Cast Iron Wild Boar Chili


Hunting was a way of life for most of the people I grew up around, and mostly it was a means to feed the family high quality proteins that no one could really afford to buy from the grocery. Most of the hunters I knew not only filled up their own freezers every season, but…

Instant Pot Pineapple Chipotle Shredded Pork


Growing up, holidays always smelled of burning Pecan or Mesquite billowing out of one offset smoker or another, and, for the most part, I continue the tradition as best I can. With it just being the two of us, and at most three or four, I always have plenty of smoked brisket or ham shank…

Baked BBQ Tofu, Macaroni Salad with Black Garlic Dressing


Cold, rainy winter days got you feeling a bit blue? Missing warmer weather and backyard bbqs? I know I am! To combat the chilly, winter wind whipping relentlessly around my hilly neighborhood the past few days, I decided a quick ode to the beloved summer picnic was overdue and kept this baked bbq tofu dish…

Instant Pot Dal


Admittedly, I am an unapologetic Texas-born carnivore. If I don’t have a double protein meal by 10am every morning, then you might wanna avoid me. My favorite snack? Yup, Amish turkey jerky. At the in-laws one holiday weekend, I shook the very foundation of the honorary Mackey dinner table when I skipped my baked potato…

Bruschetta Spaghetti


Holidays usually mean more socializing, more plates around the table, and more leftovers in the fridge, which was the inspiration behind this quick pasta dish. This recipe is perfect for hectic weeknights or any evening when minimal efforts in the kitchen are essential. Ingredients 1/2 lb dried spaghetti 1 cup leftover or jarred bruschetta 1/2…

Leftover Makeover Lettuce Wraps


I love roasting whole chicken, especially in the winter. So when I decided to whip up a batch of cranberry chicken salad for a little Winter Solstice soiree, I utilized my leftover roast chicken to make this quick, healthy, Vietnamese inspired weeknight dinner. Ingredients 2 cups leftover roast or Rotisserie chicken, shredded 1 head Bibb…

Kielbasa Flatbread


When I was working in Holyoke, MA several years ago, we would occasionally order staff lunch from Pizza D’action and my favorite was their Polish Kielbasa Combo. Since I am now living nearly seven hours from Holyoke and grabbing a slice or two for lunch is no longer an option, this pizza recipe is my…