Tuesday Tastings :: Pear & Brown Butter Blondies

It’s officially Christmas cookie season, and I don’t know about you, but I kind of never want it to end. Friends bringing by linzer cookies & bourbon balls for sampling, my mom and I comparing notes on which biscotti to make this year… it really is the most wonderful time of the year! My cookie […]

Floral Trimmings :: Bay Laurel Garland

I’ve been looking forward to the holidays for a while now so I could take my mantle back. All year long there sits a giant television, so this is my time to have fun with the space. I’ve been wanting to place this wonderful portrait from Scott’s Antiques  on the mantle, and surround it with some […]

12 Tastes of Christmas :: Rosemary Pecan Bark

Preparing and gifting holiday treats is one thing I look forward to every holiday season, and this Rosemary Pecan Bark is my current go-to dessert for making and sharing in a pinch! I always have an extensive holiday “to-bake” list of everything I want to make during the season, but thanks to the frantic schedule at this […]

A Holiday Mixology Party

When the owners of one of Austin’s favorite local watering holes invited us over for an exclusive holiday cocktail making class, we immediately jumped at the opportunity. Located just a few blocks from home, Drink.Well has become a personal favorite bar + restaurant of mine… but after our team spent a few hours in a […]

12 Tastes of Christmas :: Mimi’s Tarte Tatin

I just can’t shake off that Christmas spirit. As soon as December 1st arrived, the kids opened their chocolate Advent calendar and I started unpacking the Christmas ornaments stored in the attic. I had been eyeing the packed boxes for weeks, patiently waiting for the right moment. I couldn’t wait to meet our old friends again: […]

12 Tastes of Christmas :: Aran’s Arroz con Leche

Our 12 Tastes of Christmas series has become an annual tradition here on the blog, when some of the most talented and inspiring food people on the planet stop by to share their holiday favorites in the weeks leading up to the 25th. I can’t think of a better person to kick off this year’s smorgasbord […]

The Perfect Bite :: Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Is anyone else having trouble buttoning their pants today or is it just me? Jess here and on this blissful Black Friday, I’d be silly to bring you something that you’d have to chew so soon after your Thanksgiving feast. Accordingly, I’m pouring up the most decadent of all sip-able holiday indulgences…Baileys Irish Cream. Most […]

10 Best Morning-After Meals

So how did you all do yesterday? Hopefully you saw successes on all fronts, and that Thanksgiving meal you slaved over turned out just the way you’d planned. As the most gluttonous holiday of the year would have it, our refrigerator is overflowing with leftovers. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t totally see […]

The Byrd Collective :: Saint Cecilia Wedding

Last month, Adam & I checked into the Hotel St. Cecilia here in Austin for a little stay-cation to celebrate his birthday. Every detail was perfection in that so-hip-without-trying kind of way…so when our floral contributor Ash sent me the latest wedding that she worked on there, I knew it would be full of cool, […]

10 Best Dishes with a Twist

Aside from the crisp weather and family time, I think a big part of what makes Thanksgiving (and all holidays, for that matter) so special is the tradition that that gets passed down each year… especially when it comes to the food. Of course it’s hard to argue with time-tested seasonal ingredients, but I love […]

In Season :: Poblano Cornbread Stuffing

I (Jeanine) come from a very traditional midwestern family where some Thanksgiving traditions are not to be messed with. I don’t know how some of these culinary delights came to be, but I’m sure many of you can relate… the infamous canned green bean casserole made with canned cream of mushroom soup and canned fried […]

Tuesday Tastings :: Cranberry Poached Pears

Last week, a huge box showed up at my door bearing…(wait for it) tons and tons of goat cheese. For a chèvre lover like myself, this felt very much like a fantasy, especially since it happened to be from Cypress Grove, the Northern Cali cheesemaker behind my favorite Humboldt Fog selection. Anyway… I knew I […]