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…

Szechuan Swiss Chard Stir Fry with Crispy Tofu


I absolutely love spicy food and this dish can really pack a fiery mouthful of umami deliciousness. Capsaicin has a myriad of health benefits so add as much, or as little, as you desire. Ingredients 1 pkg nonGMO, organic extra firm tofu, drained and cubed 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/4 cup Masa flour 2-3 tbsp Sesame…

Marinated Tofu, Parsnip Puree, Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Whether you’re practicing Meatless Monday, trying tofu for the first time, or are a long term Vegetarian, this tofu dinner is delicious and not too complicated to throw together. Easily make this recipe Vegan by omitting the butter and honey. Sub in raw sugar and Vegan butter instead. Ingredients 1 pkg nonGMO, organic extra firm…

Smoked Turkey Stock


One of my favorite things to do with leftover holiday turkey, as most will agree, is making a big batch of turkey stock. This recipe can be easily adapted to whatever flavor profile you prefer and can be simmered as long or as little as you like. Ingredients leftover smoked turkey carcass, wings, and/or legs…