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Italian Sausage Zucchini Soup

I'm feeling a little nostalgic lately, so I decided to share a recipe we always made growing up. This soup recipe was past down from my aunt.

The Recipe:

1 Package Italian Sausage - Sliced2 Onions - Diced2 Zucchini - Sliced1/2 to 1 1/2 Cups Merlot2 15 oz Cans Whole Tomatoes2 Boxes Beef Broth1 Teaspoon Basil2 Garlic Cloves - DicedSalt and PepperChopped ParsleyNoodles  Brown the Italian Sausage in a large heavy bottom stock pot. I prefer to use either sweet Italian sausage or spicy Italian sausage. The mild sausage doesn't quite fill out the flavor profile of the soup. 
Remove the browned Italian sausage from the pot. There should be about a tablespoon of grease left behind from the sausage. If not, add a little bit of olive oil. 
Sauté the onions and garlic. Add the Italian sausage back in to the pot. Add the remaining ingredients bring to a boil. Let simmer for about 25-30 minutes. Add the noodles, zucchini, and parsley and simmer another 10-15 minutes. Penne or Rigatoni pasta …

Houston Essential Restaurants 2016

This is the first of what I hope to make an annual list of my top 10 Houston Restaurants. The choices and opinions are purely my own and are not meant to rule out any particular restaurant as not being great. Who knows, if a restaurant doesn't make it on this list, there is always a future list. This list is not concerned with category or genre, and my tastes may overlap with a few restaurants. I am however, working on a few Best Of categories.
When I set out to compile this list, I had one requirement. These restaurants have to be completely unique to Houston. They can't be franchises or a concept of a larger corporation. If a Houston restaurant sold its rights, they still count, just not the corporate edition. I wanted to capture the Houston experience, not the Houston experience you might experience somewhere else. Some of these restaurants I have a long history with. Others, I'm, just getting to know. 

The Original Carrabba's on Kirby As the name would imply, this…

Chicken Fajita Marinade

So I'm not usually a fan of Chicken Fajitas. Carne Asada is a classic recipe and is one of my favorites. The steak has a such a bold flavor, it cuts through all of the toppings inside the tortilla. When I do eat Chicken Fajitas, it's typically at home. I'm really picky about the way it's made and the way it's seasoned. This is my favorite marinade for Chicken Fajitas. I've been using this since my college days, and I remember a michelada being the inspiration for it.

The Recipe: 

1 Mexican Style Beer2 Limes - Juiced1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper3 Boneless Chicken Breasts Mix lime juice, salt, cayenne pepper, and beer in bowl. A good Mexican style beer like Dos Equis, Modelo Especial, or Tecate work really well. Place the chicken in gallon storage bag and poor the marinade over it. Place in the refrigerator. Let sit for at least an hour, preferably over night. 
I think the best way to cook any type of fajitas is on a hot cast iron skillet ove…

Houston 101: Where Can I Get a Good Burger

One last throwback post to when I was the Houston Barbecue Examiner. Who wants a burger?
Sure there is a fast food restaurant on every corner, and yes they happen to serve burgers, but why get something to eat there when this great city has so much to offer? Taking a minute to veer off the beaten path, will to help to locate some of the city’s hidden treasures.
Goode Company has been around for over thirty years, always serving up great food, whether it be barbecue, seafood, or fajitas. At Goode Company Hamburgers and Taqueria, they have some of the best hamburgers I have ever found. The menu is extensive and sure to please the entire family, especially the burgers. They are all beef patties, either 1/3 or 2/3 pounds in size. They even offer a chicken burger. And the topping combinations are endless. Try a burger with mozzarella, Canadian bacon, and guacamole or maybe one with jalapeños, mushrooms, and bacon. As always, with any Goode Company restaurant, be sure to try the latest season…

Indian Chicken Recipes | POPSUGAR Food

Full disclosure here - I've never been fan of slow cookers or crockpots. I like the experience of hands on cooking, so the idea of setting something to cook on the counter for 8 hours isn't exactly in my wheelhouse. We got a crockpot for Christmas, so I've been checking out a few recipes out there that don't turn me off. These Indian Chicken recipes look to be ok.

Indian Chicken Recipes | POPSUGAR Food:

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My Favorite Way to Cook Fajitas

Maybe I'm boring, but I almost always order fajitas when we go out for Mexican. What can I say, I know what I like. It's not that there aren't suitable options. I live in Texas after all, and where barbecue does not reign supreme, there's TexMex! So I decided to learn how to make my own fajitas at home. I started out just grilling the meat, but soon switched to cast iron.  If all of the restaurants are serving fajitas on a cast iron platter, there has to be a reason, right? The Recipe: 1 Large Onion - Sliced1 Large Red Bell Pepper - Sliced1 lb Skirt Steak Your Favorite Fajita Seasoning1 Large Cast Iron Skillet Olive OilSalt and Pepper
Heat the cast iron skillet over a flame. I use a 15 inch cast iron skillet and an outdoor propane burner. Marinate the onions and bell peppers in a gallon storage bag with olive oil and salt and pepper. Sometimes I'll throw in a few cloves of chopped garlic.
Season the skirt steak with your favorite fajita seasoning. I'm working …