Chicken in Marinara with Mushrooms


3 cups marinara (either homemade or from a jar)
6 large fresh basil leaves, torn in half
Goodly shake of ground black pepper
1 T olive oil
1 (8 oz) boneless skinless chicken breast
1 T olive oil
8 small cremini mushrooms, rinsed, patted dry, and destemmed, then cut into chunks
1/2 cup onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 oz angel hair pasta
Condiments: pecorino Romano cheese, chopped flat Italian parsley or sliced (from a jar) Calabrian chiles
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Spicy Ropa Vieja


1 T olive oil, preferably a fruity oil
1/2 of one large sweet onion, sliced into 3 inch lengths about 1/2 inch thick
1 green bell pepper stemmed, seeded, and sliced as you did the onion
4 cloves garlic, chopped or smashed
1 1/2 T tomato paste
3/4 t cumin
3/4 t Mexican oregano (please do not use Mediterranean oregano)
Ground black pepper, at least 1/4 teaspoon
1 good splash of white wine
1 T soy sauce
1 bay leaf
1 large whole jalapeno, rinsed and dried
1 lb flank steak cut across the grain into four pieces
Several red jalapenos, left whole, rinsed and dried
1/2 t white vinegar Read More

Swiss Steak and Gravy


Serves 8-10


1 (2 1/2 lb) chuck roast
2 T flour
Salt and pepper
2 T vegetable oil, or your favorite high heat oil
1 medium onion, cut into large
2 stalks celery, cut into large pieces
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
1 bell pepper, deveined, deseeded, and cut into large pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup beef stock
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T paprika
1 t oregano
1 t granulated garlic
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 T butter, room temperature
2 T flour Read More