Simple, delicious chimichurri sauce to pour over everything!

Simple Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce so easy and so delicious you’ll want to pour it over everything! This simple chimichurri sauce has been living in my fridge for months now. Not the same sauce that would be grody. I make this about once a week and it is the freaking bomb. I’m serious! There was this one time, on a really bad cruise the wife and I had taken, that we bought the food package thing. So almost every night we ate at the steak place on the ship. That was the first time I had chimichurri sauce. And I dreamed about it…

Texas de Brazil simply has the best black beans on the planet - and now you can make them at home! Easy, creamy, dreamy black beans!

Texas de Brazil’s Black Beans

Love Texas de Brazil’s creamy, dreamy black beans?  I got you! Whip these up in your  Instant Pot or on the stove! You guys frequent Texas de Brazil? It’s a Brazilian steakhouse where their goal is to give you the meat sweats. There’s one down the street from me and while the plethora of meat is generally considered the highlight, it’s the black beans that’s served on their salad bar that makes me keep on going back. Unexpected, I know. But those beans are ridiculous! Only the first time I went there did I get the meat situation. It’s too much for me and the wife. Too much food. When you combine that super stocked salad bar and then all…

Spicy red lentil soup - hearty, full of veg and totally healthy!

Spicy Red Lentil Soup

Spicy red lentil soup is both hearty and healthy! I may have mentioned before, we have “days” here on our food schedule. Souper Sunday, Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, booze OK, (and quite possibly taco Thursday). Friday and Saturday are wild cards, which usually means I’m shooting a video so I’m cooking things that I shouldn’t be. This spicy red lentil soup happened on Souper Sunday. Management and I just basically tossed some things in the Instant Pot and boom! I call it spicy, but if you don’t put the jalape√Īo, it’s not. We like a little…

Easy, delicious recipes perfect for the beginner Instant Potter!

Beginner Instant Pot Recipes (That’s Not Water or Eggs)

So, you finally got that Instant Pot you’ve been dreaming of! Now what to cook in this thing? Don’t panic, don’t freak out – I have some very basic, very beginner recipes perfect for the newbie Instant Pot owner. Basic yes, boring, no! They are full of flavor with no crazy cream of anythings or packets of whatever. I’m not talking about eggs and water either. No, real delicious food! Here we go… Instant Pot Brisket Quite possibly the easiest. You rub it, you let it hang around a bit, pressure it. That. Is. It 2. Rajma/Kidney Bean Dal Absolute…

Creamy, comforting white bean and pork stew is so easy!

White Bean & Pork Stew

This creamy white bean and pork stew is just what you need to soothe the soul – or at least make your belly happy! There is a slight discomfort in sharing this recipe with you guys because I used canned beans. Yes, I did. I said it. There was a little shame involved in that too – after all, how lazy could I be? But it wasn’t about laziness … and I’m sticking to that … I just wanted it easy because the first time I made this I made it in my CanCooker. And while you don’t have to…

Kung pao tofu is chock full of veggies in a delicious, slightly spicy sauce! Did I mention easy? The sauce has only 3 ingredients and you can use whatever veg you have on hand - all done in about 30 minutes! Perfect for the tofu newbie too!

Kung Pao Tofu

Kung Pao tofu, cashew tofu, plant-based Chinese heaven – I’m not sure what to call this really. But it’s SO. ROCKING. This is not my recipe, this is something the wife whipped up one night. I’ve probably mentioned her love of tofu before. I can’t understand it but there it is, she loves tofu. It happens quite often – when I say “it” I mean tofu. She’s always trying something new to get me to love it with her. And baby, we’ve come a long way. This tofu take over started quite a few years ago when she cut it…

Sticky, tender Chinese BBQ! So easy, just marinate over night and throw on your grill!

Chinese BBQ – Char Siu

Chinese BBQ … ok, you guys remember those little sticky rib thingies that was served with a pu-pu platter?  I realize I’m going back a long time ago.  I’m gonna guess if you’re under 35 you probably don’t remember Chinese restaurants used to have actual food that was served to you instead of buffet style.   But it’s true, that was the deal and you know, you would have to get the pu-pu platter, served with all those goodies.  Well, this Chinese BBQ, or also called char siu, tastes. just. freaking. like. those. red. ribs.  It’s true.  So good.   Before we…

Rajma or kidney bean stew - Instant Pot vegetarian dish that is so simple and satisfying. You'll never miss the meat! It's a true dump and go meal. No browning, wilting, sauteing, just put it all in the pot and go!

Kidney Bean Dal – Rajma

Ramja? Kidney bean dal?  Never heard of it?  Me either.  But that’s what I was served for supper one night by Management.  It was so good I wanted to share it with you.   What is it rajma? According to my sources, rajma or kidney bean dal is a popular stew in North India.  Rajma is normally cooked for hours to create a thick sauce saturated with spices. Cool.  I didn’t even know that was gonna be supper.  I was pimping out my Weber Kettle and when I came in to clean up, the smell stopped me in my tracks.  Not…

Hearty, satisfying, easy but most of all delicious backcountry jambalaya you can enjoy while on the trail!

Backcountry Jambalaya – Trail Food

Backcountry jambalaya is my attempt to stay on schedule with my once a month backpacking meal series.  I think I’m doing great so far…two straight months in a row.  Yay me!  I only made this declaration of a once a month meal series about, oh, 10 months ago, so… Yeah. But I’m here for month two and I’m telling you, I’ve outdone myself.  Seriously.  Jambalaya doesn’t seem like something one would have while out on the trail, I know, but once I got this recipe right, I feel bad for myself that I’ve not made this sooner.  The wife and I…

Jaxx's Chili #1 - Easily the best chili you'll ever put in your mouth!

Chili #1 – Or The Best Chili You’ve Ever Had

Hands down, my most requested food is this chili – Chili #1.  True story.  I used to cook it for Mardi Gras in a huge cast iron pot and stir it with my stainless steel crawfish oar. When the next year would come around, I would hear the same thing:  You gonna cook the chili?  Yes, of course I’ll cook the chili.  But it’s not just the party people.  Truthfully, they can’t be trusted, it’s Mardi Gras – their tastebuds are blown off by the booze and possibly my very large vats of sangria. Oh no, it’s requested for weird…