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"Hype You Up" Southern Relish (collard greens chow chow recipe)

Chow Chow Relish - tangy Southern relish that is good on everything as a condiment. Sunday is my cook day. The rest of the week is just a matter of assembling meals that I've prepped. I keep things pretty simple, reserving all my food fussing for the sauces and dressings. I typically make 2-3 per …

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"Be Encouraged" Crown and Coke braised smoked ham hocks w/ whiskey glaze

Slow-roasted smoked ham hock that is rendered super tender and flavorful aided by a deep, intense braising liquid. In typical ham hock recipes, hocks play a supporting role, but for this braised smoked ham hock recipe, they are the star main ingredient. A whole plate of ham hocks just scream comfort food. If you grew …

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"Can't Stand It" Braised Beef Oxtail Tacos in Spicy Chili Sauce

The beauty of tacos is you can make them with any ingredient including oxtails. These braised beef oxtail tacos are da bomb! Slow-cooked in a smoky, complex and mildly spicy sauce made from dried Mexican chilis. I made these tacos with leftover oxtails from a Mexican braised oxtail recipe. MOOD MUSIC OXTAIL TACOS INGREDIENTS Cooked …

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"Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City" New Orleans Style barbecue shrimp

New Orleans style bbq shrimp appetizer cooked in beer-based glaze. Despite the confusing name, this barbecue shrimp recipe is neither grilled nor does it contain barbecue sauce. There is nothing about it that says barbecue, but it is as delicious as all get out, and will make you forget about such details. These fat, juicy …

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"Neighbors" smoked duck and sausage gumbo with Easy oven baked roux

Flavorful duck gumbo with deep smokey undertones, thickened with both okra and file, and complimented with a simple and easy dark oven-baked roux. MOOD MUSIC The first time I made this sausage and duck gumbo recipe was the first night spent in a new house in Chicago. I had decided during the closing process that …

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"Kwah/Home" Stewed Okra and Tomatoes w/ Cuban Sofrito (Okra Gumbo)

Stewed Okra and Tomatoes - fresh summer ingredients slowly simmered with a flavorful sofrito sauce for a balanced yet Southern classic stew-like side dish. It's prepared the Southern way, but with a Caribbean twist. The best part about cooking stewed okra is the aroma that is produced via the slow cooking of the ingredients which …

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