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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Authentic Red Mole in 5 Simple Steps

Authentic Red Mole in 5 Simple Steps

Mole can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Really, you can make authentic red mole in less than one hour by following these five simple steps: ROAST FRY SOAK BLEND STRAIN If you can get these steps down, you just might be making mole from memory before you know it!! (Unless you are pregnant […]

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Mexican Flan: Step by Step

Mexican Flan: Step by Step

Let’s talk flan, people. What is it? Flan is a delicate baked caramel custard dessert, popular in Mexico and South and Central America. When flan is done correctly, it’s absolutely the most heavenly dessert you’ve ever tasted. When it’s done wrong, it’s miserable (something akin to sweet overcooked scrambled eggs). My husband John was very vocal flan-hater […]

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My Great-Grandma's Apple Pie

My Great-Grandma’s Apple Pie

We always make two pies on Thanksgiving. Usually, apple and pumpkin, or bourbon-pecan and pumpkin. For the pumpkin, I use Libby’s tried-and-true recipe; it’s easy and always turns out well. For the pecan, I use my own favorite recipe for Double-Shot-of-Bourbon Pecan Pie; this one is also easy (you just need one bowl!) and is absolutely […]

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Slow-Cooked Balsamic Beef

Slow-Cooked Balsamic Beef

Balsamic beef just sounds good, doesn’t it? I thought so when I saw a recipe for it on Pinterest. Then I made it. It was okay but nothing memorable. Meh, I would say. Very meh. So anyway, I decided to come up with my own recipe. I wanted something that was really different flavor-wise from my […]

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Even Easier Mashed Cauliflower

Even Easier Mashed Cauliflower

I posted a recipe for Cheesy Puréed Cauliflower about a year ago. Since then I’ve improved the recipe — with a better explanation of key details and a simpler recipe, so I wanted to share the updates with you. Here’s the deal with this dish: You need to cook the cauliflower until it is very, very […]

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Seven Secrets for Killer Kale Chips

Seven Secrets for Killer Kale Chips

So I’m slightly obsessed with kale. No, not THIS obsessed. But I am definitely on the kale bandwagon of late. Almost overnight, I went from a maybe-Kale eater to a daily-Kale eater after watching this truly fascinating TED Talk about the health benefits of kale and other fibrous, sulfurous vegetables. (Go on … I’ll be quiet here for 17 […]

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How to Make Chimichurri

How to Make Chimichurri

Chimichurri. It is my favorite condiment of late for so many reasons: It’s easy to make. It’s light and fresh. It goes with anything. It adds a vibrant green color to your plate. It’s gluten, grain and dairy free, as well as paleo, vegan, sugar free, and raw! What’s more, the main ingredient — parsley — […]

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How to Roast Acorn Squash in the Oven

How to Roast Acorn Squash in the Oven

Let’s talk fall for a minute. Acorn squash. On the outside, it may be dark green, orange, or beige. The ones with dark green skin seem to be more common at our local grocery stores, although Trader Joe’s had some pretty orange ones last fall. I find acorn squash easier to work with than the other amber-fleshed […]

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The BEST Way to Cook Bacon

The BEST Way to Cook Bacon

Martha Stewart may not be as popular as she once was, but she is still a genius in my book. Her website is where I learned how to cook bacon the only way I will ever cook bacon ever again ever, ever, ever: IN THE OVEN. Martha calls it “Less Mess Bacon,” which is completely accurate. Just […]

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Easy Crock-Pot Beans / Frijoles Faciles

Easy Crock-Pot Beans / Frijoles Faciles

Beans. Such a simple, primitive food. Yet so controversial in their cooking. Over the years I’ve heard infinite opinions about when you should salt the beans and whether you should soak them. (To add to the confusion, some say you should salt them while you soak them.) Sigh. As for the actual cooking part, this excerpt from The Kitchn […]

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