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

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! — andreaiacovetta 12/18/2014
Ginger Cookies

Ginger Cookies

These were AWESOME - see my updated notes within the Preparations section for portion and baking time updates. — sbjonas 12/17/2014
Bolognese Sauce (Just Like Grandma's)

Bolognese Sauce (Just Like Grandma's)

Great recipe - might adjust the spices a bit, maybe some more red pepper but a great recipe. Note - it makes a TON, so get a HUGE pot out. — sbjonas 11/23/2014
Prosciutto and Fig Crostata

Prosciutto and Fig Crostata

Excellent - pairs nicely with red wine and a great appetizer for a dinner party. — sbjonas 11/23/2014
Gobi Manchurian

Gobi Manchurian

The potential is great, but the recipe needs some adjustment after my first swing at it. First, everything EXCEPT the cauliflower needs to be doubled to make enough batter and sauce. Second, the batter is too dry - at least double the water and then add more until you get to a thick batter consistency. Third, no mention of oil temp or fry time - sorry, but I got the recipe elsewhere and it's all I had to go on. I went with 325F for 8 mins (until just starting to brown). I might try 350 next time. Fourth, I will add more sriracha next time - it wasn't spicy enough for us, but that's a personal preference thing and not a recipe glitch. All of that said, the taste was wonderful (again, could be more spicy for our taste) and it's a great alternative appetizer. Will definitely adjust and make it again. — sbjonas 11/23/2014
Chopped Salad with Spicy Pork and Buttermilk Dressing

Chopped Salad with Spicy Pork and Buttermilk Dressing

I used boneless loin chops and then grilled them, but it worked fine. I also add some fresh parsley to the dressing - hey, it was already almost a ranch, so...:). It was a good salad - def a keeper and will repeat. — sbjonas 10/27/2014
Thai Chicken and Noodle Salad

Thai Chicken and Noodle Salad

This was OK but nothing spectacular - not really worth the time for prep. — sbjonas 10/24/2014
Chicken BLT Salad with Creamy Avocado-Horned Melon Dressing

Chicken BLT Salad with Creamy Avocado-Horned Melon Dressing

I subbed my Skinny Ranch dressing (1/2 the recipe with 1/2 avocado mashed up in it) for the dressing - the results were fantastic! — sbjonas 10/20/2014
Skinny Ranch (Dip or Dressing)

Skinny Ranch (Dip or Dressing)

Excellent way to make a low fat, skinny ranch without getting the funny bottled taste. — sbjonas 10/20/2014
Dry Ranch Seasoning

Dry Ranch Seasoning

Excellent base for ranch dressing/dip. — sbjonas 10/20/2014
Orzo With Shrimp, Peas, Herbs, and Feta

Orzo With Shrimp, Peas, Herbs, and Feta

Nice bright flavors and surprisingly filling. Would pair nicely with a nice, light white wine. — sbjonas 10/9/2014
Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Great recipe - made a sriracha mayo as a sauce and it was a great appetizer. — Geemann 9/20/2014
Spicy Asian Dressing

Spicy Asian Dressing

Great dressing on an Asian style salad. — sbjonas 7/31/2014
Asian Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Asian Rotisserie Chicken Salad

This was great, but must note that we used a different dressing - my wife hates cilantro, so I used another Asian dressing (Spicy Asian Dressing - see recipe links). The combination was great and we'll definitely make this again! — sbjonas 7/31/2014
Thai Chicken Pizza

Thai Chicken Pizza

The sauce was way too peanut buttery - both in flavor and texture. I got hints of what it could be with less peanut butter, so I will repeat but with less peanut butter. — Food-Freak 7/22/2014
Crisp Asian Salmon with Bok Choy and Rice Noodles

Crisp Asian Salmon with Bok Choy and Rice Noodles

Excellent flavors and unique combination. Great dish! — sbjonas 7/21/2014
White Chocolate Macadamia Brownies with Hot Fudge Sauce

White Chocolate Macadamia Brownies with Hot Fudge Sauce

Very good but not what I was looking for - was looking for more of a "blondie" with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Prob won't make again but not because it wasn't good - just wasn't what I was looking for. 7/21/2014
Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers

Excellent - we had monstrous jalapenos come out of our garden so the rations were off, but the results were great - will make again! 7/19/2014
P.F. Chang Chang's Spicy Chicken

P.F. Chang Chang's Spicy Chicken

This was ok but it's not a very accurate copy of Chang's Spicy Chicken. I'll keep looking... — Pierreal 6/28/2014
Crab and Avocado Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

Crab and Avocado Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

This was OK - prob won't make it again as there a lot of other salads with crab that I like better. — sbjonas 6/25/2014

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