Posted at 9:54 am , on October 27, 2017
I’ve always felt a bit intimidated when it comes to smoking meats. I think it comes from living in Kansas City, known as the barbecue capital of the world. Kansas City is famous for it’s bbq and you will find many restaurants serving up some of the finest barbecue around. And for the serious smokers there is the “American Royal” where hundreds of competitors come from all over the country to show off their best barbecue skills. I live just a few blocks from one of the most famous bbq joints in the country, “Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que” aka “Oklahoma Joe’s”. Yes, they changed their name a few years ago but they will always be “OK Joe’s” to me. Their burnt ends (my personal favorite) are to die for, the most tender and flavorful morsels I have ever tasted. Once I tasted “Joe’s” I’ve never found anything that compares. It’s just that good! We go at least twice a month and it never fails that there is a long line either to the door or out the door and around the building. The original “Joe’s” is located in KCK in a gas station where you can still buy gas and get your bbq to go. Our local “Joe’s” here in Olathe has the Kansas City BBQ store located a few doors down and you can find any and all bbq essentials from wood and smokers to sauce and rubs. Anything you need, they have it. Yes, I’ve always felt a little out of my element when it comes to barbecue but I did my research and felt ready to jump in and see if I could do it myself. I’m really happy with how it came out, maybe it’s not as good as “Joe’s” but pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. And just to make sure it wasn’t beginners luck, I smoked a second batch of ribs. . . Awesome!!
Posted at 9:31 am , on August 15, 2017
Have you ever wondered what to do with those sweet mini peppers that come in assorted colors of red, yellow and orange. They may be small but they pack a lot of flavor, especially when roasted and stuffed full of Monterey Jack and cream cheese. Wrap a thin strip of steak around the stuffed pepper and grill it until the cheeses melt and ooze out like a molten cheese lava. Oh, they are so good!! Some might think they should be served as an appetizer but Joe and I decided they were the main event with a leafy green salad on the side.
Posted at 10:13 am , on July 7, 2017
Josh taped an episode of Food Paradise on The Travel Channel that showcased their top picks for Mexican food. He wasn’t kidding when he said they featured some of the most delectable dishes. This is the first of two that I just had to make. A restaurant in Chicago “Carbon Live Fire Mexican” shared their Stelote burrito made primarily with steak and elotes aka Mexican Street Corn. I have watched that episode more times than I can count and have finally gotten around to making this mouthwatering burrito. Only I pan fried it so technically it’s a chimichanga. Either way you will love it! I grilled the corn along with the steak so they would have those fire roasted flavors. I removed the corn from the cob and added the dressing from my own “Mexican Street Corn” recipe. The steak seemed plain so I added some chimichurri sauce to the mix and wow did that enhance the flavors. Some folks serve rice and beans . . . me . . I just need my guac and salsa to complete this meal!
Posted at 10:15 am , on June 30, 2017
Summer is finally here, yay! I love this time of year when I can go outside and grill. The grill is set up under the shade of my favorite tree and although it can get hot it’s not all that bad. There’s such a satisfaction about cooking outdoors with the heat and aroma filling the air, Everything always tastes so good and the clean-up is easy. I love grilled veggies and make them often during the season. Usually I cook them on a grill pan and meticulously stand over it turning them and grilling in batches. This time I tried wrapping the veggies in aluminum foil where they steamed to perfection. When I opened up the foil packet the veggies were fork tender with bits of char on the bottom. I ladled everything onto a platter and melted some herb butter over top so that every veggie and every bite of steak was slathered with the flavors of buttery herbs, citrus and roasted garlic.
Posted at 3:19 pm , on March 8, 2017
There are so many ways that pork and green chile are paired together. Some of the classics are green chile stew, pork tamales with verde salsa, or green chile posole. With the cold weather sneaking in again before Spring, I was hungry for some comfort food. Searching the freezer for inspiration, I found a pork roast that was very lean. I sliced it into 1/2 inch portions, pounded it into thinner pieces for a very tender chicken fried pork steak. As with all chicken fried dinners you must have cream gravy. It’s a must! But as I made the gravy I added a big scoop of green chile. Let me just say that green chile gravy is the most delicious thing you have ever tasted over chicken fried pork. Call me New Mexican, it’s all about the chile!
Posted at 10:23 am , on January 6, 2017
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any recipes. My camera was acting up and developed a lens error which prevented me from taking pictures. It took a few weeks to send it off and get it back in working order again. Then the holidays were upon us and I had my hands full with no time to blog. I’m just getting back in my groove and wanted to share one of my favorite pot pies with you. Pot Pie is a favorite of mine, however my hubby Joe doesn’t enjoy my enthusiasm for pot pie. So I compromised and made a pot pie with minimal dough, just a crusty puff pastry dough on top. And I added some spicy chicken and veggies that we both love, roasted corn, green chile and red onion. It had all the flavors of home and it couldn’t have tasted better. They were made in individual ramekins, just the perfect size to heat up for a quick lunch or have for dinner with a side salad.
Posted at 1:35 pm , on November 18, 2016
Time to make ravioli to put up in the freezer! I like to make ravioli in the fall when the weather is cooler and I can spend a whole day in the kitchen. And it truly takes me a whole day to make these starting with putting together the meat filling to making the pasta dough and finally assembling, cutting and packaging for the freezer. It is a great deal of prep work but I find it rewarding especially on those occasions when I need a quick meal. And they tastes so much better than any frozen ravioli that you find at the store. These frozen ravioli can go directly into boiling water and be ready in just a few minutes. And if you like toasted ravioli like we do, thaw a bag or two in the refrigerator. This batch made approximately 6 dozen ravioli. That will make quite a few meals for any family.
Posted at 10:24 am , on October 26, 2016
One of my favorite restaurants, the Red Door Grill offers Jalapeno Fried Chicken every Thursday and only on Thursdays. Let me tell you it’s REALLY REALLY good! It’s marinated in buttermilk and jalapenos for 4 days or so they say. I was so impressed that I decided to make my own fried chicken but I chose to use Hatch green chile in lieu of jalapenos. What New Mexican wouldn’t pick green chile over jalapenos? I pan fried it browning the outside and then let the oven do the rest. For me it’s much easier to cook the chicken evenly throughout that way. The chicken is so moist with a golden crunch outside and a hint of spicy green chile in every bite. A side of mashed potatoes with green chile gravy made this one of the best comfort meals I’ve had in a long time!
Posted at 1:04 pm , on September 23, 2016
I have been experimenting with stir fry sauces for years trying to create a sauce that tastes authentic as well as having a ton of flavor. I love vegetables but there’s only so many veggies my husband will eat so I have to find flavors that mixed with vegetables will appeal to him. With this sauce I can stir fry almost any vegetable and he will eat it. This recipe makes enough sauce for several stir fry’s, enough to last us at least a week or more. Stir fry your favorite veggies and begin to add the sauce a spoonful at a time, tasting after each addition until you have just the right amount for your taste buds. And it’s easy to add chicken, steak, pork or shrimp to the mix for a complete meal.
Posted at 9:07 am , on September 2, 2016
As promised here’s another idea for any leftover Mayan pork. While Josh enjoyed a Mayan pork sandwich from the food truck, I had a platter of Loaded Fries. Oh boy were they good! The fries were crispy and loaded with cheese sauce, fresh pico, cilantro lime cream and lots of Mayan pulled pork. It was way too much for this girl to eat but I gave it my best shot!