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Moroccan Meatloaf Bites

Moroccan Meatloaf Bites

Warm, exotic Middle Eastern spices inspired these savory Moroccan Meatloaf Bites. The symphony of flavors will make a big hit as small bite appetizers at your wine & dine event. Prep time:30 minutesCook time:12 - 15 minutesServings:about 18 - 20 Ingredients 1...

Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho

Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho

Hot summer days call out for cooling relief from the heat. Garden fresh flavors of vine ripe heirloom tomatoes and sweet watermelon come together with fresh mint and basil in Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho. The smoky and balsamic-like notes of Texas Black Gold...

Black Garlic Black Bean Hummus

Black Garlic Black Bean Hummus

The silky texture and satisfying rich taste of Black Gold Black Bean Hummus make this protein-packed dip an everyday snacking option -- as well as a great party appetizer! Texas Black Gold Garlic lends complex, caramelized flavors without the bite of raw garlic. Black...

Brisket & Kimchi Fried Rice

Brisket & Kimchi Fried Rice

Smokin' hot and sweet, this Brisket & Kimchi Fried Rice covers the flavor bases. San Antonio's military population has created a cultural crossroads that makes the city a melting pot of flavors and the inspiration for this smoky Texas brisket, paired with the...

Top Shelf Ceviche & Gazpacho

Top Shelf Ceviche & Gazpacho

Our Top Shelf Ceviche & Gazpacho takes advantage of the bright fresh flavors and heat in Madge’s Foods Spicy Fermented Bloody Mary Mix. You won’t need to roast and peel peppers because Madge’s has already done the work for you! This savory seafood appetizer can be...

Crispy Fish Tacos

Crispy Fish Tacos

The textural combination of Crispy Fish Tacos, spicy sauce and fresh mango pico de gallo will elevate your fish fry to a world traveller experience. Serve with creamy Coastal Coleslaw. Ingredients Toppings Mango Pico de Gallo elevate your fish fry to a world traveller...

Lentil Soup with Sausage & ‘Nduja

Lentil Soup with Sausage & ‘Nduja

Bring a taste of the Italian region of Calabria to your kitchen with 'Nduja, a spicy chili and sausage paste. Besides it's satisfying savoriness, Lentil Soup with Sausage & 'Nduja is filling and low glycemic. Prep time:25-30Cook time:45-50 minutesServings:8...

Tater Tot Waffle Snacks

Tater Tot Waffle Snacks

Everyone likes to watch the magician perform. With gourmet Tater Tot Waffle Snacks, anyone can be the star of the show. Delivering the perfect combination of textural crispy crunch and savory with a cheesy twang, these hot appetizers hit the jackpot of...

Cocoa Coconut Torte

Cocoa Coconut Torte

The result of our search for a chocolate cake that we can embrace as a not-so-guilty pleasure is Cocoa Coconut Torte. We started with a recipe for a flourless, no-sugar-added cake that we found on the Sun-Maid Growers of California website, but we upped the “yum!”...

Moroccan Roasted Eggplant & Peppers

Moroccan Roasted Eggplant & Peppers

Rich and savory Moroccan Roasted Eggplant & Peppers adds an international accent to charcuterie and cheese boards. Prep time:15 minutesCook time:30 minutes + restingServings:6 - 8 Ingredients Marinade ¾ cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil4 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar5...

Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese

Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese

A warm bowl of rustic Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese is satisfying no matter what the weather. Light enough for summer temps, but satisfying on a wintry day. Chèvre replaces the traditional heavy cream making this soup approachable for those who are lactose intolerant....

Pineapple Raisin Stir Fried Rice

Pineapple Raisin Stir Fried Rice

The natural sweetness of fruit plays off the smoky, salty flavors in Pineapple Raisin Stir Fried Rice. We found the inspiration for this recipe on the Sun-Maid Growers of California website and made some additions to create a satisfying one-pot meal. We use an outdoor...

Salmon with Creamy Tuscan Sauce

Salmon with Creamy Tuscan Sauce

This quick and easy Salmon with Creamy Tuscan Sauce delivers flavor that tastes like you’re channeling the king of chefs August Escoffier’s cooking prowess. Ingredients 4 Salmon filets -- pat dry, season with salt & pepper2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil3...

Mango & Coconut Rice Pudding

Mango & Coconut Rice Pudding

Calling all coconut cream pie lovers! Mango & Coconut Rice Pudding tastes like the classic pie, but it's a cross of mango sticky rice from Asian cultures and arroz con dulce from Latin American. This makes a great finish to any meal with barbecue, spicy Southwest...

BBQ Brisket Tacos

BBQ Brisket Tacos

Barbecued brisket is a staple of the culinary scene in San Antonio, but rarely do you see it served as a taco. BBQ Brisket Tacos are an alternative use for leftover brisket as opposed to chopped barbecue swimming in a sugary sauce and ladled over high carb buns. Start...

Jamaican Jungle Banana Bread

Jamaican Jungle Banana Bread

Jamaican Jungle Banana Bread first appeared as a recipe in the 1970s on boxes of 3 Minute Brand Oats. The company is no longer in business, but the recipe is still winning converts. This is a delicious treat for breakfast, brunch or dessert. We've made some changes to...

Fog Break Hot Cocoa

Fog Break Hot Cocoa

Feeling in a funk or like you need a mental energy boost? This Fog Break Hot Cocoa will give you the mental stamina to tackle a physics exam. Combining MCT-rich coconut milk powder with antioxidant rich cacao powder in a protein base is a triple play on wellness....

Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Goat Cheese Cheesecake

In our house, Goat Cheese Cheesecake is the first item to be requested for any special celebration dining. Cheesecake is a good dessert option for a low carb eating plan. Dessert is a splurge, but cheesecake is a low glycemic option that keeps you on course. Serve...

Spiced Nuts

Spiced Nuts

We believe that every charcuterie platter should have at least one fresh, homemade offering. These Spiced Nuts will add a "wow" factor to your platters. Ingredients 1 large Egg White⅛ teaspoon Cream of Tartar⅛ teaspoon Vanilla extract 1/4 cup Sugar (cane,...

Grilled Cheese Gyro on Sourdough

Grilled Cheese Gyro on Sourdough

When we created the Grilled Cheese Gyro, our search of the social media scene yielded no previous posts of this toasty twist on a Greek classic. Yay us for bringing this version to life! Ingredients Per Serving:   3 to 4 oz sliced Gyro Meat2 slices Sourdough...

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork will feed a crowd on game day or allow you to share with the neighbors who woke up with a gas leak in the kitchen. We serve this as sandwiches or tacos and top with our Quick Faux Kimchi or creamy Coastal Coleslaw. Prep time:15 minutesCook time:6 - 8...

Zen Matcha Latte

Zen Matcha Latte

Calm yourself with a nourishing cup of Zen Matcha Latte. This is a keto/low-glycemic protein snack option high in gut healthy benefits. This version is travel-friendly as you can mix the powder and just add hot water when ready to prepare. A baby formula dispenser...

Triple B Balsamic Reduction

Triple B Balsamic Reduction

That's not chocolate sauce in this photo, it's the deep, dark Triple B Balsamic Reduction! This reduction infused with basil is a gourmet topping for chocolate desserts, fruit salads, grilled lamb or wild game. Prep time:5 minutesCook time:20 minutes Ingredients 1...

Quick Faux Kimchi (Fresh Asian Slaw)

Quick Faux Kimchi (Fresh Asian Slaw)

Dale created this Quick Faux Kimchi after eating a similar tasty Thai cabbage slaw from Chef Thomas Benninger of Gladys at The Strand in San Antonio many years ago. This versatile Asian Slaw makes a great topping for pulled pork sandwiches, Polish sausage on a bun or...

South Texas Breakfast Tacos

South Texas Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast tacos are a staple meal in South Texas and served both for breakfast and dinner. Much as an Asian stir fry uses whatever veggies and meat that are available, so too do breakfast tacos. Serve as a brunch selection with mimosas or see suggested wine pairings...

Herb Infused Olive Oil

Herb Infused Olive Oil

Blooming herbs and spices in olive oil develops a depth of flavor that can’t be matched. We keep a jar of the herbes de Provence version on hand for cooking scrambled or fried eggs at breakfast. Using a za’atar version in the vinaigrette for Mediterranean Grain Salad...

Carne Guisada (South Texas Beef Stew)

Carne Guisada (South Texas Beef Stew)

Carne Guisada is a warm taste of home for South Texans. It’s a great beef stew for a crowd or as leftovers in breakfast tacos with scrambled eggs the next morning. On one occasion as we were making this dish, we took a detour in our spice cabinet and found ourselves...

Southwest Style Beans

Southwest Style Beans

The flavors in these Southwest Beans round out any grilling menu. We've made slight variations on this recipe from time to time depending on available ingredients and it's always a hit. Another option, serve beans over cooked rice, then top with brisket, or beef...

Best Loved Cream Corn

Best Loved Cream Corn

Creamed corn has made the "worst barbeque" in San Antonio famous. Their version combines a basic Bechamel sauce with Parmesan cheese. In side-by-side blind tastings among friends, our version wins every time. Make double the amount to avoid disappointing your crowd....

Flatbread Pizza

Flatbread Pizza

Since the first time that we served these easy-to-make Flatbread Pizza combinations, people continue to ask for the recipe or request them for special events. This is a great time to gather your creative cooks for help in making these tasty, crispy, flavorful,...

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