Brats in Apple-Caraway Sauerkraut

I heard that some big football is coming up in a couple weeks, and people celebrate by screaming at the TV, drinking beer and eating themselves silly.   Like I need an excuse to do every one of those. And although I have a reputation for creating fancy-schmancy dinners, I like junkfood almost as much.  Which leads me to brats and sausages.  Especially when paired with beer and sauerkraut like in this recipe.  Really perfect for parties, since it's really very forgiving.  Make with whatever kind of sausage-like substance you feel like having, or whatever theHubs brings back from the Try-n-Save despite that carefully crafted shopping list you agonized over (it's a good thing that my favorite is whatever kind of sausage he eventually brings back).  I've made this with bratwurst, sweet Italian sausage, hot Italian sausage, German something-or-other, no matter.  Still comes out great.   Cook 'em over the BBQ for the best char and taste, but since my own grill is allergic …

Ambidextrous Twix Bars

Did ya miss me?

Have to admit, the primary reason for the lengthy hiatus was summer laziness.  I really planned to come back with fresh recipes in September.

Then, at the end of August, at what was supposed to be a routine exam, a "suspicious" shadow suddenly appeared on the technician's screen ...

Shoe Polish Chocolate Cake

Is this the bestest name you've ever seen?   This dark and lovely cake gets its rich lusciousness from unsweetened (baking) chocolate and brown sugar.  Not coffee, as many dark chocolate cakes utilize to enhance color and flavor.  Extremely moist and delicious, with a hint of sweetness.  No need for icing, frosting, glaze, ganache nor any other topping you can possibly imagine.  I brought a few pieces to work, and not a crumb was left.

Lemon-Kissed Honey Rosemary Chicken

I was planning to grill yet again, but due to my usual impeccable timing, the heavens opened up just as I was about to crank up the BBQ.   So I made my second choice.  Which made me forget about the first choice.  Good thing, since the sun came out just as dinner was plated.  Oh, well.  Tomorrow's another day.

Lemon-Kissed Honey Rosemary Chicken
Adapted from The Rachael Ray Show
Yield:   4 Servings
2 Tbl. Olive oil, divided
4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
2 pinches each kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper, divided
1/4 cup honey
1 large sprig rosemary leaves
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbl. Dijon mustard
grated rind of 1 lemon

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add olive oil, wait 10 seconds, then add chicken breasts in a single layer.  Sprinkle evenly with a pinch each of the salt and pepper.

Cook 5-6 minutes, or until browned.  Using tongs, flip breasts and sprinkle evenly with remaining salt and pepper.  Continue to cook 5-6 minutes, or until browned.  Transfer chick…

Green Peanut Butter Smoothie - Easy

Is eating clean still a thing?  Because this smoothie is clean.  Very clean.  Except for the mess if you use a food processor instead of a blender.  

The Green Peanut Butter Smoothie is a sneaky way to get veggies into your kids.   But one taste, and you'll find excuses to keep it for yourself for breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up.

And that's not even the best part of this delicious smoothie! 

Mind-Blowing Beef in Lemon Wine Sauce with Capers

It's Passover this week, which to many most people means two choices:  meals served on matzoh, or meals with matzoh mixed in.  Nuh-uh, not in my house.   Here is an example of the kind of meals my family enjoy.  Ground beef, sauteed with mushrooms and other yummy add-ins, served over Passover-friendly spiral noodles made of potato and tapioca starches.  Perfect even if you don't celebrate Passover, but happen to have gluten issues.   A bit of wine reduction (which sounds fancy-schmancy, but really takes more time to say than to do) gives the flavor a grown-up kick.

The interesting thing about this recipe is that it came about totally by accident.

Spicy Cucumber Gazpacho Shooters

Can you stand yet another company-worthy appetizer?   Serve this refreshing (emerald) jewel of a soup!