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5 Kitchen Tools You Need Right Now

5 Kitchen Tools You Need Right Now

I’m not really a gadget person, but will occasionally find a kitchen tool that I absolutely love. Here are my top five right now: (1) AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener I’ve owned every knife sharpener imaginable, and none compares to the AccuSharp. The AccuSharp is small and compact (making it easy to store and hold), and sharpens all of […]

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12 Easy Recipes to Make in Your Food Processor

12 Easy Recipes to Make in Your Food Processor

I teach cooking classes several times a month in Austin at Patricia’s Table. (My next class is coming up on June 28, if you’re interested! Sign up with a friend and BYOB; great food and lots of fun guaranteed!) We use a food processor in nearly every class. And invariably, as I’m introducing my sous chef […]

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Why I Always Buy Frozen Shrimp, PLUS a Recipe for Super-Fast Sautéed Garlic Shrimp

Why I Always Buy Frozen Shrimp, PLUS a Recipe for Super-Fast Sautéed Garlic Shrimp

I made this Easy Summer Gazpacho the other day, and after the first bite I was totally craving seafood! There’s something about that cold tomato soup with cilantro, avocado and lime that makes me want a big pile of shrimp. (And crab cakes. And a cold glass of wine. And a sunset and an ocean breeze. And, okay […]

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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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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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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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Less Is More

Less Is More

Starting a new hobby can be expensive.  Believe me, I should know. First, there was soccer … then the cake business … then skeet shooting … then Latin dancing … handmade aprons … and hand-painted sandals.  Plus cooking, of course.             With all of these hobbies, in exchange for some worthy experience, I always […]

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