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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Kit-Kat® Sugar Cookies #WillWriteForCookies, #NaNoWriMo

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It’s day one of NaNoWriMo and the whole family is in on it. Needless to say it’s crazy. so for day one, I decided to merge halloween candy and convenience cookies for the first entry in WillWriteForCookies.

I would have preferred something more original but not only was today the first day I’ve written fiction in over 7 years, but it was an early release day for my youngest son.… Read the rest

Haydari with Carrots (Havuçlu Haydari)

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I’m glad that my wife loves talking with people.  Everywhere we go either she or I is asking a waitress or a cook how they prepared something.  In most cases the cook or chef is happy to oblige.  This dish is a result of my wife’s insatiable curiosity regarding new recipes and her ability to charm the socks of of anyone… Even if that someone happens to be a chef in Izmir, Turkey.… Read the rest

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds with Sriracha

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Look at these toasted pumpkin seeds. Aren’t they adorable? Sitting there all shy and peaceful, like a little girl in a schoolyard. You know, the one in the pink dress with the pigtails and the stunning smile. They could never possibly do anything mean or cross, right?

You would be right if that little girl had a pension for torturing small furry animals and little brothers.… Read the rest

Mini Dessert Empanadas (Empanaditas)

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*From the archives, because  these dessert empanaditas are awesome and because I’m thinking of making a batch.

What does the word empenada conjure in your mind when you first hear it?  Do you think of the savory meat and cheese-filled versions found all over the Western United States, or do you think of the sweet versions found in Latin America? Do you suddenly crave the Filipino version, stuffed with ground beef or pork and potatoes, or the Mexican version, filled with exotic fruits and sugars?… Read the rest

Beer Braised Beef Shank with Garlic Grits

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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