Latkes – Taste Tested and Perfected Hanukkah Potato Pancakes

I finally created the perfect potato pancake. After years of experimenting with different potatoes, onions, flours and oils, I have come up with the one and only recipe you’ll ever need for Hanukkah latkes. Traditional latkes call for matzoh meal, which I find to make the pancakes soggy and onions, which is overpowering to both my kitchen and my stomach. Ditch the onions, matzoh meal and vegetable oil and try […] Read Full Post

Last Minute Homemade Holiday Gifts

If you’ve forgotten anyone on your holiday gift giving list, I can’t think of anything more personal than a gift basket filled with beautifully hand selected items, from candles to picture frames. And even better is to include a homemade element, like peppermint bark or homemade scones. Here are some of my favorite edible gifts to give for the holidays. Each one goes with a themed gift basket designed entirely […] Read Full Post

Thanksgiving Flavored Snacks: Taste Test

If you’ve been to a Trader Joe’s or the snack aisle of any grocery store, you know that brands are willing to do anything to get you in the holiday spirit (and spending). Here is a taste test of several Thanksgiving flavored snacks, from Turkey and Gravy Flavored Kettle Chips, to apple pie cheddar cheese and sugar cookie flavored popcorn and what the host from the nationally syndicated Eyeopener TV […] Read Full Post

Cup of Content: Cornbread – 1 Batter = 6 Recipes

Cornbread is the Texan version of a dinner roll (not to mention the leftovers make a killer cornbread stuffing), i’s a must at the Thanksgiving table. But everyone has their favorite version. I make a double batch of batter, then customize with your favorite flavor. To keep from getting multiple mixing bowl dirty, I scoop out the basic cornbread mix directly into a greased muffin tin. I sprinkle my topping […] Read Full Post

Roasted Carrot and Ginger Soup

Leftovers never seem as appetizing as a freshly made dish. I love reviving my roasted carrots by turning it into a luscious soup. This silky, creamy and vibrantly colored soup only uses five ingredients, just blend and devour. 1 lb roasted carrots 1 cup vegetable stock 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk 1 1-inch thick knob of fresh ginger 1 tbsp smoked sweet paprika (salt and pepper to taste) Directions: Place […] Read Full Post

Cup of Content: How to Make Maple Syrup Roasted Carrots

Need a last minute side dish for Thanksgiving {or tonight, because, if you’re like me, you didn’t go to the store and have nothing in the fridge that’s healthy?!?}. These maple glazed carrots are so simple,  they become carmelized and sugary sweet. Who wouldn’t want this any night of the week? Maple Syrup Roasted Carrots 2 lbs peeled carrots, sliced on a diagonal, 1 inch thick 1/4 cup extra virgin […] Read Full Post

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