• 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)…

  • Bacon Dijon Chicken

    Happy Monday!  Do you have a busy week ahead?  I know I do and this one skillet dinner is definately on the menu.  It comes together quick and is loaded with tons of flavor (& even a little green) making this a dish for everyone.   One Pan and Done I love one pan dishes.  It makes life so much easier, especially on those busy weeknights.  This dish is the perfect one dish meal.  You start with the chicken and then you fry up the bacon and then make the super rich dijon sauce that is loaded with tons and tons of flavor.   The beauty of this dish is…

  • Pimento Cheese Spread

    A MUST MAKE (& it is KETO friendly) Pimento cheese is very special to me. My MeeMaw always made the most amazing pimento cheese.  She always had it for us every time we came to the farm.It was always so rich and creamy.  Maybe I love it it is because she made it or maybe it is the cheese but whatever it is I DO SO LOVE IT!   To make this favorite even better it is KETO/Low Carb friendly.  Not only is it a favorite but I can enjoy it anytime I want while sticking to my KETO lifestyle.  Now that is a WIN WIN! A Master’s Tradition Pimento cheese is also special because it is one…

  • The Star of the Table

    let’s talk TURKEY When we first started talking about this Early Thanksgiving Dinner my brother said he wanted to smoke the turkey.  I was thrilled…I couldn’t wait.  He had smoked one last year for our family Thanksgiving and it was good, but he said he wanted to make it even better, and that he did. When all the RSVP’s came back we had 15 people coming, so to ensure we had enough turkey (I love the leftover turkey) I got a big ole’ turkey.  It was right around a 20 pound bird.  And let me tell you the turkey was so, so good there was not too much left over. To…

  • Taco Tuesday … We are Ready for You

    Happy Monday (almost Tuesday)!!  How was your weekend?  Was it packed full of fun, or relaxing?  Well I had nothing short of a crazy busy & super fun one with my niece and nephew.   It started with a soccer game and ended with several dance parties and  cookies, with a ton of fun in the middle. As much fun as we had it is time to get back to reality and to start thinking about the week ahead.  I have a busy one planned but one thing for sure is that there will Taco Tuesday and these Crispy Carnitas are perfect dinner treat! Slow Cooker Time I am a…

  • weeknight ready and oh so yummy

    Summer is almost here.  The business of the end of school will be winding down soon and a new summer schedule will start to become familiar.  For me that means it is time to get back into some favorite routines like cooking dinner.   There is not a much better place to start than this stroganoff.. Weeknight Ready, REALLY? Ok, ok I know beef stroganoff is usually one of those dishes that takes all day to prepare.  Most of the time I throw it in the slow cooker and let it cook all day, but I have an even better version for you. My Godmother, Sandy, makes an amazing beef stroganoff.…

  • ch…cha…charro at home

    Are you a refried bean or charro bean person?  Me, I am a charro bean person.  I just love the hint of heat in each bite…and now I can make them at home! It all starts with bacon Yep…you read that right.  These Charro Beans start with bacon.  You can use your favorite bacon but I highly recommend either bacon ends or thick cut bacon.  These beans are going to be cooking for a while and the chunks of bacon will cook down better and in the end add in some great flavor.   I mean just look at that big hunk of bacon in the middle of the beans…

  • a new chili night…steak chili

    Growing up in Texas I have had my fair share of chili.  The traditional chili with beef (no beans) and loaded with spices, turkey chili, white chicken chili and of course chili with beans…but sometimes you just have to take a favorite to the next level. Just trust me Ok now I know you might be shaking your head at me and asking “why go and mess up something and make it weird” but trust me this chili is everything you love about your favorite traditional chili, only elevated!   It is loaded with tons of spices (some that are a little surprising) and big chunks of meat making this a…

  • no oven space needed for this ham

    Easter is this weekend and that means it is time to start planning the menu and trust me this ham is a must have for your Easter get together.  I don’t know about your family but Easter always mean ham to us.  We used to buy it from that Honey Baked place and it was crusted with this delicious sweet crust and as delicious, but also expensive so this Easter I decided to try to fix one myself. No oven needed There are tons of ways to fix a ham.  Some recipes call for maple syrup, some for pineapple slices, or pineapple juice, while other just have a spice rub…for me I…

  • low, slow & grilled short ribs

    My slow cooker is one of my favorite cooking tools all year long but especially in the spring and summer.  And now these short ribs are one of my favorite things to fix in it! Short Ribs? So I am a HUGE fan of short ribs.  I love how tender they are while being full of flavor and texture.  And don’t even get me started on the gravy that is left after they have been cooking for a while.  It really is true perfection. For this recipe I used the boneless short ribs.  Honestly it wasn’t on purpose, but when I picked the package up I just a assumed they had…