Chez Villa

A journey through my love of food and the quest to create it



Homemade seasoning for a taco night, done right

Taco night is popular in our house. In fact, Elisabeth is never too proud to beg for them. Making tacos is easy, and quick for a busy weeknight dinner, but I always feel a little guilty about grabbing the package... Continue Reading →


How To: Smoke Salt in a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker

I was reading through The Barbecue! Bible - Sauces, Rubs and Marinades by Steven Raichlen the other day looking over barbecue sauces and saw how many recipes call for adding liquid smoke or smoked salt to them. I'm not a big... Continue Reading →

Basted eggs – the best eggs you’ve never heard of

Everyone knows about fried and poached eggs, but what if the two styles forged an alliance and changed your breakfast routine forever? That's a basted egg.

20 minute creamy marinara penne is a weeknight lifesaver

With some on-hand ingredients from the pantry you can whip up this quick change to boring, old pasta night. The ingredients 1lb box, penne pasta 1 cup of your favorite jarred pasta sauce 1, clove garlic, minced 1 tbsp, olive oil... Continue Reading →

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings from Masterbuilt’s John McLemore

Today we are going to a Christmas party. We were asked to bring some sort of appetizer, and that's a great reason to do some of Masterbuilt's John McLemore's sweet and spicy chicken wings! The video inspiration follows, and below... Continue Reading →

French Toast for a Snowy Saturday

Whether it be a snowy Saturday morning breakfast, or even a quick weeknight meal, french toast is a favorite in our house. Here's my version.   The ingredients 6 large eggs (plan on 1 egg per person) 12 pieces of... Continue Reading →

London Broil on a gas grill

London Broil is an inexpensive, thick, chewy cut of  beef with practically no marbling. With a tendency to be even a little gamy, it can be a challenge to cook and make enjoyable. Now, I don't use the gas grill... Continue Reading →

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