Strip Steak with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce and Mustard Roasted Asparagus

New Years Eve is always a big affair in my household. We cook decadent comfort food and watch a movie marathon, and this year was no different. With recipes adapted from my new cookbooks, The Chopped Cookbook and Primal Cravings, I present to you a hearty meal that will warm both heart and home:  Steak with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce and Mustard Roasted Asparagus.

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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas with Pepper and Lime Sauce

When I was traveling in Central America, a Mayan women taught me to marinate meat for days in a basic pepper and lime sauce. The spicy marinade gives the pork a nice peppery flavor.  Slow cooking the pork in another pepper sauce gives it the perfect shreddable juicy texture.  Just add a slice of radish and a few cilantro sprigs and you have yourself the perfect taco.

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Pan Roasted Rosemary Chicken and Mushrooms

We just got our very first cast iron pan (a cast iron grill pan, no less!) so I decided to try it out with a pan roasting recipe. If you don’t have cast iron, any heavy pan will do — just make sure that it’s safe to go into your oven. This recipe is another potential one-pan recipe that utilizes your oven, so it’s great for the colder months when you’re feeling a little lazy and cold, but want some great food.

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