken stock in the oven”.  These are elegant – perfect for a special dinner. Recipe by: Chef John I first made these in July 2013, for a romantic dinner with my husband outside on our terrace on a beautiful summer…