Over the weekend Scott and I celebrated our 6th anniversary. Don't worry, I won't bore you with all the mushy, gushy details, instead you get to hear about The Time Someone Scared the Crap Out Of Me.
I ran to the store for a couple groceries before our date night. Like any other normal trip to for groceries, I unlocked the car, loaded the bags in, entered my door, put my keys in the ignition and....saw something out the corner of my eye. I nearly had a heart attack when I looked up an saw a Read more [...]
As most of you know, I grew up in Kansas City. Which just happens to be famous for Barbecue. Especially a little joint in a gas station called Oklahoma Joe's. Fortunately, they expanded and have now opened up two very large restaurants in the suburbs of KC, Olathe and Leawood. If you have never eaten at Oklahoma Joe's, you are seriously missing out. It's better than Pappy's. Better than Zarda. Better than Memphis dry rub BBQ. Basically it's the best barbecue known to mankind. In my opinion.
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I went through a phase in my life as a teenager that I hated Hawaiian Haystacks. I thought it was a strange and gross meal that was basically flavorless chicken gravy on some rice. So I boycotted the dish for years. Eventually, I stumbled across a recipe for the chicken sauce made from scratch. Of course I tried it and I was hooked on Haystacks again. I've altered the recipe slightly to fit my tastes and to serve a crowd. The instructions list this recipe as making about 9 cups. It made enough Read more [...]
How about a quick & easy, thirty minute meal, that's packed with flavor? Marinated Teriyaki Chicken with Pineapple Ginger Rice. Even my picky three year old son loves this chicken! And the rice too, probably because it has pineapple in it. I love when I create food that my toddler will eat. We're working through all the fun, picky eater, rather play than eat, won't eat much dinner, stages with him. It can be very frustrating. So when I find something healthy that he eats several portions Read more [...]
So I have to be honest, I am quite tired of having sick kiddos. We have lived in Idaho for 4 weeks now and my kids have been sick 3 different times. If you do that math, that's being sick almost every week. Not only do I feel bad for my babies in seeing them miserable, I'm tired, worn out, exhausted, and ready to get out of the house and play with some friends. I think we may have to do some major cleaning today to try and disinfect their rooms so these germs don't keep going around and around.
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Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Burritos, smothered. When I lived in Utah and was going to school at BYU, this was one of my favorite places to eat. I've never had anything like it anywhere else. Some people argue that Costa Vida is better than Cafe Rio, but I think they're close enough to the same that I don't mind going to either. When we moved to St. Louis, for 3 1/2 years I was unable to satisfy my craving for Sweet Pork Burritos. We tried Q'doba and Chipotle, both good, both very different than Cafe Read more [...]
This slow cooked, shredded, Sweet Pork is to die for. It's sweet and spicy and perfect to put on anything and everything, or just eat plain. This is a copycat recipe from the popular Mexican restaurant, Cafe Rio. They make sweet pork and put it in a burrito with beans, rice, salsa, and cheese, and then they smother it in more salsa and cheese and bake it. It is one of my favorite splurge meals and something I have only found in Utah and Idaho.
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When I was a kid, I really hated avocados. Not as much as I hated Salmon, but pretty close. They were just, weird. And green. And mushy. But then one day I grew up and moved away from home. I started trying things like Bacon Avocado Burgers and Turkey Bacon Avocado sandwiches. And suddenly, one day I decided I LOVED avocados. And no, it wasn't because of the bacon, although bacon makes everything taste better.
Now, I can't get enough of avocados. I put them in and on anything I can Read more [...]
When I was a kid, Scomboli was quite possibly my all time favorite meal. We didn't have it very often, so when I saw the two loaves of frozen bread rising on the counter in the morning, I knew we were in for some delicious dinner. I remember one time my mom made a batch with plans to take one of the loaves to someone for dinner. I was devastated. That meant we had to shrink our serving sizes since our whole family only had one loaf. I could seriously pound this food down.
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Pulled Pork Chalupa goes back as far as I can remember in my Mom's family. It's one of those staple recipes that we always have when aunts, uncles, and cousins get together. It's served at every family reunion and family get together. I can remember countless evenings driving out to my Aunt's house in the country, walking in the door, and smelling the most delicious smell known to a kid.
It was definitely Chalupa night.
Complete with all the toppings chopped, diced, sliced, shredded, Read more [...]