4 Simple Sauces for Summer Grilling

4 Simple Sauces for Summer Grilling

Happy Memorial Day weekend! We are so ready for school to be over and summer to start. (But ask me in two weeks and I’ll probably be counting down to September, ha!) Are you planning to break out the grill over the long weekend? If so, here are for four simple sauces to serve with your meal. 1.  Easy […]

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Epic French Toast

Epic French Toast

My daughter loves French Toast. She asks for it every morning, often while EVERYONE IS STILL ASLEEP INCLUDING THE SUN. Which raises the question: why do children like to wake up before sunrise, especially on weekends? I’ve heard about parents who have trained their children to stay in bed until a certain time. We are so not those […]

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5 Things I'm Loving at Trader Joe's

5 Things I’m Loving at Trader Joe’s

The countdown to summer has officially begun! We are already thinking about all the things we want to do: go to the beach, get snow cones, swim at night, go fishing, picnic at the pool, make cherry limeade (pictured above) and lots more fun stuff! And with summer so close we can almost taste it, […]

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3 Simple Steps to Perfectly-Ripe Avocados Every Day of the Week

3 Simple Steps to Perfectly-Ripe Avocados Every Day of the Week

I see this post on Instagram every so often and it always makes me laugh: Because it has totally happened to me. Like 8 million times. Which is probably why I make this blended avocado salsa so often; it’s a great way to use slightly over-the-hill avocados. (It’s also delicious!) But mushy avocados won’t work when […]

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Easy Gluten-Free Egg Casserole

Easy Gluten-Free Egg Casserole

I love easy recipes. And I’m talkin’ “don’t even need to get out a knife” easy. That is this recipe. For a basic gluten-free egg casserole, all you need are: eggs, milk, shredded potatoes, cheese and a little S&P. Buy the cheese and potatoes already shredded. Do you know about pre-shredded potatoes? Like these by Cascadian Farms: Or these […]

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All the Mexican Recipes You Need!

All the Mexican Recipes You Need!

I’m posting these for Cinco de Mayo, but these recipes yummy Mexican recipes are also great for easy weeknight meals, or Mexican-themed dinner parties. Of course, for a truly perfect occasion, add margaritas! Easiest Crockpot Pork Verde (gluten free) Easiest Crockpot Chicken Tinga Tacos (gluten free) Crockpot Barbacoa (gluten free) Authentic Caldo de Res (gluten free) Ceviche (gluten free) Ceviche tostadas (gluten […]

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Lebanese Baked Eggplant (Sheik 'al Mishee)

Lebanese Baked Eggplant (Sheik ‘al Mishee)

Have you ever tried Lebanese baked eggplant? Also known as “Sheik ‘al Mishee” (or “Sheik ‘al Mehshe”), which translates to “Dish Fit for a King.” And it really is that good. You start with eggplant, which is broiled until brown and then baked until soft. The eggplant is layered with ground beef and a rich tomato […]

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Tres Leches Coconut Macaroons

Tres Leches Coconut Macaroons

My mom loves coconut macaroons, and all coconut desserts, really. So growing up we ate a lot of coconut paletas (sort of an ice-creamy popsicle), coconut cakes, and cakes covered in coconut. If you like coconut, too, you will love these cookies! They are so simple to make (just five ingredients!), and everything a coconut macaroon should be […]

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Baked Salmon with Lemon-Dill Sauce

Baked Salmon with Lemon-Dill Sauce

Baked salmon with easy lemon-dill sauce is one of our favorite weeknight meals, so I’m excited to share it with you! For the salmon, I always try to find a wild-caught selection that is either fresh or frozen. Right now, I am loving the organic wild-caught salmon from HEB (in the fish case). I also […]

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Salmon Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Easy Cilantro Lime Sauce

Have you made my cilantro-lime sauce yet? It really is the best sauce ever, and goes well with almost everything! But don’t take my word for it ;) This is what readers are saying: I made this for fish tacos. It was so good that my family ended up using it has a dip for crackers and veggies. The […]

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Punny Food Valentines!

Punny Food Valentines!

Hello! It has been too long! Are you on instagram? I rarely get to my computer for a full blog post these days (see sweet sleeping baby below), but I do post daily food inspiration and other fun ideas to my instagram feed (@mariesaba), so come join me over there if you’d like! Now, let’s talk. […]

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Easy Chicken Tinga Tacos

Easy Chicken Tinga Tacos

I posted these chicken tinga tacos on my instagram feed yesterday and a few friends asked for the recipe. Shannon, Krista and Allison: Here it is! Hope you get a chance to try it! So there are a lot of great recipes out there for chicken tinga (basically, shredded chicken in a tomato-chipotle sauce), but unfortunately, most of them involve […]

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More Food Art Fun! Bitzer for Breakfast

More Food Art Fun! Bitzer for Breakfast

Happy July! We spent the past week on vacation and it was so good to get away! Unplugged. Disconnected. And completely carefree. After such a great time, we have been slow to get back in the swing of things. Thank goodness for the Fourth of July weekend, yet another excuse to laze around with the […]

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Easy Citrus Marinade for Chicken

Easy Citrus Marinade for Chicken

With summer here, doesn’t anything citrusy sound superb? Like homemade cherry limeade, Lemon-tarragon sauce, Cilantro-lime sauce, And this citrus-marinated chicken. The citrus marinade keeps the chicken light and juicy, and adds a hint of sweetness. It’s so easy, too. Just whisk the ingredients together, and then marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for a few hours (I use a […]

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Shaun the Sheep: More Food Art Fun!

Shaun the Sheep: More Food Art Fun!

It’s all things Shaun the Sheep over here these days! I learned about the series only recently, but was quickly hooked. Why? Well, unlike most fast-moving-bright-lights-in-your-face cartoons for kids these days, Shaun the Sheep is claymation. As in, little clay figures that have to be adjusted manually — millimeter by millimeter — for every single movement. […]

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Summer Fun: Food Art & Shaun the Sheep

Summer Fun: Food Art & Shaun the Sheep

This is me every June: “Yay Summer! Woohoo!! . . . Wait, what are we gonna DO all summer?” Here are 20 ideas from last year, and 10 more here. This year, we got this sprinkler and this slip-n-slide and have loved both so far! Wanna know what else we’re doing this summer? Food art! That’s right . […]

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Tart

Gluten-Free Chocolate Tart

This chocolate tart is one of my all-time top five desserts. It’s easy to make, rich and satisfying, and absolutely stunning to serve. The other wonderful thing about this chocolate tart is its simplicity. The filling requires just a handful of real-food ingredients: butter, cream, vanilla, chocolate, and a pinch of cinnamon. The crust, however, is not […]

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Stacked Pear Spinach Salad

Stacked Pear Spinach Salad

Have you ever seen a salad so beautiful? Oh I just love everything about it. The pear goes so well with the maple-syrup vinaigrette, blue cheese and candied pecans. And the presentation, oh the presentation! You can serve this salad vertically or horizontally. And while serving it vertically makes for a truly stunning presentation, be careful […]

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Easy Lemon Tarragon Sauce

Easy Lemon Tarragon Sauce

This lemon-tarragon sauce is my mom‘s favorite. I remember the first time we made it: we all sat down at the dinner table and passed the sauce. A few minutes later, my dad glanced over at my mom’s plate and said with a smile, “Sure you got enough sauce there, dear?” So I looked over, too. Half her plate was […]

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Jeannie's Buttermilk Biscuits

Jeannie’s Buttermilk Biscuits

Growing up, we spent the holidays at my grandmother Jeannie’s house in Lago Vista, which is about 45 minutes outside of Austin. (Jeannie insisted that we call her by her first name, not “granny” or “nana” or “mee-maw” or “bobo.” So we did.) Jeannie made a lot of good food—roast turkey, honey-glazed ham, mashed potatoes […]

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