Articles Tagged fall


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

roasted sweet potatoes

Growing up, Thanksgiving was always an exciting time for me. I have an intensely large and loud family and the theatrical spectacle that would ensue was always very entertaining. Plus, there was my grandmother’s stuffing and all sorts of goodies like chocolate meringue pie and handmade fried apricot pies to indulge in. Total comfort food is a holiday must but sometimes I like to throw a dish in with a lot of flavor that strays from our family’s traditional southern flare. This year, it’s Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate — a delicious combination of flavors that screams autumn and

Roasted Pear, Roquefort, and Caramel Salad

Caramel is just sugar that’s being pushed to it’s breaking point on the verge of burning and in that tipping point of destruction, something so simple becomes a thing of beauty. This is my favorite thing about cooking — twisting and contorting elements until they transform into a completely different and heightened form. Now, if I could only put that line of thought into a workout routine, I’d have it all. But considering every day is a struggle with the ADD beast, the fact I can put on two matching socks and walk out the door on time is a

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


Broccolini and Pancetta Farro

3 | October 14, 2015

To quote an old mentor of mine, “Idleness is the death of all talent.” That quote has been circling in my head lately as my plate is overwhelmingly full. Work has kept me pleasantly busy, developing and shooting for companies I’d never dreamed I’d have the chance to work for but it’s still work playing with someone else’s vision. My fingers have been practically shaking to return here, this little space that is all mine to mold and shape and let loose that part of me that is continuously creating. It has been a long few months of silence here and that’s

Tomato Soup with Charred Scallion Oil

This, my friends, is my favorite, most beloved tomato soup recipe. A soup so luxuriously smooth, creamy, and full of flavor that you will never be able to look at another bowl of tomato soup again (except for tomato basil soup — that’s in it’s own category). What makes this tempting bowl so special? I’ll tell you: (1) RIPE FRESH TOMATOES (2) A TOUCH OF MISO (3) CHARRED SCALLION OIL (4) HOMEMADE CROUTONS. The flavor combination doesn’t get any better than that. The soup itself is ridiculously easy to make but when you take a little extra time and pair it

ham manchego and peach crepe

The days are counting down to the inevitable end of summer and although I’m looking forward to cooler weather, I’m sad to see the care-free days with no schedules come to an end. It’s time to exchange the sunscreen and flip flops for back-to-school lunches and school uniforms and I’m already in planing mode. So far, I’ve ordered uniforms and have gathered water bottles and lunch boxes, ready for the big day to arrive. As a kid, I dreaded this time of year — I hated seeing summer end and wasn’t much of a scholarly child. Thankfully, my kid is much

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

roasted beets with mustard vinaigrette

Last week, I came across a bumper crop of beets at the farmer’s market and they were so gorgeous, I couldn’t pass them up. Sweet and earthy, nothing comes close to a roasted beet, except maybe a pickled one. Way back in the day (the glorious 80’s) when steakhouses ruled Dallas, I remember going out for dinner with my parents and bypassing  steak for the briny pickled beets on the salad bar. These days, pickled beets don’t last a second in this house — we all adore them. So, when I crave those zesty purple beauties and there are none in

Strozzapreti with Beef Shank Ragù

Tender beef in an enticing tomato sauce that’s so easy it’s all made at once in the oven, deliciously coats sauce-grabbing strozzapreti in this lusciously rustic comfort food meal. So, I might have lied last week when I said the Boulevardier was my goodbye to winter. Turns out, we were due one last swift kick in the arse by the cold kiss of the old man yesterday and it brought me to my knees. All I wanted was comfort food midst the freezing rain and comfort food is what I got. With a few beef shanks in hand, the last jar of tomatoes

roasted winter vegetable soup

With the bitter cold and wet days of winter, all I crave is comfort and simplicity. This is especially true when it comes to food and you can always find a pot of soup on my stove when the weather locks us indoors with sheets of ice. One of our favorite soups to savor this time of year when the wind is at its coldest is this delicious Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup with Prosciutto Crisps. This might be the simplest soup recipe imaginable. It’s pretty basic and came to our house when an overflowing winter garden needed a good harvest. In Texas, winter