Posts Categorized: 7. Dinners

Pesto Pizza, New Deli Style

New Deli Pesto Pizza

Back in the day, The New Deli made one huge sheet of Pesto Pizza on Fridays. A few of us still remember those days. Once in awhile, we make this recipe again, for New Deli parties. Sssh–don’t tell anyone! (It’s just for employees and family, ha…) Now, the secret to a non-soggy crust: A first layer of thinly-sliced mozzarella cheese over the dough. (We also add an egg, plus extra spinach to the pesto). New Deli secrets revealed!

Chicken, Moroccan, for 240!

Tender, Moist Chicken Breast for Large Events

This chicken breast turned out so moist. We made it for our church’s annual Women’s Christmas Dinner, but- if you’re planning a wedding or other large event, check this out. A mix of butter and Dijon mustard, plus a mix of bread crumbs and Parmesan, helps the meat turn out perfect.

Chicken Paprikosh

Chicken Paprikosh with Veggies

This is one of the first recipes my son wanted after moving into his own place. I don’t think it’s that it’s the most amazing recipe ever, but that we had a lot of good memories of meals shared, enjoying this dish. Chowing down on a hearty helping of this after soccer practices… that kind of stuff!

Paella: Rice Dish w/Seafood (or Fave Meat)

Paella w/ Saffron, New Deli Style

Rice-cooker, step aside. There is more than one way to skin a cat (ew- sorry, PITA). What I mean is, there’s more than one way to cook rice!

Paella is a Spanish rice dish, typically made in a “paella pan”. (My iron skillet works just fine.) I add a bit of turmeric to this too- it’s got many benefits, including being anti inflammatory. Plus, when turmeric is coupled with black pepper, its healthy effects are squared to the tenth power! (Or something like that…)

Chicken, Moroccan Style

Olives, Raisins, Toasted Almonds, Make Tasty Morrocan Chicken

Back in the seventies, I soon discovered as a newlywed that my in-laws were classic meat-and-potato folk. So Tom’s dad looked pretty alarmed when I served the family an exotic ethnic dish with raisins and green olives in it. It was a Betty Crocker recipe , and perhaps not totally authentic. I’ve since discovered a Moroccan recipe we really enjoy. It’s exotic. It’s different. It’s delicious!

Leg of Lamb Mosaic: Elegant Easter Dinner!

Butterflied Lamb, Stuffed w/Carrot, Spinach, Red Pepper, Garlic, Herbs

Lamb can be a welcome change from typical roasts; perfect for special occasions. This lamb recipe is big on flavor, presentation, and economy; Leg of Lamb is usually better-priced than other cuts. With some prep done ahead of time (like roasting the red peppers before-hand), it’s not too much work all at once. The whole…

Chicken w/ Sesame Orange Marinade (Easy Recipe for a Crowd)

Sesame Orange Chicken for a Crowd

I’m starting to plan for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday, and think I’ll serve this, since it makes so much. Yes, it’s also nice to serve on a smaller scale (just reduce the recipe). But it’s ideal when you need a big batch of something, and don’t have a lot of time…