Chorizo and Manchego Beer Bread

Chorizo and Manchego Beer Bread

Over the Christmas holiday, Chris and I attended a dinner party over at our friend EW’s house.  We decided to bring a bottle of wine and this bread.  I know EW is a HUGE bread lover so I thought I’d bake him a loaf.  In the past, I have baked him savory breads but he seemed to love beer bread more than others.  I’m guessing it’s the dense texture and the crusty top.

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Spaghetti with Green Chard and Chorizo

Spaghetti with Green Chard and Chorizo

I adapted this recipe from a magazine I was reading at my Acupuncture’s office.  It was about healthy eating, yada, yada.  Blah! I mean, don’t get me wrong —I’m all for healthy eating but the recipe was basically whole wheat pasta, pine nuts, lemon zest/juice, collard greens, garlic and Pecorino Romano cheese.  The recipe didn’t sound all that great to me but the picture sure looked fantastic.  So I decided to make it but I tailored it to my liking.  This one is a winner, will be making more of it soon.  Happy Friday!

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Fried Duck Egg Chorizo Cracklings Toast

Fried Duck Egg Chorizo Cracklings Toast

Last weekend Chris and I joined Kimi and her family for lunch at this tapas place.  One of the many delightful dishes we tried was a small plate called Fried Duck Egg, Chorizo Cracklings, Toast.  It was such a simple yet tasty dish that I wanted to recreate it at home.  I managed to score some duck eggs at my butcher.  I’ve been meaning to give duck eggs a try but I just didn’t know how to prepare it or what to expect.

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Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and White Beans

Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and White Beans

We’ve been having sporadic rain here the last couple of weeks.  It would be gorgeous and sunny one day and the next —rain and wind! So I decided to make a pot of chicken stew (I always have boneless, skinless chicken thighs in my freezer) to warm our bellies.  When I made this, I was in a bit of a rush so I didn’t bother cutting my chicken into pieces but feel free to do so if you prefer small pieces instead.  If you are not into beans, potatoes would also work well.  It’s the perfect meal to curl up on the couch with on a cold and miserable day.

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Chorizo Leeks and Manchego Bread

Chorizo Leeks and Manchego Bread

I know the photo doesn’t look like much but this bread is sooooooo good, especially when it’s served warm.  The pepper really gives this bread a kick and pairs so nicely with the chorizo and manchego.  I think next time, I would use some rosemary and parmesan cheese with some coarse sea salt on top.  Enjoy!

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Chorizo Cheddar Muffins

Chorizo Cheddar Muffins

Tonight is leftover night.  I had some soup leftover from Saturday and wanted to pair something savory with it.  I had some chorizo sausages in the fridge so I thought a savory muffin sounded pretty good.  Feel free to have this for breakfast.  Chris’ coworkers always do whenever I make savory muffins. 🙂

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