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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 [...]
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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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Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Pomegranate

November 25, 2013
The poor Brussels sprout gets such a bad wrap. I've never quite understood why, I'm a huge fan of the mini green cabbages. With just enough butter and crispy bacon-y pancetta, this recipe is just what one needs to make a fan out of even the most picky eaters. Add to that some fresh juicy pomegranate seeds and you'll have a beautiful holiday side dish that fits this festive time of year perfectly. Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta & Pomegranate 1 bushel of Brussels Sprouts halved 1/4 cup diced pancetta 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds 2 tbs butter Salt & Pepper to taste   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a cast-iron skillet set to medium heat slightly brown the pancetta to begin rendering the fat. Add the Brussels sprouts and butter toss lightly until butter coats all. Place the skillet in the oven and roast for about 20 until sprouts have slightly golden edges and are fork tender. Remove the roasted sprouts [...]
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Bacon, Sage & Leek Cornbread Stuffing

November 22, 2013
That's right, I said stuffing. Even though I didn't stuff it in a bird. Because dressing sounds too much like salad dressing. Or even worse, wound dressing. So we're going to call it what all good Americans should call it, stuffing. Today is my first Thanksgiving meal of many over the next few days - the office potluck! I know there are probably some groans out there about the dreaded office Thanksgiving potluck, but I love it. The ratio of food is usually 10% meats, 10% sides, 5% vegetables (hopefully in butter or cream) and 75% desserts, which is the proper ratio for any meal. I made this stuffing a few years for another potluck, and it seemed to be a hit (or people lied), but I love it. I'm faithful to cornbread as the main ingredient of every stuffing I make, but this one includes the savory addition of sage, leeks and applewood smoked bacon. I could easily eat [...]
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Pumpkin Butter Bars

November 17, 2013

Tis the season for all things PUMPKIN! I absolutely love all the sweet and savory pumpkin inspired baked goodies that begin popping up this time of year. The only problem is I’m not much for baking. I lack the patience and scientific precision it takes to pull off the perfect cakes, pies, or pastries. I’m definitely no Bakerella- I’m a Hot Potato-  So when I stumbled upon this recipe that called for box cake mix and my favorite addition of the season- pumpkin butter- I was intrigued. Inspired from a Williams-Sonoma recipe I played with a few years ago, these delicious pumpkin bars are now a staple on our Thanksgiving table.   Pumpkin Butter Bars 1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix 1/2 cup butter, melted 13 ounces pumpkin butter (specifically 1 13-oz. jar of pumpkin pecan butter) 3 eggs 1 tablespoon flour 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter, softened 3 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon cinnamon Preheat oven to 350. Reserve 1 cup […]

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What they cook in the Cook Islands

October 29, 2013

I returned a few weeks ago from the trip of a lifetime! After a dream wedding in Marfa Texas my new husband and I set off for an extra long honeymoon in the Cook Islands. Which are really just a few small specs of land in the middle of the South Pacific ocean. You can check out the full photo gallery on my flickr site here, and the tastiest edible outtakes are in this post. Two weeks were spent galavanting across these two islands. Rarotonga (left) and Aitutaki (right) Heaven is sipping pure coconut water from a chilled young coconut. Unadulterated tropical beauty everywhere! Of course we had to sample food from the traditional Cook Islands “umu” (underground oven). All was smoky and delicious. I ate some questionable chicken from a 24 hr fried chicken shack in Raro… The dogs enjoyed it much more than me. A surprising hit was the fried waffle we enjoyed at the town farmers market. One bite […]

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