MANLY Cheese and Herb Beer Bread

beer bread oven

I was recently challenged to share a recipe that is not only easy, but manly. And well, what could be more manly than BEER? Nothing. It’s how chest hair is born. What I love about beer bread is that it takes just a handful of ingredients, you can make the dough in one bowl, and it cooks up in no time at all. Just mix and bake. Simple as that. You can also throw in any add ins that strike your[Read more]

Easy Two Ingredient Cheesy Breadsticks

strips plate

Hey everyone! I have quite the quick recipe for you today. 🙂 You see, I was craving something flaky, buttery, and cheesy to go along with some spaghetti I was making, and I remembered that I had an *entire* package of pre-made puff pastry dough in my freezer(!). Reasons why this isn’t baking: I didn’t actually make the puff pastry. Reasons why this IS baking: I put it in the oven.  This is how I rationalize things before I post[Read more]

Easy Salsa Recipe

salsa top view

Hola muchachos! Long time no post! I spent the weekend in Austin again, the last of three trips there this month. I usually hate it when people go on and on and on about their life prior to getting to a recipe, so I will simply provide you with a short list of highlights: We did a ton of hiking each visit. My favorites included going up Enchanted Rock (I didn’t make it to the top, but close. Stupid fear[Read more]

How to Make Kolaches: Texas Style

kolaches featured

When I first moved to Texas I remember being very perplexed by the cuisine. Specifically breakfast foods. For example, “steak and eggs” made no sense to me since steak was clearly a dinner food. And if we’re all just supposed to accept that it’s proper to eat steak for breakfast, then why is “chicken and waffles” served for dinner? So confusing. 😛 Don’t even get me started on “chicken fried steak” and the uber-redundant “chicken fried chicken.” But today’s post is[Read more]

Insanely Gouda Gougeres

cheese balls

Do you ever get in that mood where you want bread but you don’t want to get full on bread? Do you like hollow things, like Trump’s soul? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a French pastry chef? Well have I got the recipe for you!  These little balls of love are what the French call Gougères. They are essentially a savory choux pastry treat. What is choux, you ask? It is the basically the same stuff[Read more]

Baked Cheesy Cajun Shrimp Dip


This recipe is basically the love child of two of my favorite appetizers: Tricia Yearwood’s Charleston Cheese Dip and Boudreaux Cajun Kitchen’s Shrimp and Grits. If you’re looking for a baked dip with the cheesiness of Tricia’s recipe and the smokiness of the Boudreaux recipe, you’ve come to the right place! Now is this real Cajun food? Probably not. While I absolutely love certain things about Cajun cuisine (Gumbo, crawfish or shrimp etouffee, jambalaya, etc.) there are ingredients in some truly authentic Cajun dishes[Read more]