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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

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!

Spinach and Ham Strata

19 | April 29, 2013

Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day and I’m perpetually puzzled by people who ignore it. The last time I skipped breakfast I left my phone on top of my car and drove off, forgot to put shoes on my child then dropped her off at school, didn’t wash the conditioner out of my hair, sounded like I just had a lobotomy on a conference call with a client, and almost set the house on fire cooking dinner. Trust me people, eat your breakfast. Some of my favorite breakfast recipes are savory and one of the easiest

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One of my favorite snacks as a kid was Wasa Crispbread with peanut butter and honey. Back then (when Reagan was president and crimped hair was all the rage) there always seemed to be what I called “Wasa Bread” in the house because my parents were health fanatics and believed these were the best crackers for you–and they weren’t wrong! The wholesome, all-natural ingredients used in Wasa crispbread recipes make them naturally full of fiber and low in fat. Wasa crispbreads contain no trans fats (fats that have been shown to elevate cholesterol) and most do not contain sugar. Of course,

the farm - favorite cookbooks from

Along with, “Where do you get sock money slippers?” and “What camera do you use?” it’s one of the most common e-mails I get… What cookbooks do you recommend? I love cookbooks because you can never stop learning and being inspired and I’m really particular on what I define as a good cookbook. First of all it must inspire me to cook. If it doesn’t it goes in the donate pile. Second, the recipes have to be fresh and creative. Third, it should have a clean design and stunning or informative photography. With those three criteria (and it’s a bonus

dahlia bakery truffle cookies

Chocolate Truffle Cookies. Three little words that pack a mighty punch. Then add “Dahlia Bakery” to to that and you know you have one of the best cookies on this planet. For those of you who don’t know, the Dahlia Bakery is located in Seattle and known through out the country as one of the nation’s best bakeries. Luckily, you can satisfy your craving for the Dahlia Bakery’s irresistible food even if you don’t live near Seattle. Seattle’s most popular chef and James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur Award winner Tom Douglas shares his secrets for 125 scrumptious treats in his new

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The Ultimate Paring Knife

86 | December 11, 2012

Can a simple paring knife be sexy? Normally I would say, no until I found this paring knife from New West Knife Works and let me tell you it’s the sexiest little knife I’ve ever had in my hand. Seriously. Not only gorgeous, the Fusionwood 2.0 Paring Knife is one of the best performing knives I now own. Made with powder metal super steel CPM S35VN combined with their unique blade shape and grinding method, New West Knife Works creates a paring knife unparallelled in performance. Basically… this knife is amazing. I put it to the test the other day by


Coq au vin – roster with wine – is a French dish where a roster is slowly braised in red wine (Burgundy) with mushrooms. This dish is nowhere near that but swerves down the road close to it. This is Coq au Vin’s second cousin, if you will. The black sheep of the family because it went to art school and married a musician. Hmm… that sounds vaguely familiar. I absoulutely love this dish and if you come over to my house for a dinner party you have a good chance of being served this because I can make it

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Capture the Pasta Contest

31 | November 15, 2012

Not too long ago, I partnered up with Barilla to bring you the Farmers Market Challenge with a nice little giveaway. We also created a tasty dish with Barilla PLUS Pasta and a simple Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce. Today, I’m exited to tell you that Barilla has revamped their packaging and expanded their Blue Box family to include 2 new lines of Better for You products – Veggie & White Fiber!  These new products will feature the new Blue packaging, along with their Whole Grain and Classic Blue Box pastas.  And as before, your favorite PLUS pasta will still be found

spiced praline pecans

Who wants a package of these sinfully Sweet and Spicy Praline Pecans, made by yours truly, to arrive at their doorstep? My friend Megan with the tasty food blog, Wanna Be A Country Cleaver, is hosting a Bake Sale to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. The bake sale ends TODAY, October 29th, 2012. So, if you would like to taste one of my favorite fall treats (and you should because they’re fantastic) head on over to her blog today and bid. You will be helping a good cause and getting a sweet reward in return. To view and

EASY roasted tomato basil sauce via Meredith | InSockMonkeySlippers

The end of summer is here and with it comes some of the year’s best produce. Sweet watermelons, juicy peaches, delicious zucchini and vibrant tomatoes are just a few and you will find the highest quality and most ripe ones at your local farmers market. On a mission form Barilla Pasta, the family and I set out one Sunday morning to our local farmers market to find delicious produce to create a recipe with Barilla PLUS Pasta. Not only did we grab us a car load of goodies, left with bellies full of watermelon, but we had a blast meeting