Articles Tagged brunch

duck chilaquiles

I woke up with a soft humid breeze and the smell of sweet jasmine coming through my window. The Spanish moss swaying on the big oak trees reminded me I wasn’t in Texas anymore. I found myself on Avery Island, home of the McIlhenny family and their famous Tabasco Pepper Sauce. It was a beautiful and majestic place that inspired a heavenly plate of Duck Guajillo Chilaquiles upon my return home. avery island, louisiana With its simple ingredients, one would never guess that Tabasco is as unique and complex as the land it originates from. The recipe hasn’t changed since the original recipe

chanterelle tart 1

Flaky puff pastry cradles delicious butter sautéed chanterelles, a flowing golden egg yolk, salty prosciutto and lemony pea shoots in the perfect handheld tart. Second to the glorious fall months, spring has the best produce. Everything is delicate and full of flavor. This is the time of year when farmers run in white-hot fear of my annoying pursuit of pea shoots, chanterelles, morels, ramps, and baby anything. Just hand your entire stash over and no one gets hurt. So, when the first sight of spritely pea shoots appeared at the market, I became a greedy little troll and grabbed them all up.

prosciutto wrapped artichokes

Tender bright baby artichokes wrapped with savory prosciutto then roasted to perfection is an enticing appetizer or snack perfect for spring. The pecan trees are budding, my patio is free of snow, I’m already working on back-to-school recipe development for clients, and the house is being destroyed by a pack of wild girls on break from school, it could only be spring. Besides the resident 6-year-old and her friends running a muck around me while I work, I’m damn excited winter is over! To celebrate, I’m running away with some friends this weekend to the Texas hill country (near Fredericksburg). We’re glamping (camping

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

Neiman Marcus Popovers with Strawberry Butter

There’s a woman I must tell you about. Now, you probably don’t know her but you should. Because just knowing her makes you a better person. She has taught me to be brave in situations that I think I can’t handle, to love when it seems impossible to, to give until there’s nothing left to give, and to be strong during the toughest storms. She has the biggest heart I’ve ever seen and I am thankful everyday that I have her in my life. She is my mom.

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


It’s officially fall and what’s a fall football Sunday without a bloody mary? It’s boring one, that’s what. Now, I’m not sitting over here pounding back the drinks every Sunday, but every now and then when we get together with a few friends it just seems the right thing to do. I had my first bloody mary on a Saturday morning on a college visit to Ole Miss. It was game day and I had found myself in the Alumni tent with two in each in hand and many people telling me why I should choose this fine school. There


Huevos rancheros breakfast cups with salsa verde is a modern twist on the traditional Mexican dish of fried eggs on corn tortillas with refried beans and a light tomato-chili sauce. It’s The Husbands favorite Sunday brunch meal and in Texas you can find it at almost every restaurant except here the common tex-mex version is served with red enchilada sauce. This version is a simple and fun take on this delicious dish that would be fast and perfect for any brunch party or just to pump up your typical breakfast. Ok…enough talk I’m getting hungry. Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Cup with

leek frittata

Ever since we left San Francisco, I’ve been craving quiche. Especially quiche from Tartine. If you’ve ever been to Tartine then you know what I’m talking about. With a smell from blocks away luring in hungry souls, this quaint little bakery in the Mission district is a legendary place to grab a flaky pastry and a cup of coffee. Even the birds form a line to get in this place. No seriously. When I stood (pretty much standing room only) at the window eating (more like trying to keep my daughter’s hands off of my quiche) I watched as a line