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Fried Okra

I am sad, y’all. These apocalyptic wildfires that are eating up my sweet home state are making me sad. This week I’m moving things out of my grandma’s house, just in case. Just in case a huge massive blaze of oxidation should sweep a few miles westward or northward, or from any direction really, and…

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Grape Ice Cream

grape ice cream

This is an ancient family recipe that was passed down from my great-grandma to my grandma to my dad to me and now to you. Don’t tell anyone I broke the blood-chain. I remember making this in our old rock-salt, hand-cranked ice cream bucket on the porch. It’s really fun to have a hand-cranked ice…

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The History of Labor Day and Ice Cream Sandwiches

Labor Day is almost here and that means only one thing: No Work! (Unless you work at Wal-Mart and/or the Emergency Room, then you probably do have to work and in that case, thanks for still letting us purchase your wares and stitching our heads back together after we all fall onto barbecue forks.) But…

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The Sardine Experiment: Part Three

How to Eat Sardines After last week’s sardine taste-testing, wherein many a sardine was eaten plain, on a cracker, with and without mustard, I finally got a little creative with the fishes and tried several recipes that also included such delights as capers, olives, tomatoes, eggplant, and long skinny noodles. It was exceptionally disappointing.

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10 Essential Things To Pack For a Day at the Lake!

Even though Summer is technically almost over, in Texas we can count on at least another month of 90+ weather and (probably) no rain days. That means there’s still plenty of time and reason to head out to some body of water on the weekend and get in it! As a seasoned lake-day-planner I have…

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Yucca Fries and Raisin Ketchup!

I’ve been broadening my horizons. I’ve been trying new things. I’ve been buying all those unusual vegetables I’ve never bought before. And I’ve got two words for you. Yucca Root. Here’s two more: Eat It. Why? ‘Cause it’s fuckin’ yummy-as-hell. How? I’ll tell you right now. From the outside, yucca (or yuca?) roots are brown…

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The Best Canned Sardines: An Inexhaustive Study

Part Two in the Great Sardine Experiment! The results are in. If you missed last week’s post, I did a taste-test of 5 different brands of sardines to find the BEST SARDINES IN ALL THE LAND. Surprisingly to myself, I found out I am down with the sardine and its ilk. This is a marvelous…

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I Got Press! And Zucchini Casserole!

Happy Friday! I have a bajillion things to do this weekend (like recipe creation and testing for my next book!) but I wanted to let you know about this really nice article that came out last week in CultureMap Austin. And I don’t want to say that the reason author Leah Moss was so kind…

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Spinach gonna knock ya block off.

Oh, brother. And sister. Oh, my brothers AND my sisters. I tell you, the other week I was having a rough time! Nothing very specifically terrible (or terribly specific), but you know how sometimes you just are in a shit-mood for a few days because everything is annoying and your job sucks and you’re hot…

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