Pasta, Rice, and Grains

Crockpot Black Beans with Hatch Chiles, Chicken Sausage, and Quinoa

Black Beans with Hatch Chiles, Chicken Sausage, and Quinoa

I was just not cut out to be a hoarder. I try – like really try – but in the end, neurosis kicks in and my priorities immediately shift to depleting the mountain of whatever I just bought “because it was such a great deal!” as quickly as humanly possible. Obtaining things – not hard. [...]

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Chicken Burrito Bowls with Hatch Chile Pico de Gallo

Chicken Burrito Bowls with Hatch Chile Pico de Gallo

You can add “forgo dinner at home most nights and drag the family to Freebirds for a steak or chicken burrito bowl” to the list of things I’d do if money grew on trees around here. Right above that – never washing or flat-ironing my hair again. And since money doesn’t grow on trees, butterfly [...]

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Stovetop Hatch Chile and Bacon Mac & Cheese

Hatch Chile and Bacon Mac & Cheese

Raise your hand if you, too, are excited about hatch chile season! Why do I love hatch chiles? They’re sweeter and less bitter than most other peppers. They’re not overly spicy but the “hot” hatch chiles do have a nice amount of casual heat. And at $.48/lb this week, I’ll be spending my Saturday roasting [...]

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Spring in Texas: The Crawfish Boil (and Crawfish Mac & Cheese)

Crawfish Boil

Crawfish boils are kind of a big deal here in Houston. And by kind of a big deal, I mean how much more fun could a person want to have besides drinking beer (ahem, grapefruit margaritas), standing around a gigantic pot filled to the brim with corn, potatoes, crawfish, and scary amounts of cayenne pepper. [...]

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Crawfish Fettuccine

Crawfish Fettuccine

Spring is just around the corner! You can tell because we’re already gardening. And swimming. And every restaurant around here without the words “happy meal” or “value size” on their menu has a banner hanging off the front of the building with one single 8-letter word: CRAWFISH But even better than that? Pulling up to [...]

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Bacon and Pea Macaroni & Cheese

Bacon and Pea Macaroni & Cheese

It’s the day before Christmas Eve. And like just about everyone else, I have a ginormous to-do list. I’m supposed to be bagging up the biscotti and wrapping caramels. Instead, I’m watching a disappointing football game (spoil it and tell me it gets better – I’m an entire half behind), trying to relax after hitting [...]

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Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

In my family, Thanksgiving has 3 rules. And they all involve cheese: 1) There must be broccoli & rice casserole. I can bring roasted broccoli for a healthier broccoli dish. But it has to be served alongside of – not instead of – the casserole. 2) I must make the broccoli & rice casserole. Me. [...]

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Roasted Broccoli Carbonara

Roasted Broccoli Carbonara

Today is the last day of October and that means two things: 1) National Pasta Month is coming to an end and 2) We start the 24-hour countdown before I’m allowed to say the words “Thanksgiving” and “menu” out loud. So let’s talk about the former. That dish up there, that is Roasted Broccoli Carbonara. [...]

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