Chicken with Mushroom Gravy

Based on the recipe found here.


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. butter
4 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 c. flour
2 c. beef broth

Heat olioil and melt 1 tbsp butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add chicken and cook for 3 minutes or until golden, then turn and cook the other side for 3 minutes. Transfer to plate, cover loosely with foil.

Add 1 tbsp butter to the skillet. Add mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes or until pretty golden. Add remaining 1 tbsp butter and garlic. Cook for 1 minute until mushrooms are golden. Turn heat DOWN to medium. Add flour and mix for 1 minute. Add about 1/4 of the beef broth, mixing as you go. Once incorporated, add remaining broth gradually, mixing constantly. This is key to avoid lumps in gravy. Use a whisk if needed (works fine even with mushrooms in there). Cook gravy for about 2 minutes or until it thickens to your taste - remember it will thicken more as it cools when serving. Adjust salt and pepper. Return chicken to the pan and turn to coat in gravy.


Chinese Coleslaw


1 head red cabbage
8 Tbsp. salted sunflower seeds
8 green onions, sliced
1 large can mandarin oranges, drained
1/4 c. butter
2-3 oz. sliced or slivered almonds
2 packages ramen noodles, crushed
2-4 Tbsp. sesame seeds
2 Tbsp, sugar
1/3 c. rice vinegar
3/8 c. oil
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. pepper

Chop cabbage in food processor finely. Put in large bowl with sunflower seeds, green onions and mandarin oranges. In medium pan melt butter and saute almonds, noodles and sesame seeds. Let cool. In small bowl mix sugar, rice vinegar, oil, soy sauce and pepper until emulsified. Combine all ingredients and toss.

Broccoli Craisin Salad


2 broccoli heads, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 red onion, chopped finely
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. salted sunflower seeds
8-10 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
1 c. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 c. sugar

Combine broccoli, onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds and bacon in large bowl. In small bowl mix mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar until smooth. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Erik's Taco Salad


2 lbs. hamburger or ground turkey
2 c. sour cream
1/3 c. chili sauce
2 tsp. finely chopped onion
1 c. red onion
2 cans (15 oz) kidney beans
2 pkg taco seasoning
2 c. water
2 heads of lettuce
2 avocados
2 tomatoes
1 c. olives, sliced
tortilla chips
3 c. shredded cheddar cheese 

Combine sour cream, chili sauce and onion and place in refrigerator. Brown meat with onion then drain. Add kidney beans, taco seasoning, and water. Simmer for 10 minutes. Toss with lettuce, avocado, tomato, olives, chips, and cheese. Then add dressing from the refrigerator.  

Simple Brownies


1 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 c. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/3 c. cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. flour

Beat sugar and eggs for 60-90 seconds until sugar is dissolved and mixture is pale yellow. Add oil and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. Pour into greased 9x9 pan. Bake 350 F for 20 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.

Can double recipe and use 9x13 pan but baking time is longer.

Champagne Vinaigrette

Based on the recipe found here.


1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. dijon Mustard
1/4 c. champagne vinegar
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. honey
2 or 3 dashes hot sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil

Whisk together the garlic, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, honey, hot sauce, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified. Alternatively, you can combine all the ingredients in a blender or a food processor and puree until smooth.

Macaroni and Cheese

Based on the recipe found here.


Mac and Cheese Sauce
3 c. whole milk
1 c. heavy cream
6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature, cut in 12 pieces
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. white pepper
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
10 oz. shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheese blend

Per Serving
1 c. Mac and Cheese Sauce
1 c. cooked cavatappi (spiral tube macaroni)
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 c. Panko bread crumbs
1 Tbsp. melted butter

In a saucepan, heat milk and cream on medium heat, stirring often, just until boiling but do not allow to boil. Stir in cream cheese and stir until melted. Keep hot, do not allow to boil. In a large, heavy pot, melt butter on medium heat. Whisk in flour, peppers, salt and garlic; let cook for 2 minutes, whisking continuously, then stir into hot milk-cream mixture. Let cook, stirring continuously, until it thickens. Stir in cheese and cook, stirring often, until cheese melts. In small bowl toss Panko crumbs with butter.

Spread about 1/4 cup Mac and Cheese Sauce in bottom of individual oven-proof dishes. Top with cavatappi, then cheddar, then 3/4 cup Mac and Cheese Sauce. Top with buttered Panko. Bake at 450 F for 7 to 10 minutes until hot and Panko turns golden.