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Chicken drumsticks are glazed and baked with an easy, sweet hoisin glaze in this recipe for Hoisin Glazed Chicken.

Hoisin Glazed Chicken on Taste and Tell



If you would have asked me 8 years ago if I liked hoisin sauce, I probably would have looked at you with a blank stare on my face. There are many reasons why I am so glad I started blogging many, many years ago, but one of them is that it has brought new ingredients and foods into my life.

I was actually thinking about this just the other day. Wondering how different things would be if I wasn’t a food blogger. Would I still cook different recipes just about every night, or would I stick to a handful of favorites? Would I still have ideas of recipes pop into my head that I would spend try after try perfecting? Or would I stick with recipes from online or cookbooks, not deviating from the instructions? I started blogging not long after I got married, and before I had kids, so this is really all I know. I didn’t cook a lot when I was single (although I did love to – it just is a whole new ballgame when you only have to take care of yourself.)
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A healthier way to serve a favorite dip, this Spinach Artichoke Spaghetti Squash Recipe has squash combined with spinach, artichokes, and a creamy cheese sauce.

Spinach Artichoke Spaghetti Squash on Taste and Tell



I have been on a bit of a spaghetti squash kick lately. And while I love it, I will never be that person who says that you can eat it in place of actual spaghetti and never know the difference. It’s just not true. While it is delicious, and is the same shape, it does not actually taste like spaghetti.

Now that the weather is finally warming up, lighter meals are on the minds of many. You all know I love my comfort food, so I decided that I needed a way to combine comfort with light. And while I would love to sit down to a big bowl of cheesy, creamy pasta every night, I know that it’s not smartest thing to do. So I decided to do the next best thing. Fake it.
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Beef Brisket is slow cooked and served on tortillas with cheese and sautéed onions and peppers, then served alongside the pan juices for dipping.

Brisket Tacos, Dallas Style on Taste and Tell



If you are a regular reader here, you already know that I’m a big fan of Tex-Mex/Mexican/Southwestern foods. We eat them at least once a week here at home, and if I had to choose a favorite type of food, that is what I’d choose.

So when I saw pictures of Lisa Fain’s newest cookbook – The Homesick Texan’s Family Table – popping up all over Instagram a little while back, I knew I had to have a copy of it.

Homesick Texan‘s Family Table by Lisa Fain

I was first intrigued by the cover recipe, so I quickly ordered a copy of the book to recreate that recipe for the Culinary Covers blog. And from there, I just couldn’t stop.
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The perfect snickerdoodle recipe, these snickerdoodle cookies are soft and chewy and full of cinnamon-sugar flavor.

Mrs Sigg’s Snickerdoodles on Taste and Tell

Photos Updated May 2014




Originally published May 17, 2007 – When I first made these cookies back in 2007, they instantly became a favorite, and they still are today. This has become my go-to snickerdoodle. I brought some to a family picnic recently, so I thought I’d snap a few new photos and reshare the recipe today. The secret to these cookies is to make sure they are not overcooked. I will even take a minute or two off of the cooking time sometimes! And my favorite is making the cookies twice the size as usual – they are soft and cinnamon-y and just perfect!!

I don’t know who Mrs. Sigg is, but she can come over to my house whenever she wants……
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An easy, tender beef roast recipe made in the slow cooker, then served on rolls with an easy Ranch Horseradish sauce.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches on Taste and Tell



I am a warm weather girl through and through. I can handle winter for about a month, and then I’m complaining of the cold and wishing for warm weather.

But my one problem with the warm weather is that I don’t know how to cook in the summer.

Yes – I know that produce is awesome, but I crave lasagna and soup and comforting chicken dishes year round. So the temperatures might be going up, and the farmer’s markets might be opening, but I’m stuck not even knowing what to make for dinner.
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This Shrimp and Grits Casserole is a southern staple served casserole style.

Shrimp and Grits Casserole on Taste and Tell



Why is it that casseroles are typically looked down upon? I know that sometimes they might not be as pretty as some other dishes, but it just seems like “casserole” is a dirty word to some people.

Luckily, I’m not one of those people. In fact, I’m a casserole loving girl. Almost always comforting, these meals typically served family style from a 9×13-inch baking dish are usually down home, no fuss, easy weeknight dinners. And most of the time, that is exactly what I’m looking for in a dinner recipe.
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