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Drinks

Chef's Backyard Re-hydrating Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade comes from Chef John O'Larnic of Chef's Backyard in San Antonio. Chef John says he first made this concoction about a year ago for a cousin who fell in love with the recipe. Made with fresh lemons, cucumber and basil...among other rejuvenating ingredients!

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Sides

Sake Mac & Cheese

Pacific Rim's SAKE Mac & Cheese! Made with white cheddar cheese, sake reduction, spiral pasta, scallions and black sesame.

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Starters

Freebirds Guacamole

Made from scratch, Freebirds only uses whole Hass avocados in their guacamole for the freshest flavor period! Shown here atop their Lite Chicken Bowl.

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Cocktails

Martini Reviver

This martini by Adam Ford is actually the recipe for the original Martini (called the Turf Cocktail) in the 1884 Bar Keeper's Handbook. This version revives the original drink to a sublime experience. Full bodied, floral, and a colorful amber. From his new book, Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit That Created America's Cocktail Culture.

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Entrees

Apple and Avocado Chicken Salad

If you're an avocado lover like me, you won't be disappointed. This is a creamy and refreshing chicken salad made without mayo. It's good on toast, or simply on a fork. Many thanks to Chef Julie Yoon for sharing the recipe!

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Desserts

Spicy Crunchy Peanut Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Custard Ice Cream with a spicy crunch! Find everything you need for this homemade delight at your local H-E-B. Makes: 1 ½ quarts. Total Chill/freeze Time: 3-4 hours.

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Desserts

Strawberry Chipotle Ice Cream

Strawberry ice cream with a Texas twist! Enjoy the homemade Strawberry Chipotle Sauce it comes along with. This recipe makes 2 quarts of ice cream. Total Chill and Freeze Time is 4 -5 hours.

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Entrees

South Texas Layered Enchiladas

Easy enchiladas for the summertime. Delicious rotisserie chicken is layered with our Texas Brew Rockin' Moroccan Sauce and corn tortillas, topped with chili rub and a fried egg!

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Starters

Good Ole Boys Boudain Balls

Some of the best Boudain Balls around with a famous seasoning from my friends at Good Ole Boys! This recipe makes more than the average family needs, but stop at the number of balls you want & use the rest of the Boudain as a side dish or to eat with crackers & a cold beer. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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Sides

Cheesy Biscuit Bombs

Use your favorite biscuit recipe along with some clever 'enhancements' to create these ultra cheesy biscuit bombs! They're downright addicting! This recipe makes 8. 

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Sides

Cornmeal Biscuits

These buttermilk biscuits have just a little “oomph” to hold up meals that feature pork chops or fried chicken. They're also fantastic holders of butter and homemade jam if you want to serve breakfast for dinner.

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Desserts

Grapefruit Meringue Pie

Clouds of fluffy meringue enhance nearly any pie, but they are especially delightful over a sweet, tangy filling based on grapefruit juice that is exceptional.

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Desserts

Warm Strawberry Cobbler

Strawberries always seem to get shortchanged in the cobbler area in favor of shortbread. No more! I love the rustic way this dish is prepared and served in a cast-iron skillet. You will too.

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Entrees

Mustard-Smeared Roasted Pork Shoulder

This is a great make-ahead recipe. It slow-roasts in the oven the day before, then can be served any way you want. Try it over a bed of creamy, hot grits. Leftovers make great sandwiches for Monday’s lunch.

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Entrees

Spinach and White Bean Chicken

Fresh spinach is such a terrific ingredient. It cooks up fast, looks great, and is loaded with vitamins and minerals that elevate it to nutritional powerhouse status. It tops this balsamic vinegar–basted chicken with panache!

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Starters

Southern Fried Pears

Why should apples always get the side-dish glory when pears are just as fantastic? Of course, you can use this recipe as your guide for frying apples, but switch the orange juice to lemon. Whether you peel the fruit or not is up to you!

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Desserts

Mama's Frozen Fruit Salad

Maybe it’s been awhile since you made and served this Southern classic. Maybe it’s time to give it another look. There’s a reason it’s still popping up at mealtime, especially in the heat and humidity of the summer. This cool-me-off-in-an-instant dish can be served as a salad, side, or dessert. Green maraschino cherries will add a hint of mint flavor.

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Salads

Summer Crowder Pea Salad

A trip to the farmers’ market just got a lot more interesting. This recipe is as nice with black-eye or purple hull peas. Serve this dish with an all-vegetable dinner or with any type of pork, thanks to the sweet fruit addition.

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Salads

Peanut Fried Cauliflower

Sometimes seeing the word fried in a recipe title can make you skip right over it because the perception is it takes too much time to prepare. This one is quickly done in a cast-iron skillet, and it’s simply sprinkled with a drizzle of vinegar to serve. You'll obsess over the nutty overtones it gets from the oil and crushed peanuts.

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Sides

Grits and Greens

This grits recipe has quickly become one of my favorites because it includes everything I love in one dish. The combination of sausage, cheese, greens, and hot sauce could not be better when folded into creamy grits. Have extra hot sauce available for the heat lovers around your table.

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Entrees

Sweet Corn Cakes

Pats of softened butter will hardly melt over these hot cakes before they're gobbled up. These go well with any type of barbecue or grilled fish!

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Starters

Jalapeño Cornbread Biscotti

Think of this bread as a giant flavor-filled crouton. It adds crunch to soups and salads and keeps well for snacks during the week that follows. You can easily substitute a milder pepper for the hot version called for in this recipe.

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Entrees

Spiced Black Bean and Cheese Sliders

I love sliders, those miniature versions of hefty burgers. They are exceptional at a midday meal when you’ve likely got things to accomplish in the afternoon. You'll be hooked!

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Soups

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup with Greens

We're addicted to this soup! It's lovely with strips of tangy turnip greens floating throughout the warm, spicy broth. Feel free to substitute collards or spinach for the turnip greens if desired.

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Starters

Peach and Lady Pea Salsa

This recipe does double duty. It can be a way to tame hunger while you are putting the last-minute touches on dinner, or you can use it as a topping for roasted or grilled meat or fish. Feel free to substitute any leftover cooked peas you have for the lady peas in this unique blend of sweet and savory.

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Salads

Honey Balsamic Herb Salad

Summer salads look out! This Honey Balsamic Herb Salad is light, fresh and tangy with its homemade vinaigrette! Garnished with candied pecans and blue cheese from my friends at Sysco Houston.

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