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This shredded chicken recipe may be the easiest recipe I make.  It makes a great filling for a taco bar, topping for salads, nachos, enchiladas, quesadillas, or appetizers.  You can cook it as written below as dinner for your family or scale it to serve large parties.  The simplicity does not equal the resulting flavor. […]

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Spanish rice is that loose term for any rice dish that is sort of red and is typically served alongside Mexican food.  My college friend, Marti, used to get giant casseroles of Spanish Rice from her childhood nanny which fed people for days.  Locha’s rice was legendary.  Or maybe we were just hungry and almost […]

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Baby Bok Choy is my favorite new vegetable.  They are so adorably cute, delicious, fast, and easy!  I think the flavor is a little like softened celery – very, very mild.  Baby Bok Choy is very low calorie, and packed in Vitamins A, C, and K.  Nutrient dense and prepared completely in 10 minutes. Baby […]

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Winter is here, and with it comes my favorite, soup season.  Second only to cooking with cognac season.  The best soups start with bones, so as  you bake those holiday hams, chickens, and turkeys – be planning your best soups yet!  Beans are another food group I didn’t consume until at least 25, so in […]

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If you are suffering from boredom and inertia in your weekday meals, I have found the perfect recipe for you to add into your repertoire.  Since the arrival of our third child, sweet Baby Hiatt, my time in the kitchen has been fractioned.  I see glimpses of the future where I will gain a little […]

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This week Central Market had the most beautiful local portabella mushroom caps on display.  Though I’ve never been able to pull off the portabella burger (it’s a texture thing), I absolutely love the flavor of cooked portabellas.  This super fast sauce created from roasted chicken pan juices and a little whiskey was the perfect way […]

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“Crunchy Green Beans with Almonds and Butter!”  cries the smallest of my small ones.  Not that he’s very small any more, as he’s approaching his fifth birthday.  This is likely both my children’s very favorite vegetable, yet hell hath no fury if I run out of slivered almonds. The proper name for the tiny french […]

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To combat the inertia threatening to lock me in a culinary bell jar, I’ve been rereading an old stack of the now defunct Gourmet Magazine.  Looking for a flavor, an ingredient, a style I’d forgotten about, anything really.  I stumbled across a 2008 recipe for cumin-scented stir fried beef with celery.  The recipe looked intriguing […]

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One of our tried and true staples back since my Round Rock days has been beer can chicken. First and foremost, who doesn’t love a recipe that starts off 1) Open beer, 2) Drink half… (I feel like Jim Belushi in the Johnsonville Brats commercial.) As summer lurks just around the corner, it’s time to […]

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From time to time, I have to remind myself to pay attention to my produce on hand.  I tend to get carried away by the beauty of fresh vegetables at the grocery, and sadly admit to letting more than my fair share of produce go bad before I’ve integrated it into a meal plan.  I […]

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