My Corner Bistro

Slow Roasted Pernil (Pork Shoulder)

This slow roasted pernil is a Puerto Rican dish commonly made during Christmas but in my house we make it all year around. While roasting in the oven get ready because your home will be filled with the mouth watering aroma of garlic, cumin, and bay leaves making this pernil the most flavorful and tender fall off the bone dish you have ever had!  The shoulder is an inexpensive cut of pork allowing you to feed a large crowd for pennies on the dollar. Pernil once roasted can be used in countless amount of dishes like tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, crisped up and added to your mangu, in chili, your morning hash, and, the most popular way, homemade cuban sandwiches. Omg they are the best! The list goes on. There are two ways to slow roast your pork shoulder, either in the oven low and slow or in a crock pot where you can “set it and forget it”. In the recipe below I give directions for both ways.

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Creamy Tomato Bisque

tomato bisque

With the brisk wind blowing and the colorful leaves falling there is no doubt that the fall season has arrived. What better way to enjoy this beautiful weather than with a warm bowl of creamy tomato bisque. It’s comfort food at it’s best. A bisque is a rich, smooth, creamy soup often made with loads of vegetables, broth and thickened with a roux (roo).

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Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

It really doesn’t get better than a comforting bowl of Chicken Pot Pie. The warm flaky crust, and the creamy vegetables bursting with flavor make this the only pot pie recipe you will ever need! Now what I love about this recipe is that its ridiculously easy to make. For the chicken, just go to the market and pick up one of those rotisserie chickens already warmed up and ready to eat. Typically you can get one for around $5. Also pick up a package of ready to use pie crust if you don’t have one in your freezer already. Now choose your veggies. For this pot pie I chopped up a couple of potatoes, some carrots, a pint of mushrooms (which you can get already sliced) an onion, garlic, and I opened up a can of peas. Some cream, butter and seasonings and there you have it! A delectable gourmet dinner for half the cost and half the time.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza – vegetarian & vegan substitutions included!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

This delicious BBQ Chicken Pizza was inspired by a dish Dave and I had had one night at a restaurant called California Pizza Kitchen many years ago. Have you ever eaten there? They are know for their extensive list of unique pizzas. I put my own little spin on this recipe and will admit it came out amazing! I used some grilled chicken that I had leftover from the night before but you can either grill it fresh or even use an oven roaster from the market. This is a great quick weeknight meal for those nights when you come home from work and don’t want to spend another hour in the kitchen to make dinner. You can also serve this pizza as an appetizer. It’s great finger food especially with the Superbowl coming up soon.  The mix of the garlic oil, honey bbq sauce and sesame oil make this pizza out of this world! I know….they seem like ingredients you would see out of a Chopped basket but honestly they come together so well and create a pizza loaded with flavor.

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Mama’s Beef Stew

Beef, Main Dishes, Soups & Stews | August 7, 2015 | By

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The first time I had ever tried beef stew was when my mother in law Mary aka Mama made it for us in our home in Connecticut. It really hit the spot especially on that brisk day. The leaves were just starting to turn colors and there was a little chill in the air. Mama was watching the baby while Dave and I went to work and that night she made this stew for dinner. I walked into the house and instantly gravitated to the kitchen.

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Italian Romano Bean Soup

Romano Bean & Potato Soup

During the summer and fall seasons you will begin to see Romano Beans being sold at your local market. Originating in Italy the Romano Bean is like the Cousin Dom of the snap peas. They are a little meatier and crunchier in texture but tender enough to enjoy in soups like the one above. They generally grow to about 5 to 8 inches in length, come in several different colors, and can be enjoyed raw or cooked.

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Rustic Vegetable Lasagna

vegetable lasagna

A lot of people associate spaghetti and meatballs with being the “signature Italian dish” but did you know that this recipe originated here in America. If you go to Italy, you will not find a dish called spaghetti and meatballs. And if you do, it is probably to satisfy the palate of the American tourist.

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Oven Roasted Dill Chicken Quarters

Oven Roasted Chicken Quarters

 
This chicken came out so juicy and delicious! It was a hit at dinner. Now if you’ve read my other posts the one thing I am big on is simplicity. I don’t like long, confusing, thousand stepped recipes. I like simple and delicious. A good recipe doesn’t have to be complicated it just requires good quality ingredients.

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Easiest Grilled Chicken Ever!

Grilled Chicken Breast

 When I tell you this is the easiest grilled chicken recipe in the world I mean it! The secret weapon to perfectly juicy chicken breast is…..Italian dressing! Crazy right??? This chicken was so flavorful and simple.

I made this chicken last weekend for a huge bbq we were having with family and friends to celebrate my sister’s graduation. We were cooking up a lot of chicken and I just needed a quick and simple marinate to stick on the chicken. After going through a few different recipes Dave game me the idea to use Italian dressing. He said it was packed with all the seasonings we would normally use to marinate the chicken anyway so I gave it a try. What a smart cookie I married! He saved me so much time and money and the chicken came out perfect! This is literally a low maintenance no fail chicken recipe.

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille

In honor of one of my favorite Disney movies I decided to try and recreate the infamous dish Ratatouille. Now being that this is a French dish I was prepared for the recipe to be very complicated with a lot of steps and special ingredients. To my surprise I was wrong. Ratatouille is one of the simplest and tastiest dishes ever. I think prep time took me a total of 15 minutes and that’s including making the veggie swirl design.

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