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Smoked Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde

Summer is officially here and it’s time to turn off the ovens and crank up the grills. Yes, it’s blazing-flipping hot outside and the thought of poking at a fire in 1,000°F heat instead of using an oven in the air conditioned house seems like bats in the belfry to some people but to us it’s what summer is made of. Nothing beats a tender, juicy, smoked piece of meat or vegetable when you’re having party. Good food, music, friends, family, and cold drinks are the intoxicating ingredients for perfect summer memories. Speaking of good food and BBQ, this Texas girl


I have some exciting news friends! You’ve followed my Copper River Salmon addiction for a year now. We’ve roasted it, garlic poached it, glazed it with an Alaskan Amber maple reduction, cedar planked it, and even fried it into delicious fluffy bites of amazingness (see all CRS recipes) — and now after all of this time we’re going FISHING!!!! Join me as I take my camera and sock monkey slippers to Cordova, Alaska next week July 15-20, as we meet our favorite Copper River Salmon fishermen and women on the open waters. I’ll be fishing, hopefully seeing my first live salmon,

Blueberry Galette with Cornmeal Thyme Crust

This past weekend was filled with grills, smokers, and meat. I was developing two grilling recipes for a client, searing ribs for the hell of it (plus they were on sale at Whole Foods), and working on a post about smoked chicken tacos for Jamie Oliver. I was one hot mess of sweaty smelling smoke with a camera when I got the brilliant idea to add flame to the fire and bake a pie to go along with all of this glorious food. But with one look at the state of my kitchen, I knew that slaving in front of a dirty

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Years ago as a new mom defeated by dirty diapers and the Wonder Pets, I asked for one day of peaceful laziness to retain my sanity. To my surprise, I was granted that day by my amazing husband — a blissful Wonder Pets-free relaxing day complete with a lounge chair, margaritas, and ribs. I made it till around 5pm then passed out fell asleep outside on said lounge chair. It might have had something to do with the multiple margaritas but it was glorious. Before I nodded off into what I can only imagined looked like a lost college student on a

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The final day of the Tabasco Challenge is here! 5 recipes in 5 days using only 10 ingredients (Tabasco, basil/mint/cilantro, tuna/swordfish, cherry tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, eggplant, eggs, dark chocolate, and maple syrup) sounded like a fun challenge and it certainly was! Who knew Tabasco could spice up more than just my eggs in the morning? We started with Tuna Crudo with Pickled Eggplant (my favorite), then moved to Sea Salt and Vinegar Eggplant Fries, jumped to a tart Tomato Basil Picnic Salad, swooned over Grilled Swordfish with Cilantro-Mint Oil, and now we’re capping this week off with a devilish dessert.   Turns out

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Part 4 of the Tabasco Challenge is here and we’re celebrating with a little grilled swordfish straight of the grill! We’re coming close to the end of our week with Tabasco where I’ve been put to the test making 5 recipes in 5 days using only 10 ingredients (Tabasco, basil/mint/cilantro, tuna/swordfish, cherry tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, eggplant, eggs, dark chocolate, and maple syrup). Today’s recipe is inspired by the Argentinian favorite, chimichurri – a blend of parsley, oregano, garlic, vinegar and olive oil  - that’s fabulous on grilled meats. Because we have only a few herbs to work with, we’re giving this traditional

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Tomato Basil Picnic Salad

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Welcome to day 3 of the Tabasco Challenge where I’m put to the test making 5 recipes in 5 days using only 10 ingredients (Tabasco, basil/mint/cilantro, tuna/swordfish, cherry tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, eggplant, eggs, dark chocolate, and maple syrup). So far, we’ve experienced a delicious Tuna Crudo with Pickled Eggplant, and Sea Salt and Vinegar Eggplant Fries. Today we’re bringing you a very simple but beyond delicious Tomato Basil Picnic Salad. Bursting with fresh flavor, this tomato salad is inspired by one I grew up with here in Texas. Texans love their homegrown tomatoes more than fish love water and we

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Here we are on day 2 of the Tabasco Challenge and I have to say my taste buds couldn’t be happier. Yesterday we kicked things off with an insanely refreshing Tuna Crudo with Pickled Eggplant and Fiery Roasted Tomato Puree  and today we’re stepping things up a notch with something a little more indulgent. Sunday, my daughter, the 5-year-old sports fanatic, and I were watching the USA World Cup game and of course we had to have something equally exciting to munch on — eggplant fries just sounded perfect. We took things a step further for the Tabasco Challenge and not only

Tuna Crudo with Pickled Eggplant and Fire Sauce

Yes, it’s Monday again. The start of another work week usually brings gloom after we’ve all had fabulous weekends but today we’re kicking the week off right with something a little spicy, bright, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Something so fresh that you’ll forget it’s Monday and think your back lounging in a chair with a cool breeze and there’s absolutely no such thing as a deadline or laundry. Today, were bringing an amazing Tuna Crudo to the table with our friends Tabasco! Cold, fresh, sweet tuna lays on a bed of fiery roasted Tabasco tomato puree and topped with cool and tangy


For years now, I’ve been following the tasty career of a fellow Texan, Lisa Fain. Y’all know her as the one and only Homesick Texan. Her blog is overflowing with mouthwatering Texas and Tex-Mex flavors I grew up with and her recipes are authentic, fresh, and come from the heart. Even though she lives half a country away from our glorious state, she’s a seventh-generation Texan with a fierce stack of homemade recipes to proudly represent what good ol’ Texas homecookin’ is all about. Lisa has done it again and successfully published her second best selling cookbook, Homesick Texan’s Family

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Fresh, real, clean — food doesn’t get any better than that. Ever since my daughter, Mia the zombie expert – sports fanatic – pink princess obsessed – 5-yr-old, came home from the NICU we’ve been on the real food path. My husband and I rarely ate processed food before she came into our lives but since we had a child that was born prematurely with digestion issues, real food is the only way for us. Now having that said, we still partake in treating ourselves to a nice fresh sourdough loaf or homemade peach pie from time to time. We’re not exactly


I like being out of my comfort zone. For me it’s always a chance to learn and grow or in the least have an amazing experience (like traveling in a run-down school bus up steep mountainous roads only to nearly plummet off the side of a cliff to find a tiny house in Mexico just to have some of the best tequila my soul has ever experienced — but that’s a story for another day). So when Jamie Oliver asked me to write up a recipe with a Costa Rican feel for the World Cup, I jumped on it. After a little