Steak Fries With Veracruz Ranch Dip

Steak Fries recipe video (scroll down for printable recipe) This steak fries recipe and video was created in partnership with Hidden Valley Ranch. Get the original Veracruz Ranch Dip recipe and over 100 more dip recipes and combinations at DipGenius. Most people might think of steak fries as a thing to go with steak. Not […]

Chorizo Cornbread Dressing

Chorizo cornbread dressing video (scroll down for printable recipe) I guess it was two years ago now that I came up with this variation on my grandma’s cornbread dressing recipe. I say “variation” but it’s so far from her recipe that it really should be in a class of its own. This is a very […]

Coconut Noodles (or Zoodles!)

Coconut Noodles Video (Scroll down for printable recipe) I made these coconut noodles for a last-minute side dish to take to a pool party. I have the most best friends because they always welcome my food experiments as willing guinea pigs and even offer constructive feedback. Though this coconut noodle salad evidently needed no adjustments because […]

Caprese Pasta Salad

Caprese Pasta salad video (scroll down for printable recipe) This is one of the simplest pasta salads one could make, and everyone in the world — or at least the potluck — loves it. Instead of balsamic vinegar, I use white wine or champagne vinegar with a little sugar added to keep the color of […]

Smoky Black Beans

Y’all, about soaking beans. Don’t do it. Don’t believe me? Please just try it anyway. Maybe some beans, big’uns like lima beans or fava beans could use a little soak. I very rarely cook with those so I haven’t tried it. But little’uns like black beans and pinto beans and navy beans? Don’t even bother. […]

Charro Beans

“Frijoles de Charro” translates into  “cowboy beans” and are the Mexican equivalent of Ranch style beans, but just like homemade Ranch style beans, they are many times better than canned Ranch-style beans and quite different. Characterized by lots of bacon and tomatoes, charro beans are rich enough to stand on their own, or rather, sit on […]

Smashed Roasted Potatoes with Bacon, Mustard and Thyme

Smashed Roasted Potatoes Video (scroll down for printable recipe) I’ve seen pictures of smashed roasted potatoes all over the internet recently and they reminded me maybe of the rissole potatoes we had several times at the Palace Cafe in New Orleans. Lucky me, they are pretty similar in texture — creamy inside, crunchy salty outside — but a […]

Spicy Black-eyed Pea Salad

With the new baby sucking up all my time, I have just about zero hours a day to cook, so things that can be made in advance are the tops, as are things that can be begun and then halted for 2-48 hours until I get a chance to get back in the kitchen and finish them. […]

Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese with three cheeses! That’s thrice the cheesy flavor for thrice the mac and cheese goodness. For this recipe, I’ve used sharp Cheddar, Gouda and Parmesan. Cheddar for the bite (and the classic color) with Gouda for extra creaminess and some Parmesan for extra saltiness. Swap out Parmesan for blue cheese if you […]