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Easy Gluten-Free Egg Casserole

Easy Gluten-Free Egg Casserole

I love easy recipes. And I’m talkin’ “don’t even need to get out a knife” easy. That is this recipe. For a basic gluten-free egg casserole, all you need are: eggs, milk, shredded potatoes, cheese and a little S&P. Buy the cheese and potatoes already shredded. Do you know about pre-shredded potatoes? Like these by Cascadian Farms: Or these […]

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Recipe Roundup: Food Ideas for the Fourth

Recipe Roundup: Food Ideas for the Fourth

You know why I love the Fourth of July? Because I get to break out these bad boys. And these bad boys. And then hang out at a picnic all day. Really though. I do love the Fourth. And not just because it’s like a 24-hour tailgate. I love it because — for just one […]

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Easy Pulled Pork Sliders

How I Cope With Tragedy (Like Boston)

TV off. Radio off. Oven on. It’s how I cope. During times of stress and tragedy, my instinct is often to curl up in bed and wish everything away. But it’s not the best way to cope. At least for me. I need to be busy. Cooking. Baking. Cleaning. Playing. Hugging. And as I’m keeping […]

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Texas Chili

One Helluva Texas Chili Recipe

I’ve been a bad Texan. Yes, I own boots and a Stetson hat. But I don’t have my own chili recipe.  Oh the shame. My dear Texas, I want to make it up to you. Will this suffice? What if I told you that it was made with 12 ounces of Shiner Bock Black Lager? […]

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Easy and Elegant Recipe for Pork Tenderloin

Easy and Elegant Recipe for Pork Tenderloin

Isn’t in funny how times change.  A decade ago, it was perfectly acceptable for Martha Stewart to provide a recipe that took multiple days to prepare.  Whereas, these days, Rachael Ray doesn’t even waste time on extraneous syllables! (EVOO, veg, sammy, delish.) I think I’m somewhere in the middle:  I love a recipe that looks […]

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Top Ten Super Bowl Party Food Ideas!

The Super Bowl is this Sunday!  What are you serving?  Here are my top ten ideas (from past posts) that would be fun for game day: Keep ’em Coming Crab Cakes:  My favorite party food EVER. Serve with remoulade sauce. Hummus with Veggies or Pita: Easy healthy dip.  Good for kids and vegetarians! Is-It-Hot-In-Here Stuffed […]

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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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Simple Candied Roasted Nuts

Simple Candied Roasted Nuts

After having candied walnuts in a salad at Fleming’s Steakhouse and candied pecans in one at North by Northwest recently, I wanted to make some candied nuts of my own.  And with Jack at home during the mornings, now that his preschool has ended for the summer, this week seemed like a good time for […]

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iPad App for Cocina Marie!

iPad App for Cocina Marie!

I heard a story on NPR a couple of months ago.  It was about how, now, with social media, some authors are able to get input from readers as they write.  I can’t find a link to the story or remember how it all worked … but I do remember thinking, “What a good idea!” […]

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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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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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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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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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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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