You won't find a lot of real English Channel Dover Sole in Midwest supermarkets, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy traditional Sole Meuniere using an equally amazing fish such as Walleye.
It's surprisingly easy and affordable to make outstanding duck breast for a weeknight meal.
This spicy Mexican rice soup with lime and avocado is one of my favorite soups.
The super-easy sauce is what makes this complex dish simple enough for weeknight meals.
Getting bored of your usual dinners? Here's a quick and easy way to make yummy lamb burgers.
A simple, hearty, healthy weekday meal with tons of flavor and lots of leftovers.
The combination of easy, inexpensive, (reasonably) healthy and yummy is why we eat more smoked chicken thighs than anything else.
Make smoked trout that tastes as good as, or better than, store-bought.
This Potato-Prosciutto Yakitori Recipe makes a nice filler between richer courses, and is extremely simple to make.
Sizzling, grilled Portobello mushrooms drizzled with sauce make a simple, delicious, and light small plate appetizer as part of a Yakitori experience.
Grilled asparagus is perhaps the single most popular small plate in the entire Japanese Yakitori menu. This recipe makes it easy and foolproof by using Prosciutto, and complements it with a green onion variant that is equally good.
Beef with green onions is one of the more popular yakitori dishes. What sets it apart from just-plain-steak is the marinade, the glaze/sauce, cooking it in cubes for more caramelized surface area, and serving each bite with cooked green onion.
This well-known Japanese yakitori dish features chicken glazed with delicious sauce. Green onions, lemon, and togarashi spices add even more flavor. It's hard to find anyone who does NOT like it.
Spring baby lamb chops are probably my favorite yakitori dish. The lamb is tender and the flavors are excellent. Plus, the ability to pick it up and eat it off the bone is attractively carnivorous for those of us who are meat-eaters.
Marinated leg-of-lamb is not only delicious, it's surprisingly affordable for weekday meals. Buy one and turn it into 2 or 3 meals on the grill or smoker.
Outstanding pulled pork and sauce - from the Williams Sonoma Grill Master Cookbook by Fred Thompson
Beef lovers will rave about this unique Japanese cooking experience. This is a true "dining adventure". Shabu Shabu is one of the more popular "hotpot" dishes in Japan. It makes a GREAT meal for entertaining, depending on the size of the crowd.
These are the first really EXCELLENT pork babyback ribs that I've made. They are well worth your time. The secret? Brown sugar rub up front, apple juice and pepper jelly for steaming in foil, and 6 total hours cooking time.
Treat your friends to a Japanese-style barbecue that is unique, delicious, and fun. Cook one dish at a time, eat it around the kitchen counter as it comes off, and accompany it with plenty of Japanese beer and hot sake. A real Yakitori restaurant may have 50 different dishes to choose from, but 4 dishes is plenty for a fun night. Mix it up by cooking a variety of red meat, poultry, and veggies.
This well-kept Singaporean secret makes an outstanding dining adventure. A heavy black pepper bias makes this both unique and delicious. This Black Pepper Crab recipe works equally well with any type of crab, crayfish, shrimp or lobster. Make it a whole Singaporean experience by serving it with fried rice, green vegetables (e.g. broccoli) sauteed in oyster sauce, and Tiger or Singha beer.
A simple but unique dip, with loads of black pepper flavor and moderate heat, for shrimp, crab or lobster. Mayonnaise-based, so it can be served cold or room-temperature, meaning you can take it to a party.
Chicken Yakitori is delicious, but it's a LOT of work. This recipe is a skillet version that gets you the same great flavor, but is easy enough that you can make it for a week-day meal.
An easy, foolproof way to cook chicken and veggies in one simple, delicious dish. It's not just good, it's really good - and very, very easy. It's also a great weekday meal because it's inexpensive, hard to screw up, and can provide a lot of leftovers for future meals.
This super-easy weeknight meal is a mix between Meunieure and Blackened, yet fast and easy to make.
Even non-salmon lovers may be converted by this delicious, easy-to-make dish. The sweet brown sugar and cumin flavors of the rub, with just a tinge of heat, offset the salmon beautifully.
Most people who try this tell me it's the best steak they have every had. Obviously that's a small sample of people, but it does tell me this is very, very good. If you have a smoker, definitely give this a try.