Store bought sausage just can’t compare to a good homemade sausage. Beef sausage just happens to be my favorite. I live in pork county and when it comes just about anything that’s BBQ beef, it’s rare and usually not very good. although I have to admit I’ve had some outstanding pork and deer sausages. Good beef sausage doesn’t require a long list of ingredients to be good. In fact, my experience has been less is more. (more…)
So I had half a baguette left over from dinner the night before and I was trying to figure out what in the world to do with it. I went to the fridge in search of some ideas that wouldn’t require a trip to the store. That was when I saw the lettuce and tomato and the wheels started turning. I immediately started looking for bacon. None! Then I saw the shrimp. This quickly became a no brainer. These Blackened Shrimp Po Boy Bites are really simple to make and pretty quick too. And if you happen to have some bacon on hand, everything is better with bacon. (more…)
A very simple recipe for Blackened Shrimp using my Blackened Seasoning. If you don’t eat the straight out the pan they’re very good dipped in Garlic Brown Butter or Cocktail Sauce. For a real treat use them as a garnish on my Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. (more…)
I remember the first time my wife tried Pico de Gallo years ago. We had returned home to San Antonio for a Christmas visit. I was anxious to hit all my little “hole in the wall” Mexican restaurants. These spots have some of the best Tex-Mex you will ever lay your lips on. Anyway, we were staying with my mom and I had left to do some last minute shopping. Before returning home I needed to stop and pick something up for dinner. I stopped at a popular Tex-Mex chain which I think happens to have the best beef fajitas on the planet. While waiting on my order I decided to hit the salsa bar and stock up on the rather large variety of condiments to take back home with me. (more…)
I’ve always wondered why anyone would want to eat a green tomato. They’re almost as hard as a rock and they don’t taste good. I would think that fried green tomatoes wouldn’t taste any better than fried shoe soles. However, there is something magical about frying food. (more…)
I have boiled, roasted and grilled more tomatoes, peppers and garlic than I can count trying to find that perfect salsa I get at my favorite Mexican restaurant. While I came up with some pretty good salsa’s, this is the one I love. The color and consistency tipped me off as to where I was going astray. And while I had to move away from the fresh tomato’s it was worth it.
If you want to use fresh tomatoes you can. Just put them in boiling water for a couple minutes and then transfer to an ice bath and the skin will come off easily. Let the tomatoes cool before processing. (more…)