“Stuffing” our faces

As always, Thanksgiving in Tucson was full of friends, family, fun and food comas---lots of them. While I'm the last person to let dietary restrictions rain on my pig-out parade, I felt inclined to make a gluten-free dish for my dear nana (A thinly veiled attempt to become the favorite grandchild? Maybe). The resulting creation was a sweet potato "stuffing" inspired by a work potluck dish a la creative director ...

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A haunting in Roscoe Village

I like horror---maybe a little too much, judging by my Netflix queue. Many a night, Dave flings the bedroom door open to find me in the glow of some weird B-grade horror movie. What can I say, I love things that are a little sick and twisted. Which is why I say, screw the cutesy Halloween decor---give me fake bugs and terrifying zombie props. Scouring Pinterest, I found some equally spooky ...

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Devil is in the details

As a cook, there's nothing better than converting the non-believers. I'm talking about the moment when someone says "I don't like (insert food item)," tries your variation anyway, and becomes wide-eyed with surprise and delight. "I DO like (previously detested food item)!" My Italian take on deviled eggs elicited this response. The potentially disastrous ingredient combination wasn't lost on me---but I pushed ahead, mixed the yolks anyway, and came out with ...

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Bring on the beans

Let me start by saying: Holler if you love baked beans. Like, really love baked beans. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one. Sure, most will take a modest scoopful from the BBQ buffet line, but few make a plate in which their hot dogs/chicken/ribs/etc. are swimming in a sea of 'em, like I do. In my quest to convert the non-believers, I served up a crock-pot-size vat of ...

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Bacon cheddar hush puppies

The smell of spring---and bacon grease---is in the air, and both are equally intoxicating. If you care to fill your kitchen with the latter, these little fried morsels will do the trick. While I'm tempted to recommend them alongside more fried food (fried chicken anyone?) they'll probably seem less gluttonous as an appetizer shared among friends. I had to troubleshoot a little with these because my first batch was a ...

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The one day a year when bingeing is socially acceptable …

... is nearly upon us!! Hip-hip-hooray!!! As far as food goes, holidays don't get much better than Thanksgiving. Last year's Thanksgiving post pretty much covers things so I'm posting the link again (hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it). There's also my Southwest Thanksgiving post and the Paula Deen post to give you a little turkey-day inspiration. Also keep an eye out for a special Thanksgiving Day post. Happy gorging!

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Any way you slice it

Full disclosure (I don't want to get sued by the FTC). This post is sponsored by the Slice Slab. You see, Dave has sort of stumbled into the cutting board business. That doesn't sound at all odd, does it? Long story short, we got our hands on some excess Corian (think poor-man's granite), a state-of-the-art machine designed for cutting countertops and the like out of huge slabs of wood, granite and plastic, ...

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Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Giving gracias

I'm still recovering from the 48-hour cooking marathon, gluttonous spread and absolute debauchery that is our misfit-full, southwestern Thanksgiving celebration. Let me paint the scene: Colorful characters mingling over excessive amounts of tequila, criminal quantities of turkey (2, 15-pounders and a 20-pounder to be exact), all the trimmings with a southwestern flair, ridiculously perfect, sun-shiny, 75-degree weather, football broadcast on a backyard pool-side cabana bar TV... ... and me slaving away in ...

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Channeling Sandra and Paula

These recipes are actually Paula's own, but if Sandra Lee and Paula Deen had culinary love children, they'd look something like these. If this sounds appealing to you, read on. If the thought of Sandra and Paula joining forces makes you want to tear your hair out, don't close that window just yet. Yes, I'll admit it's slightly shameful that two of my favorites Thanksgiving dishes involve canned cream corn, frozen ...

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Jalapeno green chile corn muffins

For the Northwestern tailgate earlier this month, I attempted to contribute to the festivities and failed miserably. The cornbread tasted great, there just wasn't enough of it. I placed my puny loaf pan next to the enormous aluminum banquet trays, and I have a feeling it was greeted with deep suspicion. "What the hell is this tiny pan of cornbread doing in our ridiculously giant tailgate buffet? Is this some sort ...

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