Praise the Braise

We’re settling into May quite well here in Texas. Governor Abbott permitted the start of reopening of Texas on the first and we’re swiftly hurtling towards phase two! Our little corner of the world is cautiously stepping forth from our corona-rest and shaking off the pent-up cabin fever of shelter-in-place. Optimism abounds at every turn….

¡Viva Mexico Pt 2 – Less-Than-Healthy!

While the rest of the week is business as usual and more balanced fare, Sundays are when we relax a little in more ways than one. We usually cook a good meal together, often take long walks in the park, and sometimes go to bed early. This past Sunday we did all three! We began…

¡Viva Mexico! – Part 1: Healthy

I’m very blessed with SILs who know and encourage my adventures in the kitchen. A few times (without consulting with one another) they’ve given me similar gifts for Christmases or birthdays. This past Christmas, one SIL gave me a fun assortment of culinary books/cookbooks to flip through, garner inspiration from, and improve my culinary skills…

Cheese & Peppers!

Years ago, early in our marriage, I made a largely Americanized version of Chile Rellenos. It was in casserole form from my Bridal Edition of Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook that we had received upon our marriage. I distinctly recall it being such a hit with my husband (and a milder version for a family…

Hospitality and Friendship

I’ve mentioned before that a dear friend of mine recently gave birth to a baby. I’ve also mentioned that it’s a “cultural norm” in my church to sign up to bring meals in such cases as these… And everyone should know by now that I’m up to exploring and exciting the palate with new dishes….

Taco ‘Bout an Easy Sunday Dinner

Today was a long and busy one to say the least. Combine that with a poor night’s sleep (first time to try kombucha and, while it was delicious, it definitely kept me up) and, well, dinner just isn’t going to be as gourmet as I usually aim for it to be. It was still plenty…

¡Fiesta!

The start of May marks Cinco de Mayo and the start of the Summer itch. Students are eager to break free from their studies and families are ready to take time off for vacations… The sun rises earlier and sets later… In my house, we’re ready to use more fresh veggies and lighter fare all-around….

Enchilasagna

Occasionally, a good recipe can be hampered by too many subs. In our case last night, a once amazing enchilada casserole was rendered “meh.” Part of it was too many substitutions/additions and another part was too “higher-end” ingredients and part of it was not enough cheeeeeese! (This is a surprisingly good recipe) This recipe starts…

Lentil & Veggie Tostadas

What else can I say about this dish, other than that it was crazy-good and so glad that there were leftovers!  The best part was that using lentils instead of refried beans, makes this scads healthier!  It is important to use red (they’re a salmony-red) lentils as they will mash and give you that smooth,…