Veloute Sauce

VelouteLight to medium tan in color, Velouté is the second sauce in the series of five colorful Mother Sauces.

Like so many recipes, this sauce begins with a roux. Before making the sauce, assemble everything you need. Never leave a roux unattended.

The following recipe makes about 2 cups – the perfect amount for many recipes, including Anything Leftover Casserole. It is easily doubled or tripled.

Velouté Ingredients:

3 T butter
3 T all-purpose flour
2 cups veal, chicken, or fish stock
1/8 t ground white pepper Read More

Savory Seared Chicken and Vegetable Salad



1 1/2 lb chicken breast, cut into chunks
1 t salt
1 t ground black pepper
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t smoky paprika
1 T olive oil
12 cups mixed salad greens, torn
1/4 cup white onion, sliced
24 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 large avocado, cut into chunks
1 broccoli crown, cut into pieces
2 T aged balsamic vinegar
2 T extra virgin olive oil Read More

Italian Barbecue Sauce

Homemade barecue sauce in jar

Homemade barecue sauce in jar


1/4 cup pure olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 29 oz can of tomato puree
2 T red wine vinegar – get a good one, I use Colavita
2 T packed brown sugar…packed firm and maybe even rounded a bit if you enjoy a sweet sauce
1/2 t fresh ground black pepper
1 t oregano Read More

Roasted Lemon Chicken



2 T olive oil
8 garlic cloves, sliced or minced
2 shallots, minced
1 t dried thyme
1/4 cup Sherry
1 t soy sauce, dark, low sodium
1 T lemon juice
4 chicken breasts
4 chicken thighs
1/4 t sea salt
1 t black pepper
2 lemons, rinsed, dried, quartered, and deseeded
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped Read More

Baked Chicken Flautas


Makes 8 large dinner-sized flautas

Looking for a great little flautas for an appetizer? Try Pan Fried Chicken Flautas.


2 (1 lb total) chicken breasts, boneless skinless
2 T butter or oil
2 t chili powder
1 t cumin
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t turmeric
1/4 t black pepper
Pinch of cayenne, or to taste
8 oz queso fresco, crumbled
2 T green chilis, mild or hot, chopped
1 T cilantro, finely chopped
8 (9 inch) flour tortillas
Toppings: salsa, guacamole Read More

Roast Chicken Thighs with Crispy Kale


Serves 6


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 t balsamic vinegar
1/2 t turmeric
1 t ground garlic
1/4 t ground pepper
Salt to taste (optional)
1 1/2 lb medium red potatoes, leave the skin on, clean, and slice into large chunks
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 sweet red pepper, cut into chunks
1 lb cremini mushrooms, washed, dried, and sliced into 1 inch pieces
6 oz kale, stems removed, leaves torn
6 large bone-in chicken thighs
1 T Seasoning Blend, see Spoon Mage™ Note
1/2 t smoky paprika Read More

Pan Fried Chicken Flautas


Makes 20 traditionally thin pan fried flautas, perfect for your next gathering. Cut in half or leave them whole, just be sure to set out a variety of dips. Or for a wonderful change of pace, treat your family to a terrific Tex-Mex flautas dinner!

Need to save calories? Try Baked Chicken Flautas!


1 cooked rotisserie chicken from your favorite grocers
1 (4 oz) can Hatch green chiles, hot or mild
8 oz Queso Fresco, crumbled
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1 T cilantro, chopped
1 small lime, fresh squeezed
2 t chili powder
2 t cumin
2 t garlic powder
1/4 t ground black pepper
20 6” flour tortillas
20 toothpicks
Vegetable oil for frying Read More

Thai Basil Chicken


1 T peanut oil
8 cloves garlic, chopped
3 shallots, thinly sliced
2 pounds boneless chicken thighs, chopped into small pieces
4 kaffir lime leaves, fresh or dried
8 Thai chiles or 2 jalapenos, chopped and then pounded with mortar and pestle to open the fibers
1 T black soy sauce
1 T t oyster sauce
1 T fish sauce
1 1/2 cups fresh Thai basil
1/4 t ground white pepper Read More