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I’m Dave Tappan. I’ve been on the radio for 40+ years starting right out of high school. I’m currently the midday guy on Today’s Country, Q97. I play really good music and talk about the passions in my life, like fishing, golf, working and puttering around the house and food. I love boating and fishing on Lake Shasta (trolling for trout is my favorite), teeing it up at Gold Hills and preparing and cooking great food at home for my wife, two boys and friends. Barbecue, Italian and Mexican food are my favorites. I never met a taco, pizza or a rack of ribs I didn’t love! I am in constant search of the perfect cheeseburger and chicken wings too. I often post my recipes on my blog.  I also love watching Giants baseball and the Food Network on one of my 7 tv’s in my house. A game on in the garage is my favorite. My happy place! I enjoy my monthly Friday night poker games and occasional Reno trips with the guys. There I am in a nutshell. Oh, I love peanuts too! I always have a big bucket of them sitting on my desk. Tune in some day. Would it kill ya?

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Ginger Beer Can Chicken with Ginger Glaze

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A sincere Happy Mother’s Day to all of the great moms who work hard to keep their family fed. Thanks so much for checking out my posts. Now, it wouldn’t kill ya to make something for mom. 
 
Ginger Beer Can Chicken with Ginger Glaze
 
(13- x 9-inch) disposable aluminum baking pan
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 (3 1/2- to 4-lb.) whole chickens
¼ cup soy sauce
2 (12-oz.) cans ginger beer
 
Light 1 side of grill or BBQ, heating to 400° to 475° (medium-high to high) heat; leave other side unlit, placing disposable baking pan under grill grate. Stir together salt and next 5 ingredients; sprinkle mixture inside cavity and on outside of each chicken.
Place chickens upright onto each can, fitting can into cavity. Pull legs forward to form a tripod or buy a beer can chicken stand (they’re cheap)
Pour water to a depth of 1 inch into disposable pan. Pour the soy sauce into the pan. Place chickens upright on unlit side of grill, or in the smoker above pan. Grill, BBQ or smoke, covered with grill lid 1 hour and 30 minutes or until golden and a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of thigh registers 165°. If smoking, set smoker to 275 degrees, smoke two to three hours or until you reach that 165-degree mark in the thigh. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove chickens from cans, and carve. Serve with Ginger Ale Glaze.
You can pull the meat off the bone and make some terrific sandwiches topped with the ginger glaze!
 
Ginger Ale Glaze
 
2 cups ginger ale
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 inch knob, peeled with a spoon, grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
 
Stir ginger ale, brown sugar, grated ginger, and ground red pepper together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes or until reduced to about 1/4 cup.

Baked Shrimp Scampi

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Make her something with love and she might just put you back in her will!
 
Baked Shrimp Scampi
 
2 lbs. Medium 16/20 frozen shrimp, thawed, peeled and deveined
One and a half sticks of butter
½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 cloves Garlic, minced
Kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper, to taste
Pinch of red pepper flakes, or to taste
Fresh parsley, chopped (about ¼ cup)
Your favorite pasta, for serving
Lemon wedges, for serving
 
Pre-heat oven to 375.
Place shrimp, butter, extra virgin olive oil, garlic and chopped parsley in a roasting or casserole dish.
Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until shrimp are fully cooked and no longer translucent.
Mix the shrimp halfway through cooking to make sure it fully cooks.
Serve with lemon wedges and enjoy on it’s own, with a good steak, or over a bowl of your favorite pasta.

Porterhouse Steak with Blue Cheese Butter & Italian Salad

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Happy Mother’s Day to every great mom reading this post. It takes some big (mozzarella) balls to be a mom! You deserve a great meal!
 
Porterhouse Steak with Blue Cheese Butter & Italian Salad
 
2 16-20 oz Porterhouse steaks
1 cup soy sauce
4 tbsp garlic, minced
Juice from 2 lemons
Garlic salt and fresh-ground pepper, to taste
 
In a large Zip-Loc bag, add the soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice and the salt and pepper. Place the steak in the bag to marinate. Seal the bag and massage the marinade into the meat. Place in refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.
Take the steak out of the bag & and lightly pat dry any excess marinade. Throw marinade away. Hit it with a little Kosher salt if you like.
Fire your grill or BBQ and get it hot! Set up a hot zone and cool zone. Sear the steak for 3-5 minutes on both sides, then move it to the cool zone, top it with the blue cheese butter and cook it to your desired doneness. 130 degrees for medium rare.
When done, remove the steak, top it with again with the blue cheese butter, tent with foil on your cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Slice the steak off the bone, then rearrange it around the bone (you’ll want to gnaw on that bone) serve & enjoy!
 
Blue Cheese Butter
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
3 tablespoons blue cheese
1 small shallot, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1 small garlic glove, minced
Garlic salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
 
Mix the butter, blue cheese, shallot, parsley, and garlic together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
 
Italian Salad
½ cup olive oil
5 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sugar
1½ teaspoons dried oregano
1 garlic clove, finely grated
Kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper, to taste
1 small head of iceberg lettuce
1 small red onion, sliced into rings
4 ounces provolone cheese, thinly sliced
2 cups drained small mozzarella balls, torn
10 pepperoncini peppers
 
Whisk oil, vinegar, mayonnaise, sugar, oregano, and garlic in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Cut lettuce in half through stem end. Tear apart into large pieces. Arrange on a platter and scatter onion, provolone, mozzarella, and pepperoncini over the lettuce. Drizzle with dressing to coat to your liking (you’ll probably have some extra) and top with more black pepper.

Air-Fried Chicken Thighs

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I bought the Ninja Foodi Indoor Grill & Air Fryer. Initial run was fantastic. Food on the grill and in the fryer turned out better than barbecued and deep fried and all done indoors. Virtually smoke-free.
 
Air-Fried Chicken Thighs
 
2 lbs. chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on (about 4 pieces)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
 
Place chicken thighs in a large sealable Ziploc bag. Add oil, vinegar and all seasoning. Seal the bag and shake well. Press the air out of the bag and make sure it’s tightly sealed. Press the seasoning around the chicken to coat. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the air fryer to 375. Place four thighs at a time (skin side up) in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook for 25-28 minutes until the skin turns crispy and golden brown. The internal temperature for the chicken should reach 165. Keep warm in a 250 oven until serving.
Serve with your favorite side dish or veggies like Air Fryer Garlic Green Beans, or Air Fryer Broccoli.

Chicken Adobo and Mexican Rice

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Cinco de Mayo is this Sunday. Chicken Adobo is actually a Filipino dish. Just tell your friends and family you got the recipe from an old, weathered senora in Chihuahua. I added a couple of ingredients to make it more Cinco de Mayo-ish.
 
Chicken Adobo and Mexican Rice
 
8 chicken thighs bone-in, skin on
½ cup white vinegar
3/4 cup soy sauce
4 garlic cloves crushed
2 tbsp brown sugar
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
2 tbsp of Mexican seasoning. I like Tajin
2 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped
4 bay leaves
Green onions, sliced and fresh cilantro, roughly chopped, for garnish.
Mexican Rice, for serving
 
Season chicken generously on both sides with salt and pepper.
Brown chicken well in a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet or deep-frying pan. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Combine the vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, pepper, bay leaves and chilies and pour into the pan. Bring to a simmer.
Add the chicken, skin-side up, and simmer with the lid ajar for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked (165 degrees) and tender.
Remove the lid and turn up the heat. Allow the sauce to reduce, while glazing the chicken. Cook until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is glossy.
Serve the chicken with Mexican Rice. Garnish with green onions and cilantro.
 
Mexican Rice
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 carrots, finely chopped
1 small green bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 c. long-grain rice, rinsed, drained
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
1 (14-oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
Kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper, to taste
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
 
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add carrots, bell pepper, onion, and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent, about 7 minutes. Add rice and tomato paste and cook, stirring, until grains are toasted, 2 to 3 minutes.
Pour in broth, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce; season with cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until rice is cooked through and liquid is absorbed, about 17 minutes.
Fluff rice with a fork. Top with cilantro.

Enchiladas Suiza (Swiss)

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Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is this Sunday, a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Also known as Battle of Puebla Day.
 
Enchiladas Suiza (Swiss)
 
9 tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1/2 white onion
1 serrano Chile
1 yellow Chile
2 cloves garlic
Fresh cilantro
Kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Mexican crema or sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
Vegetable oil, for frying
Corn tortillas
2 cups shredded chicken
1 cup shredded Oaxaca or mozzarella cheese
 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Put the tomatillos, onion and both chiles in a medium heavy saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil until the tomatillos turn an olive-green color, about 10 minutes. Drain and transfer the tomatillos, onions and chiles to a blender. Add the garlic and cilantro and blend until smooth. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Mix the Mexican crema and heavy cream together in a small bowl and season with salt. Set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the tortillas until golden but still pliable, about 10 seconds per side, using more oil if needed. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
Place the tortillas on a work surface. Divide the shredded chicken evenly among the tortillas and roll up each like a cigar. Spread 1/3 cup of the sauce in a 13 X 9 baking dish. Arrange the enchiladas in 1 layer, seam-side down, snugly inside the dish. Pour the rest of the sauce over the enchiladas. Drizzle the cream mixture on top and sprinkle the cheese all over.
Bake until the cheese is melted and starting to brown in spots, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Mexican Shrimp Scampi with Chipotle Butter

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Today is National Shrimp Scampi Day and Sunday is Cinco de Mayo. Remember, nobody parties like a Gringo!
 
Mexican Shrimp Scampi with Chipotle Butter
 
1 stick Butter
4 Chipotles in adobo sauce, pureed
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tbsp minced garlic (I use Christopher Ranch in the jar)
Kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tbsp Tajin Mexican seasoning
2 pounds medium shrimp (peeled and deveined)
1 1/2 cups white wine
Juice from one lime, plus wedges for squeezing.
Fresh cilantro, roughly chopped, for garnish
1 tbsp Olive oil
 
For the Chipotle Butter:
Soften butter at room temperature.
Place in a mixer or in a mixing bowl and whip butter until it is smooth and creamy.
Add pureed chipotle peppers, oregano, basil, garlic, salt and pepper, paprika, Tajin and mix well.
Refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
 
For the Scampi:
Rinse shrimp under cold water and remove tails, if any, from shrimp. Dry on paper towels.
Sauté the garlic in chipotle butter and oil for 1 to 2 minutes. DO NOT let the garlic turn brown.
Add the white wine, then the shrimp. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Add the lime juice during the last minute of cooking. Remove from the heat.
Serve immediately over pasta. Serve with lime wedges, for squeezing and garnish with roughly chopped fresh cilantro.

Chicken Piccata

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Our engineer, Barry, brought in some baby chicks that hatched last night (4/22) Aren’t hey cute? Let’s  make dinner.
 
Chicken Piccata
 
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
Flour, for dredging
Olive oil
Dry white wine
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons caper
Fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
1 ½ cups chicken stock
⅓ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Angel hair pasta, cooked, for serving
 
Cut each breast in half lengthwise so you have 4 pieces of chicken. Lay a piece of parchment paper on top and pound to about ¼ inch thick. Season generously on both sides with salt and pepper.
Dredge each piece of chicken in flour, shaking off the excess.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the chicken until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
Pour the wine into the pan and cook until reduced by half, about 1 minute.
Add the butter, garlic, and capers and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Stir in the lemon juice and chicken stock and cook for 5 minutes, until the sauce has slightly thickened.
Stir in the cream, then return the chicken to the pan.
Sprinkle with the parsley and turn the chicken to coat in the sauce. Simmer for 2 minutes, until the sauce thickens slightly, then remove from the heat.
Serve the chicken and sauce over the pasta.

Classic & Delicious Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

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Happy Monday! Here we go, on that workweek treadmill again. I hope you have a terrific and productive workweek. Remember, the first five days after the weekend, are the hardest.
 
Classic & Delicious Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip
 
For the dip:
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon buttermilk
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper
 
For the wings:
Vegetable or peanut oil, for frying
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon paprika
3 pounds chicken wings, split at the joints, tips removed
1 1/2 cups Frank’s Red-Hot sauce
1 stick unsalted butter
2 tablespoons honey
 
1. Make the dip: Pulse the sour cream, blue cheese, mayonnaise, garlic, milk and lemon juice in a food processor until combined but still chunky. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. Make the wings: Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large deep skillet over high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F. Set a rack on a rimmed baking sheet.
3. Mix the flour and paprika in a shallow dish. Dredge the wings in the flour mixture to coat, tapping off the excess. Fry the wings in batches, turning as needed, until cooked through and deep golden brown, about 15 minutes. (Return the oil to 375 degrees F between batches.) Remove with tongs and transfer to the rack to drain.
4. Meanwhile, combine the hot sauce, butter and honey in a medium pot over medium heat until the butter melts. Continue to cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Reserve one-quarter of the sauce for serving. Add the cooked wings to the pot and toss with the remaining sauce. Serve with the blue cheese dip and reserved sauce.

Tex-Mex Enchiladas with Chili Gravy

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The weather in Redding this weekend is gonna be kinda crappy. Might as well stay in and cook.
 
Tex-Mex Enchiladas with Chili Gravy
 
Chili Gravy
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 Tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon Mexican or regular oregano
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper, to taste
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth. More, if needed
 
Tex-Mex Enchiladas
1 twelve-ounce block cheddar cheese, shredded
12 corn tortillas
1 twenty-eight-ounce can red enchilada sauce.
1 white onion, chopped
Handful fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
 
Make the Chili Gravy
Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. When browned add chopped onion and cook for about 5 minutes.
Add chili powder, cumin, cayenne, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Stir until mixed evenly.
Add the flour and stir in with the seasoned ground beef.
Pour in the broth and bring it up to a boil. Then lower the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. It smells really good at this point. When it thickens up, then it is ready to pour over the cheese enchiladas. If the gravy is too thick for your liking, add a little more broth.
 
Heat The Tortillas
In a skillet, heat the enchilada sauce to barely boiling, then turn down to a slight simmer.
Submerge each tortilla in the hot enchilada sauce to make it soft and pliable before adding the cheese and rolling it.
 
Tex-Mex Enchiladas
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Ladle about a half cup of the chili gravy into the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
Add about 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese on the lower third of the sauced tortilla. Then tightly roll the tortilla around the cheese and place seam side down in the 9×13 baking dish. Repeat until you have rolled all enchiladas.
Pour the remaining chili gravy over the enchiladas, and sprinkle about 1 cup of shredded cheese evenly over the top of the enchiladas.
Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes.
Serve the enchiladas hot, and top with chopped onions and chopped cilantro just before serving.

Pan Fried Oysters with Tartar Sauce

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Beth is out of town this weekend, so I’m gonna stink up the kitchen a bit.
 
Pan Fried Oysters with Tartar Sauce
 
For the Fried Oysters:
2 cups oysters, drained
2 large eggs, beaten
2 cups cornmeal
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups vegetable oil, for frying
Malt vinegar, for serving
Lemon wedges, for squeezing
 
For the Tartar Sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup dill relish, or finely chopped dill pickle
2 teaspoons capers, drained and chopped
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
2 green onions, chopped
 
Fry the Oysters
Pat the drained oysters dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.
In a medium-sized bowl, beat the eggs.
Add the oysters to the egg bowl and set aside for 10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine the cornmeal, sugar, pepper, salt, Old Bay and flour.
Lift each oyster out of the egg mixture and allow the excess moisture to drip off before rolling them in the cornmeal mixture to evenly coat. Repeat the process with all oysters.
Pour about 3 inches of vegetable oil in a large, cast iron skillet, or whatever skillet you have. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring it to a temperature of 370.
Carefully add the oysters to the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pan.
Fry each batch of 6 to 8 oysters for about 2 to 4 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
Use a metal slotted spoon to remove the oysters to paper towels to drain. Reserve.
 
Make the Tartar Sauce
Gather the ingredients.
In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise with the dill relish, capers, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and black pepper. Mix well.
Add the green onions to the sauce and stir it into the mixture, or reserve the onion to garnish the finished oysters. Stir to blend thoroughly.
Serve the sauce alongside the fried oysters with the lemon wedges and malt vinegar, for dashing and enjoy.

Chipotle-Chicken Soft Tacos

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Happy Taco Tuesday! Enjoy Giants baseball tonight with some damn fine tacos!
 
Chipotle-Chicken Soft Tacos
 
Ingredients for 6 tacos
2tablespoons vegetable oil
2Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2medium onion, finely chopped
1clove garlic, finely chopped
2lb chicken breasts, or boneless, skinless thighs, chopped into 1-inch cubes
2or 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
1can (8 oz.) tomato puree
1/2teaspoon ground cumin
Flour tortillas, warmed or charred
 
Garnishes
Romaine lettuce, chopped or slaw
Tomato, finely chopped
Onion, finely chopped
Cilantro, finely chopped
Lime wedges, for squeezing
Monterey Jack cheese, grated
Crema or sour cream
Siracha or Tapatio
 
Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over high heat. Sauté the tomatoes, onions and chopped garlic for one minute before adding the chicken breast. Season the chicken with salt and black pepper to taste. Cover the pot and let cook, stir from time to time, until the chicken is completely cooked, 8 to 10 minutes.
Set the heat to low and add the chipotle pepper in adobo and the tomato sauce. Season with ground cumin. Let cook for another 10 minutes.
To serve the tacos, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the chicken to warm flour tortillas and add your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Wet Burritos

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I got this recipe from an old Mexican farmer named Eugenio Valdez Encarnacion Ramirez Gonzales Huertas who lost his tongue in an unfortunate bass fishing accident. It was impossible to have a conversation with him without laughing hysterically but he made great Wet Burritos!
 
Wet Burritos
 
1 lb. lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, in sauce divided
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded (or you can use a Mexican blend)
4 large flour tortillas
2 cups re-fried beans, with
1/4 teaspoon cumin, added
1 (10 ounce) cans enchilada sauce
1 (18 ounce) jars home-style beef gravy
 
FOR SERVING
sour cream
chopped onion
salsa
jalapeno
chopped lettuce
chopped tomato
 
1. Brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic, making sure to chop ground beef into very fine pieces while cooking.
2. Drain off any fat from browning.
3. Add Worcestershire sauce, paprika, oregano, chili powder, cumin, pepper, and half of the can of tomatoes with sauce, and simmer for 5 minutes.
4. While meat is simmering, heat beans with 1/4 tsp.
5. cumin, and make gravy.
6. For gravy, combine enchilada sauce, beef gravy, and the other half of tomatoes, and heat until almost boiling.
7. Soften tortillas according to package directions.
8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
9. Assemble burritos.
10. On each tortilla, layer 1/4 of the meat mixture, 1/4 of the bean mixture, and 1/4 cup of cheese.
11. Fold sides of burrito in, then roll from the other sides until you have a “package”.
12. Place seam side down in a 13×9 baking dish.
13. When all burritos are assembled and in the baking dish, pour sauce mixture over all and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
14. Bake 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and burritos are heated through.
15. Serve each burrito with extra sauce from pan spooned over the top.
16. Have sour cream, chopped onions, salsa, jalapenos, chopped lettuce and chopped tomatoes available to sprinkle on as desired.

Garlic Fries

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If you’re going to the Giants home opener on Friday, I strongly suggest the Gilroy Garlic Fries and a cold beer. If not, make your own.
 
Garlic Fries
 
1 bag frozen French fries
¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced or 4 teaspoons jarred, minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried or fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
¼ cup grated Parmesan
Garlic salt, to taste
 
Pre-heat your oven according to package directions.
Line a baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil.
Make sure the fries are nice and dry. I dump them out on a clean kitchen towel and pat dry them to remove any freezer ice.
Cook the fries according to package directions. Cook a bit longer than suggested time to get a nice golden color.
While the fries are cooking, mix the oil, garlic, parsley, rosemary, Parmesan and garlic salt in a bowl. Set aside.
When the fries are done, dump them in a large bowl and mix in your oil mixture.

Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Dill Dressing

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The first Giants-Dodgers series of the season begins tonight. Whaddaya cookin’?
 
Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Dill Dressing
 
BUTTERMILK MARINADE
2 cups buttermilk
A few dashes of Crystal hot sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
 
DILL DRESSING
1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
 
SEASONED FLOUR
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
vegetable oil, for frying
 
FOR SERVING
softened butter, for buns
8 Kaiser burger buns
1 head butter lettuce
2 tomatoes, sliced
Bread & Butter pickles
 
Make the buttermilk marinade: In a medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Toss in the chicken thighs in the marinade to coat. Marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator, or overnight.
Make the dill dressing: In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, dill, garlic powder, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese. Cover and let sit for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator to chill.
Make the seasoned flour: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper, cayenne, and garlic powder. Dip the marinated chicken in the flour mixture until the chicken is completely covered.
Heat the oil in a deep pot or deep fryer until it reaches 350˚. Do not fill more than halfway with oil. Carefully fry the chicken for 7 minutes, or until cooked through.
The internal temperature should reach 165˚ and the chicken should be golden brown and crispy. Drain on a paper towel–lined plate or wire rack.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Butter the cut sides of the burger buns, then toast on the hot skillet until browned and crisp. Build the sandwiches with the toasted buns, lettuce, fried chicken, tomato slices, pickles and dill dressing. Serve with fries and a pile of more pickles.

Chipotle Ground Beef Tacos

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Happy Taco Tuesday! Giants and Dodgers tonight on the big screen and the wafting of homemade tacos in my kitchen. Somebody pinch me!
 
Chipotle Ground Beef Tacos
 
For the taco seasoning:
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
 
For the tacos:
3/4 cup vegetable oil
8 to 12 soft corn tortillas
1 large red onion, medium dice
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 chipotles in adobo, minced
1 tablespoon adobo sauce
2 pounds ground beef
3/4 cup water
 
Toppings:
Shredded lettuce
Diced yellow onion
Chopped cilantro
Diced tomato
Lime wedges, for squeezing
Shredded Monterey Jack or crumbled Cotija cheese
Hot sauce
 
Make the taco seasoning by combining the spices, cornstarch, and salt. Mix well to make sure the cornstarch is fully incorporated and there are no lumps.
Fry the taco shells: Heat your oven to 250°. Line a baking sheet with a double layer of paper towels and place it in the warm oven. Heat the oil in a cast-iron skillet until it registers 350°F on a deep-frying thermometer. Fry 1 tortilla at a time, using tongs so you don’t get burned: Carefully lay a tortilla in the hot oil—try not to submerge it. Fry flat for about 15 seconds, then use your tongs to fold it in half. Fry an additional 30 seconds, flip over, and fry for a final 30 seconds.
At this point the tortilla should be browned lightly in spots but still flexible. Remove it from the oil and drain on your towel-lined baking sheet (try to stand the shells up on the rounded edges if you can—it doesn’t always work).
Return the baking sheet to the oven to keep the shells warm. Continue until all the shells are fried. When finished, pour off most of the frying oil, but leave about 1 tablespoon behind in the skillet.
Set the skillet back over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
Add the ground beef and chipotle with the adobo sauce to the skillet. Break up the meat with a spatula or wooden spoon and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
Add the taco seasoning and stir it into the beef until combined.
Add the water and cook, uncovered, for a few minutes until the mixture is bubbling and has thickened. Let the mixture simmer on low until ready to eat.

Steak Toppers

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Happy Easter! Beth and I are not planning a big Easter brunch or dinner. So, we’ll treat ourselves to a nice steak and asparagus topped with one of my steak toppers and I don’t care if the boys are grown and out of the house…I’m still coloring eggs! Hope you have a nice day!
 
Dave’s Famous Cream Sauce
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup crème fraiche or sour cream
1/2 cup prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons chives
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
In a medium bowl, whisk heavy cream until thickened, but not yet at soft peaks.
Fold in crème fraiche, horseradish, chives, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes before using, or transfer to airtight container and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
 
Blue Cheese & Onion Cream Sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 stick softened butter
1 large yellow onion, sliced
1 cup heavy cream
3 to 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
Melt a 1/2 stick of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and then sauté the onions until golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes. Pour in the cream, a dash of salt and pepper and the Worcestershire sauce. Let it bubble up, then add the blue cheese and stir together to melt, adding more pepper or Worcestershire sauce as you wish.
 
Roquefort Chive Sauce
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 ounces French Roquefort cheese, crumbled and rind removed.
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Bring the heavy cream to a boil in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook at a low boil, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has become thick and creamy, about 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, add the cheese, salt, pepper and chives and whisk rapidly until the cheese melts.
 
Whiskey Butter
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 shallots, minced soaked in whiskey
3 teaspoons minced parsley
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 teaspoons whiskey
Kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper, to taste
Combine butter, shallot, parsley, mustard, Worcestershire, Jack Daniel’s, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Drop butter onto waxed paper. Roll in plastic and smooth out to form a round log. Refrigerate until hard and easy to cut, at least 3 hours. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Tri-Tip Nachos

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Happy Opening Day! Giants vs. Padres. Dodgers vs. Cardinals. A’s vs. Guardians. Let the journey begin.
 
Tri-Tip Nachos
 
2 lbs. Smoked Tri-Tip, seasoned with your favorite Mexican seasoning
15 oz can black beans
1 bag of your favorite tortilla chips
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
3 jalapeños, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
2 sliced black olives
1 cup homemade or prepared guacamole
1 cup sour cream or crema
1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
Lime wedges
 
Smoke or barbecue a whole Tri-Tip seasoned with your favorite Mexican seasoning.
Line a cookie sheet with foil.
Layer the cookie sheet with tortilla chips.
Cover tortilla chips with a can of black beans.
Slice and cut into cubes about 2 pounds of Tr-Tip. Place on top of black beans.
Cover chips, beans, and Tri-Tip with about 1 and 3/4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.
Pre-heat smoker or oven to 350 degrees.
Place cookie sheet in smoker or oven for ten minutes.
Remove and add Roma tomatoes, red onions, jalapeño, and black olives. Cover with the remaining 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
Place back in smoker or oven for about three minutes.
Remove and top with guacamole, sour cream or crema, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Midwestern-Style Beer Brats

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The Giants open their season at Petco Park tomorrow. Go Giants!
 
Midwestern-Style Beer Brats
 
6 bratwurst sausages
6 cups lager beer
2 large onions, sliced, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 red or green bell peppers, cored and sliced
Kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper, to taste
6 bratwurst buns or hoagie rolls, split lengthwise
Mustard
Sauerkraut
 
Prick the bratwurst all over with a fork. In a medium pot, combine the bratwurst, beer, and half the onions. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until bratwurst are firm and cooked through. Transfer the bratwurst to a plate. Reserve some of the cooking liquid.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the remaining onions and the bell peppers. Cook about 15 minutes or until very soft, tossing occasionally. Add the bratwurst to the skillet in the last 5 minutes of cooking to lightly brown. If the vegetables begin to get too dark, add a few tablespoons of the bratwurst cooking liquid. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.
You can also pour everything into a disposable aluminum pan and finish on your smoker for a half hour, or so.
To serve, spread each bun with mustard. Fill each bun with a brat. Top with sauteed peppers and onions, or sauerkraut.

Opening Day Beer Brats

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Opening Day is tomorrow! The Giants open their season at Petco Park. Go Giants!
 
Opening Day Beer Brats
 
3 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)
2 pounds of bratwurst
1 medium onion (halved and sliced lengthwise)
4 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 bottle or can of beer (Any good lager will work. I used Summer Shandy once and it was great)
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
¼ cup Stone Ground mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
 
1. In a large skillet on medium high heat brown the brats on both sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
2. Add the other 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the skilled and cook the onions on medium heat until soft and lightly browned. Add the garlic and caraway seeds and cook until fragrant, and then add the beer, and mix in the mustard, vinegar and honey. Add the brats back into the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes or until brats are done.
3. Remove the brats to a serving platter and then bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Boil until onion mixture is thickened – stirring frequently.
4. Serve on brat buns or hoagie rolls topped with the onion mixture.