Texas Hoe-Down

Sometimes life is sad. You can cry in your booze, if you want. I think that’s called a Whiskey Sour.
— Jarod Kintz

Texas Hoe Down BBQ

Texas  brings fond memories for my beloved who loves BBQ and Pecan Pie like his Grandma used to make so it seemed appropriate to celebrate with a Texas BBQ, white radish style. Smoked BBQ ribs had to be on the menu but since the smoker hadn't arrived yet we had to search high and low for the closest to Texas Ribs to be found in the PNW.  Finger licking good doesn't describe the flavor more like Swimming in Sauce that only your Pa knows the secret too... Delicious.  

However drinks were made at home  and needed to be both Girly and Cowboy Manly so we went with a famous drink from Austin Texas called The Usual aka whiskey sour for Men and Jalapeño Margarita's for the cowgirls and cowboys.  The Usual was Unusual with Whiskey that needed to have a hint of banana and peppercorns and apricot jam? Intrigued? I was as well when I read it in Men's Health ...I know strange, right.  But hey it was good, although it needed a little bit of adjusting for the Cowboys.  The Jalapeno Margarita was a fantastic make ahead from Ina Garten's recipe book "Make Ahead Recipes" that has you infuse your own vodka. Can you say "as spicy as you like?"  Hmm, next time Habanero's, Ghost Chili's?    The party was a hit with cowboys and cowgirls alike deciding that  Texas could be loved even when you live in the Pacific Northwest.

Ingredients for "The Usual"

"The Usual" aka: Men's Whiskey Sour

"The Usual" aka: Men's Whiskey Sour


  • 2 Oz Gentleman Jack Whiskey
  • 0.25 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp apricot preserves
  • 2 whole black peppercorns
  • Ice for shaking
  • Lemon wedge for serving

Instructions for "The Usual"

  1. With a muddler in a shaker crush black peppercorns and apricot preserves together.
  2. Next add whiskey and lemon juice. Add ice. Shake until very cold.
  3. Strain drink into a glass over ice and serve with lemon wedge and mini cowboy if you choose.

Cowboy Jalapeño Margaritas

Jalapeño Margaritas

Jalapeño Margaritas

-Recipe from Ina Garten Make Ahead Cookbook


  • 1 -2 small jalapeños
  • 1  1/2 cups Tequila
  • 1 cup Triple sec
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (8 limes)
  •  Pinch of kosher salt
  • Ice

Instructions for Jalapeño Margaritas

  1. Pierce a jalapeño pepper in 8 to 10 places with the tip of a sharp paring knife and cut it in half lengthwise, leaving the seeds and the ribs. Place the pepper in a 4 cup liquid measuring cup, pour in the tequila, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to sit at room temperature for 24 hours. You are infusing the jalapeño, if you would like it spicier add another jalapeno.  Two is my preference.
  2. Discard the jalapeños and pour the tequila into a pitcher through a sieve to remove the seeds.  Add the Triple Sec, lime juice, lemon juice, honey, and salt and stir. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 6 hours.
  3. When ready to serve, fill 6  salted margarita glasses with ice and pour over the margarita mixture. Serve cold.


  • Serve Drinks with Deviled Eggs or Chips and Guacamole
  • Don't discard your tequila jalapeno's dry out and use in skillet cornbread





Obsessed Foodie Part 1

When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach.
— Agatha Christie

You know all of those horrible redneck and blond jokes that float the internet?  I have discovered that although those have circulated for years people are now trying to place Foodies into a category.  Therefore rather than run from the title it is time to embrace the person whom you have become. Or give your friend a chance...  After all it can't be that bad...n'est pas?

You know you're a Foodie when:

  • Your friends bring you SALT as a gift from their travels
  • You bring Boogie Chocolate hidden away in your bag to the movie theater and ask your friends if they have tried it with no thought to interrupting the film
  • Your dinner invites from friends begin with "would you bring that delicious..." before you have even set the date
  • You have more than five  kinds of oils and seven vinegars in your pantry just in case you need to create the perfect salad dressing...because you would never buy pre-made dressing in a bottle
  • You play guess what the secret ingredient is with your dinner guests
  • You're heartbroken because the soufflé fell flat before everyone arrived at the table
  • When you eat alone you make a three course meal
  • You love to garden...only because it means you can say "I grew that, it's organic" when you sit down for dinner
  • Your instagram following is almost only, other Foodies...and maybe your spouse
  • You can't wait until the next Food Bloggers Convention
  • Your ten year old nephew is excited to visit and go discover food places with you verses going to the zoo
  • Life isn't the same when you don't get to sit down for lunch
  • You hunt the city for the best croissant in town...only to discover you love your own just as much
  • Your husband buys you food classes for your anniversary... and you are thrilled beyond measure
  • You're gluten free friends still visit you because they know you will accomodate gracefully and completely in search of the best gluten free bakery
  • Time slips away when you sit in a restaurant sipping a glass of wine and indulging in home comfort food: mac n' cheese...of course it has roasted red peppers and sautéed mushrooms added to it
  • You feel uncomfortable with people who say they don't like fish
  • On vacation you always check out the grocery store and float down every aisle... looking for that "unusual" item
  • Friends start passing on their extra fruit to you from their tree...in hopes of getting something yummy in return
  • Your idea of sitting down to read an action packed book is a food memoir 
  • You're friends wonder why you are so into food...until they eat at your house
  • You're yearly picnic with friends always involves food games

For now that is the run down on What makes a foodie to me...Did you see yourself in the list or did you laugh at the friend you know this reminds you of?  If so then You know what to get them on your next vacation!

Happy Eating...Foodie friends and foes!