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Texas-Style Beef Chili (Gluten-Free Friendly)

texas-style chili

Oh, Texas. I’m so sorry I didn’t buy into your bean- and tomato-free chili game sooner. You know what you’re doing, and it’s just the thing we could use to take the edge off a blustery evening. I guess that’s to be expected when five types of peppers are involved, but please don’t let that number scare away any spice-averse folks — the heat level is easily customizable.

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The Lady and Sons’ Shrimp and Grits, at Home (Naturally Gluten-Free)

shrimp and grits

This Yankee-turned-Deep-South resident doesn’t need any convincing to eat grits in any form — classic cheese, light-and-crispy waffles, salumi-stuffed arancini? I’m there. But shrimp, well, that’s another story. That is, until I met this version of shrimp and grits inspired by a friend’s visit to The Lady and Sons. Swimming in a creamy pool of highly-seasoned sauce studded with a generous amount of spicy, smokey tasso ham, all served over intensely cheesy grits, it’s nothing short of indulgent. Be prepared to fall in love at first bite.

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The Strand’s Grilled Peach Salad (With Praline Bacon!), At Home

Grilled Peach and Praline Bacon Salad

Peaches. I can’t seem to get enough of them (and, it seems, all other stone fruit) this time of year. Maybe it’s my semi-new status as a Georgia-adjacent-state resident (read: Florida). Or perhaps it’s because their sweet, summery smell is just impossible to resist whenever I wander through the produce department. Regardless, this salad is a spectacular way to showcase their flavor beyond in the usual cobbler.

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Salt House’s Poutine, at home

Salt House Poutine, at home (Gluten-free)

I know this is something that I’ve alluded to here in the past, a bit less subtly over time, but one of my biggest food weaknesses is the fried potato. In any form. Poutine, with its French fry-cheese-gravy combination, may just top my list. (I blame my French Canadian and Irish heritage. Convenient, no?)

But this poutine recipe is extraordinary — it ain’t no fast food fare. Inspired by Salt House — a cozy, bustling restaurant in the SoMa/Financial District of San Francisco — it tops fries with a creamy gruyere and Parmesan cheese sauce (Mornay), mozzarella cheese curds and short rib gravy.

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