Philly Cheesesteaks: A Tale of Love, Loss and a Yummy Calzone

January 25, 2013 Beef

Does there really even need to be a story? If you’ve ever eaten a really good Philly cheesesteak you know what I’m talking about. One bite and you’re hooked. They’re filling and warm, a little bit gooey and so freaking good. I love the beef, the onions, the cheese, the peppers. I could eat one […]

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Spinach and Parmesan Risotto: An Arm Workout You’ll Love

January 24, 2013 Entree

It’s been awhile since you and I talked about risotto. The last time was the lobster risotto that I wanted to eat every day for the rest of my life. I was craving it again and the weeone won’t join me in this endeavor, so I don’t make it often. Plus, there’s that whole “arm […]

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Restaurant Recreation: Willie G’s Oyster Bar Trash

January 23, 2013 Appetizers

Last week for my birthday the parentals and the weeone took me to dinner at Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks. It’s a white-tablecloth-dark-walls kind of place that serves my favorite kind of food…seafood. We ate at Willie G’s for Easter this past year as well because my mother insists on white tablecloths for Easter and […]

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If Shrimp and Grits Were A Religion: Shrimp and Grit Fritters

January 16, 2013 Appetizers

I’ve been giving this a lot of thought lately. If shrimp and grits were a religion, would I convert? I’ve come to the conclusion that my faith is integral to who I am, but I would certainly find a way to integrate shrimp and grits into what I already believe. What’s most interesting about this […]

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Winter Defined: Sauteed Apple-Topped Pork Tenderloin

January 14, 2013 Entree

There are a few foods that come to mind when I think about the dead of winter. Anything with cooked apples makes me think of winter. The combination of the sweet fo the apple and the heat of the pan keeps my insides warm and humming along while I wait for the return of sunshine […]

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Mexican with Italian Influence is the Spice of Life: Mexican Ravioli

January 11, 2013 Entree

There’s never too much Mexican food. I should get that tattooed on me somewhere. Okay, maybe not tattooed because that’s a bit excessive, but there is something about Mexican food and its varieties that never leave me bored. I came across a recipe a while back for green chile ravioli and it peaked my interest. […]

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Revamping A TexMex Favorite: Layered Enchiladas

November 28, 2012 Entree

Maybe it’s because I’ve spent the majority of my life living in Texas, but Mexican food is a moral imperative for me. I simply cannot live without it. The deep layered flavors and spicy goodness sings to me. Of course, it could just be the cheese. Regardless of the reasoning, I can’t imagine a life […]

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Mom’s Meatloaf: Because Meat Muffin Sounds Weird

November 27, 2012 Beef

The idea of meatloaf always conjures up thoughts of “Leave it to Beaver” for me. I don’t know that I ever saw it being served on that show, but it just seems like such a 1950′s type dinner that it’s hard to not connect the two. My mom made meatloaf with some regularity when I […]

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The Definition of Comfort Food? Chicken and Dumplings

November 6, 2012 Entree

If I’m in a bad mood or I’ve had a bad day there’s an easy way to make me happy. If it’s cold outside and no amount of socks and blankets will warm my soul, there’s an easy way to make me happy. Chicken and dumplings. The thing is that chicken and dumplings just feels […]

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Chicken Piccata – Because lemon is a VERY good thing

October 18, 2012 Entertaining

Pretty much my whole life I assumed that the “piccata” part of chicken piccata had to do with the lemon flavor. Turns out, piccata is the method of preparation of the dish and has nothing to do with the lemony goodness we’ve all come to love from that name. Piccata simply means preparing a meat […]

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