Lemon Pepper BEER Shrimp

July 28, 2014

I love a one pot dish- especially when you’re entertaining for a big crowd.   We were at the lake house for the 4th of July with a big family group this summer- which means lots of hungry (and often tipsy) mouths to feed. One night I spied our lovely hostess with the mostess pouring BEER into the shrimp skillet! Obviously I was intrigued and had to stalk her for the recipe… This crowd-pleaser could not be simpler! You just toss some rather surprising ingredients (shrimp, beer & Italian dressing) into an oven friendly dish – bake – then eat! Peel & Eat Beer Shrimp Ingredients 2 lbs shrimp (deveined- but shell kept on!) Italian dressing light beer (like Corona) 8-10 lemons quartered half a stick of butter Salt & pepper to taste   Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Put the shrimp and lemon wedges in a large baking dish. Dot the top with a few pieces of butter (about a quarter stick per dish), drizzle with […]


Peach & Prosciutto Crostini

July 8, 2014

It’s stone fruit season!   Cherries, peaches, plums whathaveyou, I’m obsessed with all of them. And while I love the traditional baked goods that frequently make use of these beauties, my favorite way to enjoy them is cut fresh and as unadulterated as possible. This recipe is one that really lets the season’s best fruit shine. You could certainly substitute the peaches in this recipe for your favorite. I’d recommend stopping by the farmers market and sniffing out the freshest juiciest crop.   Ingredients 1-2 ripe peaches 1 baguette ( cut in to crostini rounds) 1 cup ricotta cheese 3-4 thin slices of prosciutto honey balsamic vinaigrette fresh cracked pepper   All you have to do is assemble! You can buy already toasted crostini rounds, or crisp them up yourself.  I crisped mine in a pan with a little unsalted butter. Layer as follows: Balsamic Bread Ricotta Honey drizzle Prosciutto Peaches Pepper   *I could have done the balsamic drizzle at […]


Grilled Pork Chops with Cherries

July 2, 2014

I caught this recipe in the NYTimes magazine last weekend and knew I had to give it a try. The article devoted strictly to cherries had my mouth watering imeediately plus Mark Bittman has never lead me astray before. I adapted it slightly with the substitution of rainier cherries and even added a little diced fresh mango to the sauce. I used rainier cherries because that’s what I had on hand, and I’m sure it would be equally as good (and festive for the 4th of July holiday) if you decided to use red cherries instead. When I first read the recipe I was afraid the rosemary salt rub was going to be too overpowering for the cherry flavor- but it turns out they really know what they are doing over there at the Times and it makes for an excellent contrast to the sweet & savory sauce. While we had the grilled fired up we went ahead and roasted a baguette and […]

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Lunching Downtown Dallas

June 18, 2014

Oh, downtown Dallas. I want to love you. I love most downtown areas, typically the epicenter of the city, filled with pedestrian and retail activity, thriving with business and innovation. And Dallas isn’t the worst, but it could definitely use a bit of improvement (and the demolition of the terrible underground tunnels). Regardless, I spend over forty hours a week in this city center, and the most important part of my day is definitely lunch (outside of working, of course). I’ve been working downtown for almost two years now, and I’ve learned to love some of my downtown lunch options. My criteria for lunch is 1)has to be somewhat healthy 2)walkable location. Other than that, I’m pretty open to different cuisines and price points. When I first starting working downtown I found a lunch spot list someone had compiled, and I found it to be extremely helpful. And since lately I’ve been trying to accomplish more good deeds than bad, I’m […]


Remedy Quarterly Magazine

May 29, 2014

  I’m so thrilled to have my very first feature article published in such a cool indie magazine! The spring issue of Remedy Quarterly is available now and features an article I wrote and photographed about my family’s very original recipe for tamales. Remedy Quarterly is a fabulous ad-free publication featuring stories of food and recipes for feeling good. I love that each issue is centered around a theme. The stories and the pages that follow are filled with quirky illustrations and stunning photography. I’m so honored that I was able to share this story & recipe which is very near and dear to me. The recipe dates all the way back to the great depression! You can order a copy of issue 12: GROW here.   Isn’t my granny (pictured above) just precious, teaching me how to roll cabbage tamales above. That’s my great grandmother and her husband pictured inset in the black and white photo on the left.  


Truffle Honey Popcorn

March 18, 2014

I had a craving for something sweet & salty the other night- Popcorn is always an easy fix. If you are part of gen-Y or later you probably are unaware that you can make this delicious snack on your stove top and completely customize the flavors! That’s right sans-microwave popcorn my friends!!! You can buy the plain kernels in the popcorn aisle (shocker), and all you need is a little oil and a large pot with a lid. I’ve experimented with many different flavors over the years, my old standby favorite is simple olive oil with salt and pepper, & sometimes a little Tony Chachere’s too. But this time I was in to mood for decadence and the stars in my pantry were aligned for the most indulged treat I have every allowed myself. I have four words for you- DUCK FAT, TRUFFLES, & HONEY.   Truffle Honey Popcorn Ingredients 1/2 cup popcorn kernels 1 tbs canola or vegetable oil 2-3 tbs duck […]


Trip Report: Southern Chile

February 20, 2014

I promised myself I would write a recap of my Chilean vacation less than a month after our trip. Well, it’s been one month and ten days. But close enough. My husband and I have tossed around visiting Chile for many years. At one point, we even discussed moving to Santiago. Without ever living there. Clearly, we’re still in Dallas. And I’ll be honest, I’m pretty happy we didn’t randomly move to Santiago a few years ago. While I really liked the city, I’m not sure I’m ready to call it home. I’m going to try to keep this post as succinct as possible as we covered a lot of ground over our 17 day trip. We took over nine flights and visited over seven different cities in three different countries. And I’m counting Miami as a country. How did we get there? Using miles, of course. I converted American Express points to British Airways Avios, and then I used […]

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Pear Cilantro Smoothie DETOX

January 6, 2014

The holidays were delicious, and gluttonous- which is why it’s time to cleanse. I love this green smoothie. Most “green” drinks call for kale spinach and other bitter greens that I can’t bear to drink. This breakfast smoothie is a real winner with sweet ripe pears and fresh herbal cilantro to kick off your new years resolution cleanse. Cilantro is a fantastic detoxifying herb which naturally helps to purge heavy metals from your system. If you’re in the camp of believing it tastes delicious and not like soap as some will have you believe, then you’ll love this power cleansing beverage. I’ve seen many various takes on the pear+cilantro recipe online. Some call for the addition of apples, some call for bananas and dates,  but I decided to kick mine up by blending a spicy serrano pepper and spritz of lime, because my 2014 resolution is to live dangerously, and my tastebuds needed a wake up call this Monday morning. […]

chicken chili

Chicken & White Bean Chili

December 3, 2013
Thanksgiving is officially over, and we're granted a slight reprieve before we start celebrating (eating our way through) Christmas. If you're Jewish, you just have to power through Hanukkah right now and hope not to gain one million pounds. Eat some of those delicious potato pancakes for me. Anyway, this week I'm going to try and eat a tad healthier than last week. Which shouldn't be hard considering I was eating a piece of Smooth Operator (French Silk pie with a salty pretzel crust) from Emporium Pies for breakfast most days. Followed by a piece of pumpkin pie, for health. And when I'm looking to not get fatter I look for recipes from not fat people (that's a very PC term). So Mario Batali recipes are out (though I love them so). So this week calls for a little Gwyneth action. Earlier this year I ordered her book "It's All Good," and I've been slowly making my way through. The [...]
homemade Greenbean casarole recipe

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

November 26, 2013

  he green bean casserole is my number one favorite side dish of the season! Growing up it didn’t get much better than the classic Del Monte canned beans with Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup, topped with French’s Fried Onions. I’m guessing most American households serve something quite similar. I’ve seen recipes for homemade versions (aka – recipes that don’t call for products from a can) of this classic everywhere, and I’ve tried quite a few with some success, but I’ve never quite nailed the tender, creamy, and crispy nature of this dish that I’ve grown up loving…until now! Let’s just be honest, bacon makes everything better!     Key steps that make a world of difference: A salt bath for the fresh beans! I just rinsed my fresh green beans and submerged them in a bowl of very salty water for about an hour. Bacon grease is your friend. This flavorful fat is what sets everything apart, but careful […]

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