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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


Bright Smiles in 2014

56 | December 11, 2013

With a new year one upon us, my family’s lists of resolutions for 2014 are growing. One of my resolutions is better health, including dental. I’ve got a killer smile that my parents practically went broke for when I was a teenager. I spent 3 years in braces and 2 months with my jaw wired shut, so it’s no wonder I avoid the dentist like the plague. Seriously, when I hear that drill turn on I run out of the office screaming like a mad woman — it’s that bad. Unfortunately, this gal is aging and with age comes the

For the past week, I’ve been locked in my house by an icy witch named Cleon! It’s freezing in Dallas to the likes we’ve never seen. If the cold wasn’t enough to make me crazy, I’ve been without internet access because the lines were down for days. I’m not complaining though, as our house was one of the only ones with power so we were warm, toasty, and had enough food to feed the neighbors. Let’s be honest, having a break from work and a chance to spike my coffee in the morning was welcomed! If you were around to

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With the holidays coming up, turkey season is in full swing! I don’t know how it’s possible, but I’ve been developing turkey recipes for clients since July and I’m not tired of this delicious bird yet! In fact, I’m making it a conscious decision to cook more turkey throughout the rest of the year. Ground, whole, breast, or thigh, the best thing about turkey is that it’s so versatile and beyond flavorful. With all of this turkey making, I’ve discovered the secret to a perfectly roasted turkey…and that is a great roasting pan. Having a heavy duty pan complete with

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If you’ve stuck with me for a while, then you know I have a teeny tiny obsession with autumn. Ok, that’s understating it — it’s a pretty big obsession. Although I love fall, I do not love what comes with it: the colds and viruses. Yes, I’m that mom with a bottle of disinfectant in one hand and hand sanitizer in the other. I wasn’t always this way. I blame it fully on having a child, because it only takes once to witness a finger going straight from a snotty runny nose to a door handle to realize that it’s too

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I can feel it and I’m so excited I want to run through the streets screaming! School is back in session, hatch chilies arrived at the market, the weekends are filled with football, the temperature is in the upper 90′s, and the first of the coho salmon has reached it’s way down to Texas — all sure signs that fall is in my grasp! As a member of this year’s Copper River Salmon Fresh Catch Crew, I’ve been lucky enough to have been fully supplied with sockeye salmon this summer but now that sockeye season is over I have a

ARM & HAMMER™ is a brand we all know and love. That little yellow-orange box in your pantry goes far beyond adding to cake and cookie recipes! From cleaning floors to it’s awesome freshening powers, ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda has what seems like hundreds of uses. As a member of the ARM & HAMMER™ Influencer network, I’ll be sharing my thoughts and exploring the countless possibilities of this classic baking soda as well as other ARM & HAMMER™ products in the coming months! first up… ARM & HAMMER™ and laundry I have a secret… I despise, loathe, and thoroughly dislike laundry!

Seared Pork Tenderloin with Sage Carmalized Mushrooms and a Blackberry Red Wine Reduction

Have you ever had a dinner so good you literally licked your plate clean? I don’t mean as an expression — you actually licked the plate clean! I did the other night but thank goodness I was in my pjs at my own dinner table and not at a restaurant. The inspiration for this meal was a 2009 Domaine La Milliere VDP Vaucluse Rouge, a Syrah-Merlot blend from the Rhone Valley in France. This Syrah/Merlot blend is an earthy one that’s slightly spicy with notes of cherry, blackberry, and coffee. It paired wonderfully with the pork, mushroom, and sage flavors in

grilled lobster tails with safron aioli

I just got back home from crewing at the Western states 100 Mile Endurance Run (that’s a story for another day!) and realized I do not have a plan for Fourth of July. Yes, I had a momentary meltdown. Usually, this Texas girl has a steak or burgers on the grill but this year Cousins Maine Lobster convinced me that I needed to try something new…Maine lobster. I’ve never had lobster for July 4th celebrations but I have to say after today it might become a tradition because these lobsters from CML were phenomenal! Once I thought about it, lobster


Friends don’t let friends eat bad meat and since I’m your friend I have to tell you that you’re better than that. It’s time to put down that droopy mystery meat dog full of things you can’t pronounce. Let your wiener stand up for better eating! Beef, water, salt, and spices. That’s all you will find in an Applegate hot dog — a nitrate free, no antibiotics used, humanely raised, clean and tasty wiener. This Fourth of July, proclaim your independence from bad meat. IT’S TIME FOR A WIENERVENTION! If you know someone that’s hooked on hot dogs full of

Copper River Salmon Poached in Tomato and Garlic Broth

Since I can remember my nickname has been Bear, so it’s fitting that salmon is by far my favorite fish. Sashimi, poached, pan seared, grilled, cedar planked — I will eat it all. It’s pretty ridiculous. That’s why when Copper River Salmon asked this Texas girl to be apart of this summer’s Copper River Salmon season I was elated. Hmm…let me see, a summers worth of cooking the freshest and finest salmon in the world? That wasn’t hard for me to say yes to. I think it was harder to say “yes” to my husband when he asked me to


Pasta Salad. Two of my favorite words in the dictionary. I’m a fool for it, really. In my broke college days I would make a huge cold pasta salad with a vinegar oil dressing – loaded with veggies – and eat off of it for a week! So of course, when Dreamfields Pasta asked if I wanted to join in on their 3rd Annual Pastapalooza Pasta Salad Celebration, I said yes and jumped on that like a duck on a junebug!