Slow Golden Chicken and Rice

Today was “put a bunch of tasty things in a slow cooker and see what happens” day. I usually have one of these a month. Luckily, these have a pretty good track record of coming out deliciously. This was no exception.

SLOW GOLDEN CHICKEN AND RICE

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Serrano Chili Gnocchi with Pancetta

To start, there’s a whole bunch of reasons you might think this dish would be off-putting, but trust me, it all works together. Yes, it seems like the pasta swimming in grease, but that’s OK. The lemon, the chili, and the pancetta all take care of that.

Also, watch out, the end bit goes really fast, so you need to make sure the pasta is already doled out before the sauce is combined.

SERRANO CHILI GNOCCHI WITH PANCETTA

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Sunday Soup: Creamy Wild Rice and Chicken Soup

Three things for today’s dish:

  1. This is the first one in a while where I didn’t use any cheese. It’s a shame, I know, but it’s worth it. I added bacon to make up for it.
  2. This is one those dishes you can start early in the afternoon and leave on a low burner all afternoon to develop until dinnertime.
  3. If you’ve never cooked pure wild rice from scratch, it’s a little weird. Wild rice comes in a thick black husk, but when it cooks, it pops open like a pistachio. It provides a lot of good roughage for the soup.

CREAMY WILD RICE AND CHICKEN SOUP

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Valentine’s Day: BBQ Pulled Pork with Corn Waffles

Well, folks, it’s Valentine’s Day, or as we call it at the cheese casa, “Thursday.” We do neither flowers nor chocolates nor cheesy rendezvous; what we do do is a comfortable night in. There’s nothing like cooking a meal together, especially since she studies herself silly these days. So, I took care of the meat and the missus cooked up the delicious waffles.

BBQ PULLED PORK AND CORN WAFFLES

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Mardi Gras Mac and Cheese

Three straight dishes heavy on the cheese, but it wouldn’t be a saladcheese dish if there wasn’t cheese involved. This was my attempt at an homage to Mardi Gras—solid macaroni and cheese with andouille sausage and lively pappadew peppers. Pappadews only just came into my radar in the last few years. They’re smallish red habanero-shaped peppers with a very low-key spice but a nice sweetness to counterbalance the heat of the meat.

MARDI GRAS MAC AND CHEESE

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Balsamic French Onion Soup

Here at saladcheese, we don’t just believe cheese belongs to the world of macaroni and sandwiches. It’s as versatile as salt, helping to liven up a simple meal with complex flavors and delightful gooeyness.

This is another one of those meals that will aromatically linger throughout the house. If you’re down with the smell of caramelized onion pervading your couch, then this one is for you.

BALSAMIC FRENCH ONION SOUP

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Asiago Cream Chicken and Potatoes

First off, this one has everything that is right about winter food. Potatoes. Cheese. Cream. Second Cheese. Garlic. All that good stuf.

Secondly, you need to put some time into this one. But, roasting the garlic and getting the potatoes pre-cooked helps trim down as much time as possible. Trust me, though, it’s all worth it.

ASIAGO CREAM CHICKEN AND POTATOES

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