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Banana Guacamole

Banana Guacamole

Banana Guacamole | Everyone claims to make the best guac. We’ll admit, so do we. But we don’t just make claims, we prove it on the plate. So here you go, please enjoy our family recipe for the best game-day dip around…and please don’t forget the secret ingredient…bananas…banana peppers that is… Banana Guacamole   Print…

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Pancetta Naan Pockets

Pancetta Naan Pockets

Pancetta Naan Pockets | Oh Naan bread. The traditional late-night snack of India. Well today, it’s going to be the late-night snack of Alabama… In this recipe, we stuff our naan pockets with rendered pancetta, zucchini, tomato, cheese and sriracha. We also sneak a roasted soy scallion puree in there and slather them in pork fat…

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Whit’s Breakfast in Bed

Whit’s Breakfast in Bed | What do you think? If you wanted breakfast in bed, wouldn’t marinated jumbo lump crab cakes, with homemade spicy hollandaise, chive scrambled eggs, and a topping of goat cheese & maple syrup toast be pretty good right? I thought so. Bookmark this one for realz… Whit’s Breakfast in Bed   Print Prep…

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Salami Orzo + Tomato Butter

Salami Orzo + Tomato Butter

Salami Orzo + Tomato Butter | We’ve kinda fallen in love with salami. We’re not going to lie. It’s that cured salty, meaty goodness that adds an awesome texture and complexity to any dish. We use it in everything from salads to pasta fillings, and are ALWAYS asked what that little secret ingredient is! Well, we…

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Cherry Pancetta Pork

Cherry Pancetta Pork

Cherry Pancetta Pork | Medallions with a little cherry love. Read on to get in on the action… In this recipe, we sear our pork medallions, then braise them a short bit in stock, wine, malt vinegar, soy, and honey, before we top them with sauteed shiitakes, roasted red bell pepper, ginger and some other…

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Scallop Sliders

Scallop Sliders

Scallop Sliders | We love our shelled scallop buddies from the deep blue more than anybody. So much in fact, they are our favorite protein of choice for sliders and game days. And you know what, they get even better when you sear them till they’re golden brown, top them with a sweet red pepper jam…

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Veal Quesadillas + Sour Cream Bearnaise

Veal Quesadillas + Sour Cream Bearnaise

Veal Quesadillas + Sour Cream Bearnaise | So we spent most of our youth running around the streets of Austin. It was fun. Great food, great people, but the best part was just being able to combine the two and having unique food from different cultures. Mexican food was awesome there, but when you fused it with the progressive wave of Austin’s food scene, it became a whole other animal.

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Wagyu Steak & Turnip Fries

Wagyu Steak & Turnip Fries

Wagyu Steak & Fries | Wagyu is like the Brad Pitt of steak. Wait a minute. More like the Jackie Chan of steak. It comes from Japan and is known for its short legs…and flavor and marbling. I’m sure you’ve heard about it before, but what you might not know is that a lot of it is grown in the U.S. and Australia (because of cheaper grasslands). Also, the highest rated A5 wagyu, is said to have fat that melts in your mouth at 77 degrees! No wonder these guys taste so good, they are traditionally fed a beer-rich diet and massaged with sake….sounds like a great life to me.

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