• Food

    Red Beans and Rice

    Looking for a simple side dish recipe that also can be a main dish, is very inexpensive, delicious, healthy and will please the masses?  Look no further, red beans and rice is my go to side dish when hosting a large group or perfect to make ahead for those busy week nights.  The prepared red beans can be used in my tortilla soup, burrito bowls or taco salads, etc.  You can adjust how much you make by looking at the rice and / or beans label and calculate needed serving size per person. Ingredients 4 cups Dried Red kidney beans 1 yellow or white onion 2 Jalapeños 6 cups Chicken…

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    Peruvian Chicken Marinade

    This chicken marinade is my families’ all-time favorite chicken recipe.  Ok, I know what you are thinking…grilling in February?  But this is Texas and we grill year round here!  The reason this marinade is so good is because it softens the chicken without destroying the texture but leaves each thigh super juicy and full of flavor.  Plan to marinate 12 to 24 hours before you grill it.  Despite all the spices in the marinade, it is not a spicy chicken just full flavored.   Ingredients 8 chicken thighs 1/2 cup olive oil 8 garlic cloves – pressed 1/2 cup white vinegar 4 lemons – juiced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon…

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    Sausage, Egg and Fennel for Brunch

    If you are looking for a savory main brunch idea, that’s easy, relatively healthy and quick – look no further! Fennel with andouille sausage and eggs is amazing!  The best part is that you can increase the amount of fennel, reducing the amount of sausage and the dish is lighter but with all the flavor of a full serving of andouille. Start by chopping thin slices of fennel, using only the bulb of two bulbs of fennel.  Add EVOO to saute over medium heat with fennel. Next add the andouille sausage cut up into bite size pieces.  The sausage is already precooked, but the flavor of the sausage is released…

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    Prague, Czech Republic

    During our last trip to Vienna, we planned a few days in Prague despite all of the post covid travel limitations.  We arrived in Vienna the Thursday before Thanksgiving and had three days of pre-lockdown outings.  A few of which included Christmas markets, Heurigens (local run wineries) and hiking around the Anninger mountain.  As the lockdown went into effect, we decided to go ahead with our plans to go to Prague by train.  I have taken the train a lot in Germany but in Austria I had only ridden the subway.  The train was very comfortable, completely empty and quite affordable.  We spent around 50 euros per first class ticket…

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    Meat and Cheese House

    One of my families favorite things to do during the holidays is make elaborate ginger bread houses, this year I decided to make a savory version as an appetizer.  You could use any soft cheese to construct your house, as well as, adding different toppings like roasted red pepper, pickles, or artichokes with or instead of the olives.     Step 1 Create the base of the house, use the cheese log to form a rectangle, add an 1 inch layer of cream cheese, then another layer of cheese log.   Tip:  Build your house on the board or plate you will serve it on so you don’t have to move it.…