Oatmeal, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

August 18, 2014

Newsflash: my new favorite cookie is also one that’s — gulp! — gluten-free. But that’s not why I made them, and it’s not why I like them. But I saw this recipe and liked that it used maple syrup instead of refined sugar and wondered how this alone would transform a cookie. It’s not a […]

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No Recipe: Oven-Dried Tomato Skins

August 15, 2014

The sad truth of testing recipes all the time means that there’s a lot of waste. I often make full recipes of dishes (to serve two or four) in order to get the measurements right, but one cowgirl can only eat so much. Things get tossed out. And even when I’m not in recipe-testing mode […]

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No Recipe: Peach-Basil Popsicles

August 11, 2014

  What do you do with a big ‘ol box of scratch-and-dent peaches (for just $20!) from Ham’s Orchard in Terrell? Make peach popsicles, that’s what. Those slightly overripe, still perfectly good peaches are perfect for popsicles, and there’s absolutely nothing to it. You peel and pit as many peaches as you’d like (in my […]

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Two Great Asian Dipping Sauces

August 7, 2014

Making Asian food at home is really quite easy, but like any other cuisine, you just need to stock up on all of the staples (in this case, fish and soy sauce, sesame oil, etc.). Then once the craving strikes, you’re ready to go. These two sauces are fantastic for spring rolls, cold noodles, or […]

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99 Ranch

August 3, 2014

This is a partial photo of what I managed to put in my grocery basket after wandering the long aisles of 99 Ranch the other day, the grocery store for all things Asian in Plano. It’s like what Tang Freres in Paris would be if, I guess, it were here — a bigger, more inclusive, store […]

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E Bar

July 28, 2014

Friendships and food are a funny thing, especially when they’re tightly linked to a particular place. Primo’s on McKinney Avenue was, for more than a decade or so I guess, where I met everyone at one time or another. I went there for first dates and anniversaries. To celebrate birthdays. To mourn deaths. For no […]

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Homemade Hummus

July 24, 2014

I’m as DIY as the next gal, and I used to make my own hummus, but sometime in the 90s, when you could find it anywhere, I stopped. I started buying the ready-made stuff. That was probably several hundred dollars of hummus ago. This hit me, the wasted money on hummus, particularly hard last week, […]

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Salad 1-2-3

July 21, 2014

Or Jetlag Salad, if you prefer. When I’m thrown back in time seven time zones, as I was last week, I need something that’s healthy — and super-quick to put together. You need: 1. Rotisserie chicken 2. Arugula 3. Croutons (in this case, ones made from Eric Kayser olive bread that I brought back in […]

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Nanashi

July 14, 2014

I may or may not have been in a certain shop in the Marais the other day just to see if perhaps the leopard ankle boots I’d spotted in the window in April (and tried on) gone on sale. And I may have tried them on (again). When I found out the price (60 percent […]

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10 Things I Love About Spain

July 6, 2014

I’ve just spent a week and a half in Spain, which began with a brief visit to Seville and ending with nearly a full week in Madrid. I’ve been to Spain a few times before, but not for this long…which now seems far too short. I’m already plotting my next trip back. Here are some […]

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