Japanese Style Rice & Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers

Japanese Style Rice and Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers

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

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

Quick & Easy Cheesy Potato Soup with Ham & Broccoli

cheesy potato soup with ham and broccoli

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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

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

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

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

Shells and Cheese with Chorizo, Avocado and Lime – Plus, a MELT cookbook giveaway


My definition of a great cookbook is not based on the fact that it’s full of great recipes. It’s also not based on whether those recipe work as written: they should work as written. If they don’t, the book is a wall-thumper. My definition of a great cookbook is the ability of the author to inspire us through the recipes presented in the book.… Read the rest

Pumpkin Spice Cookies


Ah the sweet aroma of pumpkin kissed with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg drifting through the house. It smells like fall and winter, doesn’t it? It does here, and these pillowy cake-like pumpkin spice cookies capture all the flavors of the fall’s favorite ingredient, the pumpkin. It’s almost like having a portable pumpkin pie at your fingertips.

If you’re a pumpkin fan, you’re going to be in heaven after your first taste of these delectable treats.… Read the rest

Peanut Butter Cup Sandwich Cookies Recipe #WillWriteForCookies #NaNoWriMo


Yesterday I asked what could possibly be better than a peanut butter cookie with a hint of chocolate. The answer is this: A peanut butter sandwich cookie with just a hint of chocolate and filled with the same stuff you find inside a peanut butter cup. Yep, those peanut butter cups. These are too good to be believed.

This is my third installment of #WillWriteForCookies, a campaign in support of everyone participating in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short.… Read the rest

Chewy Chocolate Kissed Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe #WillWriteForCookies


If you’re looking for the perfect peanut butter fix, we have it for you today. I’m going to go as far as to say that these are the best peanut butter cookies that I’ve ever eaten, and folks, I’ve eaten a LOT of peanut butter cookies in my life.

These little morsels are silky, smooth and airy with just the right amount of chew.… Read the rest

Beer Braised Beef Shank with Garlic Grits


I originally posted this beer braised beef shank recipe in 2009 after attending the (now defunct) Foodbuzz Food Festival. I knew we’d be treated to great presentations, cool products, and wowed by amazing food served by exceptional chefs. I was right. There were tons of absolutely amazing foods to sample and most were far more than just good. Of all the dishes I tried though, there was one that just seemed like it wasn’t… Finished.… Read the rest

The Ultimate Oven Fried Chicken Recipe


Who doesn’t love a perfect piece of fried chicken? There’s something magical about biting through crisp skin and into juicy, succulent, tender chicken. It’s like a little piece of heaven. Trust me, just try this recipe and you’ll have perfect oven fried chicken every single time. No fuss. No muss. No fryer.

Please note, this isn’t a “healthy fried chicken” recipe.… Read the rest

Omurice (オムライス) – Simple, Elegant Japanese Comfort Food


When you think of comfort food, what comes to mind?  If you’re Japanese, it might just be succulent, tangy chicken fried rice wrapped in a blanket of airy scrambled eggs and topped with ketchup. It’s an omelet. It’s fried rice. It’s omurice!

Omurice (pronounced “Omu-Raisu”) is a staple in Japanese homes and there are even restaurants that serve nothing but different variations of this amazing dish.… Read the rest

Bacon Fried Rice


Fried rice is comfort food. I don’t care whether you’re from Tokyo, Beijing, or San Antonio. It doesn’t matter what ethnicity you are or what you grew up eating.  This stuff is worthy of a place all its own in the history books of food that just makes you feel better. Honestly, I feel better just knowing that fried rice exists in the world.The chance to actually make and eat it makes any day wonderful.… Read the rest

3 Ingredient Whipped Milk Vanilla Ice Cream (No Machine Required)


Perfectly creamy, light, airy and infused with vanilla, this may just be the best homemade ice cream I’ve ever had. But just as good as its flavor and texture is that it doesn’t need an ice cream maker, just a mixer. i would have made this for any and all of those reasons, but this ice cream like many of the recipes we’ve published here, comes with its own story.… Read the rest

Cheesy Chicken Marinara Pull Bread


The last few months have been hectic.  With the kids home from school and the sounds of “But Daaaaaaaaad. I’m Staaaaaaarving!” being more commonplace than not, there’s been very little time to make and photograph new recipes for you.  On top of that, my wife has been under deadline to finish her novel and get it submitted (Done last week, Congrats, Honey), so for most of the summer it’s been one very tired dad making and serving food as quickly as possible.… Read the rest