Tour de Brisket

June 27, 2010

Barbecue is very much a regional cuisine. It looks different from the Texas Hill Country to Memphis to St. Louis to the Carolinas. In Texas, barbecue is less about the sauce and all about the meat. We’re downright crazy about brisket. It’ll take you a full day to drive across the state, yet somehow we’ve [...]

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Penne with Hearty Beef Ragu

June 20, 2010
Penne with Beef Ragu

We have very, very different ideas when it comes to pasta for dinner. I’m mostly all about fresh, lightly-sauced pasta spiked with lemon. Lots and lots of lemon. Except when it’s cold and then I want heavy cream, butter, and unhealthy amounts of gooey, melty cheese. The Foodie Groom, on the other hand, prefers his [...]

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Flank Steak with Balsamic-Port Reduction and Goat Cheese Polenta

March 28, 2010
Flank Steak with Balsamic-Port Reduction and Goat Cheese Polenta

I installed the Everyday Food app on my iPod a couple of weeks ago. Besides Book Worm and Bejeweled 2, it’s my favorite app. Once a day – usually at some ungodly hour – it dings to tell me that there’s a new recipe waiting. (I really need to leave it some place other than [...]

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Beef Fajitas

March 11, 2010
Beef Fajitas

We have two favorite places to hit up for fajitas: Lupe Tortilla (best fajitas in Houston) and El Tiempo (best “chicken fajitas” in Houston). I’m a red meat kind of girl and the Foodie Groom is all about white meat when it comes to fajitas. The upside, clearly, is that the food (and drinks!) at [...]

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Beef (or Turkey) Chili

March 2, 2010
Shannon\'s Chili

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Texans! Or “Frito Pie and Shiner Day,” however you see fit to celebrate. Jason and I have our ideas about what good chili is – and is supposed to be. Me – ridiculously spicy with no beans or ground beef (cubed beef cuts only). Jason – no beans, thick [...]

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Cranberry-Red Wine Meatballs

January 17, 2010
Cranberry and Red Wine Meatballs

Meatballs are typically only served in two ways in this house: Meatball Subs or drenched in wine and berries as an appetizer but mostly the former. I joke that my husband has become a meatball connoisseur – he can describe in great detail the subtle (and not so subtle) differences between the meatballs served at [...]

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Spicy Beef Udon, a la Benjy’s

December 13, 2009
Spicy Beef Udon

Neither of us had much exposure to Asian/Asian-inspired cuisine growing up. I’d make the easy stuff (fried rice, pot stickers, some sushi, Mongolian beef) but I leave the “real stuff” to the pros. I pretty much cower at the thought of making most of the dishes at home – especially those recipes that are peppered [...]

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Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy

November 22, 2009
Chicken Fried Steak

Fried chicken and chicken fried steak always held the prime spot on mom’s weekly menu: Sunday dinner. And since I grew up a little country, I’m talking about “lunch” when I say “Sunday dinner.” We grew up eating breakfast, lunch, and supper. After church on Sunday afternoon, we had Sunday dinner and watched football. Grandma [...]

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