Cool Stuff – Spring
“Homemade Almond Milk”

I made this a few months ago and failed to share it with you. How could I? From time to time I test and photograph a recipe from one of the members of Tasty Kitchen, the fabulous community recipe website of my friend Ree. Well I tested this one and it was lovely and you ought to know about it. One thing that is pretty much always in my refrigerator […]

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“Homemade Gift Idea: Potted Cheese”

Here I am with another homemade holiday gift idea! On a scale of 1 to 10, how far along are you with your Christmas shopping? I have a little poll on my sidebar that you can take. I’m about 50%… it’s a Christmas miracle really, since I usually am down to the wire. Here is a another fun homemade gift idea that you can make and give away or use […]

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“Homemade Gift: Preserved Salmon in a Jar”

I got a little makeover around here! We’re still working out a few kinks but there are a few new features that I want to point out now so you can start using them! My recipes page now has a visual recipe index as well as a way for you to search for recipes by ingredient. There are also many categories that you can search for visually. I’m a visual […]

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“Homemade Gift Idea: Chinese 5 Spice Blend”

Hi there. I just got back from some Thanksgiving traveling. I drove all the way up through the state of Texas and into Oklahoma for the very first time! The clouds were looming and there was a rain storm and it was thrilling. I’d thought I’d share some of my favorite homemade holiday gift ideas in the next few weeks, since it is easy to become inundated by so many […]

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“French Apple Tart”

There are so many wonderful bakers out there and I can’t say I am one of them. I’m more of a fly by the seat of your pants person in the kitchen. I have good instincts from being trained by lots of stern French chefs but I can’t say I have ever been a masterful pastry maker, simply because it requires much too much precision and patience. But then there […]

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“Quinoa Salad”

In just a few hours, I’m going to be picking up two of my favorite people from the airport, Todd and Diane from White on Rice Couple. Then we’re jetting off to Joshua Creek Ranch, the place where I shot that magazine cover a few months ago, and guess what we’re doing there? We’re shooting the Girl Hunter book trailer! It’s going to be so fun. I can’t wait to […]

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“Chicken in Coconut-Lime Peanut Sauce”

I get such a craving for Asian food sometimes. I’m not very good at cooking it myself, there’s something about the flavor combinations that aren’t intuitive to me while cooking, but are so delicious when put in front of me at a dinner table. In my recent piece for Tasty Kitchen, I featured one of my friend Marla’s recipes because it looked amazing and because her recipes are always so […]

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“Peanut Butter Pie”

Right now, I’m on a mini road trip from Little Rock, Arkansas to Austin, Texas. Don’t worry, I’m not the one driving as I write this. I’ve been traveling as much as ever, without a kitchen most days, save for the times when friends and family let me take over theirs. As many people witnessed, the food blogging world erupted in Peanut Butter Pies on Friday. It was to hold […]

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“Saucy Shrimp Recipe”

When I was in Arkansas I made a new friend. And one night, while we all were digesting our 237th feast, she told us about this recipe she’d dreamed up using shrimp she’d had. It was smothered in scallions and tomatoes and lots and lots of butter. She agreed to make it for us as soon as possible. Feast number 238 was scheduled. What I like about this is that […]

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“Asparagus Cheese Tarts”

Another thing about the big garden at Tulipwood is that there were asparagus popping up all over the place this year. They just spontaneously sprouted wherever they pleased… amongst the tomato plants, with the radishes. It was like a game of Where’s Waldo?… where would we come across an asparagus next? The reason for all of this is that we didn’t plant them. They were actually  planted by my grandmother […]

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