Tex-Mex Chicken and Chorizo Empanadas

These Tex-Mex chicken and chorizo empanadas are exactly what we might refer to as a savory hand pie in the South.   They can be prepared with regular pie crusts, or in this case, I chose to use puff pastry. Either will work.  When developing this recipe I purposely made it so it could be cut in half for a smaller batch.  If you'd like to make a full recipe in advance, fill the pockets, place onto a wax paper lined baking sheet and into the freezer.  After frozen carefully place into plastic storage bags and keep until you're ready to entertain or enjoy them on a busy day.  Just thaw in the fridge, brush with egg wash and bake accordingly.   It's a fantastic time saver.


I have also made the filling in advance, cooled it then packed it into a plastic storage bag to freeze. Just take it out of the freezer and thaw it in the fridge to fill the pockets when I'm ready to bake them for entertaining. I like to serve these empanadas with a side of my Homemade Avocado-Lime Ranch Dressing for dipping and I can honestly say there are never any leftovers.


Judging At Fall For Greenville October 2014

I was invited by the Board of  Trustees and the Special Events Group of Greenville to serve as one of the judges at Fall For Greenville - A Taste of Our Town an annual event held in Greenville SC. Tens of thousands turned out to enjoy the beautiful weather, spectacular food and lively music.  This was the 33rd showing of this event which has grown significantly over the years from its beginnings as a one block event to the largest outdoor free festival in the state of South Carolina.


The event offers more than 250 menu items from more than 40 local restaurants. There was a variety of food choices to satisfy the ultimate in street food foodies.  Some of the cuisines represented included American, German, Indian, Mediterranean, Italian, Mexican, Asian, Greek, Korean, English Pub Food, Seafood and a decent showing of Southern inspired favorites.  The “taste” refers to experiencing the best that Greenville has to offer. This year there were more than 50 musical acts on 6 stages, a children’s area, cooking demonstrations, and traditional contests like the waiter’s race and bartender’s challenge.  There was something exciting for all ages to experience.

Skillet Italian Chicken With Balsamic Mushrooms And Onions

Skillet chicken meals that come together in 30 minutes or less are perfection on busy days. When you can make a dish as spectacular as this one in under 30 minutes, the ease of preparation can only be eclipsed by the first bite of lightly breaded chicken with sweet mushrooms and onions.  It's glorious.


I particularly love serving restaurant style dishes at home where we can be more relaxed and it has the added bonus of being far more cost effective.  You can't beat serving great food and keeping your budget on track.

Southern Living Test Kitchen - Delta Correspondent

I've just returned from Birmingham AL where I was invited by Delta Faucet to serve as one of their Correspondents to the Southern Living Test Kitchen October 13-15th 2014.


As we entered the 28 acre heavily wooded property with 4 man-made lakes and gorgeous waterfall features placed throughout, it was truly a "moment" for me.

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