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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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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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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Feb03

Mini-Cheddar Corn Dogs

I know, the ‘Big Game’ is this weekend … but I have a shocking confession to make. I kind of don’t like  football.  We are a hockey family which means we love the quick pace, the action, the inevitable bout of teeth shattering fisticuffs, and the blare of the goal horn when someone tips the puck in the net!  (In all honesty, I only like the Dallas Stars goal horn for obvious reasons.)  Football, for all its...

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Jan19

Four-Cheese Grilled Pimento Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches

I am a sucker for a good grilled cheese sandwich. Not just any grilled cheese, mind.  Yes, growing up I loved grilled cheese sandwiches made from processed cheese slices and that cotton candy white bread.  Let’s just say my palate has matured.  These days I have some pretty strict standards for grilled cheese.  They are as follows: The Bread – The bread must be something crusty, a little rustic, and cut no thinner than...

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Dec31

Baked Eggs with Homemade Sausage and Grits

There is something magic about food. The last few weeks have been somewhat difficult for me.  Nothing too extreme, but I have had a fair amount of work related stress, the stress of Christmas Day, and I am coming up on my first deadline for the next book.  Needless to say, I have been a little distracted.  Food makes a wonderful escape for me.  I am able to get into the kitchen and sort of lose all the baggage that is otherwise...

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