Quick & Easy

Pineapple-Marinated Beef Fajitas

October 22, 2013
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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Croque Monsieur Sliders with Strawberry Jam

October 2, 2013
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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Black & White Tacos

September 23, 2013
Black & White Tacos

There’s bar food. And then there’s post-bar food. Those tacos, those fell into the latter category. After college, I predictably kept the safety-net low-paying, entry-level job as a drone at SkyNet that I used to pay my some of my way through school to work for a bunch of people who undervalued me only slightly [...]

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What do you get when football and hatch chiles are back?

September 8, 2013
Hatch Chile and Chicken Nachos

Nachos. Gloriously, gooey nachos worthy of two of the best seasons-within-a-season that I can think of. Last week, we had the Broncos game and Hatch Chile & Chicken Nachos on the menu. A messy, as-easy-to-make-as-it-was-to-eat spread totally worthy of the return of football. Real football. Who’s your team? If you’ve been here seasons past, you [...]

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Stovetop Mac & Cheese: The Hatch Chile and Bacon Edition

August 15, 2013
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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Chicken and Bean Nachos with H-E-B Primo Picks

July 30, 2013
Chicken and Bean Nachos with Pico de Gallo

So, there’s this weird thing about Texas. (Take your pick, right?) And it wasn’t something I realized until I was much older. But it has to do with nachos. (That probably wasn’t your first thing that came to your mind.) During most of high school, we lived on Dad’s Bean & Cheese Nachos – a [...]

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Bacon and Pea Macaroni & Cheese

December 23, 2012
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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Foil Packet Soy-Lime Salmon with Green Beans

November 27, 2012
Foil Packet Salmon with Green Beans

I like following recipes when I cook. I can take a pile of ingredients and make dinner when I need to. But I like order and I like lists and I like continuity. And I hate wire hangers. And on a day when I’ve stubbed my toe three times on that stupid coffee table while [...]

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