Saturday, April 29, 2017

Greek Salad Dressing

Lately, I've been more and more interested in making things myself, instead of buying them from the grocery store. From spaghetti sauce to barbecue sauce to various vinaigrettes, the flavors that come from these home made version knock the store bought items of the water. It may seem like it takes more time to make these items yourself, bought they are all super easy. And, the items use are probably all in your pantry already! Today I'm sharing a new recipe for Greek Salad Dressing!


Greek Salad Dressing
Combine the ingredients in a mason jar and shake for a few
minutes to combine. 


The Recipe:


  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Garlic Cloves - Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Large Lemon - Juiced
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper



This recipe is really simple. Just combine the ingredients and mix. I like to put all of the ingredients in medium sized mason jar so I can store for it later. Just put all of the ingredients in the jar and give it a shake. Now to pick out some salad ingredients!

Happy eating!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

4 Recipes Using a Rotisserie Chicken - Chicken Roll-Ups

Lately, I've been looking for ways to make dinner prep a little easier. So I decided to put together a series of 4 recipes using a rotisserie chicken, something that can be picked up at the store on your way home from work and then combined with a few simple ingredients that may already be in your kitchen. The second recipe in the series is Chicken Roll-Ups.


The Recipe:
4 Recipes Using a Rotisserie Chicken - Chicken Roll-Ups
Chicken Roll-Ups
  • 2 Cups Cooked Chopped Chicken
  • 2/3 Cup Mushrooms - Sliced
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese
  • 2 Green Onions - Chopped
  • 2 Cans Crescent Rolls
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 1 Recipe Bread Crumbs
  • Preheat Oven to 50 Degrees


Combine the cooked chicken, mushrooms, green onions, and cream cheese in a bowl. Unroll and separate the crescent rolls. Spoon the cream cheese mixture into each crescent roll. This will take around 2 tablespoons each. Wrap the crescent rolls around to cover the mixture. Arrange the roll-ups on a greased sheet pan. Brush each roll-up with the melted butter and dust then dust the bread crumbs. Place in the oven at 350 degrees. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Happy eating!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

4 Recipes Using a Rotisserie Chicken - Chicken and Rice Casserole

Lately, I've been looking for ways to make dinner prep a little easier. So I decided to put together a series of 4 recipes using a rotisserie chicken, something that can be picked up at the store on your way home from work and then combined with a few simple ingredients that may already be in your kitchen. The first recipe in the series is Chicken and Rice Casserole.
4 Recipes Using a Rotisserie Chicken - Chicken and Rice Casserole
Chicken and Rice Casserole

The Recipe
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 3 Teaspoons Chicken Bouillon
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Cups Cooked Chicken - Cubed
  • 1/2 Cup Mushrooms - Sliced
  • 4 Cups Cooked Rice
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
Melt the butter in a small to medium sauce pan. Add in the flour, chicken bouillon, and milk. Stir to combine. Stir occasionally until it reaches a boil and remove from heat. 

In an 11 x 17 baking dish, combine the rice, chicken, and mushrooms. Spread evenly around baking dish. Pour the chicken bouillon mixture over the rice, making sure to cover the rice evenly. Salt and pepper to taste. Top with cheese. Bake in the oven, uncovered, for 1 hour, or until the cheese is melted and starts to brown. 

Happy eating.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Junior's Texas BBQ and Seafood

I went through the archives and found another throwback post from my days as the Houston BBQ Examiner. This time around, I'm sharing a restaurant review I wrote for Junior's Texas BBQ and Seafood!


Junior's Texas Barbecue and Seafood
Junior's Texas Barbecue and Seafood
Although the restaurant and clientele may seem a little ruff on the outside, it is quickly apparent that Junior’s Texas Barbecue and Seafood is a place where everybody knows your name. It is apparent that the people sitting around the bar have all shared some good times together. The restaurant is homely and everybody is a friend. You will quickly find yourself caught up in a conversation with a stranger, enjoying a beer.
The menu covers the classic barbecue and seafood dishes with little flair, but the food itself makes up for it. A perfectly sweet barbecue sauce accompanies the tender brisket and ribs, chicken and turkey, ham and sausage. The chopped beef sandwich is great and far from a sloppy-joe, like some of the other places out there. The beef in these sandwiches has a ruff chop that helps the sandwich to really stick together. The seafood options include fried shrimp baskets and poboys, all served with fries. The classic barbecue sides, beans, coleslaw, and potato salad are all there too.
The only draw back is the service, which is where everybody being friends turns out to be a bad thing. Often times, the waitresses seem busier catching up with friends than bringing out the food orders. But, it is hard to feel unwelcome with the friendly waitresses, and the clientele make up for the wait, making the time fly by.
All in all, Junior’s is worth a try. Stop by for lunch or dinner, or for a drink with friends after work.

Happy Eating.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017