The Ultimate Iced Tea Recipe


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


(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


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


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



From the archives. This is just about the perfect summer salad.

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.… Read the rest

I’ve been SLICED!


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


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


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

Bean and Bacon Dip with Salsa, Sour Cream and Cheddar


Bean dip is a San Antonio favorite. It’s such a distinctly Texan recipe that the very first Texan entry in Clementine Paddleford’s Great American Cookbook is For Bobbie Coleman’s  Texas Bean Dip, and was served to Mrs. Paddleford just a few miles from my home, in the Alamo Heights district of San Antonio. She declared that bean dip “True Texas Cuisine.” We Texans couldn’t agree more.… Read the rest

Candied Bacon Egg Salad on Crispy Wonton Spoons ~ A Contest And a #SaucyMama Giveaway


Appetizers should always be something familiar. Sure, you can (and should) jazz it up a bit, but whatever it is, it should be easily identifiable to your guests.  Also important is that it should be something that isn’t going to cause you a ton of stress on the day of your party. Combine those two ideas and you have the inspiration behind Candied Bacon Egg Salad on Crispy Wonton Spoons. … Read the rest

Blueberry, Cantaloupe and Pineapple Salad


This gorgeous dish almost never existed. It was, quite frankly, never intended to exist. For the first installment of #theSaladBar monthly blogging group I’d planned a lovely little salad with frisée, strawberries, blueberries, some fresh cheese and a yogurt dressing. Unfortunately the end of the school year left our schedule in tatters and many of my ingredients inedible.

That doesn’t mean I’d leave the lovely Wendy Wofford-Garcia hanging on the first week her new group was supposed to post our salads.… Read the rest

Blueberry Skillet Cake (a Berry-licious Upside-Down Cake)


Light, moist, lemony cake topped with a gorgeous layer of blueberries in brown sugar and butter caramel. Whether you call it a skillet cake or an upside-down cake, this dessert is sure to be a hit with friends and family. I know it was with ours. Our picky eater went back for thirds!

Upside-down cakes are a Southern staple, but they aren’t just about pineapples.… Read the rest

Ultra Creamy Ham and Broccoli Mac and Cheese


Who doesn’t love a good helping of homemade Mac-n-Cheese? It’s undeniably good in almost any variety, but this version takes a classic comfort food to new heights with crisp raw broccoli and subtly smoky ham. For the ultimate in creamy melty goodness, we used cream cheese instead of cheddar for a milder compliment to the other flavors. This dish is so jaw-droppingly good that our picky eater didn’t complain once about the veggies.… Read the rest

How-To: Turn a Whole Beef Brisket into 7 full meals and save a ton of money


Meat prices are rising, and rising fast. For some families that just means eating less expensive meat. For other families it can mean that they can’t afford to buy enough protein for their families. If you’ve foregone meats because you chose to, that’s one thing. But if, like us, you’ve cut back based solely on cost, I’m going to show you how you can put more meat in your freezer, for a lot less money.… Read the rest

Unprocessed Food, Special Needs Kids and Chicken Nugget Sliders


Before you dive in, I need to state for the record that I am not a doctor. I have studied the topics below, but if you think your child or someone you know has a food allergy, seek medical help. I’m not an expert.

I’m a foodie, I’m a cook and I talk about recipes a little too often for most people’s sake.… Read the rest

Baked Chicken Leg Quarters with Braised Onions, a one dish wonder


Remember that big ol’ bag of chicken leg quarters you picked up at the market? The one that’s taking up a ton of room in the fridge because you haven’t gotten around to packaging all the chicken up a and freezing it. Or worse yet, it’s lying in the fridge while you try to decide what to make with all that chicken.… Read the rest

Grilled Cheese with Sautéed Onions and Bell Pepper


The grilled cheese sandwich is without doubt one of the greatest comfort foods, but there’s no reason you can’t jazz it up a bit. Imagine that same sandwich on homemade bread and packed with the sharp bite of sautéed bell peppers and the sweetness of lightly browned onions. It’s a staggering difference that still pairs well with a good bowl of tomato basil soup.… Read the rest

Fish Tacos with Spicy Sour Cream


Fish Tacos. Sweet, succulent fish, crisp cabbage and slightly spicy sour cream all wrapped up in a flour tortilla. I’m not sure there’s a better combination of flavors anywhere. Top that off with the fact that it’s hand-held and you’ve got a real winner on your hands. This is a quick, simple and utterly delicious choice for a weeknight meal.

All you need to put a rock star dinner out is a handful of ingredients.… Read the rest

The Ultimate Grilled Beer Bratwurst Recipe


I’m partial to any recipe that starts with “open two bottles of beer.”  In my case this may not show that the beer is actually going to be used in the recipe, but it almost always indicates a fun meal.  In this case it’s my tried and true method for making the ultimate bratwurst.

I learned the method from an episode of Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello and I want to thank the chef personally for giving me the ultimate method for perfectly tender, juicy and flavorful sausage every time.  … Read the rest

Pulled Pork, Greens and Bacon Sandwich – Put some South in your mouth


This might just be the ultimate sandwich. It’s got succulent pork, bitter greens, crisp bacon and the sweet and tangy combination of vinegar and hot sauce. If there’s a more perfect combination of flavors, I’m not sure what it is. This bad boy has all of that. It’s like putting all the best of the deep South in your mouth with every bite.… Read the rest