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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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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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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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Recipe for Peas: Sautéed Peas with Shallots and Mint

Recipe for Peas: Sautéed Peas with Shallots and Mint

So John and I had a dinner party last night.  Pretty much everyone who came is either a great cook or married to one, so I was a little intimidated when planning the menu.  Here’s what I came up with: Appetizer: Lump Crab Cakes + Cheese Plate + Lil’ Smokies (long story) Main Course: Prime […]

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Recipes from Taste of North Austin

Recipes from Taste of North Austin

The Taste of North Austin was so much fun!  Nice weather, great food, and cool people — pretty much all you need to have a good time in Austin, Texas. If you had a chance to stop by my cooking demonstrations, links to recipes for some of the dishes are provided below.  Many thanks to […]

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Odd Duck Trailer: Simple Sophistication

Odd Duck Trailer: Simple Sophistication

John and I had dinner the other night at The Odd Duck Trailer.  Among other things, we had venison sausage on baguette with sauerkraut and aioli; pork belly sliders with peppers, red onion, and arugula; whole quail with Texas caviar; and tomato salad with melon, feta, and Texas olive oil. Everything was superb.  Maybe surprisingly, […]

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Roasted Eggplant Dip (Baba Ghanouj)

Roasted Eggplant Dip (Baba Ghanouj)

I love to talk food. Especially with my good friend Tamara. She’s always up-to-speed on who’s serving what and where to go for the best this or that. Just recently we were talking (well, complaining) about all the high-priced offal that seems to show up on every new menu. While we’re okay with the trend, […]

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Food for the Fourth

Food for the Fourth

Hope y’all had a happy Fourth of July!  We sure did!  Between the three of us, I think we ate a total of five hamburgers, participated in one parade, purchased two t-shirts, sang one national anthem, and swam in four pools … which is about as patriotic as we could get, in light of the […]

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Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

Korie and I have been friends since grade school. That’s her to my left in the picture below. Beth, also a long-time friend, is to my right.  I’m the one with the scraggly hair, wearing my favorite red sweatshirt. Korie is probably the most fun person you will ever meet. She’s also smart, athletic, and […]

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Mushrooms: Make Mom Happy

Mushrooms: Make Mom Happy

As I was walking through the grocery store with Jack the other day, thinking about what to make for dinner, I got this unbelievable craving for sauteed mushrooms. Not just the little white button mushrooms.  I wanted the rich, earthy, meaty, buttery baby portobellos. So I picked up a pound from the bulk section, which […]

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Secret Green Salsa

Secret Green Salsa

I like it when one of my recipe experiments goes well.  When one doesn’t, it can — shall we say — bring out a difference of opinion between John and me.  You see, John refuses to waste any food. (It is truly a great quality and I do love him for his inner compost pile.) […]

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Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

My youngest brother, Matt, is a cook at Fino.  He started as a busboy and has moved up to the daytime grill position.  (Go Matt!) John and I like to go to Fino on date nights.  On a recent trip, our waiter suggested that we try the roasted red pepper, walnut, and pomegranate dip.  I […]

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Easy Gazpacho Recipe

Easy Gazpacho Recipe

If there is anything I love more than cooking, it’s not cooking.  During the summer at least.  It is just too hot. When we were kids, the heat never seemed as bad.  We loved the summers, and especially the beach.  In June or July or sometimes both, our family would pack up the station wagon and […]

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