#StreetTacos

I love tacos, tacos of all kinds but one of my favorite ways to make them is pulled pork #StreetTacos! First I rub the roast with a blend of garlic powder, cumin, garlic salt, and a secret blend of spices then I will partially wrap it in parchment paper to help keep it moist. Next is a low and slow smoke for at least 8 but up to 12 hours at 200° there about, I don’t want it to be too hot and cook too fast. After it’s fully cooked and has a wonderful smoke to it I let it cool then using forks pull it apart.

I make two kinds of slaw/relish for them

First I take a ear of corn and grill it, then remove the kernels,add cilantro, red onion, and a splash of lime juice toss it all together and you have a fabulous topping.

I also make a red cabbage slaw with carrots, cilantro, pineapple, a splash of rice wine vinegar and sweet chili sauce toss it together and it’s done

 

Smoked Pork for #StreetTacos

After 8-10 hours of low and slow smoking, I’ll take the roast and shred it.

Shredded Smoked Pork looking perfect for #StreetTacos!

#StreetTacos the finished product!

Taco night at TheRoxieWay’s house is no laughing matter……..We take our tacos serious here!!!

#Tacos made #TheRoxieWay

I have been making these #tacos for going on almost 30 years now hard to believe! With just a couple of tweaks from the original recipe, my father-in-law got from a certain local fast food chain that is still around today. The secret is in how you cook them and what you do with them once they are finished frying.

The orginal recipe called for you to put a light layer of lard on each tortilla before frying and used a certain flavor packet. For me, I could’t stand the lardy flavor left in my mouth when lard was used so I switched to using a very small amount of canola oil. Due to my food sensitives I came up with what my family says is a better tasting meat mixture, by using spices I am safe to use in place of the “flavor packet”….. Like garlic powder & garlic salt, smokey paprika chipotle, cumin, black pepper and sea salt.

I’m guessing the average person could eat 5 tacos but not my guys…..When I make #tacos it’s a process because on average my guys eat 7-11 each! That doesn’t count for guests, I’ve been known to make over 200 tacos in a single session.

A typical #taco dinner at TheRoxieWay’s house

 

 

I catered a Cinco De Mayo party for several years in a row, it was a lot of fun and a lot of work….

The Sun City folk can throw down some serious food the menu was basically the same year after year. Tacos, Chile Verde, Posole, Spanish Rice, Cuban Black Beans, Salsa, Guacamole, and so much more.

Cinco De Mayo catering pa

 

 

Trap Team

I catered the Trap Team many times, but it was the taco feed that almost got us in trouble. You are not allowed to sell your food to others teams or individuals. After several people came over trying to buy a plate we got talked to because the Trap Club thought we might be profiting off my food. Once we assured them we absolutely were not selling tacos we were given the ok to continue. I’ve never had to turn so many people away from my food before…….

 

 

I had a great time watching Alan play with my kids during down time he was tossing the ball for them. Then there was the 8:38 stretch with tacos in hand!!!!

My very first Recipe from Home segment with the One and only Alan Sanchez . I made grilled tacos with Spanish rice and jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped with bacon!

 

GoodDay’s Melissa and I did a second show years later featuring my Tacos

This was mine and Melissa’s first Recipe from Home segment we did together, she is so beautiful and the sweetest lady ever!

 

Best Bread & Cheese Ever

Premade loaf cut diagonally and horizontally but don’t cut through the entire loaf 

Add cheese, melted butter with garlic and parsley to the loaf

Cook in oven on 350° for 20 minutes or until cheese has melted

Enjoy with a bowl of chowder

Honey Garlic Sauce is interchangeable!

Honey Garlic Sauce…..

I found this amazing recipe for Honey Garlic Califlower, I  quickly realized that it was completely interchangeable with several other dishes my family would love!

Califlower

Roast your califlower or other veggies you plan on using

Toss your roasted veggies in the Honey Garlic Sauce

This version has grilled chicken,asparagus, broccoli,califlower and mushrooms served over white rice!

That’s how you can change it up. You start with a basic sauce, adding different ingredients that match the flavor profile for different dinner ideas using similar ingredients throughout the week.

If you b.b.q. too much chicken and it’s not overly seasoned use the leftovers for this type of recipe the following night.

Maybe you made too much vegetables and you don’t want to waste them, toss them in this sauce the next night and now you’ve got a whole new side dish!

 

Street Dogs

 

Have you ever been to L.A.’s fashion district? I did several years ago and I remember the family having these amazing smelling dogs that they called “Street Dogs”. I couldn’t eat them because we didn’t know what ingredients they used and I couldn’t take a chance on getting sick.

What did #TheRoxieWay do…….I came home and made my own version of the Best Street Dogs ever! Using a natural hot dog wrapped it in bacon and then I put my indoor griddle to work! In this version we used red, orange and yellow sweet peppers along with onions all grilled together for amazing flavor!

Some great toppings are :

Pico De Gallo, fresh chopped tomatoes, cucumber,pineapple, fresh sweet onions….The list goes on and on basically you want a nice crunch that adds a completely different dimension to the dogs you are used to eating!

Biscotti….. it’s easier than you might think

Making #Biscotti is actually a pretty easy #snack to make

Your ingredients…..

Mix it up real good before adding the fruits and nuts.

Shape into loafs and bake until golden brown…..

Slice the cooled #Biscotti and bake a second time until lightly golden brown….

Let the cooked #Biscotti cool before enjoying!

Making #PieCrust #TheRoxieWay with #freshisbest real ingredients

I always thought making pie crust would be too difficult….. But #TheRoxieWay isn’t afraid to try new things so one day I decided why not give it a try…….

First attempt at #homemade pie crust…….surprisingly easy to prepare

Now about that edge…….You achieve this by using a fork. Not bad for the first attempt!

My berry mixture right out of the freezer.

The pie mixture #yummy sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, cornstarch…… I put all my ingredients together just before putting in the oven. When using quality frozen fresh berries you don’t want them to defrost.

Blackberry and Raspberry pie made with real foods not foodlike products #freshisbest

And there it is my first attempt at a #Homemade pie…… I can’t believe how incredibly easy it is to make a #FABULOUS pie from just a handful of real ingredients.

The juices are clear and not too runny, just about perfect!  Not too sweet not too tart…..

My next attempt would be pumpkin pie #homemade. I’m really liking this whole crust from scratch. I should probably give other recipes a try but this one is already #FABULOUS why chance it……

 

 

BLT Sushi

Here’s another great idea that is simple and easy to make. I saw this gem on Facebook and decided to give it a try, I mean who doesn’t Love bacon! Again to make it #TheRoxieWay I tweeked the original recipe to make it my own. First you weave your bacon. Cook until done flipping half way through the cooking process. Once your bacon is fully cooked lay down a piece of plastic wrap put your bacon on that, lay down the lettuce, spread  your mayo or guacamole on the lettuce then add tomato and onion and begin rolling into a tight roll, remove plastic wrap and cut into bite size pieces enjoy! You can add anything you want use your imagination and start making #BLTSUSHI

First you weave your bacon

Next you can either bake or fry your weaved bacon

Finished result! This roll was made with a parmesan mayo & guacamole. Always put the lettuce first it holds everything in.

This roll was fried no mayo or guacamole was used just pure flavors coming through.

Here we have romaine, tomato, onion, sprouts, pepper turkey and avocado.

Lemon Chicken Piccata

Have you ever had a favorite TV dinner? I did, years ago there was a TV dinner that was so good I could literally eat 2 whole dinners at a time. It was a popular brand that still exists today however it is so laden with chemicals it’s more a foodlike product than real food.

It’s #TheRoxieWay to find a clean way to cook the same thing, I have accomplished that with this amazing recipe I found. I tweeked a few things and added a couple of my own ideas to the recipe to make it my own otherwise it wouldn’t be #TheRoxieWay. My version takes approximately 30 minutes to cook using only Real ingredients, no chemicals and a lot of LOVE.

Lemon Piccata with new potatoes and mushrooms

Hot Chocolate Dippers

Hot Chocolate Dippers

I love a cup of hot chocolate when it’s cold and rainy outside. Unfortunately most of what is on the supermarket shelves I can’t have due to the chemicals in them, but after watching an episode of Terry Crews Saves Christmas, I was happy to see I could make my own! Here is two different ways to make them: Either dip a spoon into your melted chocolates and top with a variety of nonpareils or use a plastic shot cup fill with melted chocolates then top with marshmallows or nonpareils. Let the chocolate set up, add to a cup of steamy milk and stir!