February 2017 Archives

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He had 'em eating right out of his hands

By Bob on February 28, 2017 2:25 AM | Read More

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Original San Antonio Chili

By Charlotte on February 22, 2017 1:12 AM | Read More

By Judith Finlayson, author The Chile Pepper Bible

If you are looking for the ground beef chili your mother made for Friday night dinner, this isn't it. If instead you want to taste what amounts to a fabulous, highly spiced beef stew, then I highly recommend this chili. Leftovers reheat well.

Tips: To reconstitute dried chiles, remove the stems and place in a heatproof bowl. Add 2 cups boiling beef stock and soak for 30 minutes, weighing the chiles down with a cup to ensure they remain submerged.

If you want to make a version of this dish that is similar to the one made by former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, substitute venison for the beef. You can also cube a beef chuck roast and use it in place of the stewing beef.

Original San Antonio Chili

Makes 6 servings ; Gluten-Free Friendly

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Daily Distraction

This mug's for you

By Bob on February 21, 2017 2:20 AM | Read More

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Daily Distraction

It had to happen sometime

By Bob on February 14, 2017 2:12 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

3 Easy Steps to Making Infused Tequila

By Bob on February 13, 2017 4:36 AM | Read More

I tried infused tequilas a couple of years ago when Charlotte and I were down at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. I have to tell y'all, I fell HARD for this stuff.

This is where I learned the ancient and secret rituals of infused tequila making

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After dinner at its Cibolo Moon restaurant, our server Lauren brought us a tequila "sampler" containing 3 infused tequilas: strawberry/jalapeno, lemon/basil and mojito.

They were all good, but the easy standout was the strawberry/jalapeno.

Arlene liked strawberry-jalapeno infused tequila so much, that instead of dancing on the table, she was able to lift it - with her teethTable Dance-600.jpg

It was sooooo good that I asked the kind folks at the JW Marriott to share their recipe. They were happy to oblige. I'm happy to share. 

You're welcome, 'Merica.


Here's an easy way to make infused tequila

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Strawberry Red Velvet Love Cupcakes

By Charlotte on February 8, 2017 3:15 PM | Read More

By Carla Hall, from The Chew Approved cookbook

I am incredibly impressed by our viewers' ability to create really delicious desserts, season after season. It's funny to me because you often hear chefs say that they don't bake or that baking isn't their strong point. Michael and Mario say it all the time on the show. And I think it is amazing that our viewers thrive in the world of sweets.

Sneh Kadakia is a really talented home baker and cooking runs in her family. Her mother was a big influence on her. She would cook all of the meals in their house. Growing up in an Indian family, Sneh learned how to cook with really bold flavors and play around with a lot of spices, especially in her sweet treats. This recipe for red velvet cupcakes is filled with delicious and warm spices that spark your palate but don't overwhelm your senses. They are decadent enough for any Valentine's Day dessert. Nothing says love better than these adorable cakes.

Strawberry Red Velvet Love Cakes

Courtesy of Sneh Kadakia
Serves: 42 ; Prep Time: 45 minutes ; Cook Time: 10 minutes per batch

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Just Desserts

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

By Charlotte on February 8, 2017 12:47 PM | Read More

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Some people adore chocolate. In our house, that would be Bob! But I am all about fruit: strawberries, blueberries and, most especially, cherries.

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Daily Distraction

Yep, he's been here before

By Bob on February 7, 2017 2:04 AM | Read More

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Red Thong Strong: Girlfriends Little Secrets to Smoothing Lifes Panty Lines
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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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