• Maple Roasted Pork & Veggies

    Pork Tenderloin is a quick & easy dinner option, and when you marinade it in maple syrup it becomes a perfect cool weather dinner that will warm you right up.   I made this for a family dinner and it was a HUGE hit! First… let’s talk Veggies I wanted to use veggies that were in season & that would go nicely with the maple and apple cider vinegar marinade. Being it is Fall I went with brussels sprouts, apples and onions.  You could use butternut squash, potatoes (sweet or russet), acorn squash, carrots… really the possibilities are endless.  The key is to season them and make sure you cut…

  • Stuffed Honeynut Squash

    Honeynut Squash is my new favorite squash.  Not familiar?  I wasn’t either, until last week.  They are everything you love about butternut only smaller, sweeter, more tender and perfect size for individuals sides.     Honeynut = Cuteness & Yumminess I was walking through Trader Joes looking at the produce and came across these super small butternut squash.  I was intrigued as I had never seen one so small.  Just then an employee walked up and asked if I had ever had a butternut squash and pointed at these adorable little beauties.  Once I said no she began to tell me every reason why I should  She said they cooked…

  • Brisket Chili

    Brisket Chili hands down is my new go to chili… period.  I said it.  I mean it.  I am standing by it. Brisket Chili… your new favorite chili Being a Texas girl I have had my fair share of chili and I have made my fair share as well.  I have made simple ground beef chili, steak chili, chicken chili and now Brisket Chili.  I had heard about this type of chili for years from a  friend of mine, but never made attempted to make it, until now. So why now?  Well I make chili every Halloween for my families Halloween party and this year I wanted to make something…

  • Smoked Turkey

    Turkey Day (aka Thanksgiving) will be here before we know it (like next week) and it is time we talk smoked turkey!   let’s talk SMOKED TURKEY I know most of us will roast or fry our Thanksgiving turkeys but this Smoked Turkey is the only way my family does it now.  My brother and his Father-in-Law have perfected this recipe and it is just amazing!! To be safe you want to have between 3/4 – 1 pound per person (or more for leftovers).  Also make sure you give it enough time to thaw, We thaw our turkey in an ice water bath in a cooler (still in the plastic wrapping)…

  • Veggie Enchilada Stack

    It is a Veggie Enchilada Stack kinda night.  Veggies, chicken, beans, cheese and tortillas sound like a must make dinner. It’s all about the veggies… The beauty of this recipe is you can use whatever veggies you have on hand (or whatever ones your family will eat).  This time around I stuck with squash, zucchini and peppers.  Next time I am going to throw in some eggplant and possibly mushrooms for even more heartiness.   One of the secrets of this dish is to season every layer, including the veggies.  I kept it simple with just some salt, pepper and chili powder but made sure there was enough to make…

  • Air Fryer Veggies

    I am obsessed with my Air Fryer.  I know I am kinda late to the game but I am 100% on board now and love trying new recipes … but one of my go to ones I make every week are these Air Fryer Veggies. Let’s talk veggies… One of my favorite parts of going to the grocery store is walking through the produce area and finding what veggies I am going to cook for the week.  Almost every Sunday I roast, or now air fry, a large batch of veggies and use them in salads all week long or as quick fix sides for dinner. This last week as…

  • Skillet Salsa Chicken

    Ready for a quick and easy dinner everyone is sure to love?  This Skillet Salsa Chicken is a super quick dinner perfect for even the busiest of nights (like tonight). It all starts with the skillet… Like I mentioned above this Skillet Salsa Chicken is the perfect quick fix dinner.  It starts with browning the chicken, then adding in the salsa, then roasting it for a little bit and then topping with cheese and voila you are done.  Quick & easy!! The key to this dish is getting your skillet hot in the beginning so the chicken gets a great sear on it, this help build the flavor and keep…

  • Reuben Grilled Cheese

    Are you a reuben fan? Are you a fan of grilled cheese.  I love them… they can be simple… some with meat, some with multiple types of cheese, thick bread, thin bread, fancy bread.  However…I just love grilled cheese. Closed or Open? There is a great delicatessen here is Houston call Kenny & Ziggy’s.  This is the first place I ever experienced The Rueban.  I am almost embarrassed to admit this but it was about 12 years ago that I fell in love with this amazing sandwich.   It all started with a shopping trip to the Galleria with my brother for my sis-in-love.  Afterwards we went to Kenny &…

  • Teriyaki Salmon

    Teriyaki Salmon will turn anyone into a salmon lover in no time.  Perfectly cooked salmon covered in a delicious homemade teriyaki sauce that comes together in NO TIME!   Ain’t your momma’s salmon Growing up the closest we got to salmon was the canned version made into croquette patties.  As much as I loved those croquettes as I grew up I started to appreciate just how good fresh salmon really could be.  There are so many options from grilling to roasting to pan searing. For some fun recipes, check out this Grilled Salmon or this Chili Rubbed Salmon for a little extra kick.  I will say though this Teriyaki version is quickly…

  • Queso Burger

    I am all about a yummy burger and this Queso Burger is everything! It all starts with the queso What makes this burger super special is the combo of your favorite mexican inspired yummies and a traditional burger.  the star for me is the Queso.  Growing up in Texas I have been blessed with amazing Mexican/Tex Mex food my whole life.  One of the staples of tex max is queso, aka cheese dip.  After many attempts I have found one that I love and I can make at home in no time. This queso blanco is so good and perfect on this burger or at your next party! Now let’s…