Summer time is here! Well, it’s almost gone, but next week it’ll probably be back, as is the nature of Texas. Ah, summer. With its sweltering heat, its bikini-clad sunbathers, and the knowledge that your New Year’s Resolution to lose 20 pounds didn’t quite go so well. What to do? I say ignore the food […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Cool Summer Flavors
Recently, I was introduced to the wonders of a video series called 18th Century Cooking. And since February is a time many reserve for exploring and appreciating African-American culture, I was enamored of their series called “Food of the Enslaved” after a friend recommended it. The first one that intrigued me was their episode on […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Exploring our Roots
Figs are one of the oldest fruits cultivated by mankind. It’s even been theorized by religious scholars that the fig, rather than the apple, was the famed “forbidden fruit” in the Garden of Eden. After all, they did cover themselves in fig leaves. Apple leaves just aren’t as cool looking (and don’t cover as […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on the fabulous fig
Last year, I finally caved and bought my first electric smoker. It just made sense for catering gigs that want things like brisket. I can set and forget for a couple hours while I get other things accomplished. Masterbuilt makes a fine smoker, so I bought their 40″ smoker from Academy, which had some of […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on A Smokin Good Time!
The holiday is upon us, and people are getting excited about pumpkin-based food and drink. Of course, by the end of the year, people will be truly tired of pumpkin in just about everything, but for now, we can rejoice in the love of these gorgeous gourds! Last night, I went on a cooking […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Great Pumpkins, Charlie Brown!
That’s right! Even if you don’t need chef services every day, you might find you’d appreciate a chef on those special occasions. Need flowers? We can pick them up. Want a wine recommendation to match your menu? We can make it happen. The other night, our couple wanted to re-live their trip last year to […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Private Dinners are here!
I know, I know. I’ve posted about green chile before. And I may post about it again next year. Why? Because you can never have too many things with green chile in them. Whole Foods and Central Market make sure you know this by bombarding you with fresh and roasted chiles all over the place. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Green Chile Glory!
I grew up not knowing why people used paprika. I’d occasionally pull out the large, yellow TexJoy container with the mysterious red powder inside. Mysterious because when I tried to smell it, there was no real aroma that I could discern. Likewise, a finger full to my tongue didn’t yield a flavor that I could […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Pap-ri-ka!
A while ago, I gave away some of my new favorite treats for St. Paddy’s and Easter. You’re welcome. And as the 4th of July approached, I saw this post from UseRealButter.com, and decided they would make a great treat to bring around to the many many parties that I was invited to. Ah, the […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Make America Pie Again!
Sometimes you just need some Indian food. Not just “it’d be really nice if I could find some”, but “holy cow I need curry in a hurry” kinda needs. In Austin, there’s even a place called Curry in Hurry just for those needs. And yes, you read that name correctly. Still, they have some great […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Vegans need Saag too!