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My Mom's Luscious Key Lime Pie

My Mom’s Luscious Key Lime Pie

Yesterday was so much fun!  I taught a cooking class at Lake Austin Spa, which is one of my absolute favorite places to teach.  The kitchen is huge and gorgeous, and there is an entire wall of windows that looks out over the water.  It’s cathartic just to be there. Plus, they have some pretty […]

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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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Lebanese Rolled Grape Leaves (Dolmas)

Lebanese Rolled Grape Leaves (Dolmas)

Do you remember the scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding when Toula tells her Aunt that her new man doesn’t eat meat?   The Aunt replies: “What do you mean he don’t eat no meat?”  [The whole room becomes silent.] Then the Aunt says: “Oh, that’s okay.  I make lamb.” That scene reminds me so much […]

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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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Go-To Chocolate Tart

Go-To Chocolate Tart

I’m raising a toddler.  Everyday—indeed, every moment—is an opportunity to teach him something new about the world.  Although I’m still quite new at this, I think my goal as his mom is for him to be prepared for whatever he encounters in life. When he makes the team or doesn’t.  When he falls in love.  […]

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Rustic Fruit Tart Made with Texas Peaches

Rustic Fruit Tart Made with Texas Peaches

If there’s one thing I love about summer in Texas, it’s peaches.  Although my mom and I used to make a trip to Frederiksburg to enjoy the first crop, the best I can do these days is stop by one of the little road-side stands a few minutes from my house.  Even at the stands, […]

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Gotta Getcha Some

Gotta Getcha Some

When John and I got married, we registered for several boxes of fancy wine glasses. They are sleek and elegant.  And they look absolutely lovely sitting on the shelf. Unfortunately, at least for us, they are an entertaining nightmare.  They must be washed by hand and, even then, are easily broken.  (I would guess that […]

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Authentic Recipe for Hummus

Authentic Recipe for Hummus

My mother-in-law doesn’t cook.  (Like my mom, she happily handed over the keys to the kitchen to her husband several years ago.)  But, Let. Me. Tell. You.  My mother-in-law makes the best hummus I’ve ever had.  Her parents were from Lebanon, so this stuff is the real deal. As I have learned, the key to […]

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Parsley Potato Salad

Parsley Potato Salad

John was sincerely shocked when he learned the news.  “You like mayonnaise on your burger?!” Of course I do.  I love when grease from warm chuck melds with a little puddle of Hellmann’s, along with a slice of juicy tomato, crisp iceberg lettuce, and a lightly-buttered bun.  Apparently, not everyone agrees. As I learned at […]

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Summer Whites For Less Than $15

Summer Whites For Less Than $15

As I was flipping through an old Martha Stewart magazine last night, I came across her May calendar.  The entry for today says to “stock upon white and rosè wine for warm-weather entertaining.” Darn it … I knew I was forgetting something.  (Yeah right.)  As far as summer entertaining goes, I’m lucky to get to […]

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