The Magical Fruit

“‘I’m glad I put beans to soak last night,’ said Ma. She lifted the lid of the bubbling kettle and quickly popped in a spoonful of soda. The boiling beans roared, foaming up, but did not quite run over. ‘There’s a little bit of salt pork to put in them too,’ Ma said. Now and…

One in a Melon

I don’t know about where you shop, but watermelon is absolutely abounding at my local market. I’m not a huge watermelon eater. The sweetness in my opinion is overhyped and the texture, while not repulsive, is better when frozen… and then blended with some frozen pink lemonade… and then mixed with seltzer. That’s pretty much…

The Soul of Snoop

I have such a fulfilling variety of friends. Their personalities and looks and styles are all beautifully diverse. Each one of them adds just the right amount of balance and seasoning to my life. I wouldn’t change any of them for the world. My friend Faith at Faith Hope & Sparkle is beautifully bold, apologetically…

Street Smart

Since I’ve officially declared it to be “Taco Season,” I’ve been enjoying exploring different taco recipes across my wide collection of cookbooks. Ok, so maybe my official declaration is only for my house, but I welcome anyone to officially declare it for their house too now through August. If you do, tag me in your…

Thyme for Me

One of the most relaxing things for me after a long day is to change out of the clothes I’ve been wearing all day into some comfy loungewear (or PJs), tie my hair back, and set to work in the kitchen. One of the easiest and most rewarding things to make is a whole roast…

Let {Us} Eat Cake

The year I got married also saw many other weddings among our close friends as well as the first big, splashy royal wedding in a while. Yes, it was the same year Will & Kate wed. 2011 really was the year of weddings in my world! I remember rushing home from work on that Friday…

Family Secrets

Sometimes the best meals in life come from family and familial events. It’s not that the food itself was the best. It could be quite plain and rather ordinary, really, but it’s the fond memories tied to the dish or meal that make it extraordinary. When my brother and I were kids, family gatherings in…

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….

Converted

Salad-in-a-jar is definitely not a “new” thing, but I always took it for an absurd fad. Why on earth,” I thought, “would someone need to put their salad, dressing and all, in a jar to carry it to work for lunch?” And, “Wouldn’t the salad get wilted and soggy by lunchtime?” I couldn’t fathom that…

Do You “Carrot” All?

My recent dealings with the veggie-packed polentas have inspired me to fill more days and shopping carts and plates with fresh produce. I like veggies as a rule, but I think I just needed that push to bring them to the forefront better after the comfort-food-era better known as Winter. I really need to get…