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Pulled Pork for Lazy People and Other Rainy Day Activities

Pulled Pork for Lazy People and Other Rainy Day Activities

Taking care of a toddler for a full day is a challenge.  And on rainy days, when we are confined to the indoors, it’s nearly impossible.  At least for me.  Usually this wouldn’t be a concern for us in Texas in July, but this week, surprisingly, the forecast is rain. When Jack and I run […]

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Best Ever Cilantro Lime Sauce (Good on Everything! And I Do Mean Everything!)

Best Ever Cilantro Lime Sauce (Good on Everything! And I Do Mean Everything!)

There is something about the warm weather that just screams fish tacos.  This is how I like mine: A warm corn tortilla filled with grilled fish, avocado, crunchy cabbage, grated cheese, a squeeze of lime, and several spoonfuls of creamy tangy sauce.  Add chopped tomatoes or pico de gallo if you wish. Now, there are […]

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Fish in Parchment With Pesto And Veggies

Fish in Parchment With Pesto And Veggies

Being a member of the Urban Roots CSA is both a blessing and a curse.  While I absolutely adore getting the big bag of home-grown veggies every other week, it’s often a bit of a challenge to use everything in the bag.  On the other hand, being forced to use different veggies on a regular […]

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Easy and Delicious Roast Chicken

Easy and Delicious Roast Chicken

My younger brother Matt makes a mean roast chicken.  He can cook it just perfectly — with crispy skin and tender, juicy meat. The thing about Matt, though, is that he is an “intuitive” cook.  Meaning: He doesn’t follow recipes, and certainly doesn’t write down his own creations.  So here’s what happened when I asked […]

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Sautéed Summer Squash with Parmesan

Sautéed Summer Squash with Parmesan

When it rains, it pours, as they say.  It’s been a hectic few months is what I mean. First things first.  I’m pregnant, which is great news and a huge blessing.  But geez, I am not a fan of the first trimester.  Nausea, headaches, exhaustion, insomnia; repeat.  The one thing that has gotten me through […]

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How to Dye Easter Eggs

How to Dye Easter Eggs

Growing up, we always dyed eggs to celebrate Easter.  One year, my younger brothers (Chris and Matt) decided to enter an egg-dying contest.  Armed with a big bowl of hard-boiled eggs, they dipped each one in every single color.  The result was a murky brown color … not at all what my mom had in […]

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DIY Valentine's Day Gift Idea That Isn't LAME

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Idea That Isn’t LAME

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I, for one, am so excited!  I’m hoping that John gets me either a diamond heart pendant from Kohl’s, or a new Lexus with a big red bow on it! Not. Sorry to say, but Valentine’s Day is overrated.  After John’s birthday and Christmas in December, and […]

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Just Green Goodness Soup

Just Green Goodness Soup

If you’ve resolved to eat healthier this year … whether it’s Meatless Mondays, Gluten Free Everyday, or simply an Obsession With All Things Green (this last one recently inspired by tweets from the lovely @JuliaAllison and @HabituallyChic) … then this soup is for you. The ingredients (onion, garlic, zucchini, spinach, veggie broth, and fresh basil) are […]

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Cream Cheese Icing Frosting

Cream Cheese Icing and How to Pipe with Ziploc Bag

To finish my previous post on Red Velvet Cupcakes, here are instructions for making standard cream cheese icing.  I’ve also included some instructions about how to pipe icing onto the cupcakes using a Ziploc bag. Cream Cheese Icing ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 2 packages (8 ounces, each) cream cheese, softened 4 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 […]

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Admittedly Modern Red Velvet Cupcakes

Admittedly Modern Red Velvet Cupcakes

One of my favorite things about cooking is sharing recipes.  I love to hear that people out there in the world use my recipes to feed their families, celebrate birthdays, welcome neighbors, and entertain friends.  Even though it’s a small thing, just knowing that a recipe was useful to another human being makes my life […]

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Steakhouse-Style Creamed Spinach

Steakhouse-Style Creamed Spinach

We make creamed spinach every year on Thanksgiving.  I included a picture of the finished dish in an earlier post, and in response, sweet reader Monique asked me to post the recipe.  As Casey Kasem would say, “Well Monique, here it is.” In addition to serving creamed spinach on special occasions, I also love to serve it […]

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Quick & Easy Homemade Pizza

Quick & Easy Homemade Pizza

At our house, especially on lazy Sunday evenings, we love to make homemade pizza. To keep it simple, we use a store-bought crust, usually the par-baked Herbed Pizza Crust from Whole Foods Market.  It has a wonderful flavor and costs only $1.99. Another great option is the frozen pizza dough that you can find in […]

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

What is your criteria for a good side dish? Easy? Nutritious? Affordable? Tasty? Kid-friendly?  For me, all of the above.  Lately, my favorite side dish that meets all of those requirements is spaghetti squash.  I love to bake it in the oven and then just toss the strands with parmesan and butter (recipe below).  So simple, […]

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Our Thanksgiving, In Pictures

Our Thanksgiving, In Pictures

The day before Thanksgiving: Pies cooling on the table.  So pretty. On Thanksgiving morning, John and Jack ran in the Turkey Trot. Then our cousins stopped by to visit and pick up a pie. The cooking on Thanksgiving is always a team effort … it’s more fun for everyone that way.  This year, Jack and […]

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Easiest Recipe EVER for Bourbon Pecan Pie

Easiest Recipe EVER for Bourbon Pecan Pie

Did you read Amelia Bedelia books when you were young?  I did, and loved them dearly.  I still laugh when I think about how she “dressed the chicken” (in clothing), “dusted the furniture” (with dusting powder) and “drew the drapes” (on her sketchpad).  All of this, of course, to the horror of her employers, Mr. […]

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How to Make an All-Butter Pie Crust

How to Make an All-Butter Pie Crust

The first thing my mom taught me to make was a homemade all-butter pie crust. When she first learned to make a crust, she used the tines of a fork to combine the flour, salt, sugar and butter. Later, following the advice of Julia Child, she upgraded to electric beaters, and that’s what she taught […]

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Gabrielle Hamilton's Harissa Zucchini Salad

Gabrielle Hamilton’s Harissa Zucchini Salad

I’m in a book club.  (What with the homemade astronaut costume and now the book club, you can tell that my life is totally crazy!)  The book for this quarter was Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton — a great read, if you haven’t read it yet.  After everyone finished the book, we planned to meet […]

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Two Questions Worth Answering

Two Questions Worth Answering

As a part-time stay-at-home mother of a toddler, two questions I often ask myself are: Well, what should we do today?; and Hmm, what should we have for dinner? (Other common questions include: What the h*** am I doing?, What’s that smell?, What’s in your mouth?, and Do you think anyone can tell that these […]

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Do You Ever Just Wake Up Annoyed?

Do You Ever Just Wake Up Annoyed?

I do.  Though, fortunately, not very often.  It did happen to me a few days ago, and it wasn’t pretty.  Literally everything — from the way-too-hot-for-this-time-of-year weather, to the dirt on the floor that somebody tracked in, to the pile of laundry in the hallway — was completely and utterly annoying.  And, what was even […]

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Do You Believe In Karma?

Do You Believe In Karma?

In a previous post, I wrote about how I am in the process of soliciting corporate sponsors to fund my PBS cooking show.  With that post, I shared a little video about how that is going so far.  If you missed it, here’s a quick summary:  Basically, I left a lot of messages for some potentially […]

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