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Chipotle Caesar Salad with La Vaquita Queso Fresco

Chipotle Caesar Salad with La Vaquita Queso Fresco

Ever have a craving for Tex Mex but still want to feel good about what you’re eating? I do . . . basically every day ;) I want that spicy, smoky, salty, creamy, crunchy goodness of Tex Mex, without feeling like I need a nap after lunch. Which is why I am loving this easy Chipotle […]

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Weekly Meal Plan: Week 4

Weekly Meal Plan: Week 4

Weekly meal plan number 4 is up! Monday and Tuesday are the usual (salmon and tacos), but we’re mixing it up on Sunday with a trip to Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza, and then again on Wednesday with Franklin’s BBQ for my brother’s birthday. So lucky to live in Austin with such unique venues and amazing food! Jack has had the sniffles lately, so […]

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Weekly Meal Plan: Week 2

Weekly Meal Plan: Week 2

Weekly meal plan #1 was a success, so moving right a long to week #2! Here’s the menu: Sunday: Rolled grape leaves (or you could sub in lamb chops or grilled chicken or shrimp), hummus with raw veggies, tabbouli (link to recipe, but you can buy it already prepared to save time), Greek salad, fruit, bread Monday: Pistachio-crusted […]

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Weekly Meal Plan: Steak Dinner

Weekly Meal Plan: Steak Dinner

Slight change of plans. I posted our weekly meal plan on Monday. According to the plan, we were going to have leftovers or chicken nuggets last night, but as I realized around noon yesterday, we had no leftovers and only four chicken nuggets. Fortunately, we did have all the ingredients for a steak dinner (which was supposed to be our […]

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Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth

There are a few things to know about homemade chicken broth. Actually, there are a lot of things to know, if you’re interested . . . just google “chicken bone broth” and you’ll find tons of books and websites with reams of information about cooking techniques and health benefits of broth. But, if you’re not […]

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Easy Banana Bread (With Half the Sugar!)

Easy Banana Bread (With Half the Sugar!)

I love to make banana bread. It reminds me of my Grandma, Jeannie. She was known for her banana cakes with cream cheese frosting. Her cakes, like her buttermilk biscuits, were always delicious. For the cake, Jeannie used a recipe from the Original Joy of Cooking, along with “White Icing II” from the same book. Both are […]

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Eggplant Lasagna: Super Easy and Gluten Free!

Eggplant Lasagna: Super Easy and Gluten Free!

My mom and I used to make lasagna together when I was a kid. While it was always fun to make, it never turned out just right. The noodles were often broken in the box, and then would stick together in the water. For the filling, we used a mixture of frozen (thawed) chopped spinach […]

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Recipe Round-up: 25 Naturally Gluten-Free Recipes

Recipe Round-up: 25 Naturally Gluten-Free Recipes

Nothing quite makes my day like meeting a new friend! Like my new friend Laila, who I met on Instagram yesterday. She recently made my Crock-Pot Pork Verde, and even her kids enjoyed it! Laila said that she has recently started following a gluten-free diet. So for her, I’m doing this gluten-free recipe round-up. All of these […]

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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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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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Easter Bunny Cake

How to Make an Angel Food Easter Bunny Cake

My husband and I have a running debate about the proper use of the word “rich” when describing food. (Lame, yes, but that is what happens when two lawyers get together.)  I say “rich” should only apply to very buttery or fatty foods. Whereas, John uses it to describe any highly-seasoned cuisine. Well, good news […]

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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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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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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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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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