Penne with Kale and Sausage for a Quick Weeknight Dinner

kale and sausage pasta   Yesterday was sunny and warm, and I loved the brief break from cold weather.  But this morning I woke up this to another freezing Dallas morning.  I haven’t stopped moving for a minute either, rushing from work meetings to a teacher parent conference.  I found myself getting home and craving a comforting winter meal that didn’t take long to prepare. This one dish penne hits the spot.  I created […] Read Full Post

Restaurant Style Guacamole Recipe for Superbowl Sunday

Ever wonder why guacamole you order in a restaurant is so amazing? The avocados are perfectly green ripe and the flavor is the perfect balance of salty, tangy and creamy. I visited Uncle Julio’s, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Dallas, where they take their guac making as seriously as I do.  I was surprised to learn three little secrets they use in the restaurant biz that I now incorporate into my […] Read Full Post

Make Dinner in a pinch using pantry and freezer basics

Shrimp and GritsLightened Up Shrimp and Grits Shelly Slater is an award winning news anchor for the ABC affiliate in Dallas. She’s also a wife and mother and balancing her busy work and life schedule means something’s gotta give…. usually a healthy dinner her family can sit down to after a long day.  She asked me to come to her home and help her find solutions for weeknight meals.  Haven’t we all […] Read Full Post

Mushroom Soup for Your Soul

mushroom soup final 1 Mushroom Soup is cozy and comforting on a cold winter day.  But did you know mushrooms can also help boost your mood?  Mushrooms are high in Vitamin D and studies show people with high levels of vitamin D are less likely to experience depression.  So now would be the ideal time to blitz up this delicious and hearty soup. Ingredients: 1 16oz package Baby Bella (Crimini) Mushrooms, washed and sliced […] Read Full Post

Sriracha Pulled Pork Enchiladas

siracha pulled pork enchilada finalSriracha Pulled Pork Enchiladas This time of year I yearn to stay indoors, have family dinners and relax in the warm comfort of my home.  But work and my busy schedule in general means there’s little time for winter weeknight meals.  But with the help of my trusty slow cooker, dinner will be ready and waiting for me when I return home.  Below is my classic Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, […] Read Full Post

WaterCress Soup and Other Power Foods for 2 0 1 5 Watercress Soup Watercress is predicted to be ‘the’ green leafy vegetable of 2015.  Recent studies show it has the highest nutrient score of any other fruit or vegetable, it may even help fight breast cancer.  I went on Good Morning Texas to share how to prepare this vibrant, peppery green we often overlook (or use as a garnish) and show what else is trending for 2015.  Speaking of, have you tried […] Read Full Post

Edible Holiday Gifts

Peppermint White Chocolate Bark White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Shiner Bock Bacon Chocolate Bark Shiner Bock Bacon Almonds and Cranberry Chocolate Bark I can’t imagine anything worse that going to a mall today.  However, I still have gifts to give before the holidays are over.  I made two versions of chocolate bark and enlisted the help of my two boys.  It made the process a little more lengthy (and messy), but I can give these presents and tell people that […] Read Full Post

Classic Hanukkah Latkes and Favorite New Recipes

LatkesLatkes, Potato Pancakes for Hanukkah Latke close upSweet Potato and Carrot Latkes Traditional Potato Latkes 3 cups Yukon Gold potatoes 2 whole eggs 1/2 cup flour salt and pepper to taste Vegetable oil for frying 1/4 cup chopped scallions, sautéed chopped onions, or leeks (optional) Sour cream, chives and applesauce for dipping Directions: Peel the potatoes, then grate them by hand or through a processor and place in a colander.  Rinse with […] Read Full Post