Sweet Spicy and Candied Nuts, pistachios, almonds, pecans, sweet, salty, candied, nuts, cayenne pepper, brown sugar

Sweet, Spicy and Candied Nuts

Another week, another post to help you get your snack on. As I was happily chomping down on these sweet, spicy and candied nuts on Saturday I came to the conclusion that this is basically grown-up peanut brittle. Instead of there being just a few nuts and tons of brittle, there was a ton of […]

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice, garlic, onions

Cauliflower Rice with Cilantro and Lime

I was just trying to think of the last time I had plain, white rice. Sure, I eat quite a bit of sushi and gobble down plenty of rice during that time. I’m just not sure when I last made or ate rice to eat by itself or as a side. I know I made […]

Spinach Artichoke Dip, carrots, snap peas, broccoli, crostini

Spinach Artichoke Dip

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And no, I’m not talking about Christmas trees and mistletoe. I’m speaking about the fact that the calendar has turned to September. Which, in my book, only means one thing – football season! Watching football with a group of friends usually involves eating fried foods, burgers, tacos, […]

Completed Curry Chicken Salad....#idcookthat

Curry Chicken Salad: An Amazing Make-Ahead Lunch

I’ve always found it hard to make time for a delicious, healthy meal that I could make quickly for lunch. No doubt many of you are in the same boat. With this time restriction in mind, I sought out to find meals that I could put together on Sunday that would be edible for the […]

Dinner Party Essentials

So You Want to Host a Dinner Party…

I’m going to start this off with a bit of a confession. The reason behind this post is because last week I went over to a friend’s house to BBQ and about 15 people turned out. Everything was going well until it was time to start cooking and eating. There was no olive oil. The […]

Everything You Wanted to Know About Cast Iron But Were Too Afraid to Ask

A Little Bit of History There is absolutely nothing new about cast iron – in fact, the Chinese are credited with the first cast iron creations all the way back in the 5th Century BC. The first cast iron cookware has been dated back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). Making cast […]

The Basics: Proper Food Handling and Sanitation Techniques

Back when I was just a wee Brandon, I worked as a server at a restaurant in Lee’s Summit, MO and was forced to get a food safety card in order to work in the restaurant industry. While I certainly didn’t pay too much attention  in class, I did understand the importance of not making […]

The Basics: Slow Cooking

I do a lot of slow cooking at my house. It may be because I’m lazy. More than likely though it’s probably because slow cooking produces the juiciest, most succulent and easiest meals this side of deep frying. Seriously, I’ve never seen a slow cooker recipe that an 8-year old couldn’t handle. For my favorite […]