Barbecue Beef Sliders

WARNING: These sliders are to die for. Like, maybe literally. They are full of greasy goodness. So, so good for your tastebuds, but so bad for your health. We had about a pound-and-a-half of cooked beef brisket left over from Christmas. Never wanting to waste good food (but hating to eat the same thing again),…

Pork Egg Rolls

Egg rolls are easy enough to buy frozen at the grocery store or pick up by the dozen at your local Chinese restaurant, but they’re really not that hard to make. Like most things, they taste even better when made hot and fresh at home. Here’s an Americanized version of quick-ish pork egg rolls, using…

Award-Winning Homemade Salsa

Our go-to recipe for making salsa at home, this restaurant-style salsa is super easy to make. In fact, it’s so easy that in the summer when tomatoes are plentiful, we make it every day. This salsa is a winner: It won 1st Place in our parish men’s salsa cook-off. Woo-hoo!   Award-Winning Homemade Salsa 5…

Pico de Gallo with Fresh Pineapple

On Fridays, our family often enjoys a pre-dinner appetizer while we relax from a hectic work and school week. Chips and salsa are a mainstay in this Texas household, as is good, fresh pico de gallo. This recipe calls for fresh pineapple, but it’s just as good with fresh mango. Serve it cold with tortilla…

Jalapeño Poppers with Sausage & Cheese

Spicy foods are the norm in Texas; stuffed jalapeño peppers are a traditional way to start a meal. Also called Jalapeño Poppers, stuffed jalapeños are generally made with cheese or sausage (or both). This version uses breakfast sausage, cream cheese, and Monterey Jack for a mellow blend of flavors – with a kick. Jalapeño Poppers…