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Last week my husband and I took a Anniversary/Christmas trip to Jackson Hole, WY for three days of skiing.  Each day we tried somewhere different for our apres ski drinks and snacks…but one theme remained consistent at each location – Buffalo nachos.  Buffalo nachos were on every Apres menu we saw, and I am pretty sure that they were on every restaurant’s menu we dined at as well.  So here is my take on what I think was in these nachos.  We enjoyed them – as you will see!

Buffalo (or any type of meat) Nachos

1 lb chopped buffalo meat, ground beef, diced or shredded chicken

1 bag tortilla chips (I prefer El Milagro for nachos)

2 cups shredded cheese, like a Mexican style mix or cheddar-jack mix

1 medium tomato, diced

1/4 cup sliced black olives

1/4 cup sliced jalapeno peppers

1 cup chili, heated

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup guacamole

1/4 cup salsa or pico de gallo

salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large frying pan over medium heat, brown your choice of meat with salt & pepper.  Break the meat into small pieces while cooking.  Drain off the grease, and set aside. 

Place the chili in a saucepan over medium heat, stir until heated through.

Layer tortilla chips and cheese on a large oven safe platter.   Arrange the meat on top, and cover with more cheese.  Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until all the cheese has melted.  Then top with remaining ingredients and enjoy!

These nachos were devoured at the Mangy Moose in Teton Village.  I can’t believe we left one stinking chip on the plate after all that….  These are great for Apres Ski, as an appetizer or even a late night snack!  I really want some nachos now after writing this blog post.  REALLY want some nachos.  Seriously.

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This past weekend I took a trip to Austin with a couple of girlfriends.  That was my first trip to Texas, and I found Austin to be a great city!  It was big enough to keep us busy, but small enough that we could walk to most destinations.  Austin is a great city for eating too!  We ate at quite a few restaurants, not to mention a food fest, as well as the flagship Whole Foods (which was amazing).  Below are the culinary highlights of the weekend.

South Congress Cafe   www.southcongresscafe.com

This was by far one of my favorite meals.  Great mix of things on the menu.  Between the three of us we had butternut squash soup, shrimp quesadillas, duck & oyster gumbo, and a shiitake & blue cheese certified Angus burger.  All were amazing.

Z’Tejas  www.ztejas.com

Great, fresh tasting margaritas and tableside guacamole!  I love anything prepared tableside.  I’ve been to the Z’Tejas in Scottsdale and it was great as well.  Good bet for a chain restaurant.

Stubb’s  www.stubbsaustin.com

Apparently an Austin institution, we made the pilgrimage.  In reality, we had every intention of making a trek out to the Salt Lick, but were without a car.  The Salt Lick was featured on Man vs. Food and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.  Despite the lure of the open pit in the middle of the restaurant and BYOB, we couldn’t  justify the $100 rental car for less than one day.  So Stubbs it was!  Meat was tender, sides were tasty, and the beer was cold.  What more could we have asked for?

Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival  www.gypsypicnic.com

We were very excited to stumble upon an advertisement for this event.  After all, we had heard very good things about some of the many food trailers in Austin.  So what better way to culminate our culinary experience than a one-stop shop of 30 trailers?  Well, we weren’t the only ones with this idea.  The lure of free entry and free music brought hoards of people to Auditorium Shores park.  The lines for each trailer averaged about 45 minutes…but the wait for beer was less than 5.  There was so much we wanted to try, but so little patience to wait.  So two beers and two sandwiches later – we left.  This brisket sandwich with mashed potatoes was  really tasty, as was the beer.

Bess Bistro  www.bessbistro.com

Sandra Bullock’s restaurant in Austin, Bess Bistro, was a lovely little place with a great menu.  French fare with a bit of the South mixed in.  The fried green tomatoes served over a crab salad and drizzled with sriracha were absolutely delicious, as were our entrees which included steak frites, croque monsieur, and buttermilk fried chicken.  Honorable mention will also go to one of my favorite wines – Chateau Lamothe, a white Bordeaux.

A few other places we also enjoyed!

Hey Cupcake  www.heycupcake.com

The Ginger Man  http://aus.gingermanpub.com/

Whole Foods   http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lamar/

This was truly the mother of all Whole Foods – a true mecca for WF lovers!

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