Austin Hope Wine Dinner

D – Last year Marc and I went to a fabulous wine tasting featuring 10 different Grenaches from all over the world.  One of our favorites of the evening was a California Grenache from Austin Hope Winery.  www.hopefamilywines.com We purchased a bottle, and have been holding on to it for a special occasion.  It turns…

Summer Cleaning

D – As I was doing a little “De-Clutter 101” around the house, I paused in front of my bookshelf of cookbooks a little too long.  Giada’s Kitchen jumped out at me and said “Make something delicious for dinner tonight!”   Two nights later, we have discovered two fabulous, new entrees that will be definitely joining…

Cooking at Home – Week of July 16, 2012

D – Our vacation to Colorado was wonderful, but it is good to be back in Austin.  Here is a sampling of our “at home” dining this week. OK, I confess.  We did not fix dinner Monday night.  We arrived home around 3:00pm, cleaned up, and walked right back out the door to head off…

Praise for Braise

BRAISE – JULY 2012  –  www.braiseaustin.com I purchased a Groupon for Braise several months ago for a 4-course prix fixe meal.  We are always on the hunt for new food & wine experiences in Austin.  We found some adventurous friends and finally made a reservation.  Here are the highlights: * relaxed, quiet atmosphere * Excellent…

Grand BBQ in Grand Lake

D – after a refreshing morning hike and afternoon drive in Rocky Mountain National Park, we decided to make a trek to Grand Lake, on the opposite side of the park.  After a few stops to view some big horn sheep and Lake Irene, we headed to the Sagebrush BBQ and Grill.  We discovered this…

Snooze It!!

Snooze- Denver, CO – http://www.snoozeeatery.com/ D – We soooo need a SNOOZE in Austin, Texas!  On this, our 4th trip to Colorado, we could not resist a third visit to SNOOZE.  Although it was the longest wait for a table (almost two hours, yes, on a Saturday), the food did not disappoint!  The pancake flight is…

“Amarillo by Evening”

D – Amarillo has been our overnight stop on our treks to Colorado these past three summers, so an evening meal in the “helium capitol of the world” is always a necessity.  Our previous two dining experiences were “underwhelming.”  We really enjoyed our dinner at Jorge’s this time around. The service was good, and the…

Pizza, Pizza! Oh My!!!

D – one of the BEST things about summer is enjoying more frequent meals together as a family at home.  Marc and I started off the day with Blueberry Pancakes, and culminated our dining experiences with a fresh spinach and strawberry salad and homemade pizza.  This particular pizza recipe has become a bi-weekly event, thanks…

“I Love You a Bushel & a Peck”

FARMHOUSE DELIVERY- www.farmhousedelivery.com D – Just over a year ago, I started attending regular bootcamp classes at X-TRAIN (http://www.x-trainfit.com) .  I could go on and on about the awesome trainers there ( a big SHOUT OUT to Barron and Jeremy) and how they convinced me to keep up with an exercise routine for the first time…

Summer Chili

D – Just a quick entry to share a favorite Rachel Ray recipe I found a couple of years ago – SOUTHWESTERN CHILI MAC SALAD.  This pasta dish is good warm or cold, and is great for leftovers.  I have modified the recipe (link below), by substituting ground bison for the beef.  I use whatever…