There’s Beauty in the Blend

One of the best things about growing up in the US of A is that we enjoy the incredible results of a couple of centuries of culinary influence that comes from such a melting pot of a nation. My fair-haired-blue-eyed ancestors emigrated from Germany during World War II and proudly became legal United States citizens,…

¡Cinco de Mayo!

In Texas (heck, in the United States as a whole), Cinco de Mayo is more of an unofficial cause for celebration than than it is in Mexico. Many people erroneously assume that it’s Mexico’s independence day. Actually, it only commemorates a single battle in the Mexican fight for independence from European control – specifically France….

Amazing St. Jacques’ Scallops

I remember the first time I ever heard of Coquille St. Jacques. I have been a voracious reader for as long as I could read. As a young elementary school student, I read this book about a seemingly poor girl named Mazie (sp?) during the Great Depression. Her mother died while she was young, but…

First at BAT

Growing up, sports was a big deal between my father and my brother. Football, yes, but especially baseball. Particularly Texas Rangers baseball. Because of this, a particular local restaurant (Bobby V’s Sports Gallery Cafe) was on regular rotation in our house. Per the website: “Bobby Valentine, baseball legend and former Texas Rangers manager, founded Bobby…

Humble Offerings

One of my quickly-becoming-dearest friends has a birthday this week. This particular friend isn’t one for which you just go out and buy any old frivolous bauble. She’s so thoughtful and intentional herself that only an intentional and thoughtful gift will do. This friend also doesn’t have a massive sweet tooth, but I know for…

Jamaican Me Crazy!

It did do us a world of good to take a Sunday afternoon and shut away the world for lunch al fresco. This past year has been such a bust that to be momentarily transported to a faraway tropical isle was refreshing. In a year of no travel, it was nice to imagine travelling to…

Duck Duck Goose!

It’s been a minute since I’ve written. I know. Is anyone else feeling the lingering busy effects of 2020 well into 2021? I feel like I kicked life into a higher gear around this time last year (hint: around the time the pandemic hit) and I haven’t really let off the gas since. Working at…

New Year, Xīn nǐ (New You)

Chinese new year is coming up and it is absolutely inspiring my dinner choices lately! 2021 is the year of the Ox. But this is more a commentary of the vibrant flavors of Chinese/Asian cuisine than it is about the popular draft animal. (Though I am partial to oxtail!) When people (usually Americans) think of…

Oh, What to Do with Tofu?

Having friends in the food industry means samples. Plenty of samples. About every second or third week I’m gifted with something new to play with. I’m diligent about pre-planning our meals and shopping week-to-week; but when a sample gets thrown my way, I shuffle my plans and think on my feet to use it! It…

Squash the Chicken King

My love of all things vintage runs fairly deep and has stood the test of time. What could have been perceived as a passing fancy in childhood has aged into a distinguished appreciation for the Mid-Century Modern era. I have a special fascination with WW2 era; but the furniture styling, fashion, and – as weird…