Golden Toad Cajun Sticky Chicken Recipe

Cajun, Main

During my years of living in Southwest Louisiana I was introduced to the amazing cuisine of the Cajun culture.  During the 18th century Cajun-Acadians were deported from Acadia to Louisiana, the Cajuns took influences of West Africa, French, and Spanish cooking techniques and created what we know as Cajun cooking.  Cajun cuisine was based on locally available ingredients and the preparation […]

Feisty Steak Fajitas Recipe


“These are so quick and tasty. I suggest using Prime Rib, thin cuts if you can get them, 1/2 inch.   If you are more of a chicken lover, you can use strips of boneless chicken breast instead of the beef. Feel free to double the marinade. The flavor is so great and worth the long marinade.  If you have the […]

San Francisco 49er with wings

“It’s A Sweet Thang” Super Bowl Wings.

Appetizer, Chicken, Game Day

The Super Bowl.  According to a recent survey  112.2 Million people plan to throw or attend a Super Bowl Party.  Whether at a party, or in a Sports Bar to watch the game, the Number 1 food will be Wings.  Americans are projected to eat 1.45 billion chickens wings for the big game.  Smoked wing are a magical food to […]

Feisty Fiesta Rice

Mexican, Side

Making homemade Spanish, or  Mexican Rice,  is super easy and the taste, texture, and ingredients far exceed anything you’ll find in a box. Spanish rice and Mexican rice are basically used interchangeably here in the states. Both restaurants and home cooks have put their unique twists on this recipe, and you’ll find there are a few ingredients and cooking tips […]

Smoking at High Altitude, It Can Be a Challenge


Ok…so maybe the picture above is an exageration, we really did not smoke dinner on the top of Everest…but if we did, it would be a challenge, on multiple levels.  But cooking of all types at higher altitude is a challenge, especially smoking meat, because it is a lower and slower process.   According to the United States Department of Agriculture […]

Feisty Shrimp Spaghetti 

Mediterranean, Seafood

This Shrimp Linguine with Zucchini, Chili Peppers,  and Tomatoes is the ultimate summer pasta! Pretty enough for a special occasion, easy enough for weeknight dinner.  You guys, this is my absolute favorite pasta to make during the summer. I’ve been making it since I was a teenager. It is so easy. So flavorful and absolutely perfect for a summer dinner out on […]

7 Stand-Out Kitchen Hacks to Level Up Your Winter Cooking Game


We hate to break it to you, but summer is well and truly over—cue the ugly crying GIF. But in good news, the season for snuggling by the fire—hot chocolate in hand—is upon us and frankly, we couldn’t be more ready.  Along with mulled wine and marshmallow-like outerwear, winter brings with it some of the most mouth-watering eats imaginable. And […]

Cioppino-A Winter Seafood Stew


Seafood can be a great comfort food in the winter, especially around the holidays.  If you are looking for an elegant dish that can also warm your insides, Cioppino can be a winter treat to impress your family and guests.  Cioppino is a comforting San Franciscan seafood stew (or sometimes called Fisherman’s Stew) filled with shrimp, clams, mussels, white fish, and […]

Feisty Lime Street Tacos-A Journey Into Game Day Awesomeness

Appetizer, Game Day, Mexican

Feisty Lime Street Tacos-A Journey into Game Day Awesomeness.   By gary robinson, Cooking Out Loud Ever since the street taco was invented, I have been in love with them.  As a kid, tacos were always big and burritos are even bigger.  As I grew older, eating multiple tacos, well, it raised eyebrows, causing guilty trauma, and shame.  Ok, maybe that […]