Purple Hash with Poached Egg


There’s nothing that sparks unadulterated joy in me quite like discovering a new and delicious ingredient to cook with, and a recent trip to Wegmans at Glen Mills flickered my dampened creative embers, as I was investigating their humble potato offerings no less. Ever tasted a purple sweet potato? I hadn’t, and so began my…

Smoked Chicken Ramen


What’s going on in the world these days? Hell, what’s even going on in by own backyard these days? The answer remains a problematic enigma gnawing relentlessly away at my consciousness, like a hungry mouse feasting on a decadent block of cheese. You know what isn’t an enigma though? A lusciously comforting, warm bowl of…

the Life/Death/Life Cycle


Four weeks ago, my maternal grandmother passed away. She was the last living grandparent I had, who I had not seen since leaving Texas in 2006. Saturday evening, January 18th, I received a very surprising social media message from my brother-in-law informing me that my Memaw had terminal stage four lung cancer and that I…

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…