Elotes Grits with Chili Lime Shrimp

Have you had elotes? I have discovered that I love and ADORE elotes. For those of you who have not had the pleasure, elotes are a Mexican dish made up of corn – either on the cob or cut -slathered with a mixture of Mexican crema, queso fresco, and other seasonings like lime, cilantro, and hot sauce. My first experience with elotes was at a dingy little cart outside a gas station taco stand in Dallas. Classy, no? The woman who...

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Steak Salad with Poached Egg and Creamy Chive Dressing

What?  She made a salad?  Oh yes, she sure did! Despite what some may think, I do enjoy a good salad.  That said, I am not a weeds and lemon juice kind of gal (no offense to those of you who are).  If you are going to feed me salad there are a few requirements that must be met (not that I am difficult to live with).  First, it has to be hearty.  Steak, chicken, eggs, or even beans are a must on a salad because I need protein to keep...

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Independence Day Round-Up!!

Happy Independence Day!! If you live in the States it is time for fireworks, parades, and celebrating the birth of our nation.  I am planning to spend a great deal of this long weekend in my kitchen because what celebration is complete with out some really good food? I am always looking for inspiration, and if you are too then I think I can help!  Below are my picks for this year’s 4th of July festivities. ‘Big Evil’...

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BBQ Pork Panini

Once a year, or so, I go on a big trip. By big I mean international or at least cross-country.  This year my trip is to England to see my best friend and her family.  I tend to need a lot of preparation for international trips, which means I do not have a lot of time for baking and cooking complicated meals.  That does not mean I want to eat fast-food or junk.   What I do is think of fast meals that I can have ready in minutes with...

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Dry Aged Steak

What makes the steaks at the steak house so darn good? Well, there are a few things starting with the beef.  Most steak houses buy Prime beef which has a lot of marbling, or fat dispersed within the muscles tissue.  Prime beef is not easy to come by for the regular consumer, but you can find Choice beef in many markets which is a delicious alternative.  Second, steak houses age their steaks which improves the flavor and texture. ...

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Shredded Beef Sliders with Carrot Apple Slaw

I think the best way to cook a beef roast is in the slow cooker. I love that I can spend about ten minutes puttering in the kitchen, then I sit back for eight hours and, as if by magic, I have a pot of juicy, tender, wonderfully flavorful beef.  Speaking of beef, this is my second in a series of four recipes brought to you by the Texas Beef Council*.  Shredded beef is one of those go-to dishes for me since I can use it in all sorts of...

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