A Pastry GOLD Medal!

Making desserts with a homemade pastry have always been intimidating to me.  The only pastry recipe that I have made multiple times comes from a fabulous empanada recipe I found in my MAD HUNGRY cookbook by Lucinda Scala Quinn.  My friend Mike recommended this cookbook to me last year, and I LOVE it.  My “hungry”…

Chili Nouveau, Cookie Très Bien

SEPT. 28, 2012 Cravings for chili have officially begun!  My two “go-to” recipes are very different. The first is a more traditional TEXAS chili, the second is a much sweeter version, made with brown sugar and beer, always served with the BIGGEST cheese biscuits I can fit on the baking stone.  Today, however, I wanted…

MORE HOME COOKING

September 27, 2012 We had a little “tease” of cooler weather, which found me craving some of my favorite cold weather dishes. I struck gold when I came across this super easy preparation for CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS.  This recipe comes from one of my first cookbooks, Bon Appetit 30-Minute Main Courses (1995).  This is an…

FABI & ROSI DINNER

September 7, 2012 A recent dinner adventure with friends found us curious to try something new.  After a little internet searching we decided to take our taste buds to Fabi & Rosi. Located on the west side of town off of Lake Austin Blvd., this small restaurant  describes it’s menu as “Classic European dishes with…

SCHOOL HAS BEGUN!

September 6, 2012 With the start of school comes a new routine.  Dining habits may not be as creative or “fun”, but we still have to eat.  So, what have been the cuisine highlights of our first two weeks of school?  (Sorry there are no pics.) * Baked Chicken Parmesan with mini farfalle pasta *…