Articles Tagged fall

Chicken Milanese

St. Paddy’s day is this weekend and Dallas is prepping for their big parade that I live right next too. So, I’m preparing for traffic, a sea of green, and stepping over the occasional drunk leprechaun. I’m also seeing lots of cabbage and potato recipes floating around the web-a-verse and that’s just making me obscenely hungry. Being that I am not Irish (at least I don’t think I am—I’m adopted so who the heck knows where my ancestry lies) I’m not going to give you an “Irish” recipe because I would seriously not know what I was talking about. Now,

red wine braised venison over pumpkin risotto

If you’re reading this you’re the awesome 5% of my readers who actually like venison…or maybe you’re just intrigued. Who knows, but I’m glad you’re here. If you were to ask me what the best thing I’ve ever cooked was, I would say Red Wine Braised Venison over Pumpkin Risotto. I started cooking this about a year ago when my husband’s boss first came over for dinner. Just so happens that my cousin was there as well. It was a full house, the beginning of fall, I was completely nervous and I needed something big, bold, impressive, and easy to

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I’m trying to grasp onto the remaining flavors of fall and winter before spring hits. Don’t get me wrong, I’m far beyond ready for warm days, homegrown tomatoes, okra, and peaches but I’m just not ready to fully let go. I even have a 5-spice braised venison over pumpkin risotto coming up for you soon just to drive the nail in the coffin so to speak. I final goodbye to all those comfort recipes we crave during the cold months. Speaking of comfort, I was recently blessed with a pound of early wild mushrooms from a friend not too long

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Chicken and Dumplings. Everyone has their favorite way of preparing it. Dropped vs. rolled dough, vegetables vs. no vegetables, clear broth vs. creamy — there’s so many versions it’d make your grandmother’s head spin. But we can all agree on one thing, Chicken and Dumplings is the best darn comfort food that you can get! I’m a rolled and cut dumpling and vegetable packed kinda girl but the husband is the exact opposite. Today we’re going to compromise because that’s what the preacher told me I had to do when we got married. “50/50,” he said and I had to

Butternut Squash Kale and Pancetta Hash

Back in December, I posted a photo on Instagram of a winter hash that I had served on a slice of toasted sourdough and topped with a fried egg sprinkled with rosemary salt. Since then I’ve received 22 emails and most of them had the subject line, “Where’s the hash, lady?” No joke. So, it was obvious that I had to post this recipe or possibly receive a rotten tomato stoning. Hash is one of those dishes that says comfort to me. I have fond thoughts of my grandmother making potato and brisket hash when I stayed over and 9

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

beer braised bison tacos

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

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Cold crisp days and bitter frosty nights are screaming for a warm rustic meal to comfort. If you ask the resident five-year-old what she wants for dinner, the answer will be roasted chicken 99% of the time. The other 1% of the time will certainly be something odd like swordfish sushi with pink sauce and sprinkles served in a boot. She’s a budding chef you know. I’m glad she loves roasted chicken so much because it’s my “go-to” meal when I’m clueless as to what to cook for dinner. Roasting a whole chicken is the most delicious a chicken can


It’s the middle of the week and it’s crazy busy around here. Piles of laundry are blocking the bedroom door, there’s a new shade of pink crayon on the couch, deadlines are piled up on my desk higher than the husband’s mountain of stinky running shoes (that’s bad) , and the dog’s obsessive licking habit has officially caused yet another grey hair on my head. When days are like this, dinner has to be simple. I don’t know about you, but pasta tends to be my go-to meal when I need a no-fuss meal on the table. Unfortunately, pasta isn’t

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White Bean and Ham Hock Soup

12 | December 10, 2013

I’ve made it no secret that it’s FLIPPING cold here in Texas and I’m not sure I’m dealing with it well. Five days of dark clouds and freezing blankets of ice with only my sanity and a five year old to keep me company was making me a little twitchy.  Just before I lost myself to the gaping abyss that my couch was turning into, the sun came out and I feel like myself again! Thank goodness, because I was starting to not want to change out of my pj’s and watch The Kardashians. If that ever happens, please send

sweet potato pie

Sweet potato pie always conjures fond memories of my grandmother. Not only was it her favorite pie but she also asked me to make it for her every Christmas. She would have her own pie as my grandfather was known for hiding the holiday pies and hording them for himself. Sweet potato pie is also my husband’s favorite so you can imagine how often I make this. Creamy, sweet, and full of holiday spices, Sweet Potato Pie with Maple Bourbon Whipped Cream is beyond a classic. I wrote this recipe for KitchenAid. Jump on over to their blog, KITCHENTHUSIAST, for

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Pot de crème is literally one of my daughters favorite desserts but what kid wouldn’t love a sweet creamy dessert all to themselves? This year on her birthday, I asked her what type of cake she wanted and she looked at me like I was crazy. What was I thinking? Of course she had to have pot de créme and her love for the silky smooth dessert has lead me to making pot de crème a lot lately. Now that we’ve dived head first into the holidays, pumpkin pot de crème with my favorite bourbon whipped creme (if you put