Fully Loaded Beer Bread
May22

Fully Loaded Beer Bread

Bad things happen when I go shopping without a list. For the most part I am a responsible adult who makes well informed decisions base on facts and logic. I say for the most part because there are certainly areas where I struggle. Grocery shopping, for example, is an area where I can improve. This is what happens: It is 3:30pm and I am sitting at my desk at work flipping though my mental recipe cards, trying to come up with a plan for...

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May17

Mini Crab, Spinach, and Mushroom Tarts

Dear Pie, It has been a while, hasn’t it? It has been difficult to think about pie for the last few months because I spent the better part of a year writing two different cookbooks dedicated to the subject. From sweet to savory, and some pies that were a little of both, I was adrift in a sea of crusts, crumbles, and fillings with no end in sight. I love pie, but you can have too much of a good thing and I needed a pie hiatus....

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Tex-Mex Scalloped Potatoes
Apr27

Tex-Mex Scalloped Potatoes

Creamy potatoes, smothered in cheese, are my idea of heaven. April has been a super busy month for me. I was hired to do the photography for a cookbook and my deadline is the 30th. So, while I have been very busy in the kitchen lately, almost all of it is for the photography project I have been working on. Doing this kind of work is rewarding, but it leaves little time for recreational recipe development. That’s not to say I...

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Blueberry Maple Drop Biscuits
Apr10

Blueberry Maple Drop Biscuits

Nothing beats a well made biscuit. When I first started to get interested in cooking I spent a lot of time learning about southern comfort foods.  I was raised by two generations of Texas women who grew up on southern food, so the food of my childhood leaned heavily toward traditional, stick-to-your-ribs fare.  Biscuits were always a particular favorite of mine.  Honestly I loved any and all bread, but fresh buttermilk biscuits really...

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Chocolate Chip Cardamom Oat Blondies
Mar29

Chocolate Chip Cardamom Oat Blondies

I have been something of a baby lately. As you may know, I have been on a medical scavenger hunt for almost two months now.  I have already endured numerous tests, trips to the emergency room, and visits to doctors and specialists.  For as long as I can remember I have hated doctors.  I may in fact have a slight ‘white coat’ phobia, despite all my doctors being lovely people who make me feel as comfortable as possible. ...

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Creamy Chile con Queso
Mar19

Creamy Chile con Queso

“In Texas you can buy happiness. People generally order it as an appetizer. It’s called queso.” – @TexasHumor It is supposed to be a joke, but I find that chile con queso can, in actual fact, make most people quite happy!  It may just be a Texas thing, but whenever people gather to have a party – be it watching sports, celebrating a birthday, or ringing in the holidays – there will inevitably be a...

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