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Classic Cob with a Tex Mex Twist

Fourth of July weekend is here and I love to grill a bunch of food and reinvent it all weekend long. I took this week’s Grilled Corn Recipe and added it to my Tex-Mex version of a classic Cobb Salad. It’s crunchy and refreshing, with a little spicy South of the Border Kick! So jazz up your summer salad and enjoy the relaxing holiday weekend. Tex-Mex Cobb Salad 4 cups Romaine, chopped 1 cup of grilled or Rotisserie Chicken, cubed 1 tsp […]
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Quick Tip: How to Grill Corn on the Cob

Grilled corn on the cobb is tasty, if you follow a couple easy steps. I like mine charred, so I take the husk off. I brush it with melted butter, then using my tongs, I rotate the corn every couple minutes so the flame doesn’t burn the corn. This creates a nice, fire kissed char, instead of burning and drying out the corn. Once the corn is bright yellow, with a few black spots, the corn is ready. Remove from the grill, give it one more brush of melted […]
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Maple Bourbon Glazed Pork Chops

Sugary maple syrup and smoky Bourbon create the perfect combination for fire kissed pork chops. After marinating and throwing them on the grill, you end up with a charred and delicious chop that’s still moist in the center. My husband’s favorite is when I use a bone-in pork chop, but I used boneless for this recipe. You can also swap out chicken or whole turkey breasts too if you like. I reserve a little of the marinade and add it to red […]
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Quick Tips: 3 Marinades for Perfect Summer Grilling

Summer grilling is so tasty and healthy, here are some of my favorite marinades for three different proteins: Pork: Maple Bourbon Glaze 1 cup of bourbon (don’t use the really good stuff your husband likes to sip on!) 1 cup of Grade A maple syrup 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar dash of chili flake salt and pepper 1 tbsp unsalted butter Directions: Reduce the mixture down by half, then cool completely before marinating the meat. It’s great […]
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Father’s Day Foodie Gift Ideas

One of my greatest pleasures is cooking with my Dad. People often ask me if I learned to cook from my Mom, but the truth is both of my parents are amazing cooks and our family gathers often include us sitting around the kitchen, with a good bottle of wine, cooking and catching up. My Dad loves to smoke brisket and is always manning the smoker when we have important family meals. But it’s time consuming and smelly, and sometimes it’s just […]
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Coconut Shrimp and Pineapple Salsa

This is my way of heading to the tropics without ever leaving home and it’s my favorite summer appetizer (and sometimes I have it for dinner, just for myself). Crispy coconut shrimp, flash fried until it’s brown and caramelized on the outside, tender and fresh inside. I pile them up high around a colorful platter, then serve it with fresh pineapple salsa. Your guests will love it, or if you’re not entertaining, just pour a […]
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Quick Tip: Summer Bar Essentials

Summer is officially here and I can’t imagine a better reason to mix up a fruit infused cocktail or chill a bottle of wine and invite friends over. I wanted to share some entertaining tips on how I set up my summer bar. The most stressful part of entertaining is the idea of running around catering to your friends and not being able to enjoy the party yourself. I set up my bar before guests arrive, then leave it up to them to make a drink, help themselves […]
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National Negroni Week: Cocktail Making with Susie Drinks!

In honor of National Negroni Week, I asked Susie O from her popular blog Susie Drinks to join me at the bar for some Campari inspired cocktails. She made this incredible watermelon infused gin for a refreshing summer take on the classic Negroni. It’s slightly bitter, a little sweet and super refreshing on hot summer days. I met Susie several years ago when I was the Entertainment Reporter for the CW affiliate in Dallas, we made cocktails […]
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Summer Entertaining: Recipes and Tips

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs 1 full rack prime cut back ribs 1 cup favorite BBQ Sauce 2 tbsp Tabasco Chipotle Sauce 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1 cup beef broth Directions: Place the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, Tabasco and beef broth in the slow cooker and stir to combine. Add the ribs and set the slow cooker to high. Cook for 3 hours, then open and stir, to make sure the ribs that are on top are now on bottom, submerged by the BBQ sauce. Cook for an additional 3-4 […]
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