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I don’t know about you but I’m utterly obsessed with the Olympics. I’ve been like this as long as I can remember. It’s like a two week long Super Bowl without the horrible halftime shows and that makes me beyond enthralled! Hockey, skiing, skeleton, speed skating, snowboarding, bobsled, biathlon — it’s all awesome (notice I didn’t say figure skating, it’s a little too bedazzled for my tastes). In honor of the Olympics, I’ve been making simple no fuss dinners so I don’t miss a second. The other night we threw a few chicken thighs and sweet potatoes in a pan

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The other day I asked y’all on Facebook and Google+ what you wanted to see from me in 2014. Some of you said a cookbook (which just might be in the works but that’s a talk for another day), others asked for more date-night dinners, some wanted world peace, but most of you just wanted family friendly snacks. Now, that’s something I can do. We’ve all seen the oven baked veggie chips. We’ve swooned over kale, beet, and sweet potato but we haven’t talked too much about carrot chips. A while back during one of Texas’ rare snow days, Mia and

Pistachio Lamb Chops with Cherry Port Sauce

Last month I asked you on Facebook and Twitter what you wanted me to cook for Valentine’s Day. It was a 50/50 split between lamb chops and scallops. I picked Seared Scallops on Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta and although it was fabulous the 5o% of you who wanted lamb let me have it! Hey, I’ve got no problems with cooking two Valentine’s Day meals and neither was The Husband! See, we both have jobs in the food industry and since most holidays revolve around food we always have to celebrate before the actual holiday. No worries though, that just


Eating pizza (or anything for that matter) with Jamie Oliver would be fabulous, wouldn’t it? Sitting down to a plethora of flavors while you dive knee deep in food talk, while wearing sock monkey slippers. Did I recently devour this amazing bacon jam pizza pictured above with the fabulous international Naked Chef? Well…no, but the second best thing happened! You can now find me writing recipes and whatever else comes from my head over at! I’m very honored to be asked to join the Jamie Oliver team as Jamie shares the same beliefs in fresh food as I do

Cinnamon Sugar Bagel Chips

Cinnamon Sugar Bagel Chips

5 | February 5, 2014

Snacks! That’s all we do around here. Between an ultra running husband and a 5-year-old, I always have to be prepared –– kind of like the MacGyver of snacks. Let’s face it, fresh fruits and veggies are the perfect fast snack food but sometimes we all crave something special. Like, when my daughter has a rough day and I want to surprise her with a sweet treat. That’s when these bagel chips come into play. Slightly sweet and spiced with cinnamon, these homemade bagel chips are a great choice to jazzing up snack time! I usually use whole grain bagels


With the bitter cold of winter, it’s hard to have a variety of fresh vegetables to eat. One can only eat so much butternut squash and Brussels sprouts before running away from them completely. Trust me, I know but if you ever pass that stack of other winter squash varieties because you simply don’t know how to prepare them, today is your lucky day. I found this recipe from the gallery, Winter Squash Recipes, on (the recipe can also be found in Cooking Light Magazine January/February 2014) and the beauty of it alone caught my eye. I mean really, how


Crispy Chili Lime Baked Wings

32 | January 28, 2014

There’s supposed to be a big football game on this weekend, right? None of my teams made it to the Super Bowl this year. We were just off on so many levels and I can’t even begin to comprehend when a Texas team will make it anywhere near past one playoff game. There will be a day though – I still have faith, people! So, for now I’m going to make the best of it and throw the best Super Bowl party that I know how. Game day isn’t complete without wings but I’m going to let you in on

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Candied Cardamom Grapefruit

7 | January 27, 2014

It’s citrus season! Next to summer berries, grapefruit is one of my favorite fruits. I attribute this to the grapefruit diet fad my parents went on in the early eighties. We ate grapefruit morning, noon, and night and I became a lover of the sweet tart fruit at an early age. Oh diet fads, I’ve seen them come and go growing up — cauliflower, grapefruit, cabbage soup (ugh, that was the worst), attkins, supplements. The only good to come out of it was an understanding that you are what you eat. For example, a healthy natural well balanced diet =

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Lemon Ginger Pork Medallions

5 | January 22, 2014

The fact that my job keeps me busy is an understatement. I’ve got to juggle being a mom, wife, photographer, recipe developer, food blogger, maid, and dog wrangler to the labradork. My office is stacked high with props, boards, camera equipment, product for upcoming shoots/projects, and glitter sticky hearts that I swear are parasites or an alien race that duplicates every second— I just can’t seem to get rid of them. In all this hustle and bustle, I’ve still got to put dinner on the table. Thankfully, we can eat my job and the other night, this recipe developed for

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Beer Braised Bison Tacos

13 | January 21, 2014

Tacos, Tacos, Tacos. I could eat them everyday of my life. I’m from Texas and we love our tacos so, the fact that I could go every single day eating some form of a taco is not a surprise. Al pastor, brisket, ground beef Tex-Mex, bean and cheese… it doesn’t matter just put a few on my plate. I make some pretty mean beer braised carnitas, a recipe I’ve been meaning to share with you, and it occurred to me the other day while I was watching my daughter dive into a bison hamburger, why not take my carnitas recipe

I’m going to get right to the point — this is an exciting post! Not just because there are scallops involved, because that alone is greatness; but right here, right now, I am going to share with you one of my most beloved — can’t be without — kitchen tools: my knives. Why is this so incredibly amazing, you ask? Because having the proper knife is really life changing. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert chef or an inexperienced home cook; if you have just one fabulous amazing knife, the doors are open for you to cook practically anything

No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

My girl is a serious chocolate addict…but who isn’t, right? At 5-years-old she can tell the difference between milk chocolate and dark and devours dark if given the choice. She’s a smart girl but of course, I’m biased. Not only is she the smartest girl in the universe but she’s a toothpick and eats every hour. I would say this is unfair but it’s a condition of being a micro-premie, so I really shouldn’t say I’m jealous but I kind of am. Keeping her fed on a minute by minute schedule is pretty fun because she loves to be in