Beef

Healthier Sloppy Joes

Homemade Healthy Sloppy Joes

Every Sunday, I sit down and plan our dinners for the week. All 7 of them. And yet somehow I then spend the majority of the next 7 nights trying to get around the menu. What sounded good on Sunday just doesn’t sound as appealing on Tuesday. Or Wednesday. Or Friday. Maybe I get a [...]

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Tour de Brisket

Smitty

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

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

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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Tequila-Marinated Beef Fajitas

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

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

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

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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