A favorite at many restaurants, the twice baked potato is easier that it appears to make.  You just need to allow the right amount of time for them to be perfect.  Made for Memorial Day Weekend for a good-sized group of friends.  If you have vegetarian friends, just set aside enough potato mix before adding the bacon and everyone will be happy. Ingredients 8  Large russet potatoes 8  strips cooked bacon  cut into slivers with scissors 16  ounces sour cream 1  cube butter Salt and pepper to taste 1  cup shredded Mexican three blend cheese Notice the two vegetarian potatoes in the center that do not haveRead More →

Get ready for Memorial Day Weekend with these spice rubbed BBQ Baby Backs with homemade barbecue sauce.  This is one of our favorites for a summer barbecue just like Memorial Weekend.   Many BigOven reviewers have raved about how good they are.  One of my personal favorite reviews was from the crew of a fire station where they said, “THE FELLAS AT THE FIRE HOUSE COULD NOT GET ENOUGH.  THE BBQ SAUCE WITH THIS RECIPE IS A MUST.  I HAVE TRIED SOME BOTTLED SAUCES AND THE RIBS WERE JUST OK  INSTEAD OF BEING ‘GREAT’! tonyparT.” These ribs are sure to please your family and friends this holiday weekend.   If you don’t want to make the sauce, justRead More →

Our first early evening in Galveston after a long slow dreadful drive from Houston was completely forgotten when we found ourselves at Nate’s Seafood in Jamaica Beach.  At least the dreadful drive through rush hour traffic on a Friday in Houston was forgotten, not the great dining experiences that day.  About, Nate’s,  don’t be confused by the Jamaica Beach address, it’s a small town along  the main Seawall Blvd from the East End to the West End on Galveston Island.  They are located just at the west side of Jamaica Beach.  The signage can be confusing along Seawall.   You leave Galveston, enter into Jamaica Beach and then return toRead More →

Our vacations are usually not what one would call the veg out and relaxing one where you sit by the beach and burn to a crisp.  Gus and I love to venture out each day in a rental car and visit antiques stores, stop by a brewery for his favorite stout beers and then find an interesting place for lunch and dinner. Some of the eateries we visit are a pleasant surprise and others not.  It all depends.  Usually, we let our eyes do the talking as we are on the look out for somewhere to eat.  Does the restaurant have curbside eye appeal.  DoesRead More →

Many of you love the traditional English Beer Battered Fish n Chips but it’s just too much breading for my taste. I know, I don’t want to offend those English cooks out there but sorry… I want to taste the fish more than the breading. A light coating for breading cooked up crunchy is more to my liking. In this recipe I used regular Italian spiced bread crumbs and a light coating of unbleached all purpose flour. Since I just learned about Panko Japanese style bread crumbs, maybe I’ll experiment with that this time. This recipe is so simple and I do love fish nRead More →

Here is a delightful Sweet n Spicy Oriental dish in a rich sauce that can be served along with white or brown.  This is an recipe that is similar to Bourbon Chicken or Orange Chicken that is lightly breaded with a rich thick sauce. 1 large boneless chicken breasts; cut into bite size pieces 1/2  cup Unbleached flour 1/4 cup Bread crumbs; Panko Japanese Style 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil SAUCE 1/2 cup water 1 clove Fresh garlic, peeled and minced 1/2 teaspoon Red pepper flakes; or more to taste 1/4 teaspoon Ginger; ground 1/4 cup Brown sugar 2 tablespoons Ketchup 1 tablespoon White wine vinegar 1/3 cupRead More →

This sweet and savory stuffed mushroom appetizer is made with ground sweet Italian sausage, goat cheese & chopped Calimyrna figs.  For a little extra eye appeal they’ve been topped them with slivered almonds. Fresh Calimyrna figs  are definitely my preference over the darker variety fig as they have a milder flavor that doesn’t over power the other ingredients.  The tastes of this stuffed mushroom will burst with variety of sweet and savory flavors that seem to crunch and pop out individually. You can easily substitute golden delicious apples and feta cheese for figs and goat cheese if not available.  Sometimes you can find dried figs packaged on the same aisle in the groceryRead More →