The State Fair of Texas is cancelled for the year, and our family always has a great time there. There’s tons of fun food, but I always get a roast beef po’ boy with debris gravy. And weird beer. Texas and Louisiana are neighbors, so there’s a lot of sharing. Whenever I make po’ boys at home, I use this recipe. PARASOL’S STYLE ROAST BEEF PO BOY RECIPE from NolaCuisine.com. Great blog! You may look at it and your eyes may get huge in horror when you read about simmering the roast and using Kitchen Bouquet in the gravy, but you just have to trust her. It’s so flippin’ lickable!
Okay, so hopefully I wont offend the author with my completely inauthentic use of her insanely delicious beef. But I’m a tinkerer. I’ve made her po’boys exactly as she commands in the recipe. So yummy! But, I’ve also turned it into a po’boy salad when I was in a more salad-y, less bread-y mood. It was awesome. Tonight, I’m using it in my 800 gram of produce challenge in my roast dinner. 345 grams per plate, which puts me at 1003 for the day. Woohoo!
Need a fabulous and easy party appetizer? Or an Apri-tizer? I’ve got you! Turkish apricots are one of my favorite things.
Jon Bonnell has a restaurant in Ft. Worth called Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, and it is outstanding. Everything. My husband and I have gone for many anniversaries and finally went there for a Christmas week outing with our girls last year. One is the appetizers is Texas Bruschetta – chips instead of bread, of course. It arrives with 4 small things to try, like Texas tapas – Savory herbal goat cheese, avocado and pecan relish (like guac), salsa, and caramelized sweet Texas onions. I’ve been playing with goat cheese dips ever since that first time. Here’s the result.
Steven Raichlen’s got a new book coming out tomorrow (April 30th), The Brisket Chronicles, and it is wonderful! I’m in love with this book and wish I’d gone with the hardcover already, as it is sure to be oh-so-very well used. He’s got everything in here from barbecue brisket favorites to his family’s holiday braised briskets and even brisket dessert. Like his other books, this has that same welcoming tone and desire to teach you how to get everything just right. His instructions are casual, yet really thorough. If you want to become the brisket master, he’ll help get you there. I was delighted to see that Steven smokes on the exact same smoker that I do, a Horizon RD Marshal that I lovingly refer to as Billy Bob. Spoiler alert – No, he never tells us what he’s named his smoker.
A huge thanks to Workman Publishing for letting me share the recipe for Real Deal Holyfield Brisket Breakfast Tacos with you! I’ll tell you all about the rest of the book afterwards!
West Texas is my favorite part of the state. * There’s a killer dark sky program, with a museum and night sky party at McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, right in the Davis Mountains. * Or go try out all the food trucks and play with outdoor art installations at the Chinati Foundation or Prada in Marfa. At night, you can go see the Marfa lights. I’m not saying it’s aliens. But aliens. * And Alpine is a cool little college town with lots of outdoor murals, galleries, Big Bend Brewery (NOT affiliated with the park), and a fabulous museum at the University. We once saw Monty Python’s Holy Grail performed at their amphitheater.
That’s not what this trip was about. This trip was all about hiking. Six days filled with it at Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park. Ahhhhh. We stayed at a darling cabana with a great view of the park just outside its entry in Terlingua.
We picked up a case of Dogfish Head’s Christmas pack back in December. My husband handed me a beer and I took a sip. Whuuuuut is this? It’s got all the fabulous hoppiness of their IPAs, but it tastes like someone poured a little Syrah in it. Wine beer!
Are you a total meat lover? Hardcore Carnivore is an absolutely outstanding celebration of all things meat. Jess Pryles has a great BBQ reputation, but this book is not isolated to, nor emphasizes, BBQ. She approaches each dish individually, and cooks it by whichever method she prefers for that recipe – frying, roasting, baking, grilling, or smoking. The bulk of the book is meat dishes, just as you’d expect, and those are amazing, but don’t underestimate the supporting side dishes she’s got at the end. We loved those, too. This is a delicious book! I’m having trouble putting it down. Continue reading “Patty Melt Pretzel Buns recipe and cookbook review: Hardcore Carnivore by Jess Pryles”→
All across the state of Texas, tamales and queso are on every Christmas Eve table. I thought I’d start off December with a big tamalefest! I’ve been playing in Alice Guadalupe Tapp’s book, Tamales: Fast and Delicious Mexican Meals. This has been a very fun, yummy experiment, and it gets easier every time. Those fresh, delicious tamales are quite a treat!
I’ve been playing in a cocktail book that’s just the thing for when you want a really special cocktail, Texas Cocktails. I flagged so many interesting drinks to try! Some are quick, while others take some planning and patience. I did find that I needed to expand my bitters collection, but Amazon had everything. I generally used the preferred brands noted in the recipes, but subbed in where I needed to.
“Ooooh, I wanna go camping for my birthday!” “I’d like to go hiking!” My daughter and husband have birthdays a week apart and their requests sounded like one fantastic weekend! The Texas State Park campgrounds fill up pretty fast, so I polled my Facebook buddies right away to get a potential list of parks with the best trees. Got the site!
We’re all foodies. Adding birthdays on top of that, I really wanted to make lovely campfire fare, so I ordered a copy of The New Camp Cookbook. I gave it a flip through and flagged a lot of potential weekend deliciousness, and then I saw it, Dutch Oven Old-School Lasagna. Haha! Lasagna and Potstickers are her two favorite food groups. Perfect! (We already did his birthday dinner and cake at home!)
It’s very cool. You will not be bored with the same old campsite (or backyard!) meals. The author’s intent is that you do all the prep right at the campsite. Measuring and dicing out in the woods, where I have no desire to have a full pantry or fridge to work out of, sounded pretty bad. I prefer to keep things as simple as possible out in the woods, so that we can concentrate on hiking, canoeing, and chillaxing, so I did all the prep work at home, and even froze what parts would freeze well to double as ice packs in our cooler <I spell out those details below>. It worked out so well, and I couldn’t be happier with the book. <If you normally read my stuff, you’ll laugh at the pictures. When we got to the site, our lantern wasn’t working, so I had to shine a pocket flashlight on the salmon to get a shot. The pics look like something out of Blair Witch Project. LOL!>Continue reading “Camping weekend! Dutch Oven Old-School Lasagna recipe and Cookbook review: The New Camp Cookbook”→
Joanna and Chip Gaines fan? My husband bought me her cookbook, Magnolia Table, for Mother’s Day, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised. I *love* this book! How is she so skinny?! Thank you to William Morrow Cookbooks for letting me share her recipe for Mom’s Bulgogi with Cucumber Kimchi Salad with you. If you haven’t made bulgogi before, it’s a really flavorful Korean beef dish. The beef is sliced nice and thin and then it sits in a delicious marinade while you go about your day. I love hers because you quickly grill it and pick up that gorgeous smokiness from the coal/wood instead of a skillet. The cucumber kimchi doesn’t require any fermentation, just a quick spicy pickling with rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, chili flakes, etc., and hangs out in the fridge while you grill. I’ll get to the review of the book afterwards – and you have to try the burgers with tomato bacon jam and that blueberry, buttermilk, croissant bread pudding – but first, let’s get that bulgogi going! Continue reading “Joanna Gaines’ Mom’s Bulgogi with Cucumber Kimchi Salad recipe (no fermentation!) and Cookbook review: Magnolia Table”→