Queso Fundido

Queso Fundido

Dana and I love Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant!  If you have one near you I recommend that you try it ASAP.  Last year during their Hatch Chili Festival they had a limited time special menu that included Queso Fundido. What is Queso Fundido you ask?  Well it is freaking glorious!  Basically it is a Chorizo and cheese dip that you serve on warm flour tortillas.  It is quite possibly the best cheese dish that I have ever had!  The ooey gooey cheese and chorizo on a warm tortilla is straight up gold.  My mouth is watering as I write this up!  You have to try it.

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Shiny Cookie Icing

Shiny Cookie Icing

Dana and I love making and decorating cookies!  Needless to say, Dana is way better at decorating the cookies than I am.  This does not prevent me from trying.  Our son has been begging us to make some fancy cookies.  So we have been testing different recipes.  We tried royal icing.  It was great tasting and easy to work with.  However, it dried dull and not shiny.  Our next step was to try making our own recipe.  We dabbled with different ratios and finally figured out exactly what we wanted.  We used corn syrup for the perfect shine.  We then added vanilla for flavor.  Finally after a few tries we nailed down the perfect amount of water to make it sturdy enough to outline, yet loose enough to flow and fill.  This recipe gives you shiny and glossy cookies.

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Best Christmas Cookies 2016

Best Christmas Cookies 2016

We are only a few days away from Christmas and that can only mean one thing.  Christmas Cookies!!!  I love all types of cookies but for some reason, all cookies taste better at Christmas!  This list includes everything from Cut out cookies to fudge crinkles.  Lots of sugar, lots of chocolate and a ton of Christmas Fun!  Check out our best Christmas Cookies for 2016!

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Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

One of our favorite holiday meals is Beef Wellington. It gives you a great beef roast in a faster amount of time than a rib roast. Plus, it adds a nice little surprise for your holiday guests. To be honest, who doesn’t love the look of a perfectly cooked beef wellington just sitting on the table?!  If you want to impress your guests this holiday season, this recipe is for you!  Plus, it is super tasty.

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Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

Like so many American’s my eyes are bigger than my stomach. Therefore, I have a ton of leftovers after Thanksgiving. Ok, this might have been done on purpose ?.  Who doesn’t love an open faced hot turkey sandwich.  But there are so many other things that you can do with the leftovers.  Here are my favorite ideas. Read more

Apple Cider Mimosa – Thanksgiving Cocktail

Apple Cider Mimosa – Thanksgiving Cocktail

The Apple Cider Mimosa is our new Thanksgiving cocktail!  This year’s cocktail will satisfy most of your guests and allow you to get through this stressful time.  The Apple Cider mimosa is not only delicious, it also uses fresh apple cider.  I love a good seasonal cocktail.  I hope you do too!

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Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2016

Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2016

Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and I want to give my annual quick tips. I know that cooking in general can be stressful enough, without the added pressure of having a houseful of guests.  So I want to help you all out with a few tips, tricks and time saving ideas. Below I have listed a few tips and shortcuts that can help ease your stress and make your thanksgiving a tad bit more joyous.  I have created a sample menu and timing that you can use to make Thanksgiving as easy as possible.  Also, there are plenty of tips from what turkey to choose all the way to how to cook a frozen turkey.  Yes you can cook a frozen turkey and it will turn out delicious.  Its all in there.  If you have any other questions, click the Ask Rex link in the menu above.  I will be around answering emails all week.

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Thanksgiving tools and equipment!

Thanksgiving tools and equipment!

During the holiday season I get a ton of emails.  Lately I have gotten a few emails regarding suggestions for the best equipment and tools for Thanksgiving.  Since it was such a popular topic, I decided to write up a post including all of the information for everyone to see.  I hope you guys find it helpful.

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Fresh Sweet Potato Casserole

Fresh Sweet Potato Casserole

I love sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving!  This fresh sweet potato casserole is a new and improved take on my previous sweet potato casserole, that was based on the one from Ruth’s Chris.  This new and improved recipe, while inspired by my previous one, throws everything out the window and starts from scratch.  It is the perfect balance of sweet and savory.  It quite possibly is one of the best side dishes that I have ever made.  You definitely need to add this Sweet Potato Casserole to your Thanksgiving table!

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Smoked Honey Garlic Chicken and Thermoworks Smoke Review

Smoked Honey Garlic Chicken and Thermoworks Smoke Review

Our good friends over at Thermoworks have released a new wireless thermometer called “Smoke“.  The Smoke is a wireless thermometer that includes two probes.  That way, you can wirelessly monitor both the pit and the food.  As a barbecuer, this is important.  The proper temperature is the difference between delicious bbq and charcoal.  Plus, since this is all done wirelessly, you can do it while watching your favorite game or snoozing on the couch. We tested this thermometer while making a nice Honey Garlic Smoked Chicken.  The chicken provided approximately 2 hours for us to test the thermometer and check its limits.  The thermometer performed flawlessly and actually exceeded expectations.  Check out our review below.

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Liam’s Lemonade

Liam’s Lemonade

My son Liam loves to cook!  The other day he asked if he could make homemade lemonade.  I was happy to oblige.  I got out the stuff and he told me to walk away.  He was going to do it all.  I told him that I would need to help as he hasn’t graduated to using the stove or a sharp knife yet.  While he objected, he finally agreed as he really wanted lemonade.  Just to set the record straight, all I did was cut the lemons in half and heat up the simple syrup.

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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

The story of this Beef Ragu with Pappardelle started when Dana went up to a party in Brooklyn a couple of months ago.  The party was just around the corner from a pasta shop. Looking through the shop she spotted some of the best looking pappardelle around.  She had to buy it. Once she got home I was excited to try it out.  I wanted to make something to utilize the pasta to its fullest potential.  So I decided to make the ultimate comfort food, a Ragu!  To make it easy on me, I braised the beef in a slow cooker.  Set it and forget it.  It does not get any easier than that.

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Tom Collins

Tom Collins

My Father-in-law Bill is quite the mixologist and makes some mean cocktails (remember the Sangria).  So I asked if he could provide the recipe for his awesome Tom Collins to the blog.  He obliged and wrote an entire post!  So without further ado, here is Bill.

Nothing is more American than the 4th of July barbecue and with Rex around the cooking is well taken care of but the drinks are my department. I thought back to all the summer shindigs we used to have in my aunt’s backyard and the adults always started the party with their favorite summertime cocktail, the Tom Collins and no one liked them or made them better than my grandmother.

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