Chicken Tamale Casserole (with Roasted Tomatillo, Cilantro and Green Chile Sauce)

When we are in Santa Fe, I like to attempt at least one Southwestern-inspired dish, and with that, hopefully add an ingredient that is new to me. This recipe for Chicken Tamales sounded interesting and included tomatillos – a tart little tomato-like fruit that I have not cooked with before. However, I didn’t want to… Continue reading Chicken Tamale Casserole (with Roasted Tomatillo, Cilantro and Green Chile Sauce)

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Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Modified from Bon Appétit / Epicurious Since our wedding anniversary is also New Year’s Eve, we decided to have a pre-anniversary get together with friends to usher in the New Year a day early.  We snacked from a table of nuts, cheese, and bacon-wrapped stuffed dates to help soak up all the alcohol from the… Continue reading Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Baked Cheese Grits with Sausage

If it seems like we’re getting a little corny around here, it’s because we’re out here in the Southwest and corn is hard to avoid.  Corn tortillas, polenta, corn in the salsa, grilled corn – – all yummy, but more carbohydrates than we intended to consume.  Well, heck, we can abstain when we get back… Continue reading Baked Cheese Grits with Sausage

Gluten-free Skillet Cornbread

Modified from “Etta’s Cornbread” in Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen Every good Southern cook probably has a prized recipe or two for cornbread.  I like mine buttery, slightly crumbly but not dry, with a touch of sweetness and a crispy crust.  I adapted this recipe for gluten-free cornbread from one of my favorite cookbooks, Tom Douglas’… Continue reading Gluten-free Skillet Cornbread

Primal Burgers…buns need not apply

A mid-week cookout, just because! First, the burger meat!  Some people might gasp in horror at this, but others will nod knowingly in approval – but I have ADDED FAT to the grass-fed ground beef because it was 90% lean.  Not just any old fat, mind you, but 100% pure beef lard from grass-fed cattle… Continue reading Primal Burgers…buns need not apply