Pork

Tacos al Pastor

A long while back, one of my favorite food bloggers mentioned that she was making Tacos al Pastor for dinner. Chili-marinated pork served with grilled pineapple. Pork. Chilies. Pineapple. Yum. So my brain processed that information and came to the only logical conclusion: Must. Make. Now. The only experience I had with Tacos al Pastor [...]

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Pork Tenderloin with Peach-o de Gallo

If you are what you eat, during the summer I’m part peach and part corn on the cob. Part margarita and part Blue Bell Ice Cream. I’m probably not what you’d call a “balanced diet.” Delicious, yes. Recommended, maybe not. We had to work pretty furiously through our Hill Country peach haul but I was [...]

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Soy Lime Pork Tenderloin

Soy Lime Pork Tenderloin

There was a time when “grilling” meant one of two things: Dinner was at my parents’ house and Dad was cooking burgers or chicken, or I was plugging in a little counter top appliance endorsed by a former pro heavyweight boxer in my apartment. I was scared of the real deal and used to leave [...]

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Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya

Fat Tuesday? Already? It’s amazing how adding one little 5lb 13oz munchkin to your household puts “outside time” completely out of reach. Sausage? Check. Rice? Check. Tobasco? Check. Cornbread? After digging around a bit in the freezer for the bag of madeleines… check! All those pieces means that we have dinner for a week This [...]

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Pulled Pork with Orange Barbecue Sauce

…Somewhere real far south when I suggested to my husband that we get barbecue for dinner. I might be a born-and-raised Texan but barbecue is never anywhere near the top of my list. It’s usually not even on the list. My crockpot is by far the most unused gadget in my kitchen. Most of the [...]

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Roast Pork with Pears and Caramelized Onions

Roast Pork with Pears and Caramelized Onions

My name is Shawnda and I’m a recovering cooking magazine junkie. I used to love cooking magazines. I had a monthly routine: I would gather all my new magazines and a sticky note pad and head for the couch, very hopeful about finding something new for next week’s dinner. Flip, flip, flip. Page by page. [...]

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Roasted Chestnut and Sausage Dressing

Roasted Chestnut and Sausage Dressing

They say you’re not supposed to try new recipes out at the holidays because it’s stressful and you don’t want to be faced with a houseful of disappointed guests. Because cooking a familiar meal for 13 isn’t stressful enough already? Whatev. “They” are crazy – the holidays are the perfect time to try out new [...]

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Carnitas

Carnitas

One of the things I enjoy about living in Houston is the availability of fantastically authentic Mexican food. There’s Tex-Mex and then there’s Mexican. You’d be hard pressed to drive through many areas of town without finding a Carniceria (a Mexican meat market) or Panaderia (Mexican bakery) in nearby strip centers. Shelves of the markets [...]

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