West Texas Chili

February 23, 2018

Dad is always on the hunt for a killer chili recipe and he thinks he may have found it!  Being fairly new to Texas, we aren’t certain that this is a “west” “east or “other” Texas chili recipe but what we do know is that we like it!!!  Thanks Bill for your continued recipe hunt and for leaving the corn flour out for me! 😉

Source: West Texas Chili Recipe – Southern Living


Filets with spiced butter, yum!  Dad & I wanted a filet dinner for two and this new recipe rocked!  Finding the recipe on my phone while shopping was not the best way to prepare for attempting a new dish.  Subsequently, I did make some modifications but no worries, it was all good!  Dad wanted to use the sous vide so the modifications started there.  He used salt, pepper, olive oil and fresh rosemary for the beef.  After it reached the desired temp, he seared the filets in a pan and we took up the recipe from there using the pan’s  brown bits and continuing with deglazing etc.  I found a small size package of beef demi-glaze at Central Market which was convenient since it is sometimes expensive and hard to find.   As for the spiced butter and veggies I didn’t realize until I got home that there were two other recipes for those!  I didn’t have coriander seeds, cilantro or lemons!  Oh well, I had a grapefruit so used that for the citrus and minced up some fresh rosemary instead of the missing cilantro.  I actually used whole artichokes as the recipe called for with boiling salted water only, no flour etc.  When I read the reviews I saw others had used canned artichoke hearts.  Easy peasy!  Next time I’ll do that.  Even with some slight adjustments, to account for less than great planning, we loved this entire meal and will definitely make it again.  A delish Cab topped the whole evening off!!!

Source: Filets Mignons with Spiced Butter, Glazed Artichokes, and Haricots Verts recipe | Epicurious.com

Simple, tasty and healthy, Bill loved it!

Source: Broiled Halibut with Ricotta-Pea Puree Recipe | Food Network Kitchen | Food Network


Simple Bolognese

April 26, 2017

I’m sure that that I have made this recipe one hundred times and usually I double it to freeze for another dinner!  This bolognese can be served over any pasta but my favorite is over roasted spaghetti squash.  Either way, you can’t go wrong with Giada’s Simple Bolognese.

Source: Simple Bolognese Recipe | Giada De Laurentiis | Food Network


Light dinner or impressive lunch, this simple salad is one of my favorites.  I usually roast the chicken breasts myself but if time is short, pick up already roasted breasts from your favorite market.

Source: Chicken with Tarragon-Caper Sauce with Mixed Greens recipe | Epicurious.com


Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

January 28, 2017

Found it! A great brisket recipe that I can make!  For some reason roasts and briskets have never turned out great for me but this changed my track record.  I like the “do ahead” of the slow cooker and I served it with mac and cheese and a salad.

Source: Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Recipe : Trisha Yearwood : Food Network


Baked Macaroni and Cheese

January 28, 2017

The family gave this easy mac and cheese two thumbs up.  Jack even had seconds!

Source: Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe : Trisha Yearwood : Food Network