Zesty Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

  Zesty Mexican Shrimp Cocktail or Coctel de Camarones is a wonderful cold summer dish. It is made from poached shrimp that has been tossed in flavorful tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and citrus. I often find that the traditional home cooked versions tend to be a...

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Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese

This Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese is one of my very first recipes for my upcoming food truck. It is an easy family-friendly meal that can be made in less than 30 minutes for the basic, pure comfort food that our entire family will go CRAZY for! With just a little...

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Carrabba’s Famous Sausage and Lentil Soup

Sausage and Lentil Soup is one of my very favorite dishes that exist on Carrabba's menu! I am just like you, I love to go out to eat to try new foods so I can try them at home. My family first became acquainted with Carrabba's when I lived in Las Vegas. It's such a...

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Alabama Style BBQ Sauce Recipe

In Alabama, there is a vinegary sauce that uses a mayo as it's base that might not be up to the color of your traditional red you have been used to. However, this Alabama Style BBQ Sauce deserves a discussion along with the other country's great BBQ sauces. It is...

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Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo

Mardi Gras is gumbo time! This is a classic Chicken and smoked Sausage gumbo is always a favorite on our dinner table. It's so packed with flavor and is great for parties and tailgating. You can make this gumbo the night before so it will have even more flavor. Just...

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Garlic Herb Smoked Whole Chicken

Whether you are smoking an entire whole chicken in your smoker for dinner or smoking several for a fun get-together, I would highly recommend this recipe that was adapted from the Food Network. This Garlic Herbed Smoke Chicken is packed with flavor that will change...

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Grilled Greek Chicken Breasts

Let's face it, we are all looking for a quick, easy and healthy way to make weeknight entrees, grilled Greek chicken breasts are a fantastic choice. Chicken breasts that are rubbed with garlic and a lemon vinaigrette that go straight to the grill are done literally in...

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Basic Chicken Rub

This basic chicken rub recipe is a go-to type rub recipe. I love it for all basic proteins like chicken, turkey, pork. These proteins need a little something to make them come alive while not overpowering the natural flavor of the piece of meat. I'm confident that we...

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Adobo Grilled Chicken Wings

This recipe features a Filipino classic adobo sauce. In fact, Adobo is considered to be the national marinade of this Pacific island, adobos are well known for their zesty combination of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and other aromatics that are perfect for meat and...

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Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak

This balsamic marinade does double duty as it serves as a vinaigrette and a marinade. The net result is the steak takes on great flavor while it marinates overnight. This marinade comes together fast in a blender with a touch of garlic, rosemary, oregano and mustard....

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Sesame Ginger Sauce Marinade for Chicken

If you are here, and reading this blog then I think it's safe to assume that you feel that marinating is an essential step to include whenever you are cooking proteins with less flavor like pork or chicken. There are some rules that are important to mention when...

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Homemade Smoked Tilapia

One of the best things about fresh tilapia is it doesn't need a ton of seasoning and has a mild flavor. Just add a bit of kosher salt, lime pepper and a sprinkle of paprika and you will have a delicious fish dish! This firm flesh fish can hold up to longer cooking...

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Peppery Dijon Parsley Rub for Beef Roasts

We have all done it. Looked over at that table in the restaurant and our mouth watered over that succulent prime rib that was painstakingly seasoned with peppercorns, dijon parsley and roasted to perfection. So this year, wait no more. You and I can have that same...

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