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Tuna Poke Bowl

Tuna poke bowl

Last year my parents took a trip to Hawaii and came back LOVING tuna poke and ever since I feel like I am seeing it everywhere! (pronounced POH-keh)  A lot of my Rockit Ranch venues here in Chicago offer it as an appetizer and let me tell you.. It’s addicting!  If you haven’t tried it,  I suggest trying the recipe below!

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Chorizo Jalapeño Poppers

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Every time I open a restaurant menu and to see jalapeno poppers under the appetizers, it’s like the remainder of the menu is a blur. It’s not even an option, I have to order the addicting spicy bites! This past weekend in Chicago, I fought over the last of Old Crow Smokehouses amazing bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers! They sparked the idea of me making jalapeno poppers of my own. Instead of using a bacon, that it most commonly used, I decided to go with a Mexican chorizo. The deep smoky and spicy flavor of the chorizo could not be a better match with the cream cheese and fresh jalapeno.

Check out my notes at the bottom for some great vegan substitutions! Read more

BBQ Pulled Pork Southern Nachos

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Moving away from the south, I realized one of the dishes that I easily took for granted was the Southern Nachos. For whatever reason,  some brilliant southerner swapped out tortilla chips for potatoes and added BBQ sauce instead of salsa! My idea of nachos has forever been changed! In Georgia I ate nachos weekly made with crispy homemade potato chips and in Nashville I indulged in nachos  made with tator tots as the base.

Instead of making a weekly trip down to Nashville, I’ve decided to create my own Southern Nacho recipe made with fries. Let me tell you, they are pretty darn close to the real stuff! These nachos are also delicious with fried chicken instead of the addition of pulled pork… I mean you might as well, it’s not like your watching your figure with this unbelievable finger licking appetizer! Read more

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