Tuesday Tastings

Tuesday Tastings :: Coconut Carrot Soup

I’ve finally faced the facts that I, for one, cannot live on liquids alone (sayonara, juice cleanse!)… but I do think there’s something to be said about giving our bodies a digestive break and tapping into the healing properties of a liquid meal once in a while. Of course, when temps are as chilly as… read more

Tuesday Tastings :: Nutty Vegan Granola Bars

I cooked a lot over the holidays, and I even took photos of a few things I thought I might share with you guys (Christmas morning sticky buns, braised short ribs, and other such decadence.) But alas, they’ll have to wait for another day, because I am just over overindulgence right now, and really feel like I can’t… read more

Tuesday Tastings :: Pumpkin & Gingersnap Pie

Are you more of a pumpkin, pecan or apple pie kinda gal? (and yes, “all of the above” is a totally acceptable answer.) Although I wouldn’t pass up any of them if offered, pumpkin pie (which to me is the pure essence of fall) is probably my most eagerly anticipated item on the Thanksgiving menu. And… read more

Tuesday Tastings :: Golden Beet & Grape Salad

Let’s face it: salad’s can be brimming-with-flavor; the perfect vessels for creative ingredient combinations… or they can be, well, just salads. I consider it a personal challenge to make mine the former, and I truly believe that an interesting salad can be a show-stopping first-course on the holiday table. For the “Snowed-In Dinner Party” we threw with… read more

A Cheese-Lover’s Guide to Holiday Appetizers

Last night I kicked off a little menu planning for some holiday gatherings that are already popping up on my calendar: an open-house style party, family celebrations and of course our team’s annual holiday fête. When it comes to this crazy festive time of year, I require a lot from my hors d’oeuvres: they need… read more

Tuesday Tastings :: Apple, Pear & Cranberry Pie

Let’s just start by saying that, when it comes to making pies, I am far from a perfectionist. So go ahead and shake your head at my uneven crust edges and the oozing stickiness pooling at the edges of the pie plate, I don’t care! To me, the only real measure of pie-baking success is whether… read more

Tuesday Tastings :: Brussels Sprout & Apple Salad

Finally! Cool weather has descended on Austin, and the sheer number of boots, scarves and pumpkin spice lattés that I’m spotting everywhere I go is bordering on the ridiculous (seriously, almost this ridiculous.) Not that I haven’t wholeheartedly jumped on the fall bandwagon, too — I spent this past Sunday testing fall recipes for my book,… read more

Tuesday Tastings :: Pear & Ginger Tartlets

When I start the process of creating a new cocktail recipe, I often think about seasonal dishes and flavor combinations in the food I’ve been eating as a source of inspiration. However, it’s not very often that the opposite happens and a menu item is inspired by a cocktail, as was the case with these… read more

Tuesday Tastings :: Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup

I feel like there’s been just about every possible version of tortilla soup floating around out there, and I’ve had my go-to version for awhile (thanks Ina!) But last night, I felt like doing something different. Instead of the fire roasted tomato-based soup I’ve come to rely on, I was dreaming of something a little… read more

Tuesday Tastings :: Fettuccine & Zucchini Ribbons

An added perk to my job this year is that I get to spend lots of quality time with my good friend Buff Strickland, the incredibly talented photographer that’s shooting my entire book. Buff’s laid-back vibe makes every shoot day a fun one, and since she also shares my love of simple, seasonal cooking, we… read more