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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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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Seville: Tapas and Tio Pepe

July 1, 2014

It is always a good idea when in Spain to eat jamon Iberico de bellota, the ham that comes from the pata negra (black foot) pigs, who, by the way, are also black all over — which is in part why the meat is so dark, along with the acorns (bellota) that these free-ranging in […]

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Potato Salad with Chimichurri

June 17, 2014

A wonderful mistake, this was. I’d been working up a menu for an upcoming Cowgirl Chef column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on an after-the-fireworks Fourth of July party, and I had my other components all figured out, recipes written, tested and photographed — Red Snapper Ceviche with Tortilla Chips, Flap Steak Sandwiches with Onion […]

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Texas Peaches

June 11, 2014

Besides the availability of tacos on practically every street corner in Dallas, one of the things I missed about Texas every summer while in Paris was the peaches. I like to cut them up and mix them up with Greek yogurt (or now, the Noosa plain one, which I’m totally addicted to) and muesli and […]

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