Category Obsessions

Italian White Bean Hummus

Sometimes on my husband’s day “off” from the restaurant, we go out to eat together. Now, Waco isn’t known for its plethora of dining options, at least not for a vegetable-eating, bread-avoiding type like me, so there aren’t that many places to choose from. Still, it takes us ages to decide where to go. I […]

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups

Once you do enough cooking at home, packaged foods can start to taste artificial to you. It’s always a little disappointing when you think you’re going to go indulge in a candy bar, only to find that instead of a ticket to heaven, you’re eating semi-digestible plastic. In short, once you start cooking fresh food, […]

Shakshuka with Spiced Chickpeas

Jump to recipe–> One of the things I loved about living in Boston is the way the city is organized into neighborhood-villages. Technically, I lived in Newton Centre, a township just west of Boston. Newton Centre, like many other neighborhoods in and around Boston, is an actual CENTER. To Texans, that’s kind of like telling […]

Dandelion Green and Spring Onion Risotto

In college I sang in a jazz combo with 5 guys. Besides me singing, we had piano, bass, drums, saxophone, and trumpet/flugelhorn. We all got course credit at the university for being in the jazz combo, but we spent most of our time getting little gigs around town, maybe at a fancy tailgate party or […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Saga: Part II

The chocolate peanut butter bar saga continues. If you read my recent post on vegan, gluten-free chocolate peanut butter date bars, you might have seen through my supposed satisfaction with said bars. Here’s the truth: I would definitely make those gluten free wonders again, but they don’t hold a candle to the food memory they […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (GF, Vegan)

Growing up, I went to a small private school in Houston. And while I might not have been fond of everything that went down in my uniformed, Lutheran class of twenty kids, I was pretty satisfied with lunch. As I imagine is common in school cafeterias, it was cool to pretend that a lot of […]

Butternut Squash and Vodka Risotto with Bacon

Fall was late for us this year. I suppose it always is in Texas, but for me and Shorty, it feels like it’s finally time to settle down, curl up, and be calm, or at least, make a stronger effort to do all of those things. Even though it was EIGHTY-EIGHT degrees here yesterday, the […]

Liebster Award! (food will be back soon, don’t despair)

Notice: Untraditional post to follow. Includes: Random photos I like, trivia, friends, and a fun award! For one of my projects this week, I presented on Alison Bechdel, author of the graphic narrative Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and the long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. I read about the Bechdel Test, a […]

Ice Cream Sandwiches! (squeal)

When I was a kid, I thought that ice cream sandwiches were born. I never thought about how things were made. “Chicken nugget” referred to a crunchy, dippable entity that had no relation to the hens I had seen pecking around at my friend’s ranch. American cheese arrived in slices. It wasn’t cut from blocks, […]

Tex-Mex Chips and Dips

People. I don’t care about football, and I’m not afraid to say so. I’m not one of those who doesn’t know anything about it and comments on their uniform designs asks what the lines on the ground mean. I’m even learning about the little flags and two-point conversions (maybe), but I can spend a remarkable […]