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…

Sunday Roast


If there’s a local butcher shop near you, please stop by and show them some support! Their expertise and the quality of the meats they cut out will blow you away. I’ve been purchasing my steaks, briskets, holiday hams, turkeys, and wild game from Herman’s Quality Meats for a few years now and it’s been…

Pork Chop Lettuce Wraps


If you are looking for a bit of inspiration for light summer dishes, that don’t compromise on filling flavor, then this recipe is a must. It’s a savory, crisp, low carb, no-fuss dinner that won’t weigh you down. Actually, this recipe is incredibly similar to the Smoked Pork Vermicelli Bowls I posted back in April,…

Navigating Social Justice, White Privilege & the Mundane


Written Friday, August 21, 2020 Shortly after my last recipe post, Portobello Pot Pie, George Floyd was murdered. The video shook me as profoundly as it did you. Not long afterwards, my neighbor invited me to join my Republican County’s BLM movement, Cecil Solidarity, and so I did without hesitation. We’ve attended seven out of…