Baklava

Baklava is a dessert as old as time, to use the phrase loosely. Originating from Turkey probably in the 15th century but perhaps earlier, this layered pastry has now spread throughout the Balkans and Middle East: Serbia, Bulgaria, Jordan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Syria, Georgia, Greece. The recipe varies slightly from country to country and region to […]

Kolache

Episode 11 Hilah’s Texas Kitchen: Kolache! (I know everyone says “kolaches” but I think it’s really “kolache” in the plural and just “kolach” in the singular? And I am a stickler for grammar, although I say “kolaches” all the time. Do you know the truth? Let me know!) At any rate, if you’ve never driven […]

Summer Fruit Recipes: Plum Empanadas (and other things)

When I was around 8 years old, I had one of the most joyful and vivid dreams of my life. We grew up in the Texas hill country, out on Lake Travis, far from civilization, but fortunately with lots of land to run around on and play. Next to our house was a scrubby field […]

How to Make Gougères aka Choux Pastry

How to make Gougères Recipe Video – scroll down for recipe To Begin to make Gougères you must first make Pâte à Choux, aka Choux Pastry I first learned how to make Shoe Pastry when I was living in New Zealand, dating the ChefBoy, and learning all kinds of neat-o Real Chef Things. Things such […]

Mushroom Duxelles in Puff Pastry

  If you don’t know, duxelles is just French for “mushrooms cooked down into paste”. Mushroom paste? Blech. No wonder they made up a fancy-sounding word for it. But it is yummy if you’re into mushrooms. If you’re not, I completely understand because I have hated mushrooms my whole life until very recently when I […]

All-Butter Pie Crust Recipe

I’ve heard more nice things about my pie crust recipe over than years than I should say here lest I seem a braggart. Pie crust has a bad reputation, but it needn’t. There are only three absolute requirements to any pie crust: fat, flour, and liquid and once you understand the science behind it you’ll […]

How to Make Empanadas

Here’s an easy empanada recipe that uses store-bought pie crust. The filling is vegetarian so it’s a perfect picnic food or road trip food. Yay!