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Jalapeño Poppers With Smoked Pimento Cheese and Country Ham (Gluten-Free Friendly)

Jalapeño Poppers With Smoked Pimento Cheese and Country Ham

A staple of many a tailgating gathering, jalapeño poppers are pretty much as ubiquitous as queso this time of year. A bad thing? Not in the least. These bites are sure to shake up the usual equation, injecting some irresistible Southern flair into your festivities in practically no time at all.

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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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Chile Colorado

Chile Colorado

If you’re a fan of braised meats and Mexican food you’re probably already familiar with chile colorado, but did you know that it’s super easy to make at home? This homemade version was partly inspired by my distaste for the occasional plate of rubbery, under-braised meat I was served in restaurants. (Let’s just say I do not frequent these tough-meat-serving establishments any more. Much better, yet similarly priced, options are out there — Nopalito, Copita and Tacolicious, to name a few . . . and let’s not forget your own kitchen!)

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Pickled Jalapeños

Pickled Jalapeños

These pickled jalapeños are an easy little D.I.Y. project for you to tackle, no canning skills required! Be warned, though, you might be ruined after trying these, they are so much tastier than anything you can buy at the market with the perfect amount of crunch and fantastic balance of sweet-sour flavors — plus a delightful touch of citrus from the coriander seed. I love having a jar of these quick, spicy pickles in my fridge to give a little extra oomph to a platter of nachos, or even as a snack on their own!

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