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kale mushroom barley_web

Yesterday, was a rough day. For some reason the holiday recipe development season was delayed a month and now I have clients stockpiled to the ceiling in a mad rush to get recipes and or photography before everything goes to press for Thanksgiving. I’m certainly not complaining. I’ve been very blessed to create a successful business on my own when my family needed it most. Now, it’s all about balancing a full-time career in hopes to pay the mortgage every month, a child entering kindergarten, and a husband who’s desperately trying to find his own path in the world and starting

Copper Rover Salmon - Cordova, Alaska #salmon #travel #copperriversalmon

I woke up with a brisk breeze in the air, the sound of water gently breaking, and the never setting sun peaking in my window. My eyes creaked open to stunning mountains and glass waters to realize I’d woken up in Alaska — a far cry from dry hot Texas. For over a year now, I’d dreamt of the moment I finally saw the waters where the Copper River Salmon, a salmon that has bewitched me lately, originate. What I thought was going to be a trip to see a fish turned into much more when I realized it’s not


Affogato Amaretto

12 | July 31, 2014

In just a few short weeks, summer will come to a close. We’ll still have the scorching heat for a few more weeks but it will be time to kiss that curly blonde head goodbye in the morning as she heads off to her first days of kindergarten. Playful excitement during the days will soon be replaced by the sounds of my own footsteps mingling with the deep rumbling snores of Jack the labradork asleep on the couch. I’ll certainly miss the time we have together in the summers but thankful there’s more time to work during the day and possibly,

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


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


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

oven fried okra

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

baked eggs

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

rhubarb coconut popsicles

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