• Ouh La La! I’ve Teamed Up with Mimi’s Cafe

    My crazy story of living in Paris, getting homesick for Texas, and then cooking up recipes inspired by both places for my book, Cowgirl Chef: Texas Cooking with a French Accent caught the attention of the national restaurant chain Mimi’s Cafe.

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    Ouh La La! I’ve Teamed Up with Mimi’s Cafe
  • Purple But Not Barney: Eggplant and Baby Tomato Salad

    American grocery store vegetable aisles are a lot like high school. Leafy arugula, baby spinach, and the season’s first tomatoes are the cheerleaders, pretty and always popular. Broccoli and cauliflower are the likable student council kids, along with cucumbers and zucchini in the summertime. Then there are the loners that no one seems to notice, like eggplant.

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    Purple But Not Barney: Eggplant and Baby Tomato Salad
  • Quinoa that Doesn’t Taste Like Cardboard: Limey Quinoa with Pecans and Currants

    Packed with protein and gluten-free, quinoa has been the darling of the grain world for some time now, but its big problem is flavor. Depending on what kind you buy, it can range from “backyard dirt” to “cardboard box.”

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    Quinoa that Doesn’t Taste Like Cardboard: Limey Quinoa with Pecans and Currants
  • A Traveling Bar: No-Bake Nutty Rice Crispy Squares

    I’ve been making some version of these for years, but when I saw a granola bar recipe on Pinterest that used brown rice syrup, I decided to make another batch and use brown rice syrup instead of my go-to, honey, to see if it would create a bar that held together a bit better than mine.

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    A Traveling Bar: No-Bake Nutty Rice Crispy Squares
  • Parmesan Grits with Double Mushrooms

    I thought about calling this polenta, but I’m in Texas right now, so I figure there’s no need to call it anything other than what I’ve always known it to be.

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    Parmesan Grits with Double Mushrooms
  • Chipotle Miso Sauce

    The first time I bought miso paste – at K-mart on rue Sainte-Anne, where you can find all things Japanese – I bought the dark red one, which is sort of like going from never eating spicy foods to dipping your tortilla chip into a habanero salsa.

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    Chipotle Miso Sauce

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