Butternut Squash & Tomato Soup

By Brandi McRill / January 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

Did you know??? January is national soup month. (Well, duh, right?) While I LOVE soup, I’m over here on a Ramen tear and I will NOT STOP until I have ‘mastered’ the art of the perfect bowl. I say ‘mastered’ because some ramen chefs dedicate their entire lives to finding the perfect harmony in a […]

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Butternut Squash Marinara

By Brandi McRill / December 1, 2019 / 4 Comments

The first time I ever tried butternut squash was in a jar of marinara years ago. During one of my marathon trips to TJ Maxx, I stumbled upon a jar of sauce that was ‘low in points’ so I decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised by the delicate taste and quickly […]

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Not Your Grandma’s Cucumber Salad

By Brandi McRill / October 4, 2019 / 0 Comments

It’s officially fall. However, Houston did NOT get the memo. With temps still in the 90’s, most of the cold weather crops need nighttime temps to drop we we can usher in the next season’s crop of vegetables. I have been trying to fill the co-op boxes with diversity but we are all yearning for […]

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Strawberry Ricotta Toast

By Brandi McRill / May 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

Growing up, my Grandma told me “Fruit is Nature’s candy.” As an adult, I’ve come to learn she is absolutely correct. I am always looking for ways to enhance the flavor of bare fruit by adding a few complimentary tweaks that will make their flavor sing. Sugar-laden dishes are tasty and seem to be the […]

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How to Trim an artichoke in a few easy steps!

By Brandi McRill / April 5, 2019 / 0 Comments

Oh, the lovely artichoke. This fun food has a special place in my heart. (Pun intended!) Jack and I met at a restaurant called the Mason Jar. The ‘Jar’ was known for their steamed artichoke and their Spinach- Artichoke Dip. So, my man and I were slinging artichokes before they were cool. To me, artichokes […]

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Green Bean Summer Salad

By Brandi McRill / August 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

So, due to a co-op SNAFU, I ended up with far too much cilantro. Like WAAAAAAAAY too much. In my quest to dress ‘all of the things’ with cilantro, I came across the very last of my green beans. Green Beans…AND….Cilantro? Is it possible?– surely… Has anyone tried it?– Likely…Right? Well, I got a little […]

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Tarragon Potato Salad

By Brandi McRill / August 10, 2018 / 0 Comments

I discovered herbed potato salad back in my early 20’s at a friend’s dinner party.¬†Until then, potato salad was the traditional mayo or mustard version with some sort of relish-olive mixture. I had never had tarragon before, much less in a potato salad that had wine!!! Tarragon is both a culinary and medicinal herb. The […]

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Summer Corn Confetti Salad

By Brandi McRill / August 3, 2018 / 3 Comments

Houston in August is hot!!! Like, next level hot. The idea of standing in front of a stove when temps are averaging high 90’s seems insane. Over the next 5 Fridays we will be sharing some of our favorite salad recipes designed to keep your kitchen cool while still highlighting the summer’s harvest. The first […]

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Carrot Top Pesto from Guest Blogger at Rollin’ Local

By Brandi McRill / May 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

Rollin’ Local is a food truck concept coming in Fall of 2018. Owners, Michelle & Kristi will be serving locally sourced, responsibly farmed FARM to STREET foods! We welcome them as our guests on today’s blog post and are grateful for this INCREDIBLE pesto! As supporters of the local farming community we shop farmers markets, […]

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This is a birds eye view of the Bravado Ground Chicken recipe. A bottle of Bravado Crimson Hot sauce sits on top of a fall colored dish towel and a wooden spoon. a

Bravado Spice Co Serrano Basil Hot Sauce Ground Chicken and Basil

By Brandi McRill / May 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

A farmer friend approached me with an excess of ground chicken and in need of a recipe that will appeal to her customers. I had never had Thai Chicken and Basil before and she suggested I give it a shot. I’m so glad I did!! I used pastured meats. While this recipe can be interchanged […]

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