Texas Chews

Texas Chews were the cookie we always made at Christmas to leave out for Santa, because everyone knows they are Santa’s favorite cookie, duh! My mom got the recipe from her mom who maybe got it off a Domino sugar box or from the Texas Pecan Commission. When I googled the recipe a couple weeks ago to […]

Winter Salad

Here’s a new meaning of “wintry mix” for ya. A sort of slaw: A winter salad of Napa cabbage, apples, celery and citrus. Napa cabbage is one of my favorite salad ingredients because it’s crisp and mild and can be eaten freshly dressed (like a lettuce salad) or left to marinate a couple of hours […]

Turkey BLT

It seems a little silly or unnecessary to share a recipe for a sandwich, but this turkey BLT with avocado is a special sandwich. This is the sandwich that my darling grandmother Hornsby would make every Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, with our leftover roast turkey. She really didn’t cook much — I remember gingerbread […]

Leftover Recipes

At this time of year, I obviously mean Thanksgiving leftover recipes, but these recipes are good to keep in mind after any big meal with lots of leftovers. I’ve grouped these by type of leftover: leftover turkey, leftover ham, leftover rolls, leftover mashed potatoes (arguably the BEST leftover to have to “deal” with) and leftover […]

Pumpkin Coconut Soup

This was an experiment that worked out. Real, REAL good. I needed to use up some pumpkin puree after shooting my homemade pumpkin puree video. I remembered a recipe I made several years ago, a butternut squash and shrimp soup with a coconut milk base, that was AB FAB. And you know, pumpkin is so similar […]

Chorizo Sweet Potato Casserole

I was invited to a potluck last year, a short while before we were moving to Los Angeles. This meant that our pantry was almost bare, since I am of the “eat all the food before you move even if that means you eat Parmesan cheese rinds and rice for a week” school of thought. I […]

Sweet Potatoes vs Yams vs Taro vs Yuca

Mostly, I’m writing this post about the differences between sweet potatoes and yams and taro and yuca because I need to get it straight myself! You can watch the video on YouTube! Sweet Potatoes True (botanical) Sweet Potatoes are pictured below. Alternate names are kumara (New Zealand) camote (Mexico) and yam (USA). There are several […]

Corn Casserole

This is kind of like Jiffy corn casserole without the Jiffy. And I don’t mean it takes a long time. It’s still pretty fast! I was about 13 I think when my uncle dated a lady named Greta for a short while. She came to one Thanksgiving with our family and brought “Greta’s corn casserole”. […]

Orange Aioli

A simple sauce to go with these black bean empanadas or on top of simply cooked fish or chicken. Before everyone gets up in arms, I know that this does not meet the technical qualifications of an aioli. For one thing, I didn’t even put the umlaut over the “i”! But seriously, aioli is defined […]