Smoked Chili con Queso

Imagine a creamy, cheesy queso dip…and then add in a smoky grilled flavor!
This Smoked Chili con Queso is the perfect appetizer to enjoy during the big game!

Imagine a creamy, cheesy queso dip...and then add in a smoky grilled flavor!  This Smoked Chili con Queso is the perfect appetizer to enjoy during the big game!Well kiss my grits!  As I’ve mentioned many times before, I was born in the South.  I grew up all over the Carolinas, Texas, Louisiana and Georgia.  Although I now live in the frozen tundra upstate New York, my Southern roots run deep.  I’ve been known to pull out some crazy Southern sayings now and then…especially when watching college football!  But one Southern saying I’ve never quite figured out is “kiss my grits.”  Truthfully, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say “kiss my grits” in the South.  In fact, when I hear that saying, I think of these Jalapeno Cheddar Grits, and I don’t want to kiss them.  I want to put my face in them.Continue Reading »

Spicy Maple Grilled Corn

I’ve partnered with El Yucateco Hot Sauce and Collective Bias to create this Spicy Maple Grilled Corn.  Loaded with seasonal flavor, this corn is the perfect side dish for the grill!
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This Spicy Maple Grilled Corn is brushed with a delicious hot sauce + maple syrup combo.  It's the perfect side dish for the grill!Can we take a moment to reflect back on the summer?  My wife and I are still relatively new to upstate New York (if you can call 3 years “new”), and we spent the summer exploring this part of the country a bit more.  Among my favorite summer activities were a day trip down to West Point (amazing!) and a quick overnight trip out to Gloucester and Salem, MA (equally awesome but in a different way!).Continue Reading »

Whipped Pumpkin Ricotta

This Whipped Pumpkin Ricotta is the perfect savory appetizer for Fall entertaining!

This Whipped Pumpkin Ricotta is the perfect savory appetizer for Fall entertaining!As a food blogger, I get inspiration from all over the place.  Sometimes it comes from old family recipes (thanks, Mom and little sis!).  Other times, I come up with ideas based on what’s in season.  And, of course, I also draw inspiration from what my wife and I order when we go out to eat.  Today’s Whipped Pumpkin Ricotta comes from this category.Continue Reading »

Pretzel Crust Pizza

Is it a pretzel or a pizza?  It’s both!  This Pretzel Crust Pizza is the
perfect weekend meal for watching the big game!

Is it a pretzel or a pizza?  It's both!  This Pretzel Crust Pizza is the perfect weekend meal for watching the big game!A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I were having some friends over to watch football, and I decided to whip up a quick batch of these Classic Soft Pretzels.  We may not be at the game, but we like to pretend that we are with tasty soft pretzels!  As I was rolling out the dough, I got an idea.  An awful idea!  A wonderful, awful idea!  Wait…that was the Grinch.  But I still had a wonderful idea.  What if I took that same pretzel dough, but turned it into a pizza instead?Continue Reading »