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Best Chili Recipe

Best Chili Recipe

This is the best chili recipe you’ll ever make. It was the blue ribbon winner at a chili cook-off, garnering a prize worth $20,000 according to the recipe book it came from. With surprise ingredients like beer and unsweetened cocoa, the blend of seasonings and flavors creates a mouth watering chili that will have them […]

Basic Rib-Eye Steak

Basic Rib-Eye Steak

This recipe is in honor of my mom who probably expends more energy trying to find ways to save energy when preparing meals. As she would say, So here’s Mom’s new favorite recipe for steak. (And I can attest to how yummy it is!) Note: This recipe’s steps move fast because they’re so brief (since […]

Paleo Chili

Paleo Chili

“HEALTHIFIED” TAILGATE CHILI Makes 12 servings. Ingredients 2 pounds grass fed ground beef 1 pound Italian sausage 2 (28 oz.) diced tomatoes with juice 1 (6 oz.) tomato paste 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 1 green bell pepper chopped 1 red bell pepper chopped 2 green chilies chopped 4 pieces bacon […]

Peppered Filet Roast

Peppered Filet Roast

I am a fan, like a FAN, of filet mignon.  Can’t get much better than that this side of birthday cake.  But I don’t have a ton of experience cooking it, just ordering it at fancy restaurants.  So here’s a very simple filet mignon recipe from the local newspaper that looks downright yummy!     […]

Five-Ingredient Beef Stew

Five-Ingredient Beef Stew

Just found this on Yahoo! and I’m drooling.  There is just something about stews and hearty soups when you’re fireplacing (yes, that is a verb in the Parks family lexicon) and it’s freezing outside and the savory smells are wafting through the whole house . . . ahhh.  Can you tell it’s almost November here […]

Frito Pie Made Healthier

Frito Pie Made Healthier

By The Editors of EatingWell Magazine | Shine Food – Wed, Feb 13, 2013 9:58 AM EST By Matthew Thompson for EatingWellMagazine As a native of New England, I had never heard of Frito Pie until a Texas-born co-worker offered me some. And then…wow! As a fan of both salty, crunchy Fritos and spicy chili (my parents are from LA, so […]

Super Simple Glazed Ham

Super Simple Glazed Ham

I’m always on the lookout for a really great ham recipe for our New Year’s Day feast.  The storebought ones are touch-and-go with moistness and often the glaze that comes with them is never enough.  (You’re talking to a girl who LIKES her SAUCE.)  Well, this recipe I found on Yahoo! Shine looks very intriguing […]

Basic Wet Brine

Basic Wet Brine

I got this from my local newspaper.  I personally swear by Williams-Sonoma’s dry brine – oh. my. word.  But this is a WET brine alternative that would be good to have in your back pocket in case they get sold out, which they don’t. Source:  Virginian-Pilot Staff epicure Lorraine Eaton tried brining a turkey a […]