Carnitas with Poblano and Orange Salsa

The amazing and inviting aroma of pork, cumin, and garlic in your home will greet your guests at the front door. Continue reading Carnitas with Poblano and Orange Salsa

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Braised Chicken Thighs with Lemon Verbena

I began seeing fresh lemon verbena at the Cooper Young Community Farmer’s Market several weeks ago. This powerfully fragrant herb accents some of my favorite hand soaps, I thought at the market, but I couldn’t figure out what to do with the herb in the kitchen. Intimidated, I put off experimentation until my friend David Siefker offered me some of this pungent herb from his … Continue reading Braised Chicken Thighs with Lemon Verbena

Grandma Favazza’s Sugo

I can’t claim rights to this Italian gravy recipe inherited through Paul’s family. I never met his Grandmother Mary Favazza, but her cooking heritage lives on. I made a few adjustments to the recipe. She was fond of Contadina crushed tomatoes, but I prefer the added flavor of fire-roasted tomatoes. Ingredients: 3 tbsp olive oil (1 + 2, divided) 1 Onion, chopped fine 1 Carrot, chopped fine 4 … Continue reading Grandma Favazza’s Sugo