7-Layer Hatch Chile Dip with HEB Primo Picks

Smell that? That’s the smell of August. It’s the fiery, smokey scent of (probably) a ton of Hatch Chiles roasting at the door step of my HEB. This month, my package of HEB Primo Picks was bursting at the seams with Hatch Chile This and Hatch Chile That and Oh! Oh! – More Hatch Chile [...]

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Grilled Pineapple and Avocado Eggrolls

Avocado and Grilled Pineapple Eggrolls

Before we start talking about the insanity of what almost amounts to deep-fried guacamole, let’s talk about safety. Because there are some things you shouldn’t do on a school night. Like drinking most of a bottle of wine all by yourself. And then come the things that you shouldn’t do after drinking most of a [...]

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My Favorite Summer Sandwich

Grilled Zucchini and Red Onion Sandwich

You can do a lot of amazing things with zucchini. You can bread it and bake it for the faux-fry treatment. And then dip in ranch. Because the answer is always ranch (when it’s not margarita). You can caramelize it in some bacon grease [swoon] and toss it into a peppery, velvety smooth carbonara for [...]

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Beer-Battered Jalapenos with Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce

Beer Battered Jalapenos

That basket of delicious, deep-fried napalm is made of three of my very favorite things: beer, deep-fried [fill-in-the-blank], and to fill in the blank – fresh, weapons-grade jalapenos. The first time I had fried jalapenos was at a post-Big Brother Sweatshop after-work-meeting after-party. Because it wasn’t enough that you had to spend 9 hours inside [...]

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BBQ Chicken & Grilled Pineapple Nachos

Barbecue Chicken & Grilled Pineapple Nachos

I have been on a major grilled pineapple kick lately. Like, mayjah. Guacamole, burgers, margaritas, and of course – those nachos. The other two people in this house are not so… passionate about grilled pineapple. There have been eyerolls and little remarks and sighs. Nor are they passionate about taking the contents of 5 leftover [...]

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Loaded Queso Fries

Loaded Fries with Chile con Queso

“You’re going to get me kicked off the internet for this.” Not the first time I’ve said those words to Jason… probably won’t be the last, either. But he has a point. There is no such thing as too much queso. Nor is there any shortage of things to do with the leftovers. Especially if [...]

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Guacamole with Grilled Corn, Bacon, and Goat Cheese

Guacamole with Goat Cheese, Grilled Mexican Corn, and Bacon

Let’s be honest here – anything more than salt, lemon, a little lime, and avocado isn’t really necessary to make guacamole. It’s pretty perfect, just like that. But that doesn’t mean you have to – or should – stop there. I know I almost never do. For this year’s Cinco (Cuatro) de Mayo Bash, I [...]

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Simple Ceviche

Simple Ceviche for Cinco de Mayo

You know what beats a weekend bowl of ice-cold ceviche, crunchy tortilla chips, and a frosty-mug margarita by the pool? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. A few years ago, Jason & I dumped our not-even-a-year-old little girl in my aunt’s lap, ran away laughing maniacally, and then spent the better part of the next week sustaining on the [...]

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