Category Regional

Two Ways to Preserve Peppers

Yes, I know it’s December, and I know the whole chili peppers thing might not make sense right now. But before I say anything else, let me just show you this photo: Yep, you see what I see–a pile of freshly harvested LOCAL cayenne peppers on a bed of fallen leaves. This, my friends, is […]

Deep Dish Pear Pie with Spice Crumble Topping + My Creative Process

I think it’s time we talked about something. If you have been reading through to the recipes on this blog, you may have noticed that a lot of my recipes are inspired by Deb at Smitten Kitchen. I’ve noticed this too, and for a while, I thought about reigning it in. I think before I […]

Hatch Chile Pepper Scones with Cheeses, and Quiet Sundays

I might be getting the hang of Sundays. For all of my memory, Sunday has been the day of the little nagging string of stress telling you you’re getting closer and closer to the entire looming week. Sunday has been cram day, panic day, wash all the things day. Part of settling in here in […]

Spaghettoni with Pea Tendrils and Young Onions

With my newfound freedom, I went to a cooking class with one of my friends from Baylor, another rogue Texan. We went to a class on cooking fish without panicking a while back, and this one was on cooking with current farmer’s market produce. Now, this is basically how I cook all the time–go to […]

Adventures in Cities + Travel Recovery Italian White Beans

A couple weeks ago, Teju Cole, author of Open City (2011), came to Boston College to talk about his novel, his photographs, and his relationship with cities. He is one of those writers who seems to be professionally cool. Cole returned from the Congo only a few days before his visit to BC, and he […]

Albuquerque Green Chile Sauce

I’m signed up to attend a massive writing conference in Boston this week. These “literary events,” as I have dubbed them in my head, are one of the major things I’ll miss about ye olde Beantown. I’ve never been in a more literary city–including Paris, though I was only there for three days and visited […]

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 […]

Take Me Home, Country Road

I knew this day would come. I involved powertools in dinner prep! To make a holiday side dish, no less. Who would have thought? I’m back in Texas for the week, and I’ve already gorged. More later on shrimp taco salad, my signature guacamole, and the infamous, ubiquitous chile con queso. For now, here’s a […]