Main Dishes

Bacon & Cranberry Chutney

Bacon & Cranberry Chutney

Even before the last of those lovely bacon jam-filled pretzel rolls disappeared, I’d already staked out the idea of combining the bacon jam with cranberries for a spread-on-anything and stuff-in-everthang twist on cranberry sauce. The original attempt of turning bacon jam into cranberry-bacon jam failed. Well, as much as something called “bacon jam” could fail. [...]

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Gyro-Stuffed Bell Peppers with HEB Primo Picks

Gyro-Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quino & Feta

When Jason and I met, I was living in this tiny, dirt cheap apartment with my fluffy white kitty, Shasta. Shasta & I had accidentally stumbled across the greatest deal in the entire city. We had million dollar houses, the city’s nicest park, running trails, a golf course, and gorgeous green space at our front [...]

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Take-out Fake-out: Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein

There are some days that only the ringing of the door bell can fix. Assuming the person on the other side of that door is holding a large brown bag full of an oil-drenched sodium bomb. Or a margarita. (And one day, I’ll bring that dream of a margarita delivery service to life. Or at [...]

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King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

That is King Ranch Chicken Casserole. And it’s Texas’ contribution to the category of amorphous, 50-Shades-of-Brown, one-dish comfort foods that taste far, far better than they look. But I’m not doing it justice. To describe King Ranch Chicken a little more favorably – and in a manner totally worthy of that warm bowl of comfort [...]

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Crabby Mac

Stovetop Crab macaroni & Cheese

I spent almost my entire October doing nothing that was on my To Do List. Or fun. We didn’t have time to move this blog over to its new location at The Brewer and The Baker (but that’s still coming), we let the blog’s 7th birthday go by (that, too, is still coming), we almost [...]

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Pineapple-Marinated Beef Fajitas

Pineapple-Marinated Beef Fajitas

This is what I look forward to most, living in southeast Texas. Not fajitas, but this time of year. (Although, let’s be honest – has any culture produced a more amazing, fascinating cuisine that even gets close to TexMex?) It’s open-windows during the day, almost-cool-enough-to-consider-a-light-cardigan over a tank top at night. These next few weeks? [...]

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Simple Roast Chicken

21 Seasoning Salute Roast Chicken

Raise your hand if you, too, are a Trader Joe’s fiend. Keep it up if you’ve ever packed less than the bare minimum just so you’d have enough room to bring back a bursting-at-the-seams suitcase full of goodies. And keep your hand up if you’ve gotten in trouble by security at a Trader Joe’s in [...]

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Croque Monsieur Sliders with Strawberry Jam

Baked Croque Monsieur Sliders

The internet has given us a great, great many gifts. Cats. And not the happy ones. Although I’m in the camp that believes that there is no such thing as a happy cat. (And if the lighting is right and you worked hard enough, you might have seen the scar on my hip to back [...]

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