Red beer with a Colorado vibe

Before we moved to Colorado 10 years ago, we’d never heard of a red beer. Our initial reaction when our friends offered one was something like, “Wait, you want to make a bloody mary with beer? Dood!” Clearly, we came to Colorado with a lot to learn, because red beers have become a common part…

Queso fundido on a pizza? In a cast iron pan? Oh yes.

We love a lot of things. Gooey/spicy queso fundido with chorizo and roasted poblanos is one of those things. Pizza is even higher on the list. And we love our cast iron pans to a somewhat ludicrous degree as well. So it was probably preordained that we would bring them all together in a queso…

Tender, flavorful Instant Pot adobo short ribs

One of the main reasons to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon is to shorten the time it takes to make something like these tender, juicy adobo short ribs. Instead of an all-day crockpot cook — which is great if you start early enough — you can put these together a few hours before dinnertime…

How the Instant Pot made my Loaded Grits quick and easy

I grew up in the South (Tennessee and Alabama), and that implanted some strands in my culinary DNA. Fried chicken. Ribs. Catfish. And definitely grits. Funny thing is, I don’t remember being a big fan of grits in my southern youth, but I have it bad now. My heart races a bit whenever I see them…

Rub, smoke and grill this pork belly for layers of flavor

I remember the days before slabs of pork belly started showing up in the market. They were days awash in a vague feeling of sadness and despair, and you didn’t know why. You would just wander around aimlessly, unsure of what to do with yourself, eating things like uninspiring PB&J sandwiches. You couldn’t even fathom…

Tomato season calls for a better BLT

Better as in bacon-lettuce-tomato-avocado with Sriracha mayonnaise on grilled sourdough. We’ve gotta step up our BLT game with tomatoes on the vine in the backyard, we figured, so this is what we came up with. Think chewy-crunchy sourdough, semi-crisp bacon, ripe avocados and tomatoes with that creamy zing from the Sriracha mayo. We sprayed some…

Basics: roasted tomatillo-avocado sauce

Confession: I used to love the avocado sauce at El Pollo Loco, a fast food Mexican chicken chain. It’s creamy, smooth and a great complement to their roasted chicken tacos. So we set out to come up with something like it. Rick Bayless has a recipe with tomatillos that sounded similar, so we adapted this recipe…

Dominate Sunday breakfast with these huevos rancheros

Weekend breakfast is a big deal at our house. During weekdays we’re often too busy to do much for breakfast, but weekends are different. It’s a good time to relax as a family over a good meal to start the day, but honestly, it’s mostly about having the extra time to make something a bit…

How do you pronounce simple, healthy, exotic flavor? Larb

Suzy and I have been accused of never cooking the same thing twice. We will bump fists over a particularly good meal, and then daughter Emma will point out that she will probably never get to enjoy it again. There’s some truth to that, because to us the exploration is part of the fun. But…

Soul-satisfying bacon-kimchi fried rice

Not an Asian bone in either of us, but do we ever like to cook like we are straight outta the Pacific rim. One favorite, to serve as an entree or along side any Asian inspired protein, is kimchi fried rice. Fried rice is a lot like a blank canvas; you can add whatever veggies…