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I started this site, called Tasty Delux Recipes, in December 2009, at the urging of my sister. I had talked about starting a blog for months and she told me to get off my arse and do it. During the last four plus years, I have been working as a full-time blogger, freelance recipe developer and food photographer as well as consulting on blogs and social media.I actually have a little kitchen. I understand the struggle to find ideas for dinner and when you really really want to make something for family and friends for a celebration or just to make them feel special. The food you'll find here is no fuss, usually quick and easy and I include a mix of homemade and a mix of cutting corners (or as some would say semi homemade). But at the same time, I have a cooking and baking bucket list, always challenging myself and hopefully by bringing you along on my food journey, I can show you how easy it is to make that dish that both of us think is difficult to make.



Shepherd's Pie

Peel the potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch dice. Place in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Set over high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, uncover, decrease the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until tender and easily crushed with tongs, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Place the half-and-half and butter into a microwave-safe container and heat in the microwave until warmed through, about 35 seconds. Drain the potatoes in a colander and then return to the saucepan. Mash the potatoes and then add the half and half, butter, salt and pepper and continue to mash until smooth. Stir in the yolk until well combined. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the filling. Place the canola oil into a 12-inch saute pan and set over medium high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and carrots and saute just until they begin to take on color, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Add the lamb, salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, approximately 3 minutes. Sprinkle the meat with the flour and toss to coat, continuing to cook for another minute. Add the tomato paste, chicken broth, Worcestershire, rosemary, thyme, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer slowly 10 to 12 minutes or until the sauce is thickened slightly. Add the corn and peas to the lamb mixture and spread evenly into an 11 by 7-inch glass baking dish. Top with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling up and smooth with a rubber spatula. Place on a parchment lined half sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown. Remove to a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Shrimp Scampi Tetrazzini

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the spaghetti according to package directions for al dente. Drain and set aside. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large heavy-bottom pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds black pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms have softened and released their liquid, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the shallot, 2 minced garlic cloves and the red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot has softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the wine and bring to a boil, stirring to combine. Cook, stirring frequently, until reduced completely, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the butter until melted, then sprinkle in the flour and stir until well combined with the vegetables. Slowly pour in the cream, then add the lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds black pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened and no longer has a floury taste, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the pasta and cheese and toss until pasta is well coated. Transfer to a 3-quart casserole dish. Meanwhile, microwave the remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a small bowl until melted, about 1 minute. Stir 2 tablespoons of the melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt into the panko in a small bowl; set aside. Toss the remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter with the shrimp, grated garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds black pepper in a medium bowl. Scatter the shrimp evenly over top of the pasta, then sprinkle with the panko mixture. Bake until the shrimp are opaque throughout and the topping is slightly golden, about 10 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before sprinkling with the parsley.

Perfect Pot Roast

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Generously salt and pepper the chuck roast. Heat the olive oil in large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the halved onions to the pot, browning them on both sides. Remove the onions to a plate. Throw the carrots into the same very hot pot and toss them around a bit until slightly browned, about a minute or so. Reserve the carrots with the onions. If needed, add a bit more olive oil to the very hot pot. Place the meat in the pot and sear it for about a minute on all sides until it is nice and brown all over. Remove the roast to a plate. With the burner still on high, use either red wine or beef broth (about 1 cup) to deglaze the pot, scraping the bottom with a whisk. Place the roast back into the pot and add enough beef stock to cover the meat halfway. Add in the onions and the carrots, along with the fresh herbs. Put the lid on, then roast for 3 hours for a 3-pound roast. For a 4 to 5-pound roast, plan on 4 hours. The roast is ready when it's fall-apart tender.

Excellent Meatballs

Coat a large saute pan with olive oil, add the onions and bring to a medium-high heat. Season the onions generously with salt and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes. The onions should be very soft and aromatic but have no color. Add the garlic and the crushed red pepper and saute for another 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to cool. In a large bowl combine the meats, eggs, Parmigiano, parsley and bread crumbs. It works well to squish the mixture with your hands. Add the onion mixture and season generously with salt and squish some more. Add the water and do 1 final really good squish. The mixture should be quite wet. Test the seasoning of the mix by making a mini hamburger size patty and cooking it. The mixture should taste really good! If it doesn't it is probably missing salt. Add more. Add more anyway. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Shape the meat into desired size. Some people like 'em big some people like 'em small. I prefer meatballs slightly larger than a golf ball. Coat a large saute pan with olive oil and bring to a medium-high heat. Brown the meatballs on all sides. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake them in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked all the way through. If using right away, add them to your big pot of marinara sauce. If not using right away, they can be frozen for later use. Serve with pasta and sauce or just eat them straight out of the pot! YUM! Marinara Sauce: Coat a large saucepot with olive oil and add the pancetta. Bring the pot to a medium-high heat and cook the pancetta for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the onions, season generously with salt and stir to coat with olive oil. Cook the onions for 6 to 7 minutes stirring frequently. The onions should become very soft and aromatic but have no color. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes stirring frequently. Pass the tomatoes through the food mill. Be sure to pass all of the pulp through the holes leaving only the stems and the seeds, and be sure to scrape the pulp off of the bottom of the food mill. That's all of the big money stuff! Add the tomatoes to the pot and rinse out 1 of the empty tomato cans with water and add that water to the pot (about 2 to 3 cups). Season generously with salt and TASTE IT!!!! Tomatoes take a lot of salt. Season in baby steps and taste every step of the way. Cook the sauce for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally and tasting frequently.

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  • Comfort food at its best! My family loves these meatballs so much, I keep a couple dozen of them in the freezer for a quick meal that makes everyone happy.

    John Smith - Visitor
  • Wow amazing recipe! The meatballs were flavorful and moist. I made double the quantity, a total of 40 meatballs. They were decent size. Didn’t fall apart on the marinara sauce I made. This recipe is a keeper and will be making the meatballs and sauce again.

    David Rule - Visitor

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