Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Curried Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Cashews, Craisins, and Scallions

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 (I cheated and used a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken)
Level: I


  • ~2 C 'pulled' chicken ... If using a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken: skin removed, only the breast meat
  • 3 T light mayo
  • 1 T Dijon Mustard (I prefer Grey Poupon)
  • 1 T Curry Powder
  • 1 T Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 T Turmeric Powder
  • 1 T Garlic Powder
  • 1 T Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt / Pepper each
  • 1/4 C chopped scallions
  • 1/4 C Dried Cranberries (I prefer Craisins)
  • 1/4 C Chopped Cashews


Prepping the chicken
Place the cooled chicken on a large cutting board and remove the legs and wings, which should pull apart easily because it’s so tender. These will not be used for this recipe. Next cut both pieces of breast meat off by running your knife down either side of the bone in the middle of the breasts. As you guide your knife along the bone, pull it outward gently to separate the breast meat from the bone. Visit for a video demonstration

Roughly shred the white meat by using 2 forks and pulling the meat apart. This takes a little bit of time but is totally worth it. I use small dinner forks and hold them close to the ‘business end’ so they don’t bend. If the chicken is tender enough, you might even use your fingers to separate the meat.

Making the salad
Mix mayo, mustard, and seasoning together in large mixing bowl. Add chicken, cranberries, scallions, and cashews and mix until thoroughly covered. Let sit in fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Chef's Notes:

Usually is good for 3-4 days though never lasts that long ;)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rotisserie Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie

Yield: 4 large servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Level I

  • 1 Pre-Cooked Rotisserie Chicken – any flavor (found in most grocery premade sections)
  • 2 small cartons of pre-sliced or chopped mushrooms (I used one button, one baby bellas)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 carrot or 1/3 Cup pre-sliced
  • ½ Cup Frozen peas
  • 2 Tbsp dried rosemary (fresh would be even better)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Season All Seasoned Salt
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Cup Chicken Stock
  • ½ Cup Wine Wine
  • 1 Packet of Chicken Gravy mix
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Roll of Pillsbury Flakey Layered Biscuits
  • 1 large cast iron skillet (13” or greater)
  • 1 small pot
Let the chicken cool in the refrigerator as necessary.

Preheat the cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Dice the onion and add to the pan. Next rough chop the mushrooms (if not already chopped) and add them to the pan. Next peel and thinly slice the carrots into rings and add them to the pan. Add season salt, garlic powder, and cayenne powder to veggies and toss in 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil. Cook the veggies down until reduced by about 50% and remove from the heat.

In the meantime, combine the chicken broth, wine, gravy mix, flour, black pepper and rosemary in a small pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. Remove when slightly thickened.

Preheat the oven to 375.

Place the cooled chicken on a large cutting board and remove the legs and wings, which should pull apart easily because it’s so tender. These will not be used for this recipe. Next cut both pieces of breast meat off by running your knife down either side of the bone in the middle of the breasts. As you guide your knife along the bone, pull it outward gently to separate the breast meat from the bone. Visit for a video demonstration

Roughly shred half of the white meat by using 2 forks and pulling the meat apart. This takes a little bit of time but is totally worth it. I use small dinner forks and hold them close to the ‘business end’ so they don’t bend. Next dice the other half of the white meat into small chunks, no bigger than ½ inch. You should have about 2-3 cups of chicken total.

Add the chicken, gravy mix, and frozen peas to the veggies in the cast iron pan and mix thoroughly. Gently pull each unbaked biscuit apart into 2 slices and lay on top of pot pie mixture. Bake the pot pie for approximately 15 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.


Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Menu

Murder Mystery Party - A Taste for Wine and Murder
This year my wife and I are hosting a murder mystery dinner at our house to ring in the new year.  The plot takes place in California's Wine Country (@ Ravenswood or Barefoot perhaps?!) so we're going with an Italian theme.
"It's a tour of California Wine Country with its peaceful vineyards and picturesque wineries. The annual wine-tasting festival is in full swing when the body of local vineyard owner, Barry Underwood, is found hidden beneath his wine-cellar. Barry has been missing for six long years but with the discovery of his body comes a wealth of new clues to solve the mystery. It's a vintage murder and you may be a suspect."

Here is what we'll be serving up with the help of our guests (potluck style of course):




  • Yellow Cake Chess Squares (SDG)
  • Marshmellow Cookie Bars
  • Fresh Fruit

And of course plenty of good wine to drink :)  Cheers to Happy New Year from the Someday Gourmet!

(SDG) = recipes I am preparing

Note:  This game does include a sample menu but it simply wasn't what we were looking for...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Easy Rotisserie Pulled Chicken Salad with Tarragon, Green Apples & Cashews

Copyright © 2010

Yield:  5-6 cups of salad
Prep Time:  20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes (it’s ok to cheat on this one!)
Difficulty: Level I

  • 1 Pre-Cooked Rotisserie Chicken – any flavor (found in most grocery premade sections)
  • 1 Green Apple (I prefer Granny Smith)
  • ½ - ¾ Cups Cashew Halves or Pieces
  • 2 ½ Cups Duke’s Light Mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp (heaping) Grey Poupon Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Tarragon
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Sage
  • 2 Tsp Paprika
Let the chicken cool in the refrigerator.  In the meantime, core and cut the apple into 4ths. Dice 3 of the 4 sections and thinly slice the final section (for a garnish).  Place the diced apples in a large mixing bowl, add the cashews and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, dried herbs and spices.  Set aside.

Place chicken on a large cutting board and remove the legs and wings (should pull apart easily because it’s so tender).  Next cut the both pieces of breast meat off by running your knife down either side of the bone in the middle of the breasts.  As you guide your knife along the bone, pull it outward gently to separate the breast meat from the bone. Visit for a video demonstration

Roughly shred the white meat by using 2 forks and pulling the meat apart.  This takes a little bit of patience but is totally worth it!  I use small dinner forks and hold them close to the ‘business end’ so they don’t bend.  Place all of the pulled meat into the large mixing bowl with the apples and cashews.

Optional but recommended:  Using your fingers, remove the quality pieces of dark meat from the legs and wings and pull.  This adds a great additional flavor to the dish and is hard to even discern in the finish product.

Finally, add the mayo mixture to the chicken bowl and mix thoroughly with a large spoon.  Place the sliced apple on top and serve.

Chefs Notes:
  • This salad tastes best after having a chance to chill for at least an hour.
  • This dish will stay good for about 4-5 days in a resealable container in the fridge.
  • Don’t be afraid to give the chicken a pretty good workout to break it down and increase the creaminess.
  • Add more mayo if the mixture is too dry but be sure to mix well.
  • Serve this with croissants for an extra special treat

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Creamy BLT Spread

Servings:  ~4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time:  10 minutes
Difficulty:  Level I


  • 1 package of quality bacon
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1.5 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Duke's mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp chopped thyme
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • Baguette slices or crackers
  • Parsley for topping


Preheat the broiler on low with a rack 8" from burner.  Arrange bacon on broiler tray and broil for ~10 minutes, flipping at 5 minutes.  Be sure to remove pieces just as they turn crispy but before they burn.

In the meantime, dice the white portion of the scallions and chop the green section in to rings.  Add to a medium mixing bowl. Next, slice the tomatoes into pieces and gently remove some of the juice and seeds by pressing the side of wide-bladed knife into the slices with your palm.  Add the rest of the ingredients.

Once the bacon is cooked and cooled, chop into small chunks and add to the rest of the ingredients.  Mix thoroughly and chill for an hour before serving.  Top with parsley for a nice presentation.

Chef's Notes

  • This recipe works great with low or fat free sour cream and mayonnaise.  The bacon is essential though!
  • You can adjust the amount of mayo and sour cream to change the consistency of the dip but don't over do it, their flavor can overpower.
  • Consider doubling this recipe.  Trust me you'll need it!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hofbauer Bier Brats

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Level I

  • 12-24 Uncooked brats
  • 6-8 Cans of beer
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 6 Cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tbsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Pepper
  • 4 Medium Sweet Onions - Sliced
  • Sauerkraut
Heat a large stock pot over high heat. Add the sliced onions along and begin to soften. Unpack the brats and pierce several times on each side with a fork and add to the pot. Pour in enought beer to completely cover the brats then add in the rest of the ingredients. Cover and bring to a rolling boil.

Once boiling, turn the heat back down to a simmer and let cook for 30-40 minutes. Preheat the grill over medium heat and add the brats, cook until desired level of crispiness is reached (I like mine with a bit of a crunch).

Serve on a long white roll with sauerkraut and Inglehoffer Hot & Spicy mustard.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

2nd Annual Hoftoberfest Menu

Fall is my favorite time of the year for 3 reasons...the smell of wood fires, apple cider donuts, and Oktoberfest!  For the second year in a row, my wife Jess and I are hosting a dinner party we've dubbed "Hoftoberfest" :)

Here is what is on this year's menu:

Pork and Chicken Schnitzel with a Tomato & Onion chutney **
Slow Cooked Bier Brats finished on the Grill
Warm Bavarian-Style Potato Salad **
Red Cabbage
and of course Sauerkraut

** Recipe coming soon, be sure to check back later this week!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tonight's Cooking Class Menu

First Course

Baby Greens Salad with Slow-Roasted Roma Tomatoes, Goat Cheese-Almond "Croutons", Glazed Beets and Cider Vinaigrette.  (Chef's Note: I still don't like beets but goat cheese mixed with fresh herbs rocks!)

Pasta Course

Fresh Pesto Fettuccini with Grilled Summer Vegetables and Fire-Roasted Red Peppers(Chef's note: Don't add too much water to your pasta dough or you'll clog the pasta press.  Should feel "drier than expected")

Main Entrees

Seared Chicken Cutlets and Roasted New Potatoes with a Lemon-Herb Pan Sauce(Chef's note: Make that saute pan screamin' hot for best results.  Plus the chicken will tell you when it's ready to be flipped once it easily moves in the pan using tongs.)

Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Dijon-Port Wine Sauce(Chef's note: 110-125 for rare, 125-140 medium-rare, 140-150 for medium, beyond that you're on your own.  As the sauce takes 30-40 minutes to thicken...patience is virtue.)

.....Let me know which recipes you'd like to see!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Basil Thai Chicken with Summer Squash & Zucchini


Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Difficulty: Level 1
Yield: 3-4 servings

  • 2 Large Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 Vidalia Onion
  • 1 Squash
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Packed Cup of Fresh Basil (approx.)
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 3 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • 4 Tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Fish Sauce (Found in Thai section of grocery store)
  • 2 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce (mild but noticable heat, add more if you desire but caution!)
  • 2-3 Tbsp Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice (use other half for garnish)
  • 1 Tbsp Cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 Dozen Roasted Peanuts, crushed
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Large Electic Wok or Non-stick Frying Pan

Begin prep work by washing squash, zucchini, basil (if necessary) and scallions (if necessary).  Chop the squash and zucchini into 1/2" cubes or bigger so that each piece has some of the skin.  Set aside.  Next dice the onion and scallions and set aside in a different bowl.  Finally, roll the basil leaves into a clump and rough chop into strips, place in a 3rd small bowl.

If serving with rice, turn the water on to begin to boil at this point.  Follow the directions on the rice package (usually add into boiling water, cut the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes or so until the water is absorbed).

Clean and remove fat/skin from the chicken breasts.  Slice into 1/2" strips and then cut each strip into bit size chunks.  Not too small here as you dont want the chicken to dry out during the high-heat cooking.

Add 2 Tbsp of canola oil to the Wok and preheat to High Heat (400 degrees).  When ready, carefully add the chicken using tongs and make one layer of chicken along the bottom of the pan.  Let cook for a minute or so until the bottoms begin to golden and then stir.  Repeat until the chicken is mostly golden, no more than 5 minutes total for this step.

Push the chicken out of the center and around the edges.  Add 1 tbsp canola oil to the center of the Wok followed by the onions and scallions and let sizzle for 1 minute.  Then fold the chicken into the onion mixture and push everything back out to the edges.  Add the squash & zucchini and the minced garlic to the center of the Wok and cook for 1 minute.  Fold the chicken & onion mixture into the veggies in the center and add the soy sauce, sriracha, fish sauce, lime juice and cracked pepper.  Cook for 1 more minute and then add the chopped basil.  Gently stir until the basil is wilted.

Cut the heat, sprinkle with the chopped peanuts, and serve!  Garnish with a few cilantro sprigs and a slice of lime.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Scallion Infused Pan-Fried Crab Cakes with Lemon Herb Rémoulade

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Minutes / batch of 4 Cakes
Difficulty: Level 1
Yield: 4 Crab Cakes & 1 Cup of Sauce


Crab Cakes
16oz Cooked Crab Meat (Claw or Lump)
3/4 Cup Plain Breadcrumbs
1 Egg
2 Scallions (white section only)
1 Tbsp Grey Poupon dijon mustard
1 Tsp Worchester Sauce
1 Tbsp Mustard Powder
2 Tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1 Tsp Cracked Black Pepper
1/2 Lemon Juiced
2-3 Tbsp Canola Oil (or other high heat oil)
2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter

Rémoulade3/4 Cup Mayonnaise
1/2 Lemon Juiced & Zest
1 Tbsp Heinz Ketchup
1 Tsp Worchester Sauce
1 Tsp Horseradish Sauce
2 Scallions (green section only)
1 Tbsp Dried Dill
1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
2 Tbsp Olive Oil


Preheat a large (and preferably thick bottomed) frying pan over medium heat with canola oil just covering the bottom of the pan.

Finely chop both scallions, separating the white and green sections.  Place the white section in a large mixing bowl.  Add the mustard, Worchester sauce, lemon juice, mustard powder, Old Bay, black pepper and egg.  Whisk together until mixed and the egg is lightly beat.  Next, dump the crab meat into a small bowl and gently look for shells.

Roll up your sleeves, this next part gets messy.  Add the crab meat and the breadcrumbs into the large mixing bowl and gently fold into the egg mixture until thoroughly mixed and the proper consistency to form into patties.  Divide the mixture into four piles and gently form into balls. Then lightly flatten into large patties on a cutting board with your hand.

Carefully add the butter to the heated oil and allow it to completely melt.  Using a spatula, place the 4 crab cakes into the pan with enough space to not be touching each other.  Once placed, DO NOT MOVE. 

Cook the crab cakes on each side for exactly 4 minutes.  Remove and promptly add to serving dishes.

While the cakes are cooking, place the green section of the diced scallions into a blender. Add the rest of the ingredients for the rémoulade except for the olive oil.  Pulse the blender a couple of times to ensure the scallions begin mixing with the other ingredients and push the mixture down as necessary (with blender off of course).  With the center portion of the lid removed, turn the blender on full and begin slowly drizzling the olive oil into the mixture and blend until emulsified.  Remove mixture and add to serving dishes. 

Sprinkle the sauce with Old Bay.  Garnish with lemon wedges or slices.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Someday Gourmet Featured on Ravenswood Facebook page

My Zinfandel & Bloody Mary Mix recipe was a big hit last week in our household and it recently made its way into a status update by the Ravenswood Vineyard on their "No Wimpy Wines" campaign Facebook site.  Thanks for all the love on the boards Ravenswood fans!

This was the first winery we hit on our trip out to California in 2006 and turned out to be our favorite.  As a side note, we also got engaged during this trip to Sonoma :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Zinfandel & Bloody Mary Braised Short Ribs w Bacon, Button Mushrooms, Shallots, Shredded Carrots, and Rosemary

(Copyright © 2010 Someday Gourmet)

Prep Time: 30 minutes (before goes into oven)
Cook Time: 3 hours total (2.5 hrs in oven, 30 minutes stove-top)
Difficulty: Level 2
Yield: 5-6 Ribs, 2-3 Cups Sauce

  • 5-6 larger high quality beef ribs
  • 2 ½ cups favorite bold red wine (we used Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel)
  • ½ cup Mr. & Mrs. T’s Bold & Spicy Bloody Mary Mix
  • 1 cup Swanson low sodium chicken stock
  • ½ package of bacon sliced into ½” pieces
  • 1 med. package of white button mushrooms
  • 1 cup loosely packed shredded carrots
  • 8-12 pearl onions or 4-6 shallots
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 twigs of Rosemary or 2 tablespoons dried
  • 3 tbsp coarse salt
  • 3 tbsp coarse pepper
  • 3 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1-2 tbsp red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 4 tbsp slurry (2 tbsp corn starch + 2 tbsp hot water) – prepare @ hr 2.5 of baking
  • Dutch Oven


Remove meat from refrigerator and place on counter still wrapped to allow to warm to room temperature.

Preheat Dutch Oven to medium heat (6) and add bacon. Cook until brown and crispy. Remove and dry on paper towel lined plate. Drain bacon grease except for 3 tbsp and return to heat.

While bacon is cooking, clean and rough chop mushrooms then peel onions and cut in half (slice shallots if using). Combine Salt, Pepper, Smoked Paprika and Red Pepper Flakes in a small dish. Remove the ribs from the package and place on a cutting board bone side down. Remove any easily accessible pieces of fat and then rub in a heavy coat of the spice mix on all 5 non-bone sides of each rib. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty on this step, you really want to rub it in there.

Once the bacon is cooked and removed, add the ribs to the pan in 2 batches (3 at a time is usually right) bone-side up. Proceed to cook each of the 5 meaty sides for 4 minutes each until golden brown. Once placed, DO NOT MOVE THE RIB until time to turn; this will ensure a golden crust. After all the ribs have been completely browned, set aside. Do not drain!

Next add all veggies and garlic to the Dutch Oven and cook over medium heat until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Stir frequently.

Preheat oven to 300.

Add 2 cups of the wine, all the stock, Bloody Mary mix, and Rosemary and turn heat up to high and bring to boil stirring gently but frequently. Reduce sauce by 1/3 – 1/2. Add ribs and ensure fully covered by the liquid. Place a piece of aluminum foil over the Dutch Oven and then cover with the lid to securely seal the steam in.

Bake for 2.5 hours. Remove from oven and transfer the ribs and any bones that have fallen off to a serving dish. Cover with foil and set aside. Bring the remaining sauce over high to a boil and add the slurry and the rest of the wine. Reduce by 1/3 or so until just slightly thicker, pour over ribs, and serve immediate.
Chef’s Notes
  • This sauce would taste good over anything! Consider using over oven-roasted chicken breasts (40 minutes @ 350) or even basted over a London Broil
  • Embrace the Bloody Mary Mix. Nearly every recipe out there calls for tomatoes in some form or another for braising. In this case, we get our tomato base but even more layers of additional flavor that just melt nicely into the background of the wine.
  • Good meat in, great meat out. Bad meat in, mediocre meat out. You get what you pay for on this meal and picking up high quality, low fat ribs from your butcher will go a long way. 

Friday, May 21, 2010

New House & Kitchen Renovations

A looong overdue update from the Someday Gourmet!  Please excuse the radio silence for the past month or so, it's been a whirlwind of activity on my end and blogging just didn't make it into the schedule.

Here's a glimpse at what's been going on....

My wife and I officially closed on our first home on April 23rd and we've been running around like mad since getting ready for move-in on June 12th.  We've focused most of our resources and energy on renovating our kitchen.  I am glad we chose this project right out of the gate as I think it will be the most labor intensive by far.

We've been making great progress over the past few weeks removing appliances, sanding all the surfaces, converting oven space from drop-in to slide-in, and painting.  We've got all new appliances (matching our new GE mounted microwave) coming from Best Buy the day after we move so there is much to get done between now and then.

Here are a few pictures of the work so far:


Lower counter-top and cabinets prepared for new slide-oven...

First coat!

Doors and drawers...

As we continue to make progress on the kitchen, I will definitely keep you all posted.  In the meantime, be on the lookout for a Ravenswood Zinfandel Braised Short Rib recipe!
Thanks for continuing to follow SDG and more frequent updates are on the horizon :)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Spicy Shrimp and Bowties tossed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Basil, Roasted Pine Nuts & EVOO

(Copyright © 2010 Someday Gourmet)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Level 1
Yield: 4 Servings

  • 1 lb box of Bowtie Pasta
  • 1-1 1/2 lb Medium Raw Shrimp – Cleaned, shelled and beheaded
  • 1 small jar of Sun-Dried Tomatoes in oil (or soak dried ones in oil for 15 minutes)
  • 4oz (or so) of Pine Nuts
  • 4 Tbsp Finely Chopped Basil
  • 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 Tbsp EVOO (can use the oil from the tomatoes jar if there is enough)
Preheat oven to Broil (Hi) and bring a medium/large pot of water to a boil to cook the box of pasta.

Combine the EVOO and red pepper flakes and basil in a mixing bowl.  Add the sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and shrimp and gently coat thoroughly with the oil mixture.  Spread the mixture out on foil lined baking sheet and make sure that the shrimp are flat and have some room around them.

Once the water begins to boil, add the pasta and put the baking sheet in the oven.

Broil 4" from the top coils for 4 minutes on one side and then flip the shrimp and broil for another 3-4 minutes on the other side.

Drain the pasta and add all of the contents of the foil into the pasta dish and gently toss.  Add another tbsp of EVOO if necessary.  Serve with shredded-style grated parmesan.

Chef’s Notes

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Breaded Pork Chop Pinwheels Stuffed w/ Fresh Mozzarella, Cured Italian Ham & Marinara

(Copyright © 2010 Someday Gourmet)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 22-25 minutes
Difficulty: Level II
Yield: 5-6 Pieces



Preheat oven to 375 F.  Grease a 13x9 casserole dish and set aside.  Mix breadcrumbs, 2 tbsp oregano, and 1 tbsp garlic powder in one deep cereal bowl and whisk an egg thoroughly in another.  Remove 6-8 slices of the ham from the package and set aside.  In a small bowl mix the cherry tomatoes, olive oil, and rest of oregano and garlic powder until coated and set aside. Prepare a large sheet of wax paper or plastic wrap to cover meat while flatting.

On a large cutting board, trim and clean each piece of pork removing any fat from the edges.  Pat dry with a paper towel and lay each piece out on the cutting board with enough space between them to expand vertically.  Cover the entire board with the wax paper or plastic wrap and use a meat mallet grooved side to tenderize first, then flat side to flatten each pork chop (shoot for more rectangle piece than round).  Once the meat is 1.5-2X larger in length, discard the plastic wrap.

Add a slice or so of the ham to cover the pork.  Loosely cover the ham with small chunks of mozzarella and spread a light layer of red sauce over the filling with a spoon.  Begin at one end of the pork chop and roll the pinwheel so that the filling is trapped inside.  Dredge the pork in the egg then the breadcrumbs coating thoroughly and place seam-side down in the baking dish.  Repeat for each pork chop.
Bake at 375 F for 10 minutes then add the cherry tomatoes and continue baking for 12-15 additional minutes depending on your oven.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

Chef’s Notes
  • This recipe works great with chicken breasts too.  Just start with thinly sliced or butterfly the breast yourself.
  • Serve with pasta and red sauce for a true Italian feast or consider a fresh salad for a lighter option.
  • I encourage you to experiment with the breading mixture but I would suggest avoiding salty seasonings if using a salty deli meat.
  • Recommended Wine Pairing - Barefoot's Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    Someday Gourmet Featured on

    Featured Recipe: Jodi's Pecan Encrusted Dijon Tilapia
    Mar 22, 2010

    "Our mouths are watering for this scrumptious recipe from our member SomedayGourmet! Pair this with a bottle of our Sauvignon Blanc and you've got yourself one tasty, impressive meal! Give this recipe a try then come back and tell us how it tasted in the comments section!"

    Check out the full article on Barefoot Wines

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    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    Someday Gourmet featured on Barefoot Wines website

    Featured Recipe: Roasted Pear & Moscato VinaigretteMarch 8, 2010

    "Thanks to SomedayGourmet for submitting this wonderful recipe! This recipe for Roasted Pear and Moscato Vinaigrette will sure to be a wonderful addition to your next salad! Pair this with our Moscato for a truly tasty meal."

    Check out the recipe here!

    Monday, March 8, 2010

    Jodi's Pecan Encrusted Dijon Tilapia

    (Copyright © 2010 Someday Gourmet)

    Inspiration: My Mother-in-Law Jodi
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Difficulty: Level I
    Yield: 4 Filets

    • 4 Fresh Tilapia Filets
    • ½ Cup Light Mayonnaise
    • ¼ Cup Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
    • 3/4 Cup Finely Chopped Pecans (or 2 Cup Whole + food processor)
    • 2 Tsp Fresh Cracked Sea Salt

    Preheat oven to 450 F. Combine the mayonnaise and Dijon mustard in a small bowl and set aside. Crack your salt into a small bowl that can be used to pinch while seasoning later.

    Spray a baking sheet PAM. Wash each filet and pat dry. Place the fish on a cutting board next to each other and sprinkle the entire side with the salt. Using a spatula lightly spread on a generous coating of the mayo/mustard mix then sprinkle half of pecan mixture over the fish evenly. Gently flip each piece of fish and place pecan side down on the baking sheet. Repeat salt, mustard, pecan coating process.

    Bake the fish in the center of the oven for 9 - 10 minutes or until fully cooked. Serve immediately or tightly cover with foil to keep warm.

    Chef’s Notes
    • Serve with Green Beans, Rice Pilaf and Low-Fat Pillsbury Crescent Rolls for a delicious and healthy meal.
    • Add a healthy sprinkle of dill to each side of the fish for a fresh twist on the flavor.
    • Most types of fish are considered done when they're just opaque throughout. The fish should flake easily so be careful when transferring from the baking tray to your serving dish.
    • Recommended Wine Pairing - Barefoot's Sauvignon Blanc

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    Garden Herb Pork Loin Slices over Baby Spinach & Arugula w/ Cinnamon Roasted Pears, Candied Walnuts, and a Roasted Pear & White Wine Vinaigrette

    Let's be honest, you will not have leftovers from this one...

    (Copyright © 2009 Someday Gourmet)

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 60 minutes
    Difficulty: Level I
    Yield: 3-4 Servings


    At least 1.5 hours before you plan to eat, begin to make the Someday Gourmet's Roasted Pear & White Wine Vinaigrette.  To save time, clean and cut all of the pears at the same time however do not cook 2 when making the sauce.

    40 minutes before you plan to eat, preheat the oven to 375F.  Cover half of a baking rack with foil and spray the entire rack with Pam and place it inside of a foil lined baking sheet.  Add butter to a small mixing bowl and microwave for 10 seconds or until melted then mix in the cinnamon.  Place the pears on the foil covered half of the rack and drizzle half of the butter mixture over them to thoroughly coat.  Stir the brown sugar into to the remaining butter mixture and set aside. Next remove the pork from the packaging, trim the fat, and place on the exposed half of the rack and place into the middle of the oven.  Add the walnuts to a small frying pan and cook over medium-high heat stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes.  Remove and add to the butter mixture and coat thoroughly.

    Bake for 30 minutes or until the pork is cooked to your desired doneness.

    Remove the pork from oven and let it rest on a cutting board tightly covered with foil for 5 minutes.  Turn the oven off and let the pears warm in the oven.  Meanwhile, prepare the spinach and arugula mix on the serving dish/platter and sprinkle with sea salt.  Cut the pork into slices along a 45 degree diagonal and place on the salad mix. Gently add the pear slices and top with the walnuts.

    Serve immediately with the vinaigrette on the side with a toasty piece of bread.

    Chef's Notes
    • To make life easier, I strongly suggest making the sauce in advance to refrigerate overnight.  It also allows the flavors to mellow and mix together better.
    • Feel free to use any kind of pork loin, the garden herbs are quite delicious with the pear flavor.
    • Break these candied walnuts out for any occasion.  They are quick and easy yet jazz up any salad and will really impress your friends!
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