Beastie Shaped Baked Flour Tortilla Chips – A Spooky Halloween Snack

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Don’t let the ghouls, goblins, ghosts and other beasties spook you this Halloween. At least not if they’re these baked flour tortilla chip monsters. These snack chips are super easy to make, versatile and instead of being afraid, the kids will gobble up the monsters this year. (The adults make pretty quick work of them, too!)

This is a great project to do with the little ones.… Read the rest

The Ultimate Oven Fried Chicken Recipe

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

Drunken Chili Shrimp with 3 Bean and Cucumber Salad Recipe

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From the archives: This is a perfect meal for a weeknd BBQ or Labor Day get together, and is quick and simple enough for a back to school night dinner. Enjoy with your family and friends!

Summer has finally rolled into our part of Texas, hopefully leaving the thunderstorms and driving rain that have been our constant companions since March behind us for a while.… Read the rest

Quick Chicken Curry Recipe

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From the archives. Quick Chicken Curry is remarkably fast and satisfying dish that’s perfect for a school-night dinner or as a quick meal on hectic days between soccer practice, football or whatever else your busy schedule throws at you. (Hint: Make the curry ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to three days. Just reheat and serve over rice.) Oh.… Read the rest

Buttery Garlic Pasta

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From the archives: If you’re looking for a quick, simple back to school dinner or just a simple healthy meal that your kids will devour without arguments, this is the dish for you. It goes from stove to table in less than 20 minutes and is the perfect complement for a crisp salad or a side of good, crusty bread. Enjoy!… Read the rest

Roast Pork Lumpia Recipe

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From the archives. Lumpia is a perfect back to school meal, since you can roll them the night before and cook them on the next evening. They’re also the perfect vehicle for leftovers. Give them a try!

Basically, lumpia is the Filipino equivalent of the Chinese egg roll. I first experienced lumpia in my early 20’s, when our Guamanian next door neighbor made them and presented them to us as a housewarming gift, along with a massive platter of kelaguen.… Read the rest

Captain’s Chicken Curry Recipe

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Updated: I just found that a friend is going through some family difficulties. She mentioned her need for comfort foods, specifically Rice Crispy Treats. For me, this is the ultimate comfort food, so I’ve updated the photos and am sending this out as a dedication. I hope all of you will share your favorite comfort foods in the comments.  Enjoy!… Read the rest

Baked Tomatoes with Colby, Jack and Basil Recipe

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From the archives – A quick and easy side dish for back to school season. Sure to put a smile on the face of any tomato lover.

Tomatoes pack a huge amount of flavor into a very small package. so much so that there is not much need to “guild the lily”, to turn a phrase.  I made this dish as a side for the tomato glazed chicken we had the other night, but then had to make it again yesterday as a light lunch for myself.… Read the rest

The Ultimate Iced Tea Recipe

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From the archives. Our Family’s Iced Tea Recipe. The perfect drink on hot August afternoons with family and friends.

There’s nothing that speaks to me of home like a tall, frosty cold glass of iced tea.  Whether you like yours sweet in the southern tradition or with little or no sugar, nothing says summer like iced tea, and nobody…  And I mean nobody, made it better than my mother did.… Read the rest

Pan Seared Beef with Avocado, Alfalfa Sprouts and Plum Vinaigrette

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(You could also call it a California Steak Salad, but I hate branding a thing “Californian” just because it uses Avocado and Sprouts.)

It was all about a quick and healthy lunch.  I had a basic idea of combining a few Asian flavors with some darned good fruits and veggies I’d found at the market.  For the protein, some beautiful beef top chuck blade steaks. … Read the rest

Gazpacho Steak Salad Recipe

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From the archives. This is one of the best salads you can imagine on a hot summer day.  Enjoy!

I may not have been born Texan, but Texas is where I call home these days and proudly so at that. Texas has been good to both my wife and I from the day we set foot here and even though we’re sure to leave her eventually, for now I’m Texan, and a piece of my heart will always be in the Lone Star State.… Read the rest

Golden Rice with Pan Seared Pork

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Fragrant jasmine rice, succulent pork and the nuttiness of browned garlic. This take on a classic Vietnamese rice dish has it all, and then some. To top it off, 99% of the cooking happens directly in your rice cooker. This dish is simple, delicious, satisfying and best of all, ideal for a busy weeknight meal.

This take on golden rice is just as much a feast for the eyes as it is a treat for the palate.  … Read the rest

Pan Roasted Chicken with Pomegranate Reduction and Fennel Apple Salad Recipe

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About a month ago, the good people over at POM wonderful sent me a package of their 100% pure pomegranate juice to try out. Since it got to the house I’ve been tying to figure out a way to do something a bit original with it, and I think I hit the nail on the head with this one. The pomegranate reduction was most definitely the star of the show here and I urge all of you to go grab the ingredients for this and give it a shot. … Read the rest

I’ve been SLICED!

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Cue Ted Allen’s voice as he turns to me and says “You’ve been sliced!”

Or that’s what he’d say if he was a part of the Saucy Mama’s Sliced Recipe contest. Unfortunately, our Chicken Soft Tacos with Black Bean and Corn Salsa weren’t enough to move us to the final elimination round against the great recipes listed below.

If this were a reality TV show, I would be off in the break room saying how I just know my recipe was better, or that so-and-so has no talent, but really, these are some great recipes and some damned fine cooks.… Read the rest

Chicken Soft Tacos with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

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It’s summertime folks. Time for simple, warm-weather friendly food that works well indoors or out. These tacos are simple, mostly make-ahead, which makes them perfect for outdoor get-togethers. Did I mention they were good? I mean really, really good. Like crazy delicious. Like I want them again right now!

This recipe is actually three separate recipes all rolled up into one phenomenal dish.… Read the rest

Simply the Best Pork Loin Recipe Ever

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My wife and I have very different methodologies when it comes to cooking. I go out of my way to keep my ingredients simple, to let the flavor of the food shine as much as possible, with only minor ingredients that highlight the flavors of the key components of a dish. My wife goes recipe searching until she finds something that challenges her baker’s sensibilities, usually with a fairly extensive ingredient list and some fairly complicated steps thrown in the mix for fun.… Read the rest