Chili – Three Slow Cooker Recipes For Every Taste

It’s finally getting cooler (Here in Tx!! not that I didn’t say cold, let’s not get carried away) and I pulled out my crock pot and experimented all weekend with different chili flavors and combos. Here are three different takes on classic chili, from a Texas version (of course, no beans) to a Tex Mex take on pulled pork and red bean chili, and a white chili using green chilis, […] Read Full Post

Halloween Entertaining – Cocktails and Sharable Snacks

Entertaining a big group for Halloween is easier than you think. With these simple tips for how to prepare ahead, you can spend more time decorating and getting ready in your costume, than slaving in the kitchen. I love serving a signature cocktail, somehow it always feels more festive when you walk in the front door and hear that cocktail shaker. I’m a Texan, so good tequila and a guacamole […] Read Full Post

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

You wouldn’t think of butternut squash, delicate squash, or pumpkin as the first ingredient to compliment pizza, but they make surprisingly sweet and savory toppings that are perfect for evoking the smells of Fall in your kitchen. Roasted Vegetable and Smoked Cheese Pizza 2 Individual Naan breads (you can find these in the freezer section near the pizza dough) 1/4 cup marinara sauce or Roasted Butternut Squash Marinara 1/2 cup […] Read Full Post

How to Add the Flavor of Fall – Pumpkin – To All Dishes Sweet and Savory

  Pumpkin Spice is the flavor of fall. It’s everywhere from your latte to your dessert. But if you’re looking for a natural way to incorporate into your meals, here are some creative dishes, from sweet to savory. pumpkin-spice_latte-cocktail Pumpkin Spiced Latte Cocktail 1 oz. espresso liqueur (like Kahlua) 1 oz. Rumchata (cinnamon flavored rum and rice milk liqueur) 1 oz. Pumpkin Spiced liqueur ½ cup coffee, cooled to room temperature […] Read Full Post

Slow Cooker Bolognese – A Weeknight Win!

With the hint of fall, nothing could more comforting than a bowl of messy, saucy, meaty Bolognese. Follow these simple tips to making it in a slow cooker. When you get back from work (or soccer practice with tired, sweaty kids) your house will smell like an Italian Mama has been slaving in the kitchen all day! Comment below and let me know how yours turns out. Ingredients: ¾ lb […] Read Full Post

Panzanella Salad – Last Bite of Summer Ripe Tomatoes

At peak freshness, tomatoes are begging to be the star ingredient for your summer salad. I’m savoring every last bite of summer with this vibrant dish complete with crusty, crunchy croutons to soak up all their juices. If you think it looks good today, just wait until tomorrow, when the leftovers are even tastier. Panzanella – Mediterranean Tomato and Cucumber Salad 3 cups cubed (1 inch size) sourdough bread 2 […] Read Full Post

Thai Peanut Sauce – Three Ways

Forget a sandwich with jelly, you’re about to look at peanut butter in a whole new light.  Thai peanut sauce sounds and tastes exotic, but it’s as simple as combining some pantry staples in your blender and it adds incredible flavor to shrimp and mango spring rolls, chicken satay or the simples Asian peanut noodles. Chicken-satay Thai Peanut Sauce 10 oz natural, salted creamy peanut butter 1/3 cup water 1/3 cup […] Read Full Post

No Stove, No Oven, No Microwave: No Problem

I’ve had so many people ask about No Bake Recipes after my last segment aired, that I thought I’d share a few more of my favorite summertime recipes! Here are appetizers, main dishes and even a dessert that can be made using just one appliance, the food processor. And there’s no heat required. Tuna and Basil Bruschetta 1 can very good quality canned albacore tuna (packed in water and drained […] Read Full Post

Summer Food Trends to Try Out Now

Ramen Noodle Burgers? Sushi Burrito? Chocolate Chip Cookie Shots? Your Instagram feed may be flooded with outrageous foods from the country’s coolest cafes and restaurants. And now you can make them yourself at home. Here are the coolest food trends of the moment and how you can get them at home (or at least know what to order the next time you’re out). oreo-bagel   Crazy Indulgent Snacks: Vegan, gluten free, Paleo, […] Read Full Post

No Cook Recipes for Summer’s Hottest Temps

Zucchini-Roll-Ups Do you really want to get stuck cooking over a hot stove or pulling food out of the oven? During summer’s hottest days, the last thing I want to do is sweat it out in the kitchen, so I turn to these no-cook dishes that only require a little chopping, dicing and chilling.  From citrus and cumin infused ceviches, to sun kissed tomato and watermelon gazpachos, these are my summer […] Read Full Post