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

Baked Chicken Leg Quarters with Caramelized Onions.

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

Crockpot Ham and Beans – A Southern comfort food staple


Ham and beans is a Southern staple. It’s simple, soul-satisfying comfort food at its very best. You’ll find this dish being made in almost every Southern household whenever a ham bone is available. It’s the best way I know of to use up leftover ham from Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. (Or even as an excuse to make a ham!) Ham and beans is invariably served with freshly baked cornbread to sop up all the wonderful juices.… Read the rest

Lemon Lime Muffins


After the rave reviews my family lauded on the 3 ingredient muffins we made a few weeks ago, I was itching to take that base recipe and try something new with it. Seriously, there are no end of options. This is a recipe that begs for modifications. You can make these sweet or savory just as easily. The ideas just kept rolling around in my head.  … Read the rest

3 Ingredient Muffins – Perfect Muffins Every Single Time


You can make perfectly moist, succulent muffins in just 20 minutes with 3 ingredients you already have in the pantry.

Let me say that again:

You can make perfectly moist, succulent muffins right now in just 20 minutes with 3 ingredients you already have in your pantry.

I was shocked, too. Actually, I was incredulous. I didn’t believe it was possible, but it is.… Read the rest

Brown Soda Bread with Molasses


Irish Brown Bread is, at its heart, just soda bread made with half whole wheat flour. This particular version ads oats and a bit of molasses, but would probably be made with treacle in the UK. (You try to find treacle in the U.S. I dare you!)

The molasses ads just a hint of sweetness, while the oats give the bread a hint of nuttiness.… Read the rest

Lamb with Champ and Mint Peas Recipe


Many people feel that the cuisine of the British Aisles is somewhat bland and lacking in character. I disagree completely. Most dishes from this region are recipes born of necessity and frugality. They use what was available seasonally, they are prepared simply but yet all are heartwarming and filling. It’s a cooking style that I intend to pursue further over the course of the next year.… Read the rest

Green Beans with Walnuts


If you’re looking for a recipe that will please anyone in your life, this is it. This dish is not only vegan and gluten-free but it’s as quick and easy as it gets. The flavors are complex and satisfying, yet there are only five ingredients. In short, this is the perfect side for anyone without nut allergies.

I’ve seen variations of this dish that include such things as butter, walnut oil, sesame oil and parsley.… Read the rest