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…

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…

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:…

Throwback Thursday Series: #1

Generic. Boring. Plain. All these traits could easily describe a dinner serving pork chops, corn on the cob and ice cream. But don’t worry, I’ve elevated these old school recipes by adding some fun, modern ingredients with easy preparation. You’ll be able to whip up a delicious dinner with traditional flavors that everyone can agree…

Game Day Menu: NFL is Back!

As a proper Texan, it’s only natural that I am considerably more excited about this first week of NFL games than let’s say, most non-Texans are about Christmas. Christmas is a very, very close second, but there is just something about football season that magically takes over the 3 1/2 evenings of the 7 I’m allotted each week…

Birthday Dinner Menu

Thanks for stopping by this week. I’m especially excited to share recipes this week because these are items I love to enjoy for my own birthday dinner. And since I’ll be celebrating my special day this week, I wanted to share my favorites with all of you. This menu starts with my go-to drink on any…

Seaside Picnic Menu

Living close to the Gulf Coast provides access to fresh crustaceans at several local grocers. I took advantage of this convenience and created a picnic style menu that reminds me of time spent at beach. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy a day by the sea, these recipes will be easy to pack in your…

Summer Fruit Inspired Menu

Summer is winding down and everyone is gearing up for the first day of school, or just anticipating cooler days and fall flavors. But before we leave the hot days behind us, I wanted to pay my respects to the delicious fruits that kept my taste buds refreshed and ready for more Summer action. These recipes…

Summer Indulgent Menu

It’s August already, which means I can start worrying less about my beach body and enjoy some more indulgent foods. This menu hits all the savory, heavy notes I love about the upcoming seasons, without weighing me down too much. I hope these recipes are just as satisfying for you as they are for me. And…

Thai & Vietnamese Inspired Summer Menu

The first time I ever experienced Vietnamese cuisine, I was 12 years old and visiting family in Tacoma, Washington. My worldly Aunt Liz insisted that we go to her favorite place for some Pho (vermicelli rice noodle bowl). As most young children were, I was incredibly skeptical of this foregin dish. But as usual, my…

Weekend Brunch Menu

Brunch… I feel like there is no need to go into further description or detail. But for those who need some convincing to eat savory, delicious breakfast, here’s a quick snippet; Eggs Benedict is a common staple on breakfast cafe menus, but creating this dish used to be for skilled cook. Poaching eggs takes practice,…

Summer Tex Mex

Mexican food and flavors are a comfort for me at any time of the year. Normally, these comfort dishes are heavier and use robust, savory flavors. But during the Summer, I like to keep things as refreshing and light as possible. These menu items are perfect for any pool-side get together and sure to keep…