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Chorizo Shrimp On Goat Cheese Polenta

With sleeping bags rolled and mosquito spray in hand, I’m packing up to go on our first camping trip. Well, it’s not exactly our first. About 6 years ago, my husband and I filled our packs and headed for the Ouachita Trail in Oklahoma. Our plan was to backpack the trail till Arkansas, about 50 miles. Backpacking was something we did quite often and this was supposed to be just another adventure. Unfortunately, a few things got in our way and we only made it half way. First it was a bear. Then it was another bear and yet another bear

Grown Up Meals For Kids

Grown Up Meals For Kids

12 | July 23, 2014

“Do you really feed your family the way you cook on your blog?” I hear that more often than you’d think. I get it, in a society wrapped up in pre-cooked meals and freezer to fryer foods it sometimes seems that you’re the odd one out when you choose to feed your family fresh from scratch meals. The answer is yes — everything I cook is consumed by every member of my family, including the 5-year-old and sometimes the sneaky dog. When my daughter was born prematurely with necrotizing enterocolitis (a serious intestinal disease common in preemies), we knew from the get

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Vanilla Peach Panna Cotta

9 | July 22, 2014

Peach season in Texas is an event I look forward to all year. I know other states claim the peach as their own, but I have to say Texas peaches are severely overlooked. Sweet syrup running down your chin on a hot summer’s day is what summer’s all about. Until recently, I had yet to get my hands on a peach in the kitchen because every pound I buy seems to vanish in an instant. Fresh and juicy is my favorite way to eat these fuzzy gems but once I’ve had my fill of to the kitchen I go. Cooking

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I’m currently over looking a gorgeous site. Pristine cool waters, lush green mountains, and all sorts of wildlife surrounds me. Alaska is an amazing and breathtaking land that whispers mystery and captures my heart. Although I’ll be sad to leave tomorrow, I can’t wait to get back home and share all of my experiences and the sites from Cordova with you. For now, it’s raining and I’m forced to take some time for myself… and whats the first thing I do? Write a recipe. I should be sleeping as I’m not getting near enough with all of the excitement around

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Seed Waffles

Do you have a weekend staple breakfast — that recipe that everyone requests on Saturday morning? In our house it’s waffles. The resident 5-year-old is a waffle fanatic. Who could blame her? Waffles are magical crispy pillowy bites of amazingness. If I didn’t make them myself, I’d swear only pink unicorns with rainbow laser beam eyes could make such greatness. Even when I was a kid I loved waffles. My parents didn’t cook often and we certainly didn’t have a waffle maker so every Saturday morning, I’d sneak over to my neighbor’s house in my pjs for the best Belgian waffles

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Oven-Fried Okra

8 | July 14, 2014

  Sounds of a sizzling skillet always brought me into the kitchen as a child. Nothing was better than my RoRo’s cooking. Fried apricot pies, collard greens, black-eyed peas, and fried chicken — she did it all. RoRo was much more than a nanny, she was certainly family to us, and had a big part of influencing my love of cooking. One of her best dishes was fried okra and I could devour a whole pan full if no one was watching. Whenever I see or cook fried okra I think of us the kitchen, watching the Young and Restless

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Slobbery wetness tickles my hand while an old grumpy cry rattles in my ear. My eyes crack open to see that it’s 6am and there’s a big wide-eyed labradork with floppy ears staring at me while his brother, the phat cat (that’s fat with a ph because he’s uber cool), is stationed on my back demanding my attention like a bugler at summer camp. This is how I wake up every single morning. Every. Single. Morning. If they didn’t make me laugh on a constant basis with their awesomeness, I’d kick them out and make them sleep in the backyard so

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Rhubarb Coconut Popsicles

14 | July 10, 2014

This morning I shot these popsicles in bad lighting and in a crazy rush to get out of the kitchen before the crew came. I’m still in the middle of a kitchen nightmare remodel after the husband bought a washing machine that doesn’t fit in the spot it’s supposed to and we can’t return it. After a demolished pantry, a discovery of a hidden LIVE electrical box, a busted hot water heater, a recreation of a new pantry on the other side of the kitchen, and a depleted bank account, we are finally coming to an end. Thank goodness because

Smoked Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde

Summer is officially here and it’s time to turn off the ovens and crank up the grills. Yes, it’s blazing-flipping hot outside and the thought of poking at a fire in 1,000°F heat instead of using an oven in the air conditioned house seems like bats in the belfry to some people but to us it’s what summer is made of. Nothing beats a tender, juicy, smoked piece of meat or vegetable when you’re having party. Good food, music, friends, family, and cold drinks are the intoxicating ingredients for perfect summer memories. Speaking of good food and BBQ, this Texas girl

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I have some exciting news friends! You’ve followed my Copper River Salmon addiction for a year now. We’ve roasted it, garlic poached it, glazed it with an Alaskan Amber maple reduction, cedar planked it, and even fried it into delicious fluffy bites of amazingness (see all CRS recipes) — and now after all of this time we’re going FISHING!!!! Join me as I take my camera and sock monkey slippers to Cordova, Alaska next week July 15-20, as we meet our favorite Copper River Salmon fishermen and women on the open waters. I’ll be fishing, hopefully seeing my first live salmon,

Blueberry Galette with Cornmeal Thyme Crust

This past weekend was filled with grills, smokers, and meat. I was developing two grilling recipes for a client, searing ribs for the hell of it (plus they were on sale at Whole Foods), and working on a post about smoked chicken tacos for Jamie Oliver. I was one hot mess of sweaty smelling smoke with a camera when I got the brilliant idea to add flame to the fire and bake a pie to go along with all of this glorious food. But with one look at the state of my kitchen, I knew that slaving in front of a dirty

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Years ago as a new mom defeated by dirty diapers and the Wonder Pets, I asked for one day of peaceful laziness to retain my sanity. To my surprise, I was granted that day by my amazing husband — a blissful Wonder Pets-free relaxing day complete with a lounge chair, margaritas, and ribs. I made it till around 5pm then passed out fell asleep outside on said lounge chair. It might have had something to do with the multiple margaritas but it was glorious. Before I nodded off into what I can only imagined looked like a lost college student on a