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Even Easier Mashed Cauliflower

Even Easier Mashed Cauliflower

I posted a recipe for Cheesy Puréed Cauliflower about a year ago. Since then I’ve improved the recipe — with a better explanation of key details and a simpler recipe, so I wanted to share the updates with you. Here’s the deal with this dish: You need to cook the cauliflower until it is very, very […]

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How to Roast Acorn Squash in the Oven

How to Roast Acorn Squash in the Oven

Let’s talk fall for a minute. Acorn squash. On the outside, it may be dark green, orange, or beige. The ones with dark green skin seem to be more common at our local grocery stores, although Trader Joe’s had some pretty orange ones last fall. I find acorn squash easier to work with than the other amber-fleshed […]

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Butternut Squash

My Favorite Fall Side Dish: Maple-Bacon Butternut Squash

With the leaves not changing color and the weather not getting cooler, I will not be holding a steaming mug of coffee with both hands on the porch anytime soon. Because, y’all, it’s September in Texas. And so, for another month or two, I’ll be pretending it’s fall. Which means that even though it’s hot […]

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Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash: The Universal Side Dish

We have been trying to eat less white carbs over here, which means that I don’t cook a lot of rice, potatoes, bread, and noodles. Which is great for my hips but hard on my brain. Meaning, I have to think a bit harder about what to serve with what. My two go-to sides of […]

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Cheesy Puréed Cauliflower

Cheesy Puréed Cauliflower

John and I agree on a lot. But not everything. Cauliflower, for one. I love it, he doesn’t. I won’t give up that easily, though. So the other day I made this Cheesy Puréed Cauliflower to go with our Crock-Pot Barbacoa. I thought if I served it just like mashed potatoes, maybe John would think that it […]

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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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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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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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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

What is your criteria for a good side dish? Easy? Nutritious? Affordable? Tasty? Kid-friendly?  For me, all of the above.  Lately, my favorite side dish that meets all of those requirements is spaghetti squash.  I love to bake it in the oven and then just toss the strands with parmesan and butter (recipe below).  So simple, […]

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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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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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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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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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Green Bean Salad

Green Bean Salad

Memorial Day weekend is just a few weeks away!  John and I recently received a couple of invitations for Memorial Day “covered dish” picnics, which got me thinking about what to bring.  What makes a good potluck dish?  A few things.  It must be easy to transport and fairly easy to serve.  And it should […]

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How to Make Perfect White Rice

How to Make Perfect White Rice

White rice. When a side dish is this simple, I tend to either (1) avoid serving it entirely, (2) try to enhance it with creative ingredients (example: Ginger Pineapple Fried Rice), or (3) opt for a short cut (read: a box of Uncle Ben’s) because “oh, no one will really know the difference.” Thanks to my […]

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