BBQ on the weekend

The Katy Trail Ice House Outpost serves BBQ Thurs-Sun and when they run out, they’re out. We ventured over there a week or two back, and it is definitely worth it to wait until the weekend to visit!

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They serve their full menu on the weekend, too.

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We sat on the back patio where dogs (and people) are welcome.

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We picked a sunny Sunday and, of course, had to have the BBQ.

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M ordered brisket…

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And I ordered the turkey sandwich plate.

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But you didn’t come here to see a foil-wrapped meal.

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and Hers.

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The turkey was delish and I’ve never met a piece of Texas Toast I didn’t love. It comes with coleslaw (which I wasn’t a huge fan of – I prefer mine creamy and with carrots), charro beans (which were CRAZY good)¬†and house made BBQ sauce – tangy and tasty, just the way BBQ sauce should be!

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We left happy little (BBQ) lovers ūüôā

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Give them a try if you’re in the mood for a patio (get there early) and tasty BBQ. Find them here on the web!

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Kenny’s Burger Joint

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A few days ago, we introduced a few friends to Kenny’s Burger Joint in Frisco. If you’re a pork ribs lover, they have $1 ribs every Sunday (while they last!) We, instead, opted for their namesake and went straight for the burgers. We started with orders of white truffle parmesan fries and a stack of onion rings – they were so good, they were snapped up before I could snap a picture. The guys ate their onion rings with ketchup; I prefer mine straight. And the white truffle fries were¬†sublime……..

We moved on to the main event. M ordered the hatch green chile burger (on special) and was not disappointed. I ordered a turkey burger. Perfectly grilled with a savory seasoning and served with nice, crisp veg. We ordered sweet potato fries and they, like the onion rings, met their end before a picture could be grabbed. I did snap the gorgeous turkey burger… Hey, good lookin’!

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If you’re in the mood for a great burger in a low-key atmosphere, check them out… Here’s the link! Tell me, where’s your favorite burger place?

Mom’s Meal of the Month Club (May)

My Mom, J, has been baking since she was nine years old and took up cooking not too long after that age. For Christmas, she and my Dad, L, gave us a gorgeous, cashmere throw from Restoration Hardware. It’s yummy and warm without being too hot. It’s just the right weight to cuddle up and doze off on a chilly, early spring night.

But then she handed me¬†a bag that contained a rolled up, laminated calendar that was tied with a simple red ribbon. I untied the bow and unrolled the calendar that was titled “Mom’s Meal of the Month Club” ………

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I quickly started reading the calendar, looked up and asked, “Is this real?” We get a homemade meal once a month? Made by Mom and delivered by Dad?” And not just any meal. Nope. It’s the “greatest hits” from my childhood… which have now become some of M’s¬†most loved dishes Mom makes.

Mom’s family is from Hungary (my grandparents were first-gen Americans); among other things, I grew up eating chicken paprikash. While the days of my grandfather making handmade dumplings are gone, Mom still makes the dish (and by dish, I mean that crazy good sauce) just as he did!¬†

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The roasted red bell peppers swim in the sauce. And the flat dumplings plump up in 20 minutes flat.

I like it served with a green salad (bright vinaigrette dressing) and cinnamon apples (sweet to balance savory.)

I would share the recipe, but Mom hasn’t even shared it with me!

 

¬†Our family believes that “food is love” – is it also true for your family? What are the “greatest hits” from your childhood? ¬†

Empanadas for Everyone

I’ve learned during my business travels that, at the airport, it’s best to eat where the pilots, flight attendants, and ground crews eat. Watch where they go and then get in line.

There are several places within¬†Miami International Airport (MIA) to find lightly golden, delicious pillows of goodness known as empanadas. But there’s really only one place you should get them from: La Carreta. It’s a cafe that serves empanadas, pastelitos, sandwiches and other snacks…along with coffee (American and Cuban), tea and other beverages. La Carreta is inside the D Terminal (Gate 37) and there’s one outside of security in the E Terminal (along with several other locations throughout Miami.)

Empanadas make the perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And only when I’ve had an empanada (or two!) do I consider my trip to Miami a complete success.

I go for the chicken variety…

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and the spinach and cheese variety.

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And if you’re looking for something less savory and more fruity, the guava pastelito does not disappoint!

Here’s the link. Vamonos a¬†La Carreta!¬†