Pork cut up into chunks
Smoked Pork Achiote Tamales

Just this past weekend we had our annual tamale day! If you do not know what that is you can check out our post from last year to figure out what you have been missing. Also there is a recipe for the most traditional tamale you can find, red chili pork. This time we did […]

toasty coconut almond bars
Toasty Coconut Almond Bars

One strategy I always use as part of Christmas baking is to always have a few favorite bar cookies that I can whip up in a hurry and have ready to fill out cookie trays or gift boxes without a lot of fuss. It’s also especially nice if the bar cookies are a little unusual […]

Left-Over Turkey Pot Pie
Left-Over Turkey Pot Pie

Probably the best way to eat turkey if you aren’t a turkey fan is a pot pie. Which I am not. Unless it is cold on a sandwich. Pot pies always take me back to my childhood. My mom used to get me the freezer pot pies and serve them over a bevy of noodles. […]

Turkey Brine
Smoked Turkey

With Thanksgiving right around the corner we wanted to share with you one of our favorite ways to prepare our turkey. It should be noted, however, that neither of us really even “like” turkey. The only way I will even eat it is cold with mayo (I actually LOVE it this way) or in a […]

pan of baked cornbread stuffing with a kick
Cornbread Stuffing … with a kick!

Our family is going through our usual excitement for this time of year. It is nearly time for our annual trek to my sister and brother in law’s for Thanksgiving, one of our most anticipated traditions. Each year, as many of us as are able, gather together for a week of fun, fishing, target shooting, […]

Wild Mushroom Risotto
Wild Mushroom Risotto

It feels like forever since we have played in the kitchen. Summer consists primarily of grills and smokers and the kitchen is used mostly for cleaning dishes, pots, pans and the like. There was also this little thing we were planning called a wedding so if you noticed our sudden disappearance from delicious recipe sharing […]

Pieles de Patata or Mexican Potato Skins
Pieles de Patata or Mexican Potato Skins

I love fall for a myriad of reasons. I won’t bore you with the list, I will only point out of of the very best. Football Season! Which for us means football parties! With lots of food and drink and football and drink and food. Oh and friends eating our food and drinking our drink. […]

Texas Style Chili Con Carne
Chili Con Carne

The cooler weather is coming and we all know what that means. Braises. As much as we LOVE the grill and have just about equal love for the smoker there is just something about the aroma of a braised dish that makes me swoon. It means warm blankets and fuzzy socks and curling up around […]

Smoked Bacon, Beef and Cheddar Meatballs
Smoked Bacon, Beef and Cheddar Meatballs

It’s FOOTBALL SEASON! Know what that means? Time to pull out the smoker and grill and fire up some GREAT snacks… Oh wait. We already do that 356 days a year. But the start of football means cooler weather and cooler weather means more feel good foods like bacon and beef and cheese… And yeah […]

jar of bread and butter pickles
Crunchy Bread and Butter Pickles

I hope you are enjoying summer as much as we have been. It’s been a whirlwind of family visits, little getaways and lots of work in the garden. We really get inundated with cucumbers this time of year, and that always has me thinking about pickles. While there are plenty of ways to preserve the […]