Vegetarian Tapas

Before the holidays start cramming all their pies and turkeys down my throat, I wanted to enjoy some lighter fare that was full of flavor and keep my belly full for the day. This menu is based on a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet (vegetarians that eat cheese). I am very much the meat-eater, but once in…

Spanish Tortilla

When you hear ‘tortilla’,. most people think of the thin, but fluffy, delicious Mexican creations that keep hold Texas’ most sacred staple… the taco. But, the Spanish do ‘tortilla’ a little differently. This breakfast tapa is very easy to throw together on any given weekend and won’t weigh you down for the rest of the…

Fresh Blackberry Martini

This cocktail is perfect for a day of rest and relaxation. Fresh blackberries are perfectly highlighted by dry vermouth and gin. Don’t forget your limes! Try these light and easy Tapas recipes perfect for a lazy weekend. Serves 1 INGREDIENTS: 4-5 blackberries 1 oz fresh lime juice 1 sugar cube (1 tbsp sugar) 3/4 oz dry…

Heirloom Bruschetta

Heirloom tomatoes are a not only beautiful to look at, but full of flavor that can elevate any dish. I love to add them to any vegetarian-style dish for not only the added flavor, but they also keep me full without the excess calories. This recipe is perfect for any lunch spread or small get together….

Artichoke & Mushroom Quesadilla

Quesadillas are Tex-Mex perfection. Usually, they are overstuffed with greasy meat and cheese, then topped with more delicious condiments that will take days to work off at the gym. Sometimes, even though my loins are craving an overstuffed quesadilla while my jeans are giving me the stink-eye, I like to use lighter ingredients but with…

Fall Pear-ings

Fall is always about pumpkin-spice this and squash-pie that. But what about the pears?! They get no credit, no shine, no spotlight. Pears are light, refreshing but have just enough spice to bring back those fall feelings. This menu won’t weigh you down and is perfect for any night of the week. Pre-Dinner Cocktail: Cham-Pear…

Cham-Pear Cocktail

This delicious combination of champagne and pear vodka is a perfect pre-dinner cocktail to get the party started. But be sure you aren’t lifting any heavy machinery or getting behind the wheel, as this aperitif is sure to get you “loosey-goosey” after a serving or two. Serve this cocktail alongside these other pear-inspired recipes. Makes…

Balsamic-Pear Glazed Turkey Breast

Once October hits, holiday parties are around every corner tempting you with delicious casseroles, Halloween cookies, and Thanksgiving pies. Keeping that Summer body maintained is almost impossible from now until New Years. To counteract these moments of indiscretion, I try to eat healthier meals during the week. Cooking with skinless turkey breast is a great option for those trying to…

Steamed Asparagus & Leeks

I’d never cooked with leeks before this recipe, but I was always intrigued when I’d see this ingredient prepared for an amazing dish on a show like Top Chef. I had to do some research on what exactly a leek was and how to prep and cut this leafy wonder. Turns out, a leek is…

Pear and Brie Filled Pastry

‘Tis the fall season for desserts!! Green pears and brie cheese create a perfect, delicious pastry than is incredibly easy to whip up for any last-minute holiday party. I use a triple crème brie cheese normally found in your grocers specialty cheese department. But plain brie cheese can be used and will taste just as perfect when…

Texas Traditions

While the traditional saying is “Everything is bigger in Texas”, I like to think that everything just tastes better in Texas. Here are some classic staples for a Texas dinner table with a few modern updates.   Entree: Cast-Iron Steak with Perfect Compound Butter Side Dish: Lemon-Rosemary Mashed Potatoes Dessert: Easy ‘Plumberry’ Crumble Pie Cocktail:…

Cast Iron Steak with Perfect Compound Butter

Summer grilling may be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a perfectly grilled Texas ribeye steak at home. This recipe is so easy to whip up any day of the week. Be sure to serve with a side of Lemon-Rosemary Mashed Potatoes and then enjoy a slice of Plumberry Crumble Pie. 2 servings…