Top Superbowl Food!

The only part of the Superbowl that I care about is the food and the snacks and the drinking and the yelling at the TV. Since every red-blooded American is adept at drinking and yelling at the TV, but maybe not so much at making the food and the snacks, this post will focus on […]

Quesadillas

Don’t laugh. I know this is, like, Baby-Cooking 101 — whoa … not like that — but it’s very important to me that you not forget about quesadillas! They are a crucial part of my life and have been for many years. Second only to grilled cheese sandwiches (and on occasion, they have traded places) […]

Spicy Thai Kale Chips

So we’re doing this “Health Thing” for the month of August. No alcohol, no dairy, no sugar, no gluten. Good God almighty, what the hell are we thinking?! Actually, so far it’s pretty awesome. And that’s coming from a couple of booze hounds. The first three days, and I’m embarrassed to admit this, we had […]

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 […]

French Onion Dip

Oh dear GAWD, is she ever gonna stop with the creamy treats?? That’s what I know you are saying to yourself right now. But check it. This creamy treat is almost free of fat! It’s made from yogurt! That also means it’s got beneficial bacteria innit and plus a lot of herbs and onions which […]

Superbowl Snack Mix

This one’s for all you late-comers and last-minute non-planners out there. I include myself in that group. As much as I love thinking about Superbowl parties (for the food, not the football) and planning menus in my head, I have yet to actually get around to hosting my own Superbowl party, replete with all the […]

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 […]

Pumpkin Empanadas!

These are seriously amazing. I finally tried making my own dough for empanadas and never again will I use store-bought pie crust! For one thing, you know, generally I steer clear of pre-made anything. But mostly, this empanada dough recipe is just superior to pie crust for making these little baked hand-pies. It’s also really […]

Halloween Pumpkin Slaughter!!! Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

I abhor food waste. I roll my eyes every time I see a display of those knobby, gnarly, little decorative gourds and dried miniature corn cobs for sale anywhere. The U.S. is probably the only country that grows food purely for decoration. Not to be a downer on the fall holiday decorating season, but it […]