• Back to School Breakfast Ideas (EOC)


    (Family Features) It’s the most wonderful time of the year – back to school. But getting kids excited for the day is not exactly easy when faced with a school day morning.

    In order to get the energy up and keep it there, a good breakfast is essential. Break away from boring breakfasts with these tasty recipes. Nothing will bring your kids down the stairs faster than the smell of Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon in the morning. Add in a kick of Texas Pete and this sweet and salty bacon recipe is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Or take a breakfast trip south of the border. These Steak and Egg Soft Shell Tacos feature juicy skirt steak, potatoes and cheddar cheese, served up with fresh and flavorful Green Mountain Gringo salsa.

    For these and more tasty meal ideas to get kids and parents excited and ready for the day, visit texaspete.com and greenmountaingringo.com.

    12551_ATexas Pete Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon

    1/3 cup Texas Pete original hot sauce
    1 pound thick-cut bacon
    1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar (for finishing)

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Lay bacon in even layer on parchment lined sheet tray. Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar and hot sauce together. Using pastry brush, brush thin even layer of mixture over top of bacon and bake 10 minutes. Remove tray from oven and brush bacon with glaze; flip bacon over and brush with glaze. Return tray to oven for another 10 minutes.

    Repeat every 10 minutes for one hour total, pouring off excess bacon fat as needed. Sprinkle top of bacon with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar before last 10 minutes of baking. Watch bacon carefully near the end of bake time as it will begin to brown quickly. Remove tray from oven; let cool for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

    Steak and Egg Soft Shell Tacos12551_B

    1 cup Green Mountain Gringo Medium or Mild Salsa
    1 pound skirt steak
    Salt, to taste
    Pepper, to taste
    4 tablespoons olive oil
    1 (14.5-ounce) can diced new potatoes, drained well
    6 eggs, beaten
    1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    9 (6-inch) flour tortillas

    Cook steak on grill or saute pan. If using grill, heat grill to high. If using saute pan, heat pan to medium-high heat.

    Season steak with salt and pepper. When pan or grill is hot, begin cooking steak, approximately 4-5 minutes on each side for medium temperature steak. When steak is cooked to your liking, remove from heat and allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing.

    While steak is resting, place large saute pan on high heat and add 2-4 tablespoons olive oil followed by potatoes and pinch of salt and pepper. Begin frying until golden brown and crispy, approximately 3-5 minutes. Once potatoes are cooked, add beaten eggs and cook until scrambled. Turn off heat and add cheese.

    Slice steak thinly against grain of meat.

    Place flour tortillas in microwave 30 seconds or long enough to lightly warm them.

    Portion egg and potato mixture evenly between flour tortillas followed by sliced steak and approximately 1-2 tablespoons salsa and serve immediately.

    Source: TW Garner Food Company

  • What’s the Dish? – Valentino’s Eatery

    Valentino’s Eatery – “Authentic Italian Cuisine in the Southeast Valley”

    valintinos In Anthem, just off Hunt Hwy and to the left of Safeway, is a fabulous Italian restaurant I discovered thanks to Jeffrey Kramer, Food Connoisseur and Reviewer from Kahuna Cafe – http://kahunacafe.blogspot.com

    When I walked in I saw a beautifully decorated dining room with 2 and 4 top tables with classy glass place settings and white table clothes. About 9 of the 15 or so tables were full of people talking and laughing and they all looked like they were really enjoying their food. It’s a place where you can wear casual clothes or dress up, it all depends on how you feel. You’ll fit in either way.

    There was a short wait because when you first walk in, if the greeter is seating folks, there is no way for them or the servers to see you right away because the wall into the dining room is jutted out a little and there is no clear view from the dining room to the door or vice versa. I took a quick step to the left and one of the staff saw me right away and came to seat me. [Read More…]

  • What’s the Dish 2? – Skyline Pizza

    Skyline Pizza Sauces Up Deliciousness

    skyline-pizzaCan you believe one of the freshest and best pizzas can be had in San Tan Valley? On the Northeast corner of Sierra Vista Drive and Skyline Drive, sits a little restaurant called Skyline Pizza. When I walked in the decor took me a little by surprise, the order area has a mint green wall and the dining room has dark chocolate walls. The tables are all black. A bench lines the length of the wall, and the other side of some of the tables have small wooden chairs in various colors. [Read More…]

  • Cook AZ I Do – Review

    This food blogmuffins authored by a passionate cook, Shari, has ingredient lists, full and easy to follow instruction and some of the most mouthwatering photos of the food from start to finish that I have ever seen. And the recipes are to die for. You’ll find great recipes like… Deviled Eggs (the best I have tried), Arizona Quiche (complete with Jalapenos), Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes With Brown Sugar Buttercream (decadent) and Gluten-Free Strawberry Banana Streusel Muffins that just happen to taste AMAZING.
    [Read More…]

  • Delicious, Stay Cool Celebration Tips for the Fourth of July

    (StatePoint) Beat the heat this 4th of July and throughout summer with some delicious and refreshing celebration tips.

    It’s all about keeping your cool when preparing and enjoying fun meals.

    Cool, Crisp Wine

    Stick with fresh and crisp white wines that complement lighter, warm weather fare. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are classic white wine varietals easily found at grocery stores. [Read More…]

  • Recipes: French Mustard Seed Chicken

    Submitted by Nicole Rowley


    • 1/2 pkg bacon
    • 3 lbs chicken thighs
    • Whole seed mustard
    • 1/2 onion diced
    • 1 TBS garlic
    • 1 cup white wine
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • 2 TBS cornstarch

    [Read More…]

  • Recipes of the Month

    Recipes of the Month

    Sprinkle Cookies– From Cook AZ I Do blog

    French Mustard Seed Chicken – Submitted by Nicole Rowley

    Back to School Breakfast Ideas – Exclusive Online Content (EOC)

    • Texas Pete Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon
    • Steak and Egg Soft Shell Tacos