Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice





Red beans and rice is a comfort food classic.  It is a versatile dish that can be a main course or a side dish, but either way, it will be the star of your dinner table.  This is an easy dish to make, but it is time-consuming. The beans need to be cooked until they burst, release their starch and thicken into a thick stew.  I cooked my beans for about 3 hours, but most of that time was spent playing Xbox and scrolling through Instagram.  Continue reading “Red Beans and Rice”

Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots

Glazed carrots

Glazed carrots are an easy and tasty side dish that is a great accompaniment to beef, chicken, pork, fish, or whatever else you want to serve them with.  The best part about these glazed carrots is that they are compatible with numerous flavor combinations.  I’m going to provide you with two of the many flavor combinations that will make this a go-to side dish for you and your family. Continue reading “Glazed Carrots”

Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans

Candied pecans are an addictive and tasty snack that is quick and easy to make.  These pecans can be eaten out of hand, used as a topping for sweet potatoes or can be added to desserts (more on that later).  The first time I remember eating candied pecans was on a trip to Houston, Texas.  I was traveling with a couple friends and we stayed at a hotel that gave out coupons for free hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the hotel bar.  My friends and I took full advantage of their generosity and tried every hors d’oeuvre on the menu.  The candied pecans were by far the best thing we tasted.   They were the perfect snack to eat while sitting at a bar and having a couple drinks before going out for the night.   Continue reading “Candied Pecans”

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Chipotles and Maple Syrup

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Chipotles and Maple Syrup

These mashed sweet potatoes are a great side dish for chicken, steak, or anything else.  Sweet potatoes are generally looked at as a fall and/or winter vegetable, but they are delicious all year long.  You can use sweet potatoes whenever you use regular potatoes…with a couple of adjustments.  DO NOT boil sweet potatoes.  Sweet potatoes aren’t as starchy as regular potatoes and can become waterlogged if submerged in water.  Steaming the sweet potatoes is the trick to making light, fluffy, mashed sweet potatoes. Continue reading “Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Chipotles and Maple Syrup”

How to Reverse Sear a Steak

How to Reverse Sear a Steak

Cooking steak is one of the trickiest things to cook well in a home kitchen. Cooking a steak on your stovetop lets you control the cooking the most, but you’ll end up with a smoke-filled kitchen and an unevenly cooked steak with a great crust. If you cook your steak in the oven, your steak will be more evenly cooked, without that steakhouse like crust. The best way to cook a steak perfectly, with a perfect brown crust and an even temperature is to do a reverse sear. First, you cook the steak in a low oven and then finish it on the stovetop. It takes a bit of time, and a little technique, but I’ll show you how to reverse sear a steak.

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