I love going into a market with an idea of what I want to cook and then make up the recipe ingredients as I walk the aisles. I love cooking gadgets too, as you will see. Here’s a collection of my concoctions over the years. Give one a try; you might like it.


Check my Frank’s Rank to see how I think my recipes turned out. 1 being bad, 5 being best.


Frank’s Smashed Burger

Many foodies agree the best way to enjoy a hamburger is one seared on a hot griddle and served on a toasted bun. After preparing these “smashed” burgers, I tend to agree. All you need is ground beef (I used Black Angus) seasoned with salt and pepper. Smash’em, sear’em and top with your favorite toppings and condiments. And, butter the buns and dash with a bit of Seasoned Salt and toast.

From start to finish, you are looking at 15 minute prep time.


Frank’s Rank: 5 Stars.

Emeril’s Caldo Verde

In this edition of Cooking With Frank, I take a recipe Tweeted by Emeril for green soup. It is tasty.
NOTE: check my notes below where I deviated a little from what I said in the video.

What You Will Need:
* 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
* 1.5 cup finely chopped yellow onion
* 2 pounds of potatoes chopped in 1/2-inch cubes
* 7 cups chicken stock (I used lower sodium)
* 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper (I said half teaspoon, but I used a full teaspoon. The recipe calls for a half. I like it spicy.)
* 8 ounces of kale, stems and ribs removed (I basically used the bunch showed in the video, using the best of the leaf)
* 8 ounces chourico sausage (I crumbled the sausage before adding)
* 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro
* 1/4 cup of fresh parsley
* 2 tablespoons of fresh mint

MORE NOTES: I didn’t add any salt and pepper. This is a spicy soup. Choose Linguica for a milder sausage.

Also, my cooking times were longer than what the recipe called for to get the potatoes cooked down to my liking. I probably simmered the potatoes for about 45 minutes (because I simmered too low). Then added the sausage for about 20 minutes, then the kale for another 15 minutes, and then the cilantro, parsley, and mint for another 10 minutes.

Play the cooking timing by your eye and taste.

Frank’s Rank: 4 Stars

Country Fried Steak And Gravy With Sopping Browns

This is a super easy dish. Brown some bacon and set aside. Then add brown gravy mix with recommended water. When the gravy is ready, add a half tablespoon of minced garlic and the crumbled bacon.

Add a little black pepper on you cubed steak and roll in flour (I use Kentucky Gentleman seasoned flour). Fry it up right, while browning your cheap hash browns.

Cover steak with the gravy and save them browns for sopping.


Frank’s Rank: 3 Stars

Big Bro Mike’s Crispy Deboned Chicken Leg Quarters

Here’s super simple recipe I got from my brother Mike.
All you need is a couple of chicken leg quarters. I had never deboned a chicken, so I used this tutorial.

* Marinate the chicken in Balsamic Vinegar.
* Pat down with Olive Oil.
* Dash with coarse Black Pepper and Chili Powder.
* Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, or until the skin gets crispy. I used the Big Boss Oven (As Seen On TV).

I served with Green Giant Steamers Green Beans And Almonds, which is awesome BTW.

Frank’s Rank: 4 Stars