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Ground Bison Crispy Tacos

Ground Bison Crispy Tacos

Do certain smells make you feel nostalgic? They do me. Especially, the smell of beach air, sawdust, and fried corn tortillas. Beach air, because we have been going to Port Aransas since I was a kid. Every year, when we’re about 30 minutes away from the ferry, the air starts to feel heavier. Thicker. And I can smell […]

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Dinner on the Cheap: Chalupas Compuestas

Dinner on the Cheap: Chalupas Compuestas

After five years of marriage and two kids, John and I like to joke that we are “business partners in a nonprofit.” Which is only funny because it’s sort of true. As unromantic as that may sound, it is actually quite sweet. Because love during courtship is easy. But love during the chaos of parenthood? […]

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On the Mediterranean Diet: Tabbouleh Salad

On the Mediterranean Diet: Tabbouleh Salad

John’s grandparents are originally from Lebanon, so we eat a lot of Mediterranean food at our house. (For a funny little post about learning recipes from his family, click here.) I love to make a big spread of Lebanese food with the usual suspects (hummus, baba ganoush, rolled grape leaves) and this tabbouleh salad. Tabbouleh is very […]

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Mint-Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Mint-Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Spring makes me do funny things. Just as the mountain laurels start to bloom, I actually (if falsely) believe that our house could be clean for an extended period of time. Like one day or something. And under that belief, I get very determined and start cleaning at odd hours like a crazy woman. Then one […]

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Caldo de Res

Caldo De Res: Authentic Mexican Beef and Vegetable Soup

I love how food, like yarn, can sew together generations. I never met my mother’s mother, Maria (she died before I was born), but I think of her often. I think of her at times, like last week, when after a long day all I wanted was a mug of tea and hot bath, and […]

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Wedge Salad

Side for Steaks: Build-Your-Own Wedge Salad

If there’s one consistently reliable source for advice about life, it’s bumper stickers. Okay maybe not, but there is one bumper sticker that I keep thinking about. It’s in the shape of a paw print, and inside, it says: “Who rescued who?” Who rescued who. It reminds me of what my mom always says about raising children: […]

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Salmon Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Salmon Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Sauce

As I’ve mentioned before, if there’s anything I love more than cooking, it’s not cooking (especially when it’s really hot or I’m really hungry). In other words, although I do love to be in the kitchen, very often I just want to enjoy some good food without a lot of fuss. Which is the way Jack […]

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Salt, Lime and Happiness: A Recipe for Ceviche

Salt, Lime and Happiness: A Recipe for Ceviche

Well, we made it through another SXSW. That’s South-By-Southwest. Or “South-By” as we locals call it. John’s good friend Charlie (they’re basically brothers) came to stay with us during the main music weekend. Charlie lives in the midwest, so I wanted to serve him something very “Austin, Texas” for dinner on Friday night. To me, […]

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Soup When You're Sick (or Not): Lime Soup With a Thai Twist

Soup When You’re Sick (or Not): Lime Soup With a Thai Twist

Belize is my kind of place: White sand, blue water, rum punch, lime soup. Have you been? I went with my best friend Elissa and our mutual friend Rob back in 2007. We left a few days after Christmas and stayed through the New Year. This was back when John and I had just started […]

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On the Mediterranean Diet: A Recipe for Lentils

On the Mediterranean Diet: A Recipe for Lentils

Did you hear the news? A recent study confirmed what many suspected:  A diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, lean protein, fruits and vegetables can reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. By a lot. As was reported in the New York Times a couple of weeks ago: The magnitude of the […]

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Quinoa

Quinoa with Butter, Almonds and Cranberries

Okay, so I am officially becoming my dad. I am usually in bed before 9 p.m. I have a Japanese car (with light-colored seats!) that gets good gas mileage. I’m an over buyer, especially as to milk and paper towels. I use my blinker like a Driver’s-Ed instructor. I can’t stand loud restaurants. And my […]

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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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The Best Recipe for Crab Cakes via Cocina Marie

The BEST Recipe for Crab Cakes

I made crab cakes last night for dinner.  Jack ate two and John ate SEVEN. That’s why John and I are such a good match. As his dad likes to say: “Well isn’t funny that a guy who loves to EAT finds a girl who loves to COOK!” Here’s what you need to know about […]

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Creamy Mustard Sauce

Crazy Good Creamy Mustard Sauce for Steaks

Sure, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but this easy and elegant recipe is not just for that. It’s perfect for any romantic dinner at any time (as long as your guest likes a big juicy steak as much as I do). To start, you will need two steaks, cooked how you like ’em. […]

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Best Crab Cakes Ever

Ideas for Valentine’s Day Dinner

Hey Guys, have you made plans yet for the big day?  No, not the Super Bowl. Valentine’s Day!  How about this: A romantic dinner for two (or more) in your own cozy dining room.  It’s what John and I have been doing for years. We usually invite over four or five other couples (with kids) […]

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Roasted Beet Salad with Feta and Nuts

Some things are so divisive.  Politics.  Minivans.  Beets.  You either love ’em or you hate ’em. Or, you’re like me and just like ’em in small doses. To me, beets taste best roasted in the oven, and then tossed over a green salad with salty cheese, crunchy nuts, and a tart vinaigrette.  Do you have […]

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