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Sizzling Thai Beef Salad

Sizzling Thai Beef Salad

Sizzling Thai Beef Salad 1 small flank steak, about 1 ½ pounds1/3 cup fresh lime juice2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup olive oil3 tablespoons nam plah (Thai fish sauce, see below)1 cup finely chopped cilantro2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger3 garlic cloves, peeled...

REDISCOVERING MY LOVE for ACORN SQUASH

REDISCOVERING MY LOVE for ACORN SQUASH

Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash 1 acorn squash 1 tablespoon maple syrup 2 teaspoons cumin 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the acorn squash in half (top to bottom) and slice half moons...

MOVE OVER, KITCHEN KARAOKE, MY CABARET DEBUT IS HERE!

MOVE OVER, KITCHEN KARAOKE, MY CABARET DEBUT IS HERE!

Hold On To Your Hat! We cooks are all very theatrical performers. Many of us love to croon, rap, tap dance, leap, hum or belt out full-on operatics while we create in the kitchen. For me, singing and dancing have always been my true loves, right next to the joys of...

MOM’S CHRISTMAS MOON COOKIES

MOM’S CHRISTMAS MOON COOKIES

A Christmastime Confession Here's a little secret…I really…don’t…like…BAKING. I know! It’s sad, but true. Measuring ingredients, carefully considering their temperatures, and waiting endlessly for batches of cookies to bake is not my thing.   A Texas Tribute...

MUSHROOM SOUP MAKEOVER

MUSHROOM SOUP MAKEOVER

A Bowl of Comfort Ah, that good ole can of cream of mushroom soup! Does it remind you of your mother and grandmother; used in beloved dishes like string bean casserole and the like. With its creamy blend of ingredients, it adds an unmistakably nostalgic taste to many...

CAPRI-INSPIRED SPAGHETTI with LEMON and OLIVE OIL

CAPRI-INSPIRED SPAGHETTI with LEMON and OLIVE OIL

Kitchen, Take me Away! Have you ever used food to take you away? Or perhaps to bring you back? Have you ever cooked up a meal to help transport you back to a place you love? Well I recently did that. My husband and I go to Capri most summers, but we didn’t make it...

PERFECT SUMMER GRAND AIOLI

PERFECT SUMMER GRAND AIOLI

The Grand Provencal Spirit The warm air waving perfumed breezes of wild thyme, sage, rosemary, lavender, and fennel. Our senses titillated by the aromas and warmth of Provence in the summer. I'm so in love with every one of these flavors, aren’t you? One of the famed...

COLD BREW HIBISCUS TEA

COLD BREW HIBISCUS TEA

You Say Jamaica, I say Hibiscus Tea!   If you frequently visit taco trucks you might find a similar drink, called Jamaica, to pair with your warm-weather eats. I love this easy-to-make iced tea because hibiscus is full of flavor and color! My cold brew hibiscus...

MOTHER’S DAY MEMORIES

MOTHER’S DAY MEMORIES

Friends and Mothers As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to do something special to honor the most important women in our lives.  Knowing the role that my own mom played in shaping my culinary identity, I wanted to ask some friends about their mothers. You may know...

MUSHROOM UMAMI “MINESTRONE” SOUP

MUSHROOM UMAMI “MINESTRONE” SOUP

We took the Italian classic comfort dish, removed the pasta, and amped up the flavor with the Instant Pot. Instead of letting the soup simmer for hours, it was done in a matter of minutes! If you don't have cooking twine, you can purchase these easy-to-use Cooking...

THE PERFECT APPLE & PEAR CRISP for PASSOVER & A SURPRISE!

THE PERFECT APPLE & PEAR CRISP for PASSOVER & A SURPRISE!

You all know that I’m not much of a baker even though I love desserts. So when I make a dessert, it has to be easy! This Apple & Pear Crisp is just that. It takes very little time, is uncomplicated but tastes like a restaurant dessert. I never have received so...

THE 5 BEST THANKSGIVING RECIPES!

THE 5 BEST THANKSGIVING RECIPES!

    Healing through Homecooking I hope the stress and shock of the election is behind us. Whatever candidate you voted for, I’m sure you’re still feeling, as I am, the aftershocks of this year’s election. What can we do to lighten up? For me, one of the most...

MY SECRET INGREDIENT SWEET POTATOES

MY SECRET INGREDIENT SWEET POTATOES

The Thanksgiving dishes of my Texan youth may not have been fancy, but they remain some of my favorite holiday recipes. Growing up, my mother made putting on a delicious holiday spread look like a breeze. Though I grew up to become a chef and caterer, I learned that...

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