Vegetarian Tamales de Rajas con Queso

My favorite tamales are filled with roasted chiles and cheese. Whenever the “tamale lady” would stop by my old office, I’d get a dozen and eat half of them before lunch break even came around. They were still hot because she carried them in a cooler, wrapped up in fat foil bundles. The hot hot […]

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 […]

Homemade Toffee Recipe

I don’t do much candy, namely because it’s a little finicky and much prefer focusing my energy on things more in line with my impatient personality. BUT this almond toffee is pretty damn easy.  The butter keeps it nice and chewable — no jaw-breaker here! — and as long as you have a thermometer the rest […]

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 […]

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 […]

Classic Mashed Potatoes

Classic mashed potatoes — smooth, buttery, rich and savory — are one of my favorite foods. When fresh and hot and fluffy, there’s not much better to eat. These are the kind of mashed potatoes you want on your plate with your chicken fried steak and cream gravy. These are the ones to serve with […]

Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Horseradish and potatoes go together so well, maybe because they both grow in the dirt? Horseradish mashed potatoes therefore go together well with anything that goes with horseradish, too. Like lamb, or roast beef, or grilled ribeye steak. Prepared horseradish is usually kept in the refrigerator aisle of the grocery store. It’s just been peeled […]

Jalapeño Cheese Mashed Potatoes

I love the fresh jalapeño bits in these cheesy mashed potatoes. Depending on your taste — and your jalapeños since some are hotter than others — use 1-2 per pound of potatoes. Remove the seeds and membranes if you want the jalapeño flavor without the heat. These jalapeño cheese mashed potatoes are delicious along side […]