Jun02

Beef Short Rib Tamales

I am really quite a tamale snob. Let me explain.  You see, the ratio of well prepared tamales to terrible tamales is currently around 1 to 100.  What makes a bad tamale?  First, the masa.  A bad tamale has either dry, crumbly masa, or gooey, undercooked masa.  Typically you see the former, which is why a lot of tamales are served with some sort of chili sauce to disguise their crimes against corn.  Second, bad tamales have a greasy...

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Feb28

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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Feb04

Steak Chili

I think we got about eight inches of snow overnight. Some of you may read that and say, ‘So what?’  So plenty!  You see, this is Dallas and in these parts even the lightest dusting of the white stuff can bring our bustling metropolis to a screeching halt.  Imaging what four days of ice, topped off with eight inches of snow has done?  Needless to say, I am STILL cooped up in the house, but I am not going to starve.  I made...

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May21

Bourbon Bacon Jam

I have been meaning to make this recipe for a long while now. Ever since Kevin on Top Chef and Lisa at Homesick Texan made their versions of bacon jam I have been dreaming of the day when I would make mine.  Like any jam you can make it any flavor you like best.  I like bourbon and I like maple syrup. Those flavors, with their earthy caramel notes and natural sweetness, are the perfect foil to salty, smoky bacon. I recommend you get...

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May19

Shredded Garlic Beef Tacos With Pickled Onions

I am developing an obsession with tacos. A few weekends ago my husband and I spent a VERY long afternoon at Mayfest, an art and sports fair, where I was preforming with my belly dance class.  Did I say it was a long day?  By the time I was finished I was hot, dusty, blistered, thirsty, and absolutely starving!  So, my husband and I stopped at a Fort Worth taco shop named Yucatan Taco Stand.  On the menu, which had me tempted to try...

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