Grilled Pork Loin Filet with Asian Cabbage and Apple Salad

Asian Cabbage and Apple Salad Recipe

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Summer’s here folks, and it’s hot. Way too hot for the oven, or for heavy soups and stews. Yep, summer calls for something you can toss on the grill while you keep in the shade.… Read the rest

Easy Chicken Recipes: 100 Awesome Chicken Meals

Easy Chicken Recipes

I asked some other food bloggers if they had any easy chicken recipes. They had a few. Well. More than a few. I actually had to curb the list at 100 recipes because I figured that 100 was a good place to stop. Seriously, this collection could be a cookbook all its own. (And probably should be.)

Because this list is so long, and I feel that there should be an image associated with each of these amazing recipes, I’ve broken this down into 5 parts.… Read the rest

Microwave Miso Glazed Chicken and Vegetables

Microwave Miso Glazed Chicken and Vegetables

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It’ Summer. For the kids, that means time to relax, play games or hang out with friends. It’s a time for staying up late and sleeping in. Summer is about letting go of the pressures of school life and just having the chance to express the children that they are inside.… Read the rest

Zaru Somen (Japanese chilled noodles & dipping sauce)

zaru somen recipe with tsuyu

When it’s hot outside you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen putting a meal on the table. You want to sit back, relax and eat. Enter zaru somen (Literally: basket noodles.) Chilled Japanese noodles, a delightfully light and mild sauce to dip them in, and some refreshing, crisp green onions make this the perfect dish for a hot afternoon or evening.… Read the rest

Mentsuyu (Japanese Noodle Soup Base and so much more)

Mentsuyu (Japanese Noodle Soup Base)

Mentsuyu is a Japanese soup base used most often for soba and udon noodle dishes. (The name literally means noodle sauce) It’s name is a little misleading, though. Mentsuyu is a base sauce and like any base, it’s used for just about anything in Japanese cooking. With just a few additions here and there. I actually used it as glaze for a chicken earlier today, and it was crazy good.… Read the rest

Chocolate Dipped Cookies with Peanuts – and lots of love

Chocolate dipped Cookies

Maybe not so much a recipe as a concept, these chocolate dipped cookies with peanut sprinkles are sure to take any normal afternoon and make it pretty darned special. They’re simple to make. Just some melted chocolate, some cookies of your choice and some chopped peanuts. It’s what happens when you bring these things together that makes magic.

Another serious plus to these is that little fingers can quite happily help in either the dipping or in sprinkling the nuts.… Read the rest

The Classic Bloody Mary Recipe

Classic Bloody Mary Recipe

Lazy Sunday mornings call for time with the people closest to you. For taking in a little peace, and of course good food and drinks. One of the best ways I know of to finish off brunch with family or friends is by sipping on a classic Bloody Mary. It’s iconic, refreshing and, if you happen to be feeling a little under the weather from a late Saturday, helps clear the fog a bit.… Read the rest

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

cheesy potato soup with ham and broccoli

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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)


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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. Every now and then it’s OK to take a little help from the freezer and cut your prep time, and that’s just what these turkey burgers do.… 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