There’s no denying that macaroni salad is one of the definitive kings of the summer cookout. It goes perfectly with steak, grilled chicken, and is the perfect foil for anything slathered in barbecue sauce.… Read the rest
There are certain recipes you know you just have to try the very first time you hear of them. You know the ones, don’t you? It’s that certain something that sticks in your memory once you’ve seen or heard of it. It won’t leave you alone until you can recreate it or find somewhere that sells it so that you can see what all the hype was about. … Read the rest
My family loves rice. And I mean loves it. My son’s favorite dish is something we call “Rice and Goop”, which is basically rice covered in sausage or beef gravy. For me, it’s fried rice or spam musubi. My wife will take rice in just about any form, but if given a choice, she prefers onigiri.… Read the rest
Sausage dressing is a staple at Southern tables, and not just around the holidays. I’ve used this recipe (or variations of it) to stuff Turkey, chicken, cornish hens, pork chops, and bell peppers.… Read the rest
Everyone has their go-to Chinese takeout favorite. For my wife, it’s cashew chicken. For my son, lemon chicken with fried rice and plenty of soy sauce does the trick. But for me, it’s broccoli beef every time. I’ve got to have it.
But I’ve noticed that since we started exploring Japanese foods, the broccoli beef from our local takeout places just seems too heavy.… Read the rest
Rice. It’s an unassuming grain that also just happens to be the staple food of nations all over the world. It’s speculated that rice may have been cultivated in Japan for as long as 6,000 years.… Read the rest
A few weeks ago I was flittering around Pinterest and I stumbled on a pin for sausage balls. If you can believe this, I’d never heard of them. Not once. Ever.
I showed the picture to my wife, who has heard of these little gems. She immediately launched into tales about how her Grandmother used to make sausage cheese balls for her all the time, how much she loved them as a kid, and how much she missed them.… Read the rest
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The Holidays are here, and inevitably you’ll be faced with the challenge of having friends or family over for dinner. The problem with most Holiday meals, whether it’s Christmas or New Year, is that you get stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is out enjoying the festivities.… Read the rest
Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present to you the king of the American Holiday table, the centerpiece of nearly every family gathering in the United States for the months of November and December, the prince of poultry, the roast turkey.
The turkey is either the most awaited or most dreaded addition to a holiday meal.… Read the rest
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It’s winter time again, folks. And while some might be bemoaning the loss of all of the summers’ vegetable crops, my family is going crazy over the wealth of fresh picked winter squash and sweet potatoes available at our local Walmart.… Read the rest
If I have one truly guilty fast food pleasure, it’s hash browns. You know…the deep fried kind. Crisp and crunchy on the outside, but pillowy soft on the inside. I’ll take those over a breakfast sandwich any day. (Or at least get a double order.)
Usually to make this kind of hash brown at home, I’d buy the frozen hash brown patties at the MegaMart and fry them up myself.… Read the rest
There really isn’t anything much more comforting than slow cooked beef tips covered in rich, brown beef gravy. This is Southern diner fare at it’s best. Filling, full of hearty, bold flavor. And it’ just waiting for you to make it.
Beef tips and gravy originated as a way to use leftover bits of tough meat or the caps of a roast beef.… Read the rest
Nothing makes a meal feel more complete than gravy. It’s the perfect finishing touch to mashed potatoes, a glorious addition to beef, and an absolute must on most holiday tables. Gravy by itself can elevate a meal from boring to glorious, yet a lot of people avoid making it.… Read the rest
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Nothing really beats a family movie night. (O.K. I’ll be honest. In our case this usually mean family movie afternoons, since I work nights and am rarely home once it gets dark out.… Read the rest
As a former Californian and a current Texan, there are few foods in the world that scream warm weather like a heaping dish of cool, refreshing, chunky guacamole. (Pico de Gallo also goes on this list.) It’s one of the first things put on your table in most good Tex Mex restaurants, will always be found at a cookout or tailgate party.… Read the rest
Every once in a blue moon you stumble onto a recipe so simple, yet so versatile that it’s mind altering. This 5 minute pizza dough is one of those recipes. “Wait!” You say. “It’s pizza dough. Ok, so it’s 5 minute pizza dough, but what’s special about that? It’s for pizza, right?”
Yes. And at the same time, a definitive and resounding no.… Read the rest
By now a lot of you know that I have an interest in using chips in my cooking. (O.K. it’s more like an obsession.) I make Frito Pie, Frito Pie Dogs, Frito Pie Burgers, and drinks made with Doritos.… Read the rest
If you’re looking for a quick and painless weeknight meal that goes together easily but still packs in a serious dose of wow factor, this is it. Our Japanese rice and chicken stuffed bell peppers fit the bill ever time. Prep takes just minutes, it cooks in about a half-hour, and you can make it with leftovers. (Yes, leftovers.)
This dish is a twist on several recipes that I know, and is the sort of thing that you’d be likely to find in a bento, or Japanese box lunch.… Read the rest
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
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