I'm a food nerd - I love to try new foods, new techniques, etc.  So if I find inspiration in something I eat somewhere, I try to duplicate it at home.  I also love the challenges of pairing - wine, beer or spirits - with a dish.

A few notes about how I use BigOven:

1) If I find a recipe that I want to try at some point, I will post it and add the tag "Untried."  As I try recipes, I will remove this tag and provide my honest review of the recipe.  If I make adjustments, I will include those in my review UNLESS no one has favorited or marked the recipes as try soon.  Then I will make adjustments to the recipe itself.

2) I love to get reviews - but I prefer some "meat" in the reviews.  For instance, "Great" or "Terrible" don't help any of us very much.  If you review my receipe, I'd love it if you include details on why you liked it or disliked it.  That will help others (and me) to adjust the recipe when we make it.

Steak - have a BGE (Big Green Egg) and absolutely love grilling on it.  (At some point I'm going to play around with smoking on it).

Italian food - my wife loves pasta and my memories of dining in Italy are some of the best food memories I have.

Asian food - I absolutely love the balancing of flavors in Asian food (or some American knock offs of Asian food).

Pizza - I finally found a good crust recipe and now have an outdoor pizza oven.  This could be dangerous...

My Most Recent Ratings

Sweet 'n' Spicy Sriracha-Glazed Salmon

Sweet 'n' Spicy Sriracha-Glazed Salmon

This was awesome. Wonderful flavors and so nice that it's very healthy. Will be a part of the regular rotation! — sbjonas 1/29/2015
Roasted Sesame Green Beans

Roasted Sesame Green Beans

Didn't have fresh green beans, so used frozen. Started by parboiling them for a minute and then shocking them with cold water. Then followed the recipe from there. Overall, the flavor was not the BIG flavor I was expecting from roasting - maybe because the beans weren't fresh. Went nicely with salmon we made, but not a "wow" dish. — sbjonas 1/29/2015
Three-Bean Chili with Vegetables

Three-Bean Chili with Vegetables

This was great - great flavor and very "hearty." Definitely on the repeat list! — sbjonas 1/28/2015
Thai Shrimp Bisque

Thai Shrimp Bisque

This was fantastic. A few notes to make it easier: 1) I didn't have shell-on shrimp, so I de-tailed the shrimp and then used the tails to make the stock. This was great because the stock worked fine plus who wants tails in their soup? 2) I subbed skimmed milk and it worked fine - so even fewer calories. 3) I subbed Splenda for the sugar - again, it worked fine and fewer calories. We'll definitely make this again! — sbjonas 1/26/2015
Shrimp and Corn Cakes with Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Shrimp and Corn Cakes with Heirloom Tomato Salsa

These were awesome - can't easily find heirloom tomatoes, so used romas, but it was amazing. This will get added to the frequent repeat list for appetizers. — sbjonas 1/25/2015
Pork Schnitzel with Warm Potato Salad

Pork Schnitzel with Warm Potato Salad

This was very good - my wife loved it, but I'm not a huge vinegar potato salad fan. That said, I still liked it - so a definite keeper. — sbjonas 1/25/2015
Bombay Shrimp Curry with Coconut Rice

Bombay Shrimp Curry with Coconut Rice

This was great - quick to make and wonderful spices! Def on the make again list. — sbjonas 1/22/2015
Chicken Tamale Casserole

Chicken Tamale Casserole

Very good, healthy casserole. Will def. make it again. — carolwood 1/21/2015
Spicy Asian Noodles with Chicken

Spicy Asian Noodles with Chicken

Good - not great. But, it's great for being a light dish (from Cooking Light). I did add 50% more sambal oelek because we like it spicier. Will def be a regular on the new, healthier menu plan. — sbjonas 1/20/2015
Strip House Potatoes Romanoff

Strip House Potatoes Romanoff

Excellent - I was a bit dumb because I didn't have the shallots that I thought I did, but I subbed green onion and it was excellent. Will definitely include it in my repertoire of "steak night" sides. — sbjonas 1/4/2015
Boursin Mashed Potatoes

Boursin Mashed Potatoes

Went great with a Filet Mignon topped with Lobster Thermidor sauce. — sbjonas 1/1/2015
Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque

Great bisque - decadent start for New Year's Eve dinner! — sbjonas 1/1/2015
Lobster Thermidor Sauce

Lobster Thermidor Sauce

Absolutely fabulous! Added a little milk at the end because it was a bit too thick, but the flavor was awesome and made a perfect sauce for a great filet. — sbjonas 1/1/2015
Eggnog Tiramisu

Eggnog Tiramisu

Very good - although not nearly as flavorful as normal tiramisu. — sbjonas 12/26/2014
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Awesome! Went perfectly with the Pork (see recipe link) — sbjonas 12/26/2014
Wild Rice Dressing with Roasted Chestnuts and Cranberries

Wild Rice Dressing with Roasted Chestnuts and Cranberries

Great with the pork loin (see recipe link). I did modify it by using a wild rice blend and then shortening the cook time to only 25 minutes on the stove. Other than that, followed the recipe exactly. Great side dish. — sbjonas 12/26/2014
Apple Brandy-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Apple Brandy-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

This was awesome - especially since I have a sous-vide and could make it ahead. It would still have been great without the sous vide, but having that allowed me to prepare it the day before, let it rest and then slice it. I then put it in a vacuum bag and stuck the meat in the fridge. The next day, I dropped it in a 140F water bath and let it come to temp (and stay there). When it was time for dinner, I took the meat out of the bags, reheated the sauce and poured it over the meat. Awesome method for make-ahead. — sbjonas 12/26/2014
Cream of Mushroom Soup with Sherry

Cream of Mushroom Soup with Sherry

Great soup - prepared it a day ahead up to the point of adding the sherry and half-and-half. Then reheated the base and added those items in per the recipe. Served it for soup course of family Christmas meal and everyone loved it! — sbjonas 12/26/2014
Eggnog French Toast

Eggnog French Toast

Made a great Christmas breakfast - thanks for the idea and recipe! — sgrishka 12/25/2014
Ginger and Cilantro Baked Tilapia

Ginger and Cilantro Baked Tilapia

So simple, quick and delicious! We're trying to add more fish to our diet and also go healthier - and this was perfect. Thanks for the great recipe - it will become a regular repeat for us! — iacovettamaguire 12/18/2014

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