Slow cookin’ with Pete: Fast and easy slow cooker meatloaf

If I had to name my top five entrees, meatloaf would be on that list. Maybe not No. 1, but it is definitely among...

Hang out in The Yard: New 17th Street bar is all outdoors

Looking for a low-key hangout on 17th Street in downtown McAllen? The new bar, The Yard on Dallas Ave. (more on the name later),...

Slow Cookin’ with Pete: Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with this enchilada casserole

If anyone wants to invite me to a Dia de los Muertos party or potluck, I’ll bring the perfect dish — slow cooker enchilada...

Genius in a Bottle: Decanting a bottle of house wine serves no purpose and...

BY CARLOS CARDENASThe restaurant industry isn’t easy work. But ask anyone who has worked in a restaurant for years and many of them will...

It’s as easy as chicken, salsa and cheese

After a crazy week of rain and flooding, I needed a simple, stress-free slowcooker recipe, preferably one with five ingredients or less.I found this...

Slow Cookin’ with Pete: Garlic mashed potatoes for Easter dinner

Owning a slow cooker has allowed me to try new things. Before my slow cooker, I would have never attempted to make mashed potatoes....

Weslaco pitmaster changed careers to pursue passion

Smokin’ Moon & Beer Garden pitmaster Joel Garcia said his passion for barbecue blossomed while traveling around Texas, crossing off his list of the...

Genius in a Bottle: What’s your favorite wine? It depends on the season

BY CARLOS CARDENASWorking as a wine professional, I’ve been asked many interesting questions, but by far the most difficult is, “What is YOUR favorite...

Slow Cookin’ with Pete: A healthy, protein-packed recipe perfect for meal prepping

Using a slow cooker has been my way of meal prepping. I will make two slow cooker meals a week which will last me...

Surgery has surprisingly been a treatment for Type 2 diabetes

BY Dr. Mario del Pino and Diana F. Ramirez | Special to The MonitorDoctors were not expecting that gastric bypass could eliminate diabetes. In...