Compressed watermelon salad with homemade pickles

Channel your inner chef and discover the ultimate summer salad recipe: Compressed watermelon salad with house-made pickles, pickled jalapenos, and a tangy champagne vinegarette. Delight in refreshing, sweet flavors and explore the art of flavor compression. Perfect for gatherings or a light meal.

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Large platter of tomahawk ribeye steaks just off the grill

When cooking for a crowd, many home cooks avoid preparing a large steak. However, I have found that cooking one big, thick cut of meat has numerous advantages that make it a worthwhile endeavor. Not only does it simplify the cooking process, but it also allows for a more flavorful and impressive final result. In…

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Classic papadzules is a dish from the Yucatán area where soft corn tortillas are stuffed with hard boiled eggs and coated in a green sauce colored from pumpkin seeds and epazote and finished with a fresh tomato sauce. That is a mouthful. In my version I substitute mushrooms instead of eggs. Although this dish sounds…

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There is probably not a more refreshing appetizer than ceviche. Of course, the key is finding the freshest fish possible – so I prefer to make it as an impromptu appetizer or meal when I see something in the seafood case at the market that looks particularly appetizing. I follow only a few basic rules…

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Growing up in Central Texas there was really only one type of bread. “Light bread” as my dad called it probably hailed from the famous Pullman Loaf developed for the American passenger railway and evolved into the sandwich bread we know today. Absolutely contrary to every European baking tradition, light bread was, well, “light” and…

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There is no dip in Texas that is synonymous more with New Year’s Eve or the Super Bowl than “RO*TEL Dip”. This gooey, spicy dip is best served with tortilla chips or Fritos – the big dipping kind – and napkins! Although delicious, it is messy but so worth it. There are many variations on…

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I always think of cornbread in terms of shape. I grew up with triangles. That was the shape of Grandmama Marie’s pan and for much of my childhood that was the only way I thought you could make cornbread. It was only later that I discovered that you can shape this quick bread into any…

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For years I have relied on my generous friends and neighbors for herbs and vegetables. I have always wanted to plant a garden, but living and working part of every week in Dallas made this impossible. This winter we installed two large raised garden beds with three different sections. In this video, Rene joins me…

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2 tbsp Smoked Paprika 6 tbsp Chili Powder 1 tbsp Cumin 1 tbsp Salt, I recommend a smoked kosher salt 1 tbsp Sugar 1 tbsp Granulated Garlic 1 tbsp Ancho Chili Pepper 1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper, or to taste but it is a spicy rub 1 tbsp Chipotle Pepper 1/2 tbsp Black Pepper Mix all…

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I’m not sure I will go quite so far as to call the pellet smoker the “sous vide of smokers”, but it does make smoking and grilling relatively easy. Take chicken. Traditionally because chicken pieces are thicker and contain bones, they usually require a deft hand over a typical charcoal grill. The skin can stick…

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