Slow Cooker Pintos


Growing up, beans and rice was one of my favorite meals. My father liked his beans with smoked ham hocks. So, that’s how my mother cooked them. She and my sister thought ham hocks were disgusting, however, and wouldn’t touch them, and, because I was often lumped into their “lady like” preferences by default of…

Summer Squash Risotto


Admittedly, summer squash is a veg I usually pass over preferring its doppelganger, zucchini, instead. The wifey brought home summer squash, however, and honestly I felt grateful for the change. I don’t have anything against this cheery, yellow vegetable except very unpleasant childhood memories. Growing up, my mother’s summer squash, boiled to death with white…

Braised Honey Gochujang Thighs


This recipe is a little spicy, a little sweet, and pretty easy to throw together. Don’t have Gochuchang paste on hand? Swap it out for Sriracha. Like it more sweet than spicy? Increase the honey. Taste, adjust, and tweak this recipe until it’s just right for you. Ingredients 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs 2 tbsp…

Insta Pot Ragu


Is there anything more homey and comforting than the tangy, umami smells of simmering tomato sauce? I think most of us will agree that a bowl of al dente pasta and ragu is a universally loved dish, and with the kiddos back to virtual school now, easy weeknight dinners are a must. Back when my…

Peri Peri Wings


The first Peri Peri chicken I had was at Nando’s in Baltimore, and now their delicious sauces are available at most grocery stores. My favs are their Medium and XX Hot sauces. The Medium sauce is citrusy with a nice vinegar tang, and just the right amount of heat. The XX Hot is, well, an…

Smoked Duck Gumbo


It’s a rare occasion that I cook gumbo in the summer, but the temperature dropped after the remnants of Hurricane Laura blew through our area last week. So, with the last of my smoked goodies in need of use, I jumped on the opportunity for a comforting bowl of this humble stew. Gumbo loves smoke…

BLM & Smoked Eggplant Crostini


As I’m typing this out, The March on Washington 2020 is live streaming on my television. Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s granddaughter, is bringing the house down with her powerful, youthful message of empowerment. Her strong female voice rings out reminding us that now is the time to master ourselves, as she calls…

Smoky 5 Spice Duck with Hoisin Noodles


I’ve raved about 5 spice and smoke plenty so I’ll just get straight to the recipe. You’re welcome. Ingredients 4 duck breasts 1 recipe Nuoc Cham 1 – 2 tbsp 5 spice powder generous amount of salt and pepper 2 servings cooked Ramen or rice noodles 2 green scallions, trimmed and sliced on the bias…

A Week of Smoked Goodies


Starting hardwood lump charcoal without my beloved Stump Chunks is not an easy task, especially when the air is dripping with humidity. It’s worth the effort though, in my opinion, as I cannot stand the residual chemical flavor lighter fluid leaves on my meats and vegetables, especially where slow smoking is concerned. So, knowing the…

Za’atar Tofu Jalfrezi


Yes, I’m a Texas lovin’ carnivore, who’d rather have double protein on my plate than carbs. In fact, you probably don’t wanna’ be around me when I’m low on protein intake. For me, beans have always been a side dish, but since moving to the East Coast about 14 years ago now, I’ve upped my…