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

Pinata Birthday Cake

Pinata CakePinata Birthday Cake My youngest son, Kessler, turned two this week.  My husband keeps asking when I’m going to stop referring to him as, ‘The Baby’, I say never.  This dumpling is now a rambunctious toddler, barreling into everything including his big brother.  I wanted to make a cake for our family party we threw him over the weekend with my 4-year-old and my sister’s two boys.  This piñata cake […] Read Full Post

Roasting Vegetables, a 1 Minute How To

Roasted Cauliflower When I need a simple vegetable side dish that I know my children will love, I cook a batch of roasted vegetables.  Cauliflower, carrots, Brussels Sprouts, any vegetable tastes better when it’s roasted (especially winter root veggies).  Drizzled with good olive oil, sprinkled with Kosher salt and roasted until just charred on the outside, vegetables take on a different, richer flavor and remain tender and soft in the center.  They’re […] Read Full Post

Brown Bag Thanksgiving Turkey

Brown Bag Turkey Turkey Cooked in a Brown Paper Bag? Sounds strange, but it might be the prettiest, easiest Thanksgiving turkey you’ll ever make.  Kidd Kradick, the legendary DJ, used to make this for his family every year.  So when his daughter came back to Dallas, Good Morning Texas asked me to try out his famous recipe.  I was skeptical, but it turned out to be delicious and roasted to perfection, without drying […] Read Full Post

Tasty Tailgating with Easy Finger Foods

Tailgating before a big football game is awesome, but cleaning up the messy grill or smoker… just the thought makes me want to put down my tongs.  I created some finger foods that are as easy to transport as they are to eat. One bite of these Smoked Chicken Stuffed and Bacon Wrapped Jalepenos will get you ready for a cold night watching some good football! I teamed up with […] Read Full Post

Fun Texas Facts with Ozarka, the Official Water of Southlake Carroll Dragons

Fun Facts 3 Football and Texas are synonymous, the same way tailgating with foods like brisket sliders and Ozarka Texas Spring Water remind us of our Texas roots.  I teamed up with Ozarka and hit a Southlake Carroll Football pre game tailgating bash.  I tested fans to see how much they know about our great state.  You might be surprised to learn these fun facts.  See my Q&A below.  And pick up a […] Read Full Post

How we do Homecoming in Texas

You’ve probably heard the term that everything is bigger in Texas. The same can be said for our football Homecoming celebrations.  Down here we wear mums, they’re like giant corsages, and they can get pretty elaborate.  It started as a simple chrysanthemum flower with a few ribbons to show off school pride, but over the years they’ve evolved into enormous decorations that are personalized with symbols from the girl’s favorite […] Read Full Post

Halloween Entertaining: Food and Wine Pairing

When I realized I was too old to trick-or-treat, I decided it was time to start dressing up and stay IN for Halloween!  It’s such fun inviting guests over, decorating and serving some spooky inspired nibbles and sips.  Here are a couple recipes I made and wine I plan on serving.  But before we get to that, I wanted to share some tips for flawless entertaining. Don’t overcommit. When someone […] Read Full Post

Halloween Cocktail, Black Widow Martini

XO Cafe Martini When Halloween rolls around, I’m in the mood for a sultry drink that is both devilish and angelic.  I created this recipe using two of my favorite new liqueurs, a chocolate and Mexican chili infused tequila called Patron XO Cafe Incendio, and an orange infused tequila called Patron Citronge.  With a splash of (good) coffee and cream, it’s sweet, spicy and packed with depth and flavor.  The best part is, […] Read Full Post