This Hawaiian pork burger is exactly why we should be eating more pork burgers. Packed with flavor and finished with great toppings, every bite was a treat. I could’ve opted to grill the pineapple, but I love the taste of fresh pineapple just as it is. That sweet flavor along with the tangy BBQ sauce really went along well with the slightly herby patties. I’d make these Hawaiian pork burgers again. And again. I do recommend using a BBQ sauce with a slight smoky flavor. And a little spiciness wouldn’t hurt either since you’ve got that wonderfully sweet pineapple slice to contrast it.
Oh how I do love po’ boys. Guaranteed great bread, with a crunchy crust and soft insides. Fresh toppings that always pack a little kick. And a bag of Zapp’s chips. The perfect meal. This crab cake po’ boy more than hit the spot. Tender, flaky crab cakes on a homemade po’ boy roll, topped with a killer spicy lettuce mix.
The lettuce mixture on this crab cake po’ boy has become my standard po’ boy dressing. It has just the right amount of kick for me, and a little crunch. I pick up a head of iceberg lettuce, shred and chop it, and stuff it into a baggie in the fridge, always on hand when I need to make a po’ boy, which is quite often.
I made the bread myself, using a dough recipe that uses a bread machine. The bread is perfect in flavor and texture. But I admit, my dough rolling technique needs work. Sometimes I get perfect loaves, sometimes I don’t. I could substitute French bread, but honestly it’s not quite the same texture. Close, but not quite.
Well, yes, I do usually make my Philly cheese steak sandwiches with thin-sliced rib eye steak. But I came upon some nicely-priced beef tenderloin, and since I had some odd-shaped pieces left after trimming it to make filet mignon, I decided to cook up this crazy good deluxe Philly cheese steak. It’s like the classic, but with a really fancy twist. Super tender, super flavorful. I love the addition of garlic salt to this deluxe Philly cheese steak. It adds a nice different flavor beyond just salt and black pepper. Don’t go crazy with the garlic salt, but make sure to add enough to taste it.
There’s no doubt about it. It only took one bite and Anita and I both agreed: a deviled egg salad club sandwich is a fantastic thing. It is the combination of two classics, deviled eggs and a club sandwich. Crunchy bacon, creamy egg salad and fresh juicy tomato. Nothing fancy, but something mighty good. Perfect for a picnic or outing, too, since you can make all of the components ahead of time and just assemble the sandwiches at the park or wherever you’re going! We recently received an egg cooker as a gift. I was highly skeptical of it. I’ve had limited success with kitchen gadgets. Well, I admit when I’m wrong because the cooker makes the absolute perfect hard-boiled eggs (among other ways of cooking eggs). I cannot for the life of me get it to make a bad egg. They peel easily and without any damage to the eggs time and time again. It never fails. I absolutely love it.
Oh yeah, pardner! You’ll take to these cowboy beans like a horse takes to water! You’ll think you’re out on the prairie sitting by the chuck wagon after a long day of rustling steer. Pinto beans in a sauce of coffee and BBQ sauce, the smoky goodness of a ham shank, and plenty of your favorite toppings. These cowboy beans don’t have to be a side dish, they’re a meal by themselves. You won’t be learning anything while you’re eating these cowboy beans. Why is that? Well, because like the old cowboy saying goes, “you ain’t learning while your mouth’s a jawwin'”. Or something like that. You certainly won’t be telling a long tale about the calf you saved down by Dry Gulch. You’ll be too busy eating. You will be telling the chuck wagon cook that he’s a genius, though.
Don’t let the fact that this French bread pizza rustica doesn’t have a sauce on it throw you off. Every bite is incredible. All of your favorite toppings, but with a little twist. Spinach. Yes, spinach. You can play around with the toppings, substituting whatever suits your fancy, but don’t leave out the spinach. I’ve found variations on this French bread pizza rustica online, and some have you cook the vegetables a bit before putting them onto the bread. I opted to skip that step. We found the slightly crunchy (they do cook a bit in the oven) vegetables to be perfect. If you do want to cook the vegetables, just add to the skillet after you cook the Italian sausage and saute for about 5 minutes.
Watching Emeril Lagasse is what got me interested in cooking. Years ago he had a show, Emeril Live. It was part entertainment and part cooking. Chef’s cooking fascinated me and inspired me to stop eating out of bags or containers. This chicken sauce piquante is one reason why I’ve never looked back fondly at the days when I scarfed down fast food on a regular basis. Nothing I ever had then could even come close to the flavors in this dish. Sure, there are a number of ingredients, and it takes a bit of time, but the end result is layer after layer of incredible rich flavor. Tomatoes, bell peppers, celery and even a bit of heat make for a sauce that was so heavenly I almost forgot about the delicious chicken. The original recipe for chicken sauce piquante called for a whole chicken, cut into pieces. I prefer thighs so I ended up using boneless skinless chicken thighs instead. In a dish like this one I wanted the extra richness of the dark meat in thighs. And, well, it was easier to use thighs!
There’s one rule I have about meatloaf: the veggies have to be chunky. I want some crunch to offset what is essentially a large brick-of-meat. Nothing wrong with a brick of meat, but put some nice chunky vegetables in it. This easy Creole meatloaf hit the spot and it definitely did not break my meatloaf rule. Great flavor. Moist. And just a hint of spiciness. Now, I will say that leftover super chunky easy Creole meatloaf does make for a pretty messy sandwich. But then, who really sits around dreaming of a nice, neat leftover meatloaf sandwich? Not me. It is not something to be ashamed of if you have to go open-faced with your meatloaf sandwich.