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roasted winter vegetable soup

With the bitter cold and wet days of winter, all I crave is comfort and simplicity. This is especially true when it comes to food and you can always find a pot of soup on my stove when the weather locks us indoors with sheets of ice. One of our favorite soups to savor this time of year when the wind is at its coldest is this delicious Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup with Prosciutto Crisps. This might be the simplest soup recipe imaginable. It’s pretty basic and came to our house when an overflowing winter garden needed a good harvest. In Texas, winter

potato frittata

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is or what the weather is like, a weekend doesn’t go by without friends and family over for brunch at my house. Laughter in the air, kids playing at your feet, and enough amazing food for everyone — just does your soul good. You can pretty much always find a frittata on my brunch table and my frittatas are usually never without potatoes. Eggs and potatoes have always been a happy couple; just ask the beloved breakfast taco. One of my favorite frittatas, especially during the cool fall to winter months, is

Scotch Caramel Brownies

Luscious fudge brownies draped with smoky scotch whisky caramel sauce will knock the socks off that little red heart-shaped box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. This crazy combo of dark chocolate and scotch will get cupid far on this night of love, at least in my whisky-loving world that is. Inspired by my absolute favorite chocolate truffle in Dallas, the Laphroaig Truffle from Dude, Sweet Chocolate, and my go-to brownie recipe from The Back In The Day Bakery Cookbook, this sinful caramel brownie is extravagant to say the least. I’m an avid whisky drinker while my sommelier husband is the wine snob of

Linguine with Red Clam Sauce

Linguine with Red Clam Sauce

4 | February 10, 2015

This isn’t really a recipe for Linguine with Clam Sauce but more of a recipe for Clams and Linguine with Red Sauce. I say that because a traditional red clam sauce is made by steaming pounds and pounds of clams, removing the clams from the shells, finely chopping, and then adding to a sauce. There’s not one damn thing wrong with that either, except for the scanty 20 minutes I have to get an epic family-style Valentine’s Day meal on the table. Our little family always has a Valentine’s Day dinner together. It’s an excuse for all of us to

Sautéed Mustard Greens in Chile Pequin Anchovy Butter

You never know what winter in Texas will bring. Some years the bitter cold and ice encapsulates us in our houses for months and leaves our gardens a bitter brown. Other years, we’ll never see a snowflake and days are confused for spring. Today, my garden is abundantly overflowing, a sure sign of a mild winter (so far at least). I have three raised beds in my backyard. One is an herb bed and the other two rotate with the seasons. In the winter, I like to plant squash, broccoli, cauliflower, and dark leafy greens because they hold strong in cold

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Hello 2015! Usually, January/February is slow for me as everyone is still recovering from the holidays but no, I’m running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. Good sign for 2015, perhaps? The start of the year has been packed with recipe development and photography campaigns for everyone from Ziploc to small wineries. Although I couldn’t be happier to be so busy, I’ve missed just cooking for myself and blabbing about it to all of you awesome folks who, for some reason, stumble upon this food-filled blog. So the other day, I was at the market filling up my basket

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Let me paint you a picture. A young girl with shiny blond hair in a high side ponytail adorned with a neon pink scrunchee (it was the totally awesome 80’s) sits at the dinner table. Her eyes are big as saucers waiting in anticipation for the one thing she always craved — her grandmother’s goulash over egg noodles. That girl was me in all of my side ponytail glory and I loved my grandmother’s cooking. Just thinking about that tender beef goulash braised for hours in a red sauce and served over those silky thin noodles brings instant soul-satisfying comfort

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Charred Mandarin Martini

8 | December 31, 2014

The warmth of the sun bursts through the winter clouds, past the curtains, and hits our faces as the kid and I share a moment at the breakfast table. We’re deep in discussion about how horrible the new songs on Just Dance 2015 are (excluding Let It Go, of course). You know, the important stuff. During these treasured moments that are so perfect my heart overflows and suddenly I feel like I’m in a ridiculous credit card commercial. This is when I tend to pop out the hard questions of life like… Mia, what would you do if you had 5 million dollars?

vanilla bean pear butter

Vanilla Bean Pear Butter

1 | December 29, 2014

In the summer, it’s all berries and watermelon but come fall, it’s time to break out the pears! A warm blanket, the yule log crackling on the tv (that’s what you do when you don’t have a fireplace), and a fresh flaky biscuit slathered contently with luscious pear butter is all this girl needs to enjoy a cold day. Comforting and delicious, this homemade pear butter is enhanced with the flavors of pure vanilla beans for a delightful treat on biscuits, bread, a cheese board, and more — it also makes for a great holiday gift. I created this recipe

pork tenderloin with bacon raisin chutney

Christmas dinner is in the planning stages this week, and although we’re planning for a very large crowd I thought we needed a small holiday dinner recipe for those nights we want to be festive with a more intimate sized group. You know, for when you want to have a holiday dinner for those people you actually like. Ha, I’m just kidding! I dearly love my family but there was this one time years ago when they served frozen store-bought lasagna for Christmas dinner — I never really forgave them for that. So, for times when you don’t want to

shortbread cookies

I don’t know about you, but I’m incredibly behind on my holiday baking. By now I’d be knee deep in a heap of cookies and spiced pecans but sadly, I just started. I can’t believe how hast this holiday has flown by this year and it seems the older I get the shorter the Christmas season becomes. Is it just me getting lost in the mayhem of the day-to-day or is this just how it goes? Whatever the reason, I plan on diving straight into the season even if it means wearing a santa hat on a daily basis — at

pot roast pizza

Crisp pizza crust cradles a bright tomato sauce, tender roast beef, creamy ricotta, briny green olives and salty shaved parmesan for a unforgettably delicious slice of pizza! This is just one of those things you’re going to have to trust me on — A happy accident colliding with a desperate attempt to feed a family fast with what I had on hand. We’ve all been there, standing with open doors in front of the fridge letting all the cool air out while frantically trying to put together a meal. The other night,  it happened to me. Stuck with no plan