“Guest Chef” CHEF G’s MELISSA’S DE-LITE

CHEF G's MELISSA'S DE-LITE! This is a very special dish inspired by my good friend Chef Melissa in Beverly Hills.  When I first saw a photo of this salad I was instantly intrigued. And I can say without hesitation that this is one of the most flavorful salads I’ve ever prepared and eaten. It's really very healthy, yet oozing culinary ecstasy! Now Melissa shared with…

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SEARED ZUCCHINI & YELLOW SQUASH

CHEF G's SEARED ZUCCHINI & YELLOW SQUASH Trust Chef G when I tell you that this is the simplest and BEST stovetop squash recipe ever! And it might be the only one you will ever use after trying it the first time. But first, here's a quick rundown on this wonderful fruit.   Yes, squash is a fruit. Even though most people identify squash with…

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“UNSCRIPTED” STUFFED ACORN SQUASH

"UNSCRIPTED" STUFFED ACORN SQUASH A Guest Chef G Recipe Why unscripted? Because I improvised the stuffing...like a #BOSS! It's stuffed with a mixture of ground beef, cheeses, sautéed veggies, and shaved almonds. It might look "fancy", but it's nothing less than Simple Goodness. My original intent was to make a nice warm soup served in an acorn squash bowl on a cold sub-zero day in…

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Ooey Gooey Mac & Cheese

Ooey Gooey Mac & Cheese It’s been rainy and cold here. Comfort food was a must. Ken wanted macaroni and cheese, but it had to be extra cheesy with a crunchy topping. Patti said no problem and added bacon and broccoli to make it tastier and a bit healthy. Our Green Mountain Grill/Smoker added extra flavor along with their Green Mountain “Sizzle Seasoning Blend”. Perfect!…

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Fiesta Broccoli Bake

Fiesta Broccoli Bake One of the things we love about our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven is that while Ken is smoking his meat, Patti is making her sides next to him. Plus, we always use the smoke box for even more great flavor. Ken loved the crunchy topping. We love cooking outdoors rain or shine and our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven allows us to cook…

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Three Cheese Zucchini Bake

Three Cheese Zucchini Bake We lucked out at the Murrieta Farmer’s Market. They have fresh, firm zucchini and Vivian of Drake Farms had fresh parmesan-reggiano cheese. So, we made a yummy side dish that would also be great if we added cooked, drained sausage, ground beef and/or chopped crisp bacon for a perfectly delicious and easy main dish. Ken isn’t an “oh, good” veggie kind…

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Candied Butternut Squash

Candied Butternut Squash We’ve been getting a lot of requests for something that isn’t sweet potatoes, but something equally sweet and healthy. Linda Engle of Engle Farms at the Murrieta Farmer’s Market to the rescue! Butternut squash from Linda and the recipe she gave us looks a lot like sweet potatoes and candied perfectly. Now that we’ve discovered butternut squash we plan to use it…

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Pattis Party Beans

Pattis Party Beans were So Good Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme. Wood burning stove, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We…

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Zesty Steak Fries

Zesty Steak Fries We like to do everything on the grill. By now you know that and it is not a big surprise. I am a meat and potato kind of guy. Sometimes Patti will mix things up a bit for me and go with potatoes and meat. We like to do our potatoes on the grill, where they can pick up that rich smoke…

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Easy Cheesy Potatoes with Spinach

Easy Cheesy Potatoes with Spinach Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Pacific Living Pizza Oven but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme. Wood burning stove, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We enjoy…

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Chili Corn Pudding

Chili Corn Pudding Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on the grill but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our covered patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme.  Wood burning stove, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We enjoy a little wine, or…

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Cowboy Beans

Cowboy Beans Cowboy Beans I have been making these beans for over 20 years now. I have made them on many camping trips over an open fire. I don’t measure anything anymore. I’ll get you close and you go from there. First, my beans are a little on the fiery side so you may want to tone it down now and go open a can.…

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