Chili Pepper Madness

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When Patty and I first got married, neither of us was much of a cook. I had started to learn some things while living on my own in college, but hadn't gotten very far by the time we married. Patty actually does not cook, but when she did, her go-to meal was meatloaf. I don't remember the recipe she used, but one thing I DO remember is that she used…
Who is grilling this weekend? With the holiday here, and summer of course, we're already grilling like crazy. Living in the Midwest means a shorter grilling season for us, so when we have it, we like to take advantage. When it comes to grilling, burgers are always at the top of the list. You already know we make a lot of turkey burgers - see our Burgers Recipes and you'll…

Easy BBQ Sauce

July 01, 2015
This super-duper easy homemade bbq sauce is a simple way to elevate your condiments. The story goes like this --- Patty and I were in the kitchen, readying up some spicy Italian sausages for the grill. We weren't doing a recipe. It was a day off of our Madness duties, and I didn't think anyone would be interested in a couple of basic grilled Italians. I didn't have sauce prepared…
The Fourth of July is just around the corner! People all over the U.S. will be firing up their grills and cooking up all sorts of goodness, from burgers and brats to hot dogs, chicken, ribs, and so much more. No matter what you're cooking on the barbecue, there is one thing in particular that ties it all together - Barbecue Sauce! We know you love barbecue sauce as much…

Cajun Candied Bacon

June 29, 2015
Patty recently made some candied bacon to go with her Thirsty Thirteenth drink recipe, the Smoky Whiskey Mule. She used candied bacon to infuse whiskey and also garnished with a big slice of candied bacon. Wow! As we were making it, we of course had to sample the bacon and it was so good. Beyond good. Good enough to turn it into its own post. We've made this in the…

Massaman Chicken

June 26, 2015
Not long ago I prepared a Thai dish called Massaman Shrimp and since then have made it a few times. OK, maybe a few dozen times. It is one of those dishes that cooks up quickly but majorly delivers in the flavor department. But as with all recipes, it is up for interpretation. And alteration. This version isn't a huge departure from the original. We have seasoned and seared chicken…
You can give me Huevos con Chorizo any day of the week. I will eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night snack...anytime! This very simple Mexican breafast recipe needs no complication because, like most Mexican food, the simple combination is perfect on its own. It takes very little time to prepare - heck, it took me longer to roast the jalapenos and chop the ingredients - so if you're…
Patty requests these all the time. They are definitely being filed under "Patty's Favorites". There is something fun and satisfying about a good Italian sausage pasta, especially in the form of homemade lasagna. Lasagna is one of the few dishes my mother used to make. She would cook up some ground beef, pour in a jar of Ragu, then dump it over lasagna noodles with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. It…
I want to show you how to make moist, juicy turkey burgers. Yes, once again I am going to extoll the virtues of awesome turkey burgers. Flipping through our burger recipes section, you'll find a number of turkey burger recipes, and that is because we flat out love turkey burgers. Don't get me wrong. We also LOVE a good beef burger, but beef had an unfair advantage over turkey because…

Habanero Pepper Jam

June 17, 2015
Habanero pepper jam coming your way! I used to shy away from making jams and jellies. I'm not sure why. Growing up, I was pretty boring, actually. All I ever ate was grape jelly. Peanut butter and jelly was a daily thing, and if you served me grape jelly with seeds in it, forget about it! And don't even get me started on strawberry jam. Fast forward a few years…
The title of this recipe is a mouthful. It isn't your typical sort of recipe, more of a collection of highly flavorful components that come together into one heck of a late breakfast or a brunch, which is exactly how it was created. I'm tempted to give it some funky name like "Mike's Mad Salmon Brunch" or "Patty's Salmon-Bacon Gravy Breakfast" or something along those lines, but in the end,…
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