Jen’s Hot Mess

We have a killer BBQ place in Dallas called Pecan Lodge. It’s the number two place in the state after Franklin’s down in Austin, but man is it close! Pecan Lodge is famous for a dish called The Hot Mess. Jumbo sea salt-crusted sweet potato, South Texas barbacoa (shredded brisket with southwestern seasoning), chipotle cream, cheese, butter & green onions. I like to do an at home version. Hope you love it!

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Jen’s Strawberry Spinach Salad with Raspberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette and Grilled Orange Rosemary Chicken

Summer’s on its way! I saw a recipe for a strawberry spinach salad in a Penzey’s catalog years ago. I loved it. It’s the most friendly salad ever. I’ve played with it to make the dressing a little lighter, added grilled orange chicken, and changed the pistachios to candied pecans. It’s perfect with Pellegrino with lime if the kids have talked you into playing outside after dinner, or with a lovely Pinot Grigio if you’re planning to relax.

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Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for Chocolate Pecan Slab Pie and Cookbook review: Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman

51jjUk5MuUL._SX436_BO1,204,203,200_Cooking with Deb Perelman’s book, Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites, is like having a funny friend hanging out in the kitchen with you. The food is terrific and just as unfussy as the title promises. I just made her Chocolate Pecan (and bourbon!) Slab Pie and it’s delicious! A huge thanks to Knopf for giving me permission to share the recipe so that you can taste the book! And just in time for Thanksgiving!

My review of the book with my pics and thoughts of the dishes I tried is right below the recipe.

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