Thousand Island Dressing

For those that have seen my recipe for Rueben Egg Rolls, I mentioned how this dressing is a popular condiment for the dish. If you missed it, just click on the picture below of the Rueben Egg Rolls and it will take you to that recipe. Or just visit the page “Stolen Recipes For The…

“The Beast’s” Rueben Egg Rolls

Being a lover of bars, pubs and taverns there is an anomaly that I have noticed over the years. It appears that almost every Irish establishment I go into has a similar dish on the menu. What is that you ask? A corn beef eggroll! Places may call them by different names with variations of…

Crab Cakes With Remoulade Sauce

“Crab Cakes and football! That’s what Maryland does!” Anyone who has ever seen the movie “Wedding Crashers” would remember the scene of the pickup football game and that line in the movie. But what is it about Maryland and crab cakes? Why do they get to claim the fame of this wonderful dish? Crab cakes…

Butter Poached Lobster Tails With Saffron Risotto

Anyone who has made risotto and also watched “The Karate Kid” would agree Mr. Miyagi should of had Daniel-San skip wax on, wax off. He should of had Daniel make risotto. Stir right, stir left. Constant stirring is the trick to making risotto. However, the work is definitely worth the reward with this luscious, creamy…

Beast Chili

Simply put, chili is a form of stew where some say it originated in Northern Mexico, while others say it’s birthplace was Southern Texas. So to prevent any arguments, lets agree it is a “Tex-Mex” dish and leave it at that. Throughout the United States you can find many variations of chili. In Texas it…

Café’ Du Monde’ Beignets

After celebrating dishes customary in New Orleans to commemorate Mardi Gras, I would be remise if I didn’t finish by honoring the Beignet. Even though it was created in Ancient Rome, it was the French settlers that introduced it to New Orleans in the 18th century. Simply put, a beignet is a fried French Donut….

Chicken And Sausage Gumbo

I’m Gumbo Dammit!! There is nothing like a hot bowl of Gumbo to warm up the insides. It is a dish that sticks to your ribs as the saying goes. Gumbo is a dish that was created in the 1700’s from Louisiana combining influences from many different cultures. Gumbo had become very popular because it…

Big Easy Shrimp And Cheesy Grits

How do you cook your grits? Do you like them regular, creamy or al dente? Just regular I guess. Regular. Instant grits? No self respecting southerner uses instant grits. ~My cousin Vinny~ On the heels of Fat Tuesday, I wanted to share my recipe for Shrimp and Grits with Jalapeno Cornbread. The creaminess of the…

Jalapeño Cornbread

This is the perfect side dish for many southern styles of food. I enjoyed this the most when it accompanies my “Big Easy Shrimp And Grits”. There is nothing like taking a piece of the cornbread and dipping it into a nice helping of the grits. See for my jalapeño cornbread in the blog. For…

NOLA Charred Oysters

Today is Fat Tuesday which cumulates the beginning of the Mardi Gras carnival in New Orleans. The first Mardi Gras parade in NOLA dates back to 1837. It is a celebration of life held before the subdued holiday of Ash Wednesday. New Orleans is known for it’s night life, history, music and especially it’s food….