Category: Entrees

Cheesy Brisket Enchiladas

Cheesy Brisket Enchiladas combine juicy shredded beef with a creamy, cheesy, green chile sauce for a Tex-Mex dinner with maximum flavor!Cheesy Brisket Enchiladas combine juicy shredded beef with a creamy, cheesy, green chile sauce for a Tex-Mex dinner with maximum flavor!

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Say hello to our go-to Tex-Mex recipe: cheesy brisket enchiladas.  And in a household that loves all Tex-Mex, well, you know the go-to must be good.  If you don’t want to go to the trouble of assembling the enchiladas, just use the shredded beef for tacos.  Honestly, we did that at least half a dozen times before actually following through with entire recipe.  Which is kinda weird, because this recipe is pretty darn easy and has lots of options!

  1. You can cook the meat in the oven or slow-cooker.
  2. You can assemble the dish and let sit for a few hours before baking.
  3. You can even freeze these cheesy brisket enchiladas for future meals.

This Tex-Mex is flexible…can we call this meal Tex-Mex-Flex?  I think we can. (more…)

Sauerbraten – German Pot Roast

Cooler weather – and Oktoberfest! – is the perfect time to enjoy super tender and flavorful Sauerbraten.Cooler weather - and Oktoberfest! - is the perfect time to enjoy super tender and flavorful Sauerbraten, a German pot roast.

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Hello readers,

The calendar is telling me it’s fall (although the weather disagrees), and that means we have the official excuse to start making some hearty, rich food to go along with the full flavored beers of the season: Oktoberfest!  We love Oktoberfest beer!  The rich maltiness and the beautiful amber color just seem to fit with the changing leaves and cool breezes (you know, in places other than Houston).  But even if we don’t have the most fall-like weather, Houston is home to our favorite Oktoberfest brewer, St. Arnold’s.  We fell in love with their liquid gold when we went to school here, and believe me, we were on the lookout for it whenever we would come to visit.  Yes, we were that person asking the store if they had any Oktoberfest beer in April.  And since we have this wonderful German inspired beer, we figured we should pair it with some German style food.  May I introduce you to sauerbraten!Cooler weather - and Oktoberfest! - is the perfect time to enjoy super tender and flavorful Sauerbraten, a German pot roast.

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Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce is fresh and tasty for late summer and early fall…cool enough to beat the heat, with a zesty kick to get your blood moving!Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce is fresh and tasty for late summer and early fall...cool enough to beat the heat, with a zesty kick to get your blood moving!

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You know those summer days that start blurring into fall? Still warm, but with a hint of crispness?

Well, here in Houston, we don’t have those, BUT somewhere else in the country you do! And this cold noodle salad with spicy peanut sauce is perfect for those days.

The cold noodles are refreshing while sitting in the warm sunlight. And then when you get just a touch of cool breeze, the zesty sauce will get your blood flowing. Not to mention, this is a quick and easy meal for school nights and weekends packed with activities.  Savory and fresh, it’s delicious eaten immediately and just as good as leftovers.

Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce is fresh and tasty for late summer and early fall...cool enough to beat the heat, with a zesty kick to get your blood moving!

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Pretzel Pork Belly Po-Boy

Pretzel Pork Belly Po-Boy pairs the sweet richness of pork belly with the bright flavors of a colorful slaw, in one juicy mouthful!Pretzel Pork Belly Po-Boy pairs the sweet richness of pork belly with the bright flavors of a colorful slaw, in one juicy mouthful!

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“The pig is an incredible animal. It can take an apple – essentially garbage – and turn it into bacon.”
-Jim Gaffigan

While I don’t agree with his assertion that apples are garbage, the pig does give us some pretty amazing eats. I think we all have to take a moment to appreciate just how delicious bacon is. According to the bacon calendar I have hanging in the office (more about that here), it’s sometime referred to as “the conversion meat” for it’s ability to lure vegetarians away from their meatless lifestyles. That’s some power.  And while we certainly love bacon around here either as base for a delicious beef stew, or highlighted a little more prominently in an appetizer, I wanted to take a crack at the origin of bacon: pork belly. A pork belly po-boy to be more specific.Pretzel Pork Belly Po-Boy pairs the sweet richness of pork belly with the bright flavors of a colorful slaw, in one juicy mouthful!

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Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Tart

Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Tart combines the perfect savory flavors of the season in a buttery cornmeal crust.  Good hot or cold, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Tart combines the perfect savory flavors of the season in a buttery cornmeal crust. Good hot or cold, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!While the modern grocery store gives us the ability to make almost any dish regardless of the time of year, it’s always nice to cook up a recipe that takes full advantage of the bounty of the season.  For me, a quintessential summer combination is tomato and basil.  I’m sure that’s hardly unique, but it conjures up memories of eating dinner out on the deck as the sun was setting over the mountains.  And while this Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Tart can certainly be served with dinner, it is versatile enough to pull duty at just about any meal, or slice it up small for a colorful appetizer.  (Liz has also been known to eat it bite by bite straight from the fridge.)

Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Tart combines the perfect savory flavors of the season in a buttery cornmeal crust. Good hot or cold, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! (more…)