About Howard

Howard is a former chef of 20 years, turned butcher. He has a passion for food, his family, and the Lord. He loves to see how people enjoy his cooking and gives all the props to God. He loves his family and his life is a constant work in progress.

Farris’ Texas Wraps & Wings Is Ready To Soar!

Hey Palestine, TX in case you have not heard we have a great new restaurant in town, and it is called Farris’ Texas Wraps & Wings.  Owner, Richard Farris Jr.  who also owns Old Magnolia Mercantile, is the proud papa of this brainchild.  I was so excited to hear that we were finally going to have a wings place here in town, I am a true wingnut.  And when I ate here I was not disappointed.    Located at 223 W. Crawford St.  right next to the theater it is very easy to find.  And his sign is easily recognizable and done in the same traditional font his predecessors of Farris’ Mercantile used, you just cannot miss it. 

My wife and I went there on a Saturday around 5:30 trying to beat the dinner rush.  When we walked in we were instantly greeted by the staff.  Friendly and smiling, they realized it was our first time here, they took the time to explain how the wraps work, where to order, all about the wings and the most important thing was they did it without being annoyed by newcomers. I am sure that they have had to do that a whole bunch of times.

decor at Farris' Texas Wraps and Wings

The decor is that of a warm rustic Texas feel.  The tables are old wooden cable spools surrounded by comfortable high top stools and I absolutely love all the old vintage signs on the walls and the ceilings.  There are two sections to the restaurant, there is pretty much a straight forward restaurant side and then there is the bar side with a huge television screen for catching your favorite games.  I think tonight I will sit on the bar side so I can watch my Detroit Tigers hosting and defeating the Texas Rangers!  Sorry, but you can take the man out of Detroit, well you know the rest.  The best part is that you  can sit on the restaurant side with your family or business partners and not feel intruded upon by the goings ons of the bar side.

Texan wrap from Farris' Texas Wraps and Wings

Now to the food.  We will start with the wraps, they come in three sizes, regular, Texan and Big Texan.  My wife ordered a Texan with chicken, guacamole, queso amongst a few other items of the multitudes of choices they have on the toppings bar.  It was big, delicious and very satisfying.  The best part was when the owner Richard Farris Jr. came out to tell my wife how to eat the wrap.  He says the best way is to hold it from one end and tear away the foil from the top on down as you eat it.  This was something I never thought of, this way it made the wrap contained, less messy and hot all the way through.

They have a selection of sides from chips and queso, to fresh hand cut double fried french fries.  The most crucial and important thing I must stress is that everything served at Farris’ is made fresh and from scratch.  I ordered a bowl of coleslaw and cheese fries from the sides menu.  The coleslaw was just how I love it, crunchy with a sweet yet tangy dressing.  You can always tell a good fresh coleslaw by the crunch of the cabbage.   The fries were super crispy, even after being topped with the most amazing queso I have had in a long time.  

wings at Farris' Texas Wraps and Wings

Now, to the most important part the wings!!!  I had trouble deciding from which sauces I wanted, they had so many to choose from.  All the way from traditional Buffalo to Sweet Chile Garlic.  I settled on eight bourbon wings and eight sweet and spicy plum.  OMG!!!  The sweet and spicy plum were out of this world delicious!  And the bourbon came in at a close second.  The wings were hot, crispy and smothered in sauce.  Accompanied by your choice of ranch or bleu cheese to dip in and traditional celery for garnish.  The price point of the food was very reasonable, if you were to drive to Tyler and go to BW’s you would spend more on gas and about four dollars more for the same amount of wings.

I absolutely love this place and like I told Richard, I could eat here six days a week!  Only because I eat at my in-laws on the seventh day.  Thank you Mr. Richard Farris Jr. for bringing a great food and friendly establishment to downtown Palestine.  I look forward to seeing what his brilliant mind can bring to this community next.



Hot Rods in Palestine, Texas? More Like a Hot er… Cold Mess!



Hot Rods in Palestine Texas 

So, off from work today, my wife asked if I would join her from lunch.  Of course, I said yes.  We decided to try out a new burger joint here in town called Hot Rods.  I had heard mixed reviews about the place, but had to try it for myself.  Afterall, it is a burger and I love burgers.  

We walked in and at first glance it appeared to me like they had a concept for a fifties style car themed type restaurant and got about half way and ran out of ideas.  Not sure about the need for the TV showing Lovebug movies.  Or for that matter, the oil drum sink and mechanic soap in the bathrooms.  Quite corny if you ask me..  

Now, about the food.  You walk up and place your order, there is a sign right there explaining how their fries are hand cut and fried to order along with their onion rings, so please allow 10 to 15 minutes extra for these items.  Not a big deal, I can wait for some fresh hand cut fries.  I placed our order,, a cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, fries, onion rings and two drinks, 22.78!!!!!!  Outrageous for a lunch for two if you ask me. I did not order the steak tartare thank you!  Anyway, we got our drinks, and sat down to wait for our food.  Well, only about two minutes elapsed and we had our food.  Hmmmmmm…thought we had fifteen minutes for fries and onion rings.  Now, back up to go over to the condiment bar for tomatoes, pickles, onions, jalapenos and rust colored lettuce.  I don’t know about any of you guys, but I don’t like to have to get up so many times to eat my lunch.  Finally, sitting down to indulge in my lunch I have to say I was sadly disappointed.  Burger ice cold and had the texture of 73/27 ground beef, now don’t know that for a fact, but 22.78 for lunch I should not even be questioning quality of beef.  Onion rings, tasty but luke warm at best.  Fries, limp, soggy and cold.  Wow, I really would not have minded waiting for some fresh cooked food, guys.  

I cannot see myself going back and spending that kind of money there again, when I have the likes of the Burger Bar and Chip’s here in town where I know I can get quality burgers for less money!!!  

Sadly, I must give Hot Rods a thumbs down.  I truly hope they can straighten some things out and turn it around.  Maybe, I will give it another try in the far far future.  


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Here we are on a Saturday morning and my five year old boy is STARVING!!! I don’t want to just give him some quick breakfast treat.  It is the weekend and he deserves a nice hot meal cooked by his daddy.  If you have ever tried cooking for little ones, then you know that it can truly be a challenge. He seems to get bored of the same old things easily. So, I had to dip into my bag of tricks.  

Suddenly, it occurred to me that my boy loves pizza, so why not make a breakfast pizza. This could be a little challenging considering the wife and I are on a low carb diet.  However, I know of a recipe to make pizza dough using cauliflower and cream cheese which comes out to less than 1 gram of carbs per serving.  

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Now, what am I going to put on it?  Eggs of course, but it needs something else. I needed a high quality breakfast sausage to add a little zing. 

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So, I reached into the fridge to get my Wright Brand breakfast sausage I had bought at Sam’s Club and realized it was the perfect topping for this pizza.  Of course, every pizza needs a sauce, so I can utilize some of the sausage to make my own sausage gravy, thickened with cornstarch to keep carbs low.  

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First, I popped some sausage in the oven to cook, because you never want to top a pizza with raw meat products.  While that was cooking, I ground up the remaining sausage with an onion and made my gravy.  As that simmered I scrambled up some eggs and got them ready.  It is all coming together now!!!  The smell of a high quality sausage like Wright Brand is intoxicating and tantalizing in the morning when you are hungry.  

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Finally, the sausage is cooked, gravy is done, and it is time to build a pizza.  Using a pizza pan or a baking pan like I used, place the crust of your choice in the bottom and spread the gravy evenly across the pizza crust.  Next, top with eggs and cheese.  

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Finally, slice your sausage links and place on top of cheese.  Bake in oven at 400 degrees for about fifteen to twenty minutes.  I should mention, it makes the pizza cook a little better if you precook your crust for ten minutes before building.  Remove from the oven, slice and enjoy.  My boy gobbled it up in no time, and by using a cauliflower crust, I got him to eat his veggies!!!

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Breakfast Pizza


  • twelve piece Wright Brand Sausage (cooked and sliced)
  • two cup sausage gravy
  • two cup shredded cheese
  • one piece premade pizza crust
  • 8 Large eggs (cooked anad scrambled)


Step 1
precook pizza dough
Step 2
spread gravy on crust, top with eggs, cheese and sliced sausage
Step 3
Bake in oven at 400 degrees for fifteen to twenty minutes

Pssstt…I Have a Confession!

So, I am at home today with the day off, and started to try and think about a food post I could do today.  And, nothing was coming to mind, however, I have these thoughts swirling around in my head and need to just air them out.  Warning, this a not a food related post, more of a pouring out of feelings and thoughts.  

So, I have been living with a huge secret for a long time, probably most of my life actually!  I am AFRAID!!!!  That is right, I am a scared scared little man trapped inside the shell of an outgoing, loud and obnoxious man.  Now, don’t misunderstand, I do consider myself to be a strong person, I can stand up for myself and others when needed.  However, I do still live in fear, mostly of failure I suppose.  You see nothing I ever have set my heart on doing, has basically ended in failure.  Went to college and flunked out.  Spent my years working in kitchens hoping to one day work in some amazing restaurant and be noted for my food and creativity.  Instead I wound up climbing the ladder only to sabotage myself by falling into alcohol and drugs.  Made it to assistant market manager for a grocery chain and just could not stop voicing my opinion and wound up getting fired.  Have an amazing wife, who I seem to take for granted time and time again.  And, a six year old boy, who simply wants his daddy to play with him.  But, I am so fat I rarely have the energy to do anything with him.

Here I am now, working at another grocery store again, trying to work from the ground up, again!!!  While my wife busts her tail working her full time job for the state, constantly doing paid posts on her blog as well as running campaigns for other bloggers.  Three jobs, and I cannot even find one decent one to take on some of the burden.  Not to mention, this amazing woman drives us around everywhere we need to go, because we only have one car and I do not know how to drive a standard.  I know, sad, but I grew up in the city where those were not really an ideal style of car.  She truly is the strongest and most amazing person I know.  I really don’t know how she does it most of the time.  And, I know for sure I don’t show her enough how much I appreciate her and love her more than anything else on this planet!!  I live in constant fear that this strong, amazing, superwoman is going to get fed up and leave me.  This would simply kill me in every sense of the word.  I was a lost soul until I met her and never want to know that person I was again.  

I have recently applied for some other part time jobs to try and pull my weight a little  more. I also, try to get some shops for my blog as well.  Got three right away and have gotten none for like two months until my wife came to my rescue and hired me for a campaign due this Monday.  She is so gifted when it comes to computers, writing, blogging and directing others with the most perfect sensitivity towards others.  I love her so much, and want to make her life so much easier.  I pray each day for the Lord to guide me down the right path to accomplish this.  I really have only seen one way out, and that is to open up a food truck or restaurant of my own.  Cooking is what I know best and love to do for a living more than anything else.  However, hard work like that is something I want to do for myself and my family, not to line the pockets of somebody else anymore.  I know this is a far fetched dream, but maybe some day it will come to fruition.  And, when that day comes, I can finally hold my head up high and tell my wife to relax, have fun, and quit your job.  She deserves to be taken care of for a change, and to stop raising “two” children and focus on the one we have together.  I love you baby, more than you will ever know.  I am the happiest and most blessed man to have you in my life.  I vow to never take you for granted anymore and to do anything and everything to make you happy.  To close out, I must quote a great pillar of television and say, “Baby, you’re the greatest!”

My Dream Dinner Party Guest List

So, here I am thinking about who I would invite to the ultimate dinner party past or present.  This list is so hard to narrow down because the possibilities are endless, however, I want to keep it somewhat manageable in order to visit with all my guests.

  1. Phil Robertson– If you ever just sit back and listen to what the man actually is saying during his speeches or on the show, his wisdom is beyond comprehension.  His love for the Lord and all of humanity is unconditional and he truly is a man whom I believe can help resurrect this decaying society in which we live today!

  2. Ronald Reagan– The greatest President of the last half century!  After our beloved peanut farmer of a President brought this country to its knees and to long lines at the gas stations, he stepped in with the old school American belief system.  Love and obey the Lord.  Love and obey your country.  Love yourself and have pride in yourself to get up, go to work and be self-reliant.  Too many people these days always like to place blame on others or rely on others to carry the load for them.  Nobody owes anyone anything. We all owe it to the Lord to live by His word, obey His commandments and do for ourselves!  That is the true American way and the way President Reagan ran this country for eight years and brought us back from the brink of further financial and moral disaster!  Uh oh, sounds like we might need to learn from his example.  Remember those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

  3. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.– The most influential civil rights leader of his time or any other would definitely be invited.  His perseverance and strength to stand up for what he believed in is a highly admirable attribute.  His lack of fear when staring in the eye of hatred is to be highly respected.  And yet what I find to be the most amazing ideal of Dr. King is his ability to still love and forgive.  No matter how backed into a corner he was he resisted the temptation to fight violence with violence.  No matter how many times he witnessed injustice and mistreatment his love for his fellow man never waned.  Another truly remarkable man whom I can only hope to try to emulate.  Extremely sad that he was taken from us. Who knows how much more good he could have done for all humanity.

  4. Abraham Lincoln – Gotta respect a man who goes against the majority to stand up for what is right.  Fighting for freedom is what this country was founded on and for the first time someone actually stood up for the statement ‘all men are created equal’. In the end, it cost him his life, but he died for his cause. In my opinion, probably the greatest President of all time!

  5. Gordon Ramsay  I have mad respect for this man and his passion for food and for helping others succeed.  Besides, someone has to critique the food!

  6. Jackie Kennedy – The stoic longtime matriarch of one of the most influential and controversial families in American history. I have to admire a woman who can show so much grace during times of crisis as she did through all the tragic events that have fallen upon this family.

  7. Marilyn Monroe  No party would be complete without the ultra-famous actress of 30 movies during her short-lived life. Her rumored affair with JFK would make for interesting conversation with Jackie.  And besides, a little eye candy never hurt!

  8. Jesus – The only son of the Lord, our God, who was sacrificed for all of our sins, would be at the top of my list.  I think at this point in time in our country and our world we could use a whole lot of Jesus in our lives.  His wisdom, compassion and unconditional love is just what this country needs.  Along with the discipline of learning to follow His examples of how to act.  His omnipotence is always welcome at my parties, in a hope that His influence and grace may fall upon some guests and perhaps change their lives as mine has been changed.  Thank you, Lord, for sacrificing your only son so that we may continue to live to serve you!!
And with that I will end my list, for no one can and will ever follow after Jesus.  Not sure what I would serve, but that is for another post.  Oh, maybe, I would send a half-hearted invite to Barack Obama.  Perhaps, all these great people can rub off on him!

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

A New Year, A New Me and Much Improved Blog!!!

So, here we are, 2014, a new year is here and time for some changes!!  As this rebirth begins I found myself back at  once again in www.healthyfiguresweightloss.com in an attempt to conquer my constant problem of my weight.  I know that most people put on a few pounds during the holiday season, but I seem to put on weight during every season and am tired of being tired!  My knees hurt, my back hurts and my relationships with my wife and son are hurting because I never feel like doing anything.

And so, this year I am committed to changing me, which in turn will change, hopefully for the better, my interactions and activities with my family.  My wife is my rock and without her none of who I am today would be possible.  And therefore, I am recommitting myself to her, my son and the lord.  I believe that taking care of myself and working this diet plan with her is going to be the beginning of strengthening our bond once again. 

This is day one, and I am already feeling rejuvenated, excited and ready to take on the world.  And it is with this blog that I intend to share these experiences with my readers.  I am selecting Friday as my day to keep all of you updated and to share with you some different, tasty and fun healthy recipes for you and your family.  So stay tuned as we share this journey of health, family and the lord together.  God Bless You All!!

What was your New Year’s Resolutions?

Spice Up Date Night With Some Adventurous Foodplay!

Probably not your typical food blog post, but I like to cover all the bases of food!  And I am here to share with you all the benefits of food in your life.  Now as we all know breakfast in bed for your loved one is romantic, but when the sun goes down food can   take the forefront as an erotic adventure.

Now this might sound backwards, but prior to beginning your sexy buffet you should consider using a set of older sheets.  A set that if they get too messy you won’t mind just throwing away or washing and keeping for next time.  And then it is time to plan and prepare your menu.  Using a combination of foods that provide some physical benefits along with some that are just plain erotic is definitely the way to go.  Not to mention, it helps to awaken all your senses, which can only help to intensify the experience.

  1. Bananas – while the obvious use is there, what you might not know is that the potassium in bananas provides better blood flow which will provide for more sensitivity, a more rigid penis for your man and enlarged clitoris for your woman.  However, if you choose to go the more obvious route with this fruit, might I suggest washing it and using a condom to avoid any major discomfort or germs.
  2. Strawberries – Strawberries are a fruit that is high in antioxidants and vitamin c which again opens up the arteries and allows for better blood flow.  They also help with an increased sperm count and a much more forceful orgasm for the man.  Not too mention nothing sexier than feeding strawberries dipped in chocolate or whipped cream to your loved one, licking off any that might drip along the way.
  3. Chocolate – Chocolate is one of the greatest foods for aiding in a increased libido.  Also, it’s various uses allows for many different options.  Try chocolate pudding, spread it all over your loved one and go to town slowly licking it off little by little.  Also, ladies, as a man it is an extreme turn on to watch you suck chocolate off of our fingers. Let’s our imaginations go wild as to what may be next!
  4. Ice – just slowly dripping it little by little on the belly, or rubbing it directly on the nipples or the nape of the neck is so hot.  I mean come on, most of us can remember that steamy scene in 9 1/2 weeks right?
  5. Popsicles – just another example of something cold to drip onto your hot bodies to lick off and stimulate  the erogenous zones.  Not to mention, if you have a more adventurous partner a little penetration can offer some amazing new feelings within along with providing a simply delicious addition to the already tantalizing good eats that lie between your lady’s legs.
  6. Mangoes – one of the sweetest tasting and smelling fruit there is, just watch the juices run down your significant others chins as your feed it to them, then lick up all the juices paying special attention to their neck.  I love the neck, and I know my wife loved soft kisses to her neck as well.
  7. Whipped Cream – a good homemade whipped cream is so classic, but still one of the best options out there.  Nothing better than licking off a whipped cream bikini from you woman, or for ladies you could try licking off a whipped cream jock strap from your man.      

These are just a few examples of fun foods you can play with in bed.  You definitely should give some of these a try, I guarantee fun for all involved.  Hey babe, you reading this and getting any ideas? Wink Wink!

Are there any foods you find erotic or fun to play with in bed?


A Tribute to Martha Stewart America’s Beloved Hypocrite

Yes, I am jumping on this bandwagon a little late, but I cannot sit back any longer and keep my feelings in any longer.  Martha Stewart I am here tell you that I am one of the many bloggers whom you offended with your recent comments.  

Claiming that bloggers are not professionals and basically just plagiarise their ideas and put untested recipes on their blogs is kind of like the pot calling the kettle black! Don’t you think?  I mean you have created an entire empire of stealing and exploiting other people’s recipes and craft ideas.  Just look at your own show, when is the last time you even appeared without having a chef there next to you doing the recipes you are so proud to display?  And, you may be creative, but there is no way you have cornered the market on all ways to utilize a pine cone in a craft project!  I will always remember the day in the 90’s where you showed the world a new way to make a turkey, deep-fried?  Nevermind the fact that the beautiful people of Cajun Country have been doing it for generations!

There are a lot of us bloggers who have gone to college, worked as chefs, and have artistic talents and integrity just like you claim to have.  Giving each and every one of us just as many qualifications as you did when you started out.  I think the biggest problem is that you are upset that your loyal followers are no longer just that, but have become your competition in your single-handedly created venue of “lifestyle” media and trends.  Lest we not forget that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.  I don’t understand why you have so much hatred in your heart.  Perhaps it is greed, envy or just plain being a bitch, but seriously, get over yourself.  You are not the be all and end all of all things fashion, crafts and food!  Perhaps setting an example or being a mentor would be a more appropriate way to go.  

Finally, you owe the blogging world a huge apology for your recent comments.  I cannot fathom how one year you are giving a speech at a blogging convention and the next you are belittling and degrading all of them who once looked to you as the example and trendsetter.  If you ask me, you have always been a hack and the only trend you started recently was being the only billionaire who could not buy their way out of prison!!!  Have a nice day and may you some day find God in your heart and realize the errors of your ways.

Halloween Fun With Nestle Candies and Tombstone Pizzas

My five year old boy loves Halloween and his excitement gets my creative juices flowing, so as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® and Nestle, I am showing my creative side while having fun with my son!  Also, be sure to check out more at http://www.walmart.com/nestle.

Candy Graveyard #TrickUrTreat #shop #cbias

I know it sounds weird, but my boy is crazy about zombies and loves his weekly visit to granny’s house to watch his zombie show with her.  So, being Halloween, I was trying to think of how I could incorporate his love for the undead and the holiday into a fun and spooky snack for all of us to enjoy.  

Tombstone Pizza Halloween #TrickUrTreat #shop #cbias

So, off to Walmart I go to look for some ideas.  It was not but a few steps into the store when I walked by the pizzas and saw Tombstone Pizzas with monsters on the packaging.  Perfect, dinner is served!  My boy picked the pumpkin because he loves his cheese pizza.  

Continuing on, I found the candy aisle and saw a whole lot of candy to choose from, but the Nestle Crunch, Butterfinger and Nerds fun size bags just seemed to be screaming out at me.  Somehow they told me in their own special candy way that I need to make some cupcakes and a cemetery out of them.  Looking around to complete the graveyard, I picked up a few odds and ends and headed to the register, paid, and off to the house we go.

Daddy and Goober baking #TrickUrTreat #shop #cbias

Once home, I started by melting down a big bag of Nestle Tollhouse Semisweet Chocolate Chips with a spoon of vegetable oil.  Spread it out over some parchment in a cookie sheet and put it in the fridge to set up. I grabbed a box of cake mix, and whipped it up adding some crushed butterfingers, YUMMY!  As they cooked I started to unwrap the Crunch bars with the help of my trusty assistant.

Zombie Graveyard with Candy #TrickUrTreat #shop #cbias

Once the chocolate set, it was time to build a graveyard.  Using some green frosting, I marked off all the grave sites, placed a Crunch bar at the top of each for the headstones, and laid a Butterfinger across the grave for the coffins.  I found some sugar skulls to represent the dead rising from their graves and no graveyard would be complete without the army of gummy monsters standing guard at the front of the cemetery.  

Butterfinger Cupcakes NERDS Topping

After the cupcakes cooled, the boy and I frosted them with some orange frosting and grabbed up some nerds to sprinkle over the top.  I love to incorporate several textures into everything, and the Nerds provided a well needed crunch to the cupcakes as well as looking nice on top.  My boy kept saying that his cupcakes were better than mine because he is an artist!  How do you argue with that?

Pizza is done!  Time to eat some dinner and then go straight for the sugar high and eventual crash.  Thank goodness it is close to bed time!

Butterfinger Cupcakes


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups Butterfingers (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 can Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Few drop Orange Food Coloring
  • 1 cup Nerds (various colors)


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, butter, eggs and water. Mix together until all lumps are gone.
Step 2
Fold in coarsely chopped Butterfingers until well incorporated.
Step 3
Put liners in each spot of a mini cupcake pan, and spoon in batter about 2/3 of the way up each liner.
Step 4
Bake at 350 degrees for fifteen minutes. Take out and allow to cool before frosting.
Step 5
In a small bowl spoon out frosting and adding just one or two drops of orange food coloring at a time, mix together until desired color is achieved.
Step 6
Get your children and frost some cupcakes, and top with Nerds candy.



Easy Recipes for a Delicious Family Meal with Land O’ Lakes #SauteExpress

Working in retail keeps me from cooking for my family every night, so I’m sharing easy recipes, as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® and Land O’Lakes, to help make a delicious family meal.

Lemon Pepper Chicken w Grilled Vegetables #SauteExpress #shop #cbias


Can you feel the sarcasm in that statement?  Haha!  

But, seriously it is my chosen career path and I have learned to adapt, along with my wife and son, to the odd schedule I am forced to keep with being a butcher.  And, this is where I thank the people at Land O’ Lakes for creating the awesome product, Land O’Lakes Sauté Express® Sauté Starter.  

As some of you may know, I was a chef for twenty years prior to changing professions to that of a butcher.  And being a chef I have never expected my wife to have to do much of the cooking.  I love to explore and create with new flavors to expose my wife and son to the awesome foods this planet has to offer.  Herein lies the problem!  

Saute chicken with #SauteExpress #shop #cbias

Working in a grocery store I am usually not home to prepare dinner for my family.  My wife and son have become rather spoiled by my cooking and when I am not here, bless her heart, the wife lacks the training and time to cook as I do.  After all, she works a full time job, writes her own blog, raises our child (awesome job by the way babe!) and drives our one car family all over the planet (I cannot drive a stick!).  

Land O' Lakes Saute Express #SauteExpress #shop #cbias

Anyway, I was shopping in Walmart one day and over in the dairy aisle I came across these Land O’Lakes Sauté Express® Sauté Starter flavored butters and instantly fell in love.  The five flavors offer an amazing opportunity for my wife to cook without having to spend much time or effort in making a delicious meal for her and the boy.

Sauté Express offers five flavors for your creativity to run wild with:  Garlic & Herb, Savory Butter & Olive Oil, Italian, Lemon Pepper and Teriyaki.  All five have been tested and proven to be amazingly delicious in this household.  

Also, the website for Sauté Express offers recipes for you to try out and plan your weeks.  This is what we have been doing and it totally has been offering our family some desperately needed variety!  At the beginning of the week, my wife and I go through and decide what recipes we want to try and then we set up which day we want to have what. We make a quick trip to the store and our dinners for the week are set!

grilled portabella mushrooms peppers and aparagus #SauteExpress #shop #cbias


Here is a week of dinners for our family using Land O’Lakes Sauté Express® Sauté Starters:

Sunday          Lemon Pepper Chicken with Grilled Vegetables

Monday         Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry

Tuesday         BLT Chicken Pasta

Wednesday      Lemon Pepper Fish Tacos  

Thursday        Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

Friday              Italian Shrimp Caprese Pasta

Saturday         Teriyaki Chicken Bites with Peanut Sauce

Garlic Herb white wine sauce #SauteExpress #shop #cbias

Today, being Sunday, I prepared lemon pepper chicken with grilled vegetables, using the Lemon Pepper and Garlic and Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starters.

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Grilled Vegetables


  • 4 each thin slices chicken breast
  • 1/2lb asparagus
  • 3 Large portabella mushrooms (make sure to clean gills from underside of mushroom)
  • 3 Large peppers (assorted colors for contrast and flavor)
  • 2 cubes Land O’Lakes Sauté Express® Sauté Starter: Lemon Pepper
  • 6 cubes Land O’Lakes Sauté Express® Sauté Starter: Garlic and Herb
  • 2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 pinch Salt and Pepper
  • 1 cup Dry White Wine (Only use wine that you would drink, no cooking wine)
  • 2 Small Roma Tomatoes (Seeded and Diced)


Step 1
Combine oil, soy sauce, worcestershire, salt and pepper together and pour over the vegetables. Set aside
Step 2
In a saute pan, place two cubes of lemon pepper Saute Express and melt. Once melted, add chicken and leave on a medium high heat.
Step 3
Allow chicken to brown on both sides and continue slowly cooking until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Step 4
Heat up grill pan and place vegetables on and cook for two to three minutes per side.
Step 5
In a separate pan, add wine and tomatoes on a medium high heat and reduce until only 1/4 of the liquid remains. Add all six cubes of garlic and herb Saute Express into the pan and slowly stir. Once butter begins to melt, remove from heat and continue stirring until butter is completely incorporated and sauce is rich and thick.
Step 6
Arrange vegetables on plate, top with chicken and drizzle sauce over the top. Serve and Enjoy!