Turkey Burgers with Garlic Mayo & Recaito: A Char-Broil Kettleman Adventure


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Char-Broil for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Guys, I’m seriously stoked about this post for several reasons. First, I’ve been wanting to share my wife’s insane turkey burger recipe with you for a very long time, and now I get to. Second, we got to make it on an awesome grill provided by Char-Broil.… Read the rest

Sesame Apricot Chicken Wings Recipe – Game Day Goodness

Sesame Apricot Chicken Wings

So you’ve googled “chicken wings recipe” and now you’re overwhelmed. Everything that pops up is  spicy as heck or difficult to make. If you’re looking for a sure-fire crowd-pleaser for your next game day event or movie party, look no further, you’ve found it. Our sesame-apricot chicken wings will wow you for sure, and they couldn’t be simpler.

Moist, succulent chicken glistening with a sticky, sweet, tangy apricot glaze and speckled with toasted sesame seeds for a bit of texture.… Read the rest

Dashi Stock – Basic Japanese Sea Stock Recipe

Awase Dashi Recipe made with Katsuobushi (boito flakes) and kombu

Dashi is one of the fundamental ingredients in Japanese cooking. It’s used as both a tea and the base for hundreds, if not thousands of recipes in Japan. Dashi stock is so common, in fact, that most written recipes that call for it simply state, “add dashi”. The assumption is that everyone already knows how to make it, or has it on hand at all times (Kind of like chicken broth in America.).… Read the rest

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

Gluten Free Orange Chicken Recipe

Just like Chinese Take Out Orange Chicken, but this is Gluten Free

Orange Chicken is a favorite at take-out Chinese restaurants no matter where you live. There’s just something magical about those crispy little morsels of battered chicken bathed in a cloyingly sweet orange glaze. But if you happen to be gluten-intolerant or you’re on a GF diet, you’ve probably written this childhood favorite off as a loss. You don’t have to. This is a version anyone can enjoy.… 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

San Antonio Breakfast Tacos, An insanely easy breakfast recipe

San Antonio Style Breakfast Tacos

When you’re heading for breakfast, where you are is important. Alaska has reindeer sausage. Chicago has the blintz. Californians love their breakfast burritos. New Mexicans argue about red or green  chile sauce, no matter what the dish is. But in Texas, the breakfast taco reigns supreme, and today I have the perfect breakfast taco recipe for you.

To be more specific, this is San Antonio’s favorite breakfast taco recipe, the bean and cheese taco, a staple for almost every San Antonian I know.… Read the rest

Smoothies for Everyone – 32 Smoothie Recipes From Your Favorite Food Bloggers

Smoothies for Everyone 32 Recipes from Your Favorite Food Bloggers

(Formerly 10 Juices and Smoothies to Boost Your Energy)

There are times when you just need to boost your energy. You’re worn out, tired, jet lagged or maybe like too many of us, you just didn’t get enough sleep last night. For whatever reason, you need a jolt to the system, but you’d prefer that it didn’t come from a can or a shot-glass sized bottle. … Read the rest

Quick & Easy Cheesy Potato Soup with Ham & Broccoli


This post brought to you by Sargento. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Cooking by the seat of our pants.

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

Every Day Smothered Turkey Burgers (No Buns Required)


This post brought to you by Butterball Every Day. All opinions are 100% mine.

Weeknight dinners can be challenging. You want to make something good for your family and yourself, but with all of the things you’ve got packed into your schedule, it can be difficult to find the time or inspiration to make something different.

It’s simple to go with routine and stick to a few quick and easy “go-to” meals.… 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

Chicken Fajita Salad


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


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

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

Rich and Hearty Curried Pumpkin Soup Recipe – and a look at Carton Smart


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