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Weekend Chef: My Foodie Year in Review

Posted 1:13am on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

Well, another year bites the dust. Time for me to reflect on all the foodie things I did this past year. And guess what? 2013 was a great year for food and me!

I had lessons from both Chef Tim Love and Chef Tim Byres on the finer art of cooking steaks, gave some cooking demos and judged a couple of food competitions. I ate some very extreme food at Texas Motor Speedway and also ate my weight in sushi in Chicago. I had a special cooking section that ran in the Star-Telegram and put together an iPhone web app on how to cook Turkeys. But best of all has been my Weekend Chef cooking blog with all the things I have cooked this year and shared on my blog.

I put together a slideshow above this story that recaps the food I cooked this year along with links to the recipes. So be sure to check it out!

I have also picked out my top five dishes that I fixed in 2013, and my reasoning behind why I think they were special this year. Check those out below.

And finally, I just want to say thank you for checking out my weekend food adventures here on DFW.com!

My top five dishes for 2013

Last year, bacon seemed to be a theme, but this year it was all about the steak! First I had lessons from both Chef Tim Love and Chef Tim Byres on fixing steaks. Then I traveled to Omaha and cooked up some corn-fed beef. I fixed herb steak, basic steak and even wrote a Steak 101 beginners guide! Needless to say, I cooked my weight in steaks this year, but my top steak for 2013 is my Coffee Crusted Cowboy Steak. What is not to love? It is a 2-inch thick bone-in rib-eye steak, usually around 2 pounds in weight. The rib bone is trimmed so you have a nice handle to flip your steak with. And with a big steak you can use big flavors! I'm talking a coffee and chili power packed on to make a crust. Check out the recipe here. Keeping with the “Cowboy” theme, my next favorite dish for 2013 is my Cowboy Beans. It is not every day you can work a clip of the classic campfire scene from Blazing Saddles into a story, but for this it was a natural fit. Plus I add an ingredient that makes the beans easier to digest. That way your're less likely to have your own re-enactment of the Blazing Saddles melee. Check out the classic campfire scene from Blazing Saddles and get the bean recipe here. When I think of fresh shrimp, I normally think of getting them in Galveston or Port Aransas. But last September, I took a road trip to Wise County to pick up some freshly harvested freshwater prawns (also called freshwater shrimp) from the Bryan Farms in Rhome. Now that was some fresh shrimp, and they tasted like lobster! Definitely worth a spot in my top dishes of 2013! You can check out more info on Bryan Farms here, along with a recipe. Do you know what else taste like lobster? Lobster! And lobster even tastes better when it is served with a bacon butter sauce. I fixed this for my wife on Valentine’s Day to make up for the Valentine’s Day Jerky fiasco of 2012, making this one of my favorite meals of 2013. Readers agreed: this was one of my most read recipes in 2013. Get the recipe here. I know I just cooked this, but how often do you get to cook a $200 piece of meat? Talk about ending the year with a bang! So to finish out this year's top dishes, I am choosing my Christmas rib roast. We are talking $200 worth of prime graded rib roast that was browned with a blowtorch and slow roasted to medium rare. Add some homemade horseradish cream sauce and you are having one very nice holiday feast! Find the recipe here.

My favorite video from this year is from when I was able to check out Chef Tim Love's tailgating truck!

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