Inspired by the chipotle turkey panini the Godfather and I used to enjoy at the Storm Surge Cafe on the University of Miami campus, this panini makes a tasty and quick lunch or dinner!
We recently returned from a family vacation/family visit to Florida, and a conversation between the Godfather and I made this recipe seem exceptionally appropriate to share. You see, we visited campus. By “campus” I refer to the University of Miami main campus, our undergraduate alma mater, where we met, and where we have many fond memories. We hadn’t planned to stop by this trip, but were looking for a t-shirt for Princess A to wear on game days, and a onesie for #2. After spending over 30 minutes finding parking (memories!), we ducked straight into the bookstore and out again in 10 minutes. We also realized how much older we are than the current students, and instead of bothering us, we found it funny. (more…)
No matter what the occasion, pretzel bites are a hit at parties! They’re easier to make than you’d think, and you can get creative with dips! You’ll definitely want to add my pretzel bites with green chili cheddar and mustard dipping sauces to your next party menu.
This recipe came about in an interesting way… book club! The book club I’m in meets during the school year at various local restaurants to talk about our book for the month and socialize. One of our stops was – not kidding – the restaurant/bar at a local hotel. A book club member had been before, and was raving about the beer cheese fries. I am always up for the chance to try a good fried potato dish, as are most of the ladies, so we went for that month’s meeting. Before we got to the fry portion of the evening, two of the ladies ordered a pretzel appetizer to share. The pretzels came with two dipping sauces, a cheese sauce (naturally), and this mustard sauce that had everyone raving! They even asked for more to add to their main course later. *ahem* The fries. These are the perks of adulthood people. (more…)
If you can’t make a whole hog, don’t fret! The Godfather’s Eastern North Carolina Style Pork Shoulder recipe and the accompanying slightly spicy vinegar sauce still satisfies your North Carolina barbecue cravings!
The Godmother and I fondly look back to our last cross-country road trip as the Great Barbecue Tour. It was a hot summer, our belongings packed in two separate cars, and it was our first cross-country road trip with a baby riding along. It sounds daunting, but we made our own fun out of it by purposely stopping at or near major barbecue destinations. Kansas City and St. Louis were definite stops along the way for ribs, brisket and burnt ends. Memphis was too far out of our way, but we did manage to find great barbecue in Nashville. But then, there was Carolina… (more…)
Grilled fish is a light and quick dinner, even on busy weeknights! You can make it on a gas or charcoal grill, or just keep things simple and fire up the grill pan. Shisito peppers add a unique twist to homemade tartar sauce.
This is another recipe inspired by my baby sister’s birthday dinner at Hula Girl in Arlington; the root beer sticky ribs are the other. I’d actually been talking to the Godfather about grilling fish since, oh, February, but it takes him a surprisingly long time to grill compared to his turnaround time for testing barbecue recipes. So, I made this one by myself! On the grill pan (ha!), and then whipped up the sauce using shisito peppers from my garden. Would you like to hear about my gardening (mis)adventures? (more…)
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I make it no secret that I really really really love avocados, and I’ve even referred to avocados as a “lifestyle”. So naturally, when I came across the Vida Aguacate website, I was super excited. So excited that I grabbed my Avocados From Mexico and whipped up this Mexican Cobb Salad. Who doesn’t love a good salad? When you visit the Vida Aguacate website, be sure to enter for the chance to win a $125 gift card or a selfie stick! The site also has all sorts of tips and recipes for incorporating even more avocado love into everyday life, which makes it very worth checking out. (more…)