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

Chicken, Cashew, and Red Pepper Stir-Fry

Chicken, Cashew, and Red Pepper Stir-Fry

I thought Thai chili garlic sauce would be better than Tabasco, so I used that and it turned out great. The sauce evaporated quickly and was more of a glaze than a sauce, so might increase the qty on that the next time. — sbjonas 2/26/2015
Creole Cod

Creole Cod

Great dish and soooooo easy (and healthy!!!). Definitely a keeper and repeater!!! — sbjonas 2/24/2015
Succotash (Cooking Light)

Succotash (Cooking Light)

Excellent!!! We didn't have any edamame (not huge fans anyway) so we subbed lima beans. Went perfectly with the Creole Cod that we made. — sbjonas 2/24/2015
Kiss My (Shrimp and) Grits

Kiss My (Shrimp and) Grits

Simply awesome - great healthy version that doesn't cut corners on flavor!!! — sbjonas 2/20/2015
Southern Sausage Gravy

Southern Sausage Gravy

Soooooooo good!!! Paired with AB's Southern biscuits for fabulous breakfast! — sbjonas 2/15/2015
Southern Biscuits

Southern Biscuits

Awesome!!! I normally can take or leave biscuits when I eat at places like Bob Evan's, Cracker Barrel, etc. - but these were great! Paired with sausage gravy (see linked recipe), it was wonderful (even if not healthy) breakfast treat! — sbjonas 2/15/2015
Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

The only way to describe this is "interesting." I was not familiar with the tongue numbing sensation that Sichuan peppers/pepper oil creates, so wasn't expecting it. It's spicy but not in the traditional hot way - it really make your tongue tingle like you've had a shot of novacaine. I liked the flavors, jury's still out on the numbing - so I'll probably make it again and reduce/eliminate the sichuan peppercorn oil — sbjonas 2/14/2015
Spanish-Style Cod in Tomato Broth

Spanish-Style Cod in Tomato Broth

Wonderful dish - the smoked paprika is key so make sure you find good smoked paprika. — sbjonas 2/13/2015
Moroccan Shepherd's Pie

Moroccan Shepherd's Pie

Awesome! Great mix of flavors and wonderful spice palette - a big time consuming, but well worth it and still under 500 cals!!! — sbjonas 2/10/2015
Beef Stroganoff for Noodles

Beef Stroganoff for Noodles

Great recipe - I made a few changes based on reviews on another site. I cut the dijon in half, omitted the dill (I've NEVER had dill in stroganoff), added some sherry to the pan before the butter and onion. I also added a clove of garlic. — sbjonas 2/8/2015
Teriyaki-Glazed Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa

Teriyaki-Glazed Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa

Great low-cal recipe! Wonderful flavors. Really quick to cook if you prep the salsa a day or two in advance. — sbjonas 2/6/2015
Bangin Good Shrimp

Bangin Good Shrimp

Excellent lighter version of Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp! — sbjonas 2/2/2015
Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

Great pico! Fresh flavors and great heat. — sbjonas 2/2/2015
Fiesta Taco Sauce

Fiesta Taco Sauce

Great taco topping! — sbjonas 2/2/2015
Chile Cream Sauce

Chile Cream Sauce

Great taco topping - like a taco version of Raita or Tzatziki - helps to cool/mellow spicy peppers in the tacos. — sbjonas 2/2/2015
Tri-Tip Tacos with Fresh Roasted Green Chiles

Tri-Tip Tacos with Fresh Roasted Green Chiles

Excellent - but the real secret is fresh corn tortillas (we bought uncooked) and the sauces. The sauces take some prep time, but well worth it! — sbjonas 2/2/2015
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

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