Sunday Dinner: Slow-Cooked Cajun Pork Shoulder Ribs with Roasted Cauliflower

Bless your stomach with my Slow-Cooked Cajun Pork Shoulder Ribs and Balsamic Roasted Cauliflower!  Continue reading

Paleo Prep: Healthy Eating on a Budget

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When I transitioned to the paleo lifestyle (because it’s not a diet but a way of life), I was just trying lose my little wine and beer pooch. I was overwhelmed with excitement when after a month of following the paleo eating routine (which included no drinking), I exceeded my goal and lost an astonishing 15 pounds in four weeks! While people tend to initially think that healthy means expensive (Thanks a lot, Whole Foods a.k.a. Whole Paycheck), paleo was actually cheaper than my  former inconsistent, sometimes extremely unhealthy eating habits. Before I outline the basics on how to live paleo on a budget, let me explain what pale is exactly. Continue reading

Four Homemade Easter Sunday Food Menus That’ll WOW Your Friends & Family

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If you haven’t made Easter brunch reservations by now, you’re most likely out of luck given all the good (bourgeois) places are booked solid! Rather than freaking out, take the opportunity this Resurrection Sunday to do a DIY Easter celebration! Take a look at these four different menu styles in praise of the risen King! Continue reading

10 Different Ways Beyoncè, Jay-Z, Blu Ivy and I Eat Kale

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Beyoncè Giselle Knowles-Carter, along with her personal trainer, exercise physiologist Marco Borges, recently launched 22 Days Nutrition, a plant-based home delivery meal service. In her 7/11 video, she twerks on a patio while wearing a sweatshirt with “KALE” in big letters across it. In December 2013, Bey-Z adopted a plant-based diet for 22 days in which Jay Z referred to the challenge as “a spiritual and physical cleanse.” The point I’m trying to make is King B is all about the kale, thus, we ALL should be about the kale! Here are some recipes to experiment with adding this superfood into your diet. Continue reading

10 Recipes That’ll Change the Way You Eat Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Forever

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Last Saturday, I ventured out to my favorite Dallas playground, Bishop Arts District, to try a new restaurant that’s serving the cheddar in a whole new way! Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. opened my eyes to some very inventive ways to concoct a classic lunchtime staple, and moved me to research other ways I can craft some avant-garde grilled cheese sandwiches! For your drooling pleasure, here are 10 of the gooiest, tastiest and cheesiest recipes that I suggest you experiment with at home! Continue reading

The History and Making of New Orleans Red Beans and Rice–Crockpot Style! #dishesbydev

When I think back on my childhood growing up in New Orleans, I remember my mama cooking up some red beans and rice every Monday. This ritual continued when we moved to Dallas as this was more than just what mama cooked on Mondays, but a renowned New Orleans tradition. 

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Hostess with the Mostess: 10 Party Cocktails for Holiday Entertaining

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Moms, grandmothers and aunts are making magic happen in the kitchen; little cousins are chasing each other around the Christmas tree; old men are throwing down in an intense game of Dominos and swapping stories of the good ole days-be the star of the show in the midst of all the merriment by whipping up some of these holiday-themed cocktails! Continue reading

10 Non-Traditional Foods to Add to Your Tailgate Party This Weekend

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As we gear up for another weekend of all-day Saturday college football cheering and Sunday NFL rooting, guys from all over this great country will be waking up at the crack of dawn to pack coolers, marinate steaks and load up grills and tents that will come together for their friends and family to enjoy a celebrated tailgate party! If you’re one of these tailgate masters, make this football season’s tailgates a little more interesting with some spins on your traditional tailgate dishes! Continue reading

God Bless the USA: 15 foods that make you proud to be an American!

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As we reflect on that tragic morning of September 11, 2001, let us also be reminded of all the great things that make our country so great…like GOOD FOOD! Smile as you think about the time you and dad went to your first baseball game and how sick you got from eating too many chili cheese hot dogs; close your eyes and reminisce on how you loved coming home from college to the smell of mama’s homemade apple pie; be thankful for nostalgic memories like your first camping trip and what the first bite of a gooey s’more tasted like. As for me, here are my top 15 favorite all-American food staples that make me thankful to live in the U-S-of-A! Continue reading

Sip and Savor the Flavors of DFW Restaurant Week

Second to only the State Fair of Texas, my FAVORITE Dallas event is here–DFW Restaurant Week! This three-week event gives Dallas-Fort Worth residents the opportunity to wine and dine at upwards of 130 participating restaurants throughout the region. How typically any of the participating establishments charge roughly $30 to $50 a plate, during restaurant week you can treat yourself to a fabulous prefixed three-course dinner and/or lunch at the outstanding price of either $35 or $45 total. Continue reading