Wild Boar Chili with Cilantro Lime Rice


  Wild Boars are a pretty pervasive and destructive species and can really devastate an ecosystem if left to overpopulate. This is true in the area of Texas I grew up in and subsequently I was exposed to Wild Boar sausage on more than one occasion. So when the butcher shop had some ground Boar…

Roast Chicken Tacos


It’s virtually impossible to claim which meal is my all time favorite, but we sure eat a hell of a lot of tacos at my house! Taco night has to be up there in, at least, the top 5 can’t-live-without dinners for me. This latest batch, I decided on an easy street style roast chicken…

Braised Chuck Roast, Honey Thyme Carrots, Basmati Rice & Gravy


Saturday morning over coffee, the evenings pending dinner menu discussion changed from pot roast to chili then circled back to pot roast again before landing back at chili. So, I decided to pick up a versatile chuck roast from, of course, Herman’s Quality Meats. Bundled up and indecisive, we made a short trek over to…

Paneer Broccoli Stir Fry


Paneer is a fun cheese to cook with and it lands somewhere on the texture wheel between tofu and chicken breast, which makes it pretty versatile. Trying to cut back on soy, I’ve started using Paneer on occasion in my vegetarian stir fries. Aside from that, it’s just tasty. The most difficult part about this…

Peri Peri Inspired Roast Chicken with Minted Peas and Rice


Another photobomb by my little fur-man, Finley. He was working that precious charm of his hard while trying to steal a bit of that spicy chicken! He did get a couple sauce-free nibbles, ’cause I just can’t resist spoiling them! The first time I experienced the African chili chicken dish, Peri Peri, was at Nando’s…

Hash Browns with Sunny Side Egg


I’ve recently discovered the wonders my countertop food processor is capable of. A few years ago, I added a red Kitchenaid immersion blender to my arsenal and promptly broke up with my Cuisinart countertop food processor. It normally just sits lonely on the back counter collecting dust, just another thing for me to clean, but…

Smoked Ham & Pineapple Pizza with Jalapeno


With this pizza recipe, we used the last of my beautifully smoked ham. Of course, we had to spice it up with the jalapeno slices but with the sweet notes from the pineapple and the smokey flavor of the ham the jalapeno just seemed like a no-brainer for us to add on. You can completely…

Smoked Shank Pho


The 10lb bone-in pork shank I picked up from Herman’s Quality Meats and smoked for our Christmas dinner provided me with all kinds of leftover inspirations. I wasted as little of the shank as possible and even utilized the ham bone to make the amazing Pho style stock I used for this recipe. For the…