Comfort Food and Easy Entertaining

As a private chef, caterer and cooking instructor I am often asked "What do you enjoy cooking when you're at home on a weeknight or entertaining guests at your table?" I started this blog to answer that question. Here I will share with all of you the recipes that I find delicious and comforting. Many of the recipes are my own versions of classic dishes, some are contemporary twists on old ideas, and some are discoveries I made while perusing my grandmother’s vast collection of cookbooks dating back to the early 1900’s. Please enjoy these videos. I have also included links to some of the published articles I have written recently. Please feel free to comment here or email me directly with any questions, comments or general thoughts. My email address and information on my catering, private chef and private cooking classes can be found on my website:

Ancho Barbeque Sauce

If you're in a hurry - here's one that's delicious!! It goes very well with grilled pork tenderloin just rubbed with salt and pepper and basted with a little butter, vinegar and sugar.

Ancho BBQ Sauce:
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 teaspoons chili peppers packed in adobo sauce (about 3 large peppers, finely chopped into a paste (make sure you wash your hands afterwards)

To make the Ancho Barbecue Sauce, combine the sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, sesame oil, molasses, soy sauce, and chili peppers in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until it starts to become syrupy and dime-sized bubbles form, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and it's ready to serve.

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

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