Recipes

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

At the beginning of the summer, Clint and I took the plunge and bought a house. I spent the first week before we moved in painting the walls from a questionable orange and yellow to calming shades of blue and grey. It was definitely a good call. We celebrated tricking people into thinking we are high functioning adults by throwing open the door of out newly acquired home and inviting all our friends to eat a table full of treats and sing late into the night.   Thank you to my trusty Milk Bar cookbook for all the tasty desserts. The centerpiece of the food display was my slightly famous nacho bar. I spent the day slaving over my crockpot, watching the pork shoulder slowly become pulled pork. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.  I realize that the list of ingredients for the rub might seem excessive, but after years of trial and error, this is definitely the best combination I have come across. Feel free to change things up and make this rub your own. Oh, quick note. Make sure you USE KOSHER SALT!!! I can’t stress this enough. Using table salt in this recipe will result in a sad, salty mess. And nobody wants that. I...

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Jalapeño Poppers with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I think there is an unwritten law here in Texas that if you get any number of people together to grill, someone needs to bring jalapeño poppers. They are a true party staple and a major crowd pleaser. While these poppers are easy to make, they are a little time consuming. But don’t worry, just assemble ahead of time and refrigerate them over night. This way you don’t have to worry about crying during your party because you forgot to wash your hands and accidentally touched your eyes… No, that’s never happened.  Everyone seems to have their own recipe, I add sun-dried tomatoes to mine to make things interesting. Feel free to mix things up and play around with your filling. Heck if you want to get real fancy you can throw in that leftover brisket you have in the fridge (yeah, right. Like anyone ever has “leftover” brisket). If you want to make things extra spicy, save some of the seeds and mix them into the cheese filling. This is where the real heat is. Poppers are great on the grill, too. Instead of using toothpicks, thread the poppers on skewers. Just be sure that you wrap the jalapeños well with the bacon so that all the cheese is...

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Spinach and Avocado Spread

You know those days when you open up the fridge and you seem to have an excess of spinach and avocados? No? Just me? I love avocados. whenever they go on sale, I stock up and eat guacamole for days. I also love spinach. It’s one of those staples that I keep on hand all the time. Every now and then I try to find a way to combine them. Look at how that bright green color just pops! This recipe works great as a dip or spread on toast. I added some turkey and cheese and made it into a delicious sandwich. But let’s be honest, I would have eaten out of the bowl with nothing but a spoon.   Spinach and Avocado Spread 2015-07-10 16:30:10 Serves 2 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 Clove garlic minced 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 Avocado diced 2 large handfuls of spinach chopped Juice of 1/2 a lime Salt and pepper Instructions Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with a large spoon, taking care not to break up too much of the avocado. Let sit for 15 minutes before eating. By Carissa Ara Carissa Designs...

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Lovely Leftovers: Stuffing Waffles

Today marks the first day of one of my favorite weeks of the year: Thanksgiving leftover week. I know Ive mentioned my love of leftovers before, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I look forward to having a fridge full of tupperware. While I love a good turkey sandwich piled high with layers of thanksgiving flavors, this year I decided to try something a little different. Stuffing waffles. That’s right, I fried up some stuffing in a waffle iron and piled it high with turkey and fixings. The result is a delicious and crunchy treat. I would seriously consider making stuffing just for the purpose of making waffles with it. Stuffing Waffles 2014-12-01 19:02:48 Serves 2 Leftover stuffing? Make waffles! Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 5 min Total Time 25 min Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 5 min Total Time 25 min Ingredients 2 cups stuffing 1 egg 1/2 milk Instructions Combine the stuffing, milk, and egg in a large bowl. Mix by hand until throughly combined. Be sure to break up any large clumps of stuffing. Spray a hot waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon out half of the stuffing mixture on to the iron. Be sure to...

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Grownup Candy Bar Milkshake

I waited far too long to post this recipe and now Texas is punishing me by starting winter early this year. Oh well, I’ll just put on an extra sweater and drink my milkshake anyways. So a few weeks ago my favorite holiday came around. I bought candy, turned on my favorite halloween movies, and waited for someone to knock on my door demanding sweet treats… only to remember that there are no kids living in my part of town and no one would be ringing my doorbell this year. Lucky for me, I was able to pawn off most of the candy the next night at my annual halloween party. Rocking our homemade costumes. Group shot with our fellow costume contest winners. After the party, I still has some Crunch Bars left over. Rather than just sit and eat them all (which I strongly considered), I decided to add ice cream and booze to the equation and take them up a notch. I was not disappointed in my decision. Neither was Clint. Grownup Candy Bar Milkshake 2014-11-20 15:12:01 Serves 2 A couple shots of Baileys and Kahlúa add a grownup twist to this chocolate treat. Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 10 min Total Time 10...

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A Tale of Two Beaches – Spiked Mango Peach Lemonade

Actually, It’s a tale of 5 or 6 beaches, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it. As a Southern California girl, I think I’m required to have salt water in my veins. My parents would take me to the beach almost every week when I was little. I would spend the day playing in the sand and diving into the Pacific with reckless abandon. Somehow, I don’t remember it being as cold as it is now. Up until the time that I was 11, we had lived no more than 10 minutes away from a beach. As you can image, moving to Houston was a big change for my family. After being landlocked an hour west of Houston for a few weeks we decided to make the drive down the causeway and see what this Galveston Island was all about. Okay, I’m exaggerating a bit. The beach is pretty nice when it’s not covered in seaweed. While Galveston might not be the most picturesque beach I’ve ever been to, it does have its charms. And now that we’ve found St. Luis Pass beach, it feels more like the beaches that I grew up with. Once the temperature hits 80 degrees – and in Texas that could be...

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