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Lobster Potato Salad

July 19, 2014

Let me start off by saying – I have never really been fond of potato salad. It’s typically overdressed in mayonnaise (my kryptonite) and the actual chunks of potatoes are void of any flavor. Well, it’s easy to be swayed by anything Smitten Kitchen posts, so when I saw her post about the lobster salad she made with Ina Garten (aka Barefoot Contessa) in the Hamptons I knew I had to try it, and I knew it would be a winner. This potato salad is anything but boring, and I love how the vinaigrette actually penetrates the potatoes to give them loads of flavor. *The recipes from Smitten Kitchen & Barefoot Contessa call for you to assemble the salad then chill and wait for at least 1 hour. But it looked so tasty I just couldn’t wait, and it was still delicious after chilling in the fridge for a mere 15 minutes. I’m sure leftovers are going to be amazing! Lobster Potato Salad 1 1/2 […]

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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 […]

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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.  

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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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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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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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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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