• Flavors,  Italian,  Pasta,  Recipes

    Spinach & Ricotta Papparadelle

    Searching for a delicious and quick pasta dinner? Need to get out of the red sauce rut? Look no further than this luscious meal – simple to prepare, full of flavor and easy to customize to fit your family’s tastes. And although it’s delicious on it’s own, this pasta is also a terrific compliment to chicken, seafood or fish. I topped ours with seared halibut which I had brushed with some of my oregano marinade. Dinner couldn’t have been easier to pull together! If you’re adding protein to this dish, try my http://gatherconnectempower.com/2017/04/oregano-marinade/ Seared fish is a terrific addition to this pasta dish http://gatherconnectempower.com/2017/05/seared-halibut/ Spinach & Ricotta Papparadelle Author: Kate Wagner Serves:…

  • Proteins,  Seafood

    Seared Halibut

    Knowing how to expertly sear a piece of fish is a great skill to add to your cooking repertoire. While fish is expensive, it’s a terrific source of nutrients. So, find the best source you can for the freshest fish and keep an eye on sales. Halibut is a great choice to feed your family, and can often be found at a good price. Below is a template for cooking halibut, but feel free to substitute other fish. Try one of my savory marinades to amp up the flavor. Simply brush a tablespoon of marinade on each fillet before searing. Serve additional marinade on the side for an instant and delicious sauce. To…

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    How do you know when chicken breasts are cooked?

    One of the best cooking skills you can ever learn is how to tell when food is cooked and ready to eat. Chicken is the backbone of family meals – so knowing when chicken is cooked is just one of those “ah-ha” moments that saves you so much time and worry. You can confidently know when it’s ready to eat. A digital thermometer is among the the best investments you will ever make. All the guesswork is taken away, you know with a quick check when your food is ready, and it saves you the time of slicing into your protein to check it – which also helps your food…

  • Chicken,  Dinner,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Proteins,  Recipes,  Southern

    Grilled Honey Barbecue Chicken

    A perfectly grilled, juicy chicken breast is a thing of beauty – and once you have mastered this take-it-slow technique, chicken success on the grill will be guaranteed, every time! Don’t be afraid of the lightly spiced paste, I was worried my children wouldn’t go for it. But slathered in the sweet honey glaze? They gobbled dinner right up! Honey Barbecue Chicken Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 6 Consider making a double batch of the spice paste and honey glaze. With dinner insurance in the fridge, you are just a step away from a savory dinner – simply brush some on grilled or seared meat, pork, fish or shrimp. The flavor…

  • Chicken,  Love your leftovers,  Lunch,  Recipes,  Salads

    Curry Chicken Salad

    Curry chicken salad…a marriage of my deep love of Indian food and good chicken salad. This builds on my classic chicken salad recipe with a few Indian twists. While deep in chicken salad recipe development a few weeks ago, I had a craving on my curry version, but not sure Jeff would like it, I still made a traditional one for him. Surprise! The person who claims not to like Indian food couldn’t get enough of this salad! Don’t have any chicken? Try my fail-proof poached chicken recipe for tender, flavorful chicken every time http://gatherconnectempower.com/2016/06/poached-chicken/ Curry Chicken Salad Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 6 You will notice that my chicken salads tend…

  • Recipes,  Salads

    Bacon & Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

    We love bacon in our house…me, Jeff, all the kids…it is consumed on almost a daily basis (I probably shouldn’t confess that). So how about bacon, shallots fried in bacon fat AND roasted beets? I don’t know about you, but for Jeff and me that equals food heaven! If beets are not in season feel free to swap in whatever vegetables are fresh at the market. You could simply slice the vegetables are add them to the salad, but consider roasting or grilling them, it adds a flavor dimension and textural contrast you don’t get from raw veggies. What makes this salad sing is the combination of the bracing vinaigrette,…

  • Appetizers,  Flavors,  Recipes,  Sauces,  Spanish

    Romesco Sauce

    A quick Romesco sauce makes the most delicious topping for steak, as well as grilled chicken, roasted shrimp or a appetizer plate. I love my version because you get to skip the roasting of the peppers and instead just crack open a jar. You definitely need a food processor to whip this sauce up, but it couldn’t be easier to pull together, and keeps great in the fridge for up to a week. Perfect for a Spanish-inspired dinner! Romesco Sauce Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 2 cups There are lots of Romesco recipes that call for red peppers and tomatoes…I developed this one to be simple and quick (hello jarred roasted…

  • Recipes,  Vegetables

    Roasted Cauliflower Mash

    It took me years to really understand why anyone would make pretend mashed potatoes. The real ones were just so good and cauliflower was so bland. Two things happened to change my mind. First, I got older and my metabolism started to slow down. Suddenly the idea of not eating carbs at night seemed to make a lot of sense. Second, as I began to roast more and more vegetables I added cauliflower into the mix. Cauliflower is not my kids favorite veg, but they will eat it, especially when it’s combined on a tray with broccoli. Roasting cauliflower, alongside a head of garlic, turns a boring mash into a…

  • Recipes,  Sides

    Skillet Baby Potatoes

    Potatoes are a dinnertime staple in our house, so I am always on the lookout for new ways to prepare them. I have tinkered around with cooking them in a skillet, but they would never cook evenly, or would end up overcooked before they were done. Through trial and error I finally figured out that they have to be parboiled – that way you get a head start on getting them tender before adding them to the skillet. And now your oven is free for the rest of dinner. These savory potatoes are sure to be a hit with your family! Skillet Baby Potatoes Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 4-6 These…

  • Asian,  Flavors,  Recipes,  Salads

    Asian Salad with Honey Bacon

    Bacon is big in our house, and while I love to add it to salads I had never thought of bacon in the context of Asian food. Inspiration struck while reading a Food & Wine cookbook – why not marry bacon with Asian flavors? With that idea I was off! Jeff says learning to cook bacon in the oven is one of the three most important things he has learned from me (I am absolutely serious). I choose to interpret the fact that this food lesson is in the top three as evidence of our shared passion for bacon. Once you have cooked bacon in the oven you will never…