Articles Tagged entertaining


White Wine Braised Turkey Legs

1 | November 24, 2015

The smell of turkey roasting and pies cooling is the ultimate holiday aphrodisiac for me. I adore this time of year and always have. That’s why years ago when I was a kid, I had a meltdown of epic proportions when my family couldn’t pull it together for Thanksgiving and replaced the beloved turkey with a store-bought freezer lasagna — the horror. It left a permanent mark on my holiday-loving soul and my dislike was so rememberable that even my cousins still talk about it to this day. Yes, even at 10-years-old, I was a glorified food snob. This year,


Brown Sugar Chipotle Wings

1 | November 20, 2015

Can we take a moment to divert our eyes away from the waterfall of Thanksgiving recipes that is presently being pushed in our faces and focus on another important food holiday, the weekend football party. Yes, I am fully aware that these weekends are not actually deemed holidays by the powers that be but it certainly feels like it in my house. When summer blasts out of Texas with vengeance and the winds bring cool air and football, things change around here. Lazy weekends are suddenly replaced with any excuse to throw a party and we all know Texas lives and

butternut squash and bacon galette

There are times when you need epic comfort food. That rustic hands-on meal that melts your soul and makes you smile. I needed that recently. Just a few hours to spend in the kitchen with a little Coltrane in the background and my hands in flour. Usually, I crave comfort food on rainy days or times that life has just beaten me down, but instead I was celebrating. Celebrating with family in the kitchen, laughter in the air, and champagne pouring because I had just officially signed my first cookbook contract! big news… I’ve been contemplating a cookbook for years


Buttermilk Brined Grilled Chicken

1 | September 14, 2015

There’s a tinge of coolness in the air on a hot summer night. A gentle breeze makes the hanging stream of lanterns dance to the music coming from my husband’s guitar while the backyard is full of laughter and kids chasing each other with water guns. These are the scenes of my favorite summer nights. Everyone gathered around, eating great food, sipping on a pitcher of ice-cold cocktails, and having a fabulous time are the main reasons I enjoy the summer months. Dinner parties are just more relaxed in the summer and I think a lot of that has to do

roasted veg sandwich_2

With the excitement of a southern evangelistic preacher yelling from the roof of a car, let’s all throw our hands up because the weekend is here! It’s been a long week at work closing out the majority of the holiday recipe development season and now I can partially relax and stop snacking on gingerbread men (that is, until the holidays actually do arrive – those are some serious sneaky irresistible jerks). Like I was saying, it’s the weekend and I’m lighting up the grill and making a big pitcher of Double Eagles to get me through. Nothing says summer like a fire-kissed grilled vegetable

Curried Ricotta Squash Blossoms

Smells of fresh baked bread and earthy tomatoes float through the crowd while my hand is being held tightly with the remnants of a sticky chocolate croissant. That’s how most of my Saturday mornings begin, finding my way through the produce-filled stalls of the farmer’s market with my curly-headed daughter in tow. From the small community markets to the large Dallas Farmer’s Market, a visit to pick up the freshest local produce and meats that the season has to offer is a weekend ritual for us. Besides fresh goods, my true reason to go to the farmer’s market is to find the produce

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

Linguine with Red Clam Sauce

Linguine with Red Clam Sauce

4 | February 10, 2015

This isn’t really a recipe for Linguine with Clam Sauce but more of a recipe for Clams and Linguine with Red Sauce. I say that because a traditional red clam sauce is made by steaming pounds and pounds of clams, removing the clams from the shells, finely chopping, and then adding to a sauce. There’s not one damn thing wrong with that either, except for the scanty 20 minutes I have to get an epic family-style Valentine’s Day meal on the table. Our little family always has a Valentine’s Day dinner together. It’s an excuse for all of us to

duck confit

I’ve never known a girl who loves duck confit as much as my 6-year-old. Of course, who doesn’t love a tender fall-off-the-bone duck confit recipe — it’s just the best thing in the world. For a long time, I’ve made duck confit the traditional way, with a vat of duck fat, but unless one of my amazing friends brings me duck fat (yes, I seriously have friends that do this) I’m out of luck. But thank the stars above, I ran into a this fabulous recipe from Bon Appétit with the best duck confit hack of all time. For this


You’ve just finished off a fabulous dinner party — appetizers, dinner, desserts, but the night’s not over yet. Treat your guests to a coffee cocktail to cap off an epic dinner party and leave people talking. Whenever Tim, the husband, and I are out we like to extend the evening as long as possible — it’s not too often we’re alone, you know. To make the night just a tad longer and to cap off our tastebuds, a coffee with a splash of something special seems to end the night on a high note. Our favorite end-of-the-night drink on a date is

grilled leg of lamb_web

Bluebonnets are in full bloom, every patio is overflowing in Dallas, and the smells of mesquite hitting the fire are wafting threw the air…spring is officially here! I’m crazy excited and have been digging in the garden every chance I get. I’ll probably kill everything off by summer but for now things are bloomin’. I’m not much of a gardener. I mean I love it but I have yet to get into a grove where I don’t kill off everything by July. Hopefully, I’ll figure organic gardening out by the time I’m 6o. That’s the goal. I’ve given myself plenty

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