Gluten Free Orange Chicken Recipe

Just like Chinese Take Out Orange Chicken, but this is Gluten Free

Orange Chicken is a favorite at take-out Chinese restaurants no matter where you live. There’s just something magical about those crispy little morsels of battered chicken bathed in a cloyingly sweet orange glaze. But if you happen to be gluten-intolerant or you’re on a GF diet, you’ve probably written this childhood favorite off as a loss. You don’t have to. This is a version anyone can enjoy.… Read the rest

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe – Deliciously Simple

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Ranch dressing is the number one seller in America. This Texas-based dressing recipe is good on everything from leftover pizza to broccoli at dinner. It’s wonderful for dipping chips or as a condiment on a chicken sandwich.  Homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is so easy that you’ll be kicking yourself for buying it in stores all these years.

Are you ready for the big secret?… Read the rest

Simple Buttermilk Substitute

A super simple buttermilk substitute to add to your kitchen hack arsenal

It happens to all of us. You start prepping everything to make a tasty meal for your family only to discover that you’re missing one key ingredient. for me, it happened yesterday, when I set out to make a batch of ranch dressing, only to find that I’d forgotten to grab buttermilk at the store. Luckily, there is a simple buttermilk substitute available to everyone, and it’s almost guaranteed that you have both of the ingredients on-hand in your kitchen.… Read the rest

San Antonio Breakfast Tacos, An insanely easy breakfast recipe

San Antonio Style Breakfast Tacos

When you’re heading for breakfast, where you are is important. Alaska has reindeer sausage. Chicago has the blintz. Californians love their breakfast burritos. New Mexicans argue about red or green  chile sauce, no matter what the dish is. But in Texas, the breakfast taco reigns supreme, and today I have the perfect breakfast taco recipe for you.

To be more specific, this is San Antonio’s favorite breakfast taco recipe, the bean and cheese taco, a staple for almost every San Antonian I know.… Read the rest

How To Keep Kids Lunches Fun And Wholesome


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Snack Pack. All opinions are 100% mine.

The kids are back in school and we’re all looking for ways to pack them a wholesome, nutritious lunch that will satisfy their usually voracious appetites.  Of course it would be ideal if those lunches were all organic, free range, grass fed and other buzzword approved, all while made from scratch by your own loving hands, but there’s something most of the advocates of that particular methodology don’t stop to consider.… Read the rest

Smoothies for Everyone – 32 Smoothie Recipes From Your Favorite Food Bloggers

Smoothies for Everyone 32 Recipes from Your Favorite Food Bloggers

(Formerly 10 Juices and Smoothies to Boost Your Energy)

There are times when you just need to boost your energy. You’re worn out, tired, jet lagged or maybe like too many of us, you just didn’t get enough sleep last night. For whatever reason, you need a jolt to the system, but you’d prefer that it didn’t come from a can or a shot-glass sized bottle. … Read the rest

How To Earn Extra Money From Your Content And Love Every Minute


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IZEA for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

**I’m going to put on my blogger hat for a minute rather than my chef’s hat. Bear with me.

Bloggers work very hard to make sure that the most important people in the world, their readers, get high-quality content, great entertainment, or maybe just a good laugh.… Read the rest

Quick & Easy Cheesy Potato Soup with Ham & Broccoli


This post brought to you by Sargento. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Cooking by the seat of our pants.

When it’s cold outside, the best solution is to have something warm, satisfying and a bit decadent inside. There’s no better way to fight the chill of winter and forget about the snow shovel for a few minutes than to sit down to a piping hot bowl of thick, rich creamy soup.… Read the rest

Every Day Smothered Turkey Burgers (No Buns Required)


This post brought to you by Butterball Every Day. All opinions are 100% mine.

Weeknight dinners can be challenging. You want to make something good for your family and yourself, but with all of the things you’ve got packed into your schedule, it can be difficult to find the time or inspiration to make something different.

It’s simple to go with routine and stick to a few quick and easy “go-to” meals.… Read the rest

Frito Pie Dogs (AKA Texas Corn Dogs) – Southwest Love on a Bun

Frito pie hot dogs

Perhaps it should have been enough that I originally introduced you to the Frito Pie. Maybe I should have stopped at the Frito Pie Burger. But I couldn’t help myself. I had to take this Texas original and move it to an even more All-American stage, the hot dog. So Y’all, I introduce to you, direct from deep in the heart of Texas, the seriously wonderful, totally addictive and completely over the top Frito Pie Dog.… Read the rest

Southern White Gravy, It’s all About the Bacon Grease


White gravy is a staple in every Southern household. Everybody claims that their Mom or their Grandma makes the best gravy in the world. (They’re all correct, by the way. Every one of them.). This is how my mother and my grandmother made their white gravy, and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s some of the best around.

This post isn’t a random thing.… Read the rest

Southern Style Biscuits – Down Home Comfort Food


If you’re talking about Southern food and the discussion doesn’t move to biscuits, you’ve missed the point somewhere. Sure, we love our greens and our grits, but biscuits are an all-day-every-day food in the South. Biscuits are for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’re great with a smear of jam, a little butter and honey and, of course, slathered in rich, creamy Southern gravy.… Read the rest

Chicken Fajita Salad


When the good people from FoodBuzz and Fresh Express contacted me to ask if I’d like the opportunity to develop a salad recipe using Fresh Express products; And for a chance to win a paid trip to the FoodBuzz Blogger Festival, I couldn’t hit reply on my email fast enough.  Not only was it a chance to to save a good chunk of change if I win, but there was a savings in my grocery bill as well.… Read the rest

A Salad For Elle – A Light Dinner and Memories of a Dear Friend


Today Facebook handed the food blogging community a piece of crushing news. We all saw the words printed that nobody ever wants to see concerning a friend, confidant, mentor and contemporary. This is what we saw:

To say that my plans for the day fell apart at that moment would be the understatement of the decade. I just sat, stunned, reading through the outpouring of sympathies and well-wishes on every social media channel.… Read the rest

Lemon Garlic Chicken Wings Recipe

As a not so spicy compliment to my Asian Inspired wings, I offer up my wife’s lemon garlic chicken wings recipe.  We came up with this recipe in the hopes that it would pick up on some of the flavors of Greek chicken, or at least Mediterranean cuisine, and I don’t think we were too far off. (There should have been honey in here somewhere, but it was close) 

To carry the Mediterranean feel a bit further, we paired it with some leftover tzatziki we had in the fridge from a few days earlier. … Read the rest

Chicken Enchilada Casserole


Sometimes it’s not about putting a stylish or fancy dinner on the table. Rather, it’s about cooking something that’s comforting, delicious, filling, and quick. A dish that the family will dive into with gusto and with no worries of leftovers. In these situations it doesn’t hurt if the meal is something inexpensive at the same time. My wife’s famous chicken enchilada casserole is all these things and more.… Read the rest

Better Than Sex Red Velvet Cupcakes


We’re here today to destroy your new year’s resolutions, shatter your dreams for a health-conscious weekend and, most likely make you forget all about any diet you’ve stuck to lately.  We have no remorse. We don’t feel repentant. The title says it all. These red velvet cupcakes are enough to shatter the strongest resolve. We didn’t call them Better Than Sex Red Velvet Cupcakes for nothing, and we’re sure you’ll agree once you’ve given them a try.… Read the rest

Rich and Hearty Curried Pumpkin Soup Recipe – and a look at Carton Smart


This post brought to you by Carton Smart. All opinions are 100% mine.

Winter is deep upon us, and whether you’re looking for decadent holiday meals or healthy, yet satisfying New Years dishes, you’re going to want something that warms your heart and helps to ward off the cold. This recipe for Rich and Hearty Pumpkin Soup fits the bill on all fronts.… Read the rest

Thai Peanut Turkey and Noodles – A Leftover Turkey Recipe Revolution


Each year cooks across the Americas struggle with the same question, “What am I going to do with all this leftover turkey?” I have an idea. Why not take that turkey on a trip around the world, drop it of in Thailand and make that proud poultry exotic and exciting again? Yeah. That’s what this recipe does.

The inspiration for this dish was a recipe with a similar name that appeared in the Pillsbury circular Fast and Fresh Pasta: 20-minute stovetop dishes plus easy casseroles.… Read the rest