Monthly Archives: February 2014

Pappardelle with Meat Sauce

I have been trying to write about pasta for a week. I sent off a column about it, but the need to express my passion wasn’t exhausted. I wrote 1,300 words about my complicated relationship to travel (a.k.a., eating pasta abroad). I keep telling stories, framing, trying to find an angle that helps me explain […]

Lavender Lemon Pound Cake (Tea Time)

The first time I read Jane Austen I was 16 or 17, probably a late start compared to most fanatics. I had gone through some life-consuming family turmoil for the first half of my teens and stopped reading as voraciously as I had earlier in life. I missed a stretch of formative years in fiction, […]

Migas

Waco used to be just Waco–a stop on I-35 between the big cities. A town with its own personality and not a lot of ambition to change. That’s the impression I got, anyway. But with recent attention in the media, people are getting defensive about what Waco is and what it’s like to live here. […]

Malted Chocolate Pudding Parfaits with Pretzel Crunch

Resist the urge to add crunch, my husband is saying to me. I mean, please, love, don’t add crunchies to all my food. I’ve just served him a last bowl of that blood orange sherbet from last week, and without thinking, topped it with a crumbled up waffle cone. Oops. It’s hard for me to […]

Crandlecakes Valentine’s Roundup

Love is in the air! And so is procrastination! Planning on making your loved one a sweet treat tonight? Try whipping up one of these! For the Peanut Butter Lovers Valentine’s Peanut Butter Heart Cookies The Gluten-Free! Very Chewy Triple Chocolate Cookies The “I Can Barely Boil Water” Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls The “I Can’t […]

Olive Tapenade

We all have one: that food we just don’t like. Something we simply can’t tolerate — an ingredient that can make a whole pot of soup inedible, a whole pizza flavored with that certain undesirable something. I’ve noticed that while many people are honest about things like just not liking onions, or hating the texture […]

Blood Orange Sherbet

I am always running into Waco transplants. At running club, at the restaurant, in line at the grocery store — I’ll be five minutes into a pleasant conversation with a bright, friendly woman when we both realize we’re from out of town. I can’t figure out if we’re attracting each other with this magnetic pull […]

Chipotle-Lime Hummus with Sour Cream (GF)

I love snacks so. much. Sometimes, if I’m out of “real food,” or Shorty wants to eat barbecue or fried chicken and I don’t, I’ll just say, “That’s okay, I can just have a snack dinner,” secretly elated. If I don’t have much in the way of lunch entrees, or we ate all the leftovers […]