The Best Meatloaf

For dinner tonight, I'm making a great Meatloaf recipe I found a few years ago on Epicurious. I've made it a bunch of times and it's been a big hit with family and friends. Great leftovers as well - and who doesn't love a meatloaf sandwich?

Best Enchiladas Ever? (Green Chile and Chicken)

Last night I made 'The Best Creamy Chicken Enchiladas' recipe from J. Kenji Lopez-Alt at Serious Eats. Slightly labor intensive (particularly if you initially forget to broil one of the vegetables!), but the results are 100% worth it. Great mix of creamy (the crema), spicy (the poblanos and serranos), and tangy (the tomatillos). Highly recommended!

Everything Parker House Rolls

Very excited - starting to prep for Thanksgiving.

Last year I made the Everything Parker House Rolls from Williams-Sonoma. After many years of trying to find a good recipe for Thanksgiving rolls I came across this one and my search is over.

Tall and Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits

These buttermilk biscuits are a bit of work but they are the best I've had. Unfortunately the recipe is behind a paywall, so you'll either need to be a subscriber to Cooks Illustrated online or to sign up for a free trial.

Tall and Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits

Mixed Pepper Jam

I like to make this with a mix of jalapeno, serrano, and habanero peppers. I also use only red bell peppers (rather than red + yellow + green). Delicious served with cream cheese and wheat thins.

Mixed Pepper Jam (from Blue Ribbon Preserves - available at

Kale & Apple Salad with Spiced Pecans

Have made this salad a bunch of times - it's perfect for fall - and in fact it's now a staple in my Thanksgiving dinner.

Kale & Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans (via Food & Wine)

Vermouth-Braised Short Ribs

With the arrival of cooler weather, this is a nice hearty preparation of short ribs:

Vermouth-Braised Short Ribs With Spring Herbs and Honeyed Shallots (via New York Times)

Grilled Quesadillas with Sweet Corn, Grilled Shrimp and Jalapeno Pesto (Bobby Flay)

Made this one again last night - for probably the fifth time this year.

Grilled Quesadillas with Sweet Corn, Grilled Shrimp and Jalapeno Pesto  (from Bobby Flay's Boy Gets Grill)

I often skip the jalapeno pesto and just serve the quesadillas with sliced fresh peppers.

Good side dishes: black beans or Arugula Salad with Black Bean, Corn, Avocado and Orange Chile Dressing from Lettuce In Your Kitchen.

Butternut Squash and Creamed-Spinach Gratin

As summer fades away and the cool days of fall are on the way, this is a great recipe to have around. Make sure you get the spinach good and dry before assembling the dish (less water means more concentrated flavors!).

Butternut Squash and Creamed-Spinach Gratin (epicurious)

Quick and Smoky Baked Beans

Another summertime favorite. I usually make this when I am making some kind of barbecue....

Quick and Smoky Baked Beans (Food Network)