Cafe Olé!

I love a good cup of coffee… While down in Honduras on vacation, I picked up some Café Copan coffee.  I couldn’t resist.  How do you visit a foreign country without partaking in some of its local flavor?  My coffee came vacuum sealed to retain freshness and also packaged in a cute burlap sack.  I…

Taco Tuesday!

No longer relegated to the broke-college-student set, Taco Tuesday has slowly and steadily been garnering a following since the late ’80s here in America.  The story goes that a taco chain called Taco John’s came up with the phrase to boost sales on a slow day of the week.  The chain also apparently trademarked the…

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year

It’s the time of year when you wake up and depending on your part of the country (or world!) everything is covered in a fine layer of powdered sugar.  Here in Texas, this frosting fades with the emerging apricity, but it’s still a little bit magical for a little portion of the morning… These mornings…

Shalom

Honoring my Jewish friends near and far, I was inspired to try my hand at challah this year.  Hannukah drew to a close last evening and I am delighting in the warm, yeasty smell that still pervades my little home. This was my first time making challah bread.  In the past, yeast doughs and I…

Rehearsal Dinner Roundup

One of my very dear friends got married this past weekend.  I am so very excited for her and this new life in which she is about to embark.  The man she is marrying is so important to one local restaurant, that they offered up their restaurant for the rehearsal dinner the other night.  I…

My Friends Are Better Than Your Friends

At church, I have a sweet friend who happens to be from Belgium.  Her mother comes to visit her about once or twice a year and every time she does, she brings me Belgian Chocolate!  There really is something completely different about European chocolates in general. European chocolate has a higher fat content owing to…

Báte, Báte, Chocoláte!

After bringing home our hand-made chocolate from Cozumel this week.  The Mr was chomping at the bit to use it.  Each disk makes two cups of rich, flavorful drinking chocolate when dropped into warm milk and stirred until dissolved.  The most commercially recognizable version is the Abuelita brand which is not only delicious, but it’s…

Happy Anniversary

Yesterday was our seventh wedding anniversary.  Since my husband and I have been together, one of the more favorite dishes we enjoy eating (and making) is risotto.  Smooth and creamy.  Comforting and rich.  There are no two ways about it.  Risotto is stick-to-your-ribs comfort food and not in any way healthy.  Risotto is an Italian…

Hiatus

I’m back from a long hiatus.  I don’t think I ever intended to abandon this place.  So much invested…  But life got in the way I suppose.  I don’t really know.  All I know is I lost my way somewhere and I’ve found my way back.  After being laid off this summer, I began to…