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Chardonnay Chicken

This chardonnay chicken recipe is super easy and is just the thing to fancy-up a regular weeknight meal. I used a chardonnay gifted to me by Prescription Vineyards and chicken from Omaha Steaks and the combo was perfect (we drank the chardonnay with the chicken also and that was...

Brown Butter Banana Bread

This brown butter banana bread is a decadent morning treat. If you’ve been saving up ripe bananas in the freezer, this is your reminder to use them! I used three frozen bananas and brown butter — yep, brown butter — alongside brown sugar, cake flour, vanilla bean paste and...

Basic Chocolate Cake Donuts

Donuts on Sunday morning are a must sometimes (especially chocolate cake donuts). My kids beg for them every week, but sometimes I’d like to get in the kitchen instead of sending them out with their dad for the baked goods. This morning, I settled in to make these basic...

Pumpkin parfait with white chocolate

Who doesn’t love a good pumpkin parfait dessert? This white chocolate pumpkin parfait is lighter in flavor than pumpkin pie, lighter overall than a pumpkin cheesecake, but equally as indulgent as both of those desserts. This is easier to make than most desserts. It’s no-bake, and includes one of...

Pesto sausage lasagna with homemade sauce (and tons of herbs)

This pesto sausage lasagna is definitely a bit more complicated than my usual recipes, but still not too difficult! I wanted to try my hand at the dish and I had mountains of herbs to use, so I put together a pesto sauce to mix into the meat mixture....

The best chocolate brownies with hidden veggies

Brownies are asked for all the time in my house. It is difficult to get just the right combo of chewiness and fluffiness – the ratios have to be just right to get them how you like them. I have probably made 20 different brownie recipes and experimented with...

Five cookbooks everyone needs in their kitchen

A slightly different version of this originally ran in the Fort Worth Business Press. A good cookbook is like a good friend. It’s always there when you need it, and it gives you great recipes. Well, I hope you have friends who give you recipes. Everyone has favorites, but there...

Brussels sprout salad

There is a restaurant near my house (if you are local you will know Pacific Table ) that makes the best, BEST, Brussels sprout salad. I made my own version at home, and while it pales in comparison, was my favorite meal this week. I’m pretty sure there is no...

Pulled BBQ Pork

This pulled BBQ pork is super easy, super versatile and will make your house smell amazing all day. All you have to do is slow-cook it in the oven for up to 12 hours and I do it overnight specifically so I’ll have weird meat dreams and wake up...

Tangy White Bean Salad

This bean salad is exactly what a summer barbecue or cookout needs. It’s good warm or cold, packs creaminess from the white beans, crunch and sharpness from the onion and bell pepper, and flavors galore. The “secret” ingredient is horseradish, though this salad wouldn’t be the same without the...

Watermelon salad

This watermelon salad is so easy I can’t believe I don’t make it more. It’s by far my favorite way to use watermelon when it’s in season. It’s crisp, sweet and savory, and has both crunch and creaminess. Since watermelon is super healthy, it’s the perfect side dish for...

The perfect morning muffins

What could be better than coffee and a muffin? There are not that many combos that are better. These muffins are gluten-free and made with buckwheat, oats and raisins. Recipe below: Makes 12 standard size muffins:1/2 c gluten free flour (I use @pillsburybaking)1 cup old fashioned oats1/2 c. Buckwheat...

Corn Dog Bites (Gluten-Free)

Corn dog bites are an easy, fun way to bring certain events home if you can’t get out or if you just want to feel like you’re having fair-food. If you live in Fort Worth you know that the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo started this weekend. It...

Muffins with buckwheat, Oats and Raisins

What could be better than coffee and muffins? I made a latte with some Javy coffee concentrate microdose and it was a perfect match. These muffins are gluten-free and made with buckwheat, oats and raisins. Why muffins with buckwheat? I chose buckwheat as a base for these muffins because...

Buckwheat, Oat and Raisin Gluten-Free Muffins

What could be better than coffee and a muffin? I made a latte with some Javy coffee concentrate microdose and it was a perfect match. These muffins are gluten-free and made with buckwheat, oats and raisins. Recipe below: Makes 12 standard size muffins:1/2 c gluten free flour (I use...

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for the Hippie Mom

It’s almost Mother’s Day! I’ve put together a quick gift guide for the mom who has a little bit of a hippie vibe going on! There are a few items for the gardening mom, a few for the mom who likes to cook, and some just-for-fun and luxurious things...

Mango protein smoothie with spirulina and probiotics

This smoothie is part of a trick I have for getting back on track after a day of over-indulging. In this week’s case, Saturday was filled with birthday cake and pizza for our daughter, and Sunday morning was definitely a groggy one. We were craving something extra healthy, and...

Perfect Scallops with Butter and Herbs

Scallops are one of our favorite sea foods, but when we mess them up they are almost inedible. These take a very light hand on the spices and a precise cooking time, and then a big ol’ dump of butter at the end. We ate these with a baked...

Asian-inspired chicken for an easy, healthy dinner

We love getting takeout from a local Chinese restaurant, but occasionally we want the flavors without the unhealthy stuff sometimes added by restaurants. This dish is an easy take on the flavors we love and is just as nice served in a lettuce cup as it is alongside rice....