Smoked salmon dip

So easy to throw together and always a crowd pleaser. Goes great on a charcuterie platter with an assortment of sausages, olives, crackers, etc.. It’s easy to smoke your own salmon or simply buy some good quality stuff at the store.

Mom’s rosy pickled eggs

I love pickled and briny stuff. This recipe may be the reason why. My mom has been making these for years and her mother had been making them for years prior to that. I truly enjoy them. The pickling liquid imparts a great flavor and the beets make for some curious coloring. Growing up, it was…

Lamb lollipops

My friend Holly makes the most delectable little lamb chops, or “lollipops”as we like to refer to them.  There’s something about this dish which brings memories of warm summer evenings with friends. A little time in the marinade  and a short stint on the grill and you have heaven on a stick. When choosing your rack of…

Gyozas

While I realize that I have placed this in the ‘appetizer’ section, we have been known to make an entire meal of these Japanese style potstickers. In fact, we are known to plan entire parties and get-togethers around this simple food. Over time, we have established quite an efficient system for cranking out hundreds of…

Chipotle hummus

We used to make this one in the restaurant a lot. Easy, spicy, good! Serve with pita chips or other chips.

Tomato vinegar BBQ sauce

Easy to throw together, simple sauce. I like the simplicity here as it doesn’t try to get too fancy or become the star of the show when the meat should take center stage! This sauce reminds me of some of the simple, thin, and vinegary sauces which were common in central Texas. Makes about 1…

Steak seasoning

This is a Montreal style steak seasoning, but we use it on several other things as well. Good savory flavor.

House Vinaigrette

This is by far the most common vinaigrette we use around here, and we use it a lot. Simple to throw together at a moment’s notice and everyone always enjoys it. Fantastic with mixed greens, tomatoes, and croutons.

Seafood boil

In Louisiana, this stuff is tossed in to boiling water by the handfuls along with shrimp, crabs, corn, etc.. so good!  

Pork seasoning

I grew up eating a lot of items seasoned with Lawry’s season salt. If you are familiar with it, you’ll know that it’s pretty salty. This recipe is very similar. I particularly like this type of blend on pork, but it’s important to use it sparingly. This is one of the few places where I’ll…