it is if I say so…

I don’t like things that are called fake or imitation. Don’t feed me “vegetarian turkey” or “mock bacon”, just feed me flavored textured soy protein (or whatever) and have done with it! I’m not adverse to things that try to taste like other things, just call that spade a sharp-edged long-handled digging device, OK?OK, rant over. And, having said all that, this week I made what I am going to call molé....more

and then make, well, you know…

After making that bean dip last week I found myself drowning in it. It seemed like a great idea at the time, and it really was tasty, but oh my there was a lot of it!Since there was no party looming on my horizon (still jammed up with work, I am) I enjoyed it for a few days, but one simply can't live on bean dip alone! Once I hit my limit I started thinking about what to do with what was left.I still had a good couple of cups of the dip... ...more

oodles of noodles

Well the weather outside is far from frightful, but sometimes you just have to give in to your taste buds. This is really serious “cold weather” food, and, while the calendar says it is winter, we are having what I call “”why I live in Texas” weather”. Sunny, high 60s (that translates to 19 or so for some of you). I’m happy!...more

get stuffed!

OK, this one is for the vegetarians (and yes, you vegans as well)! I owe you one after last week, after all… and turn about is only fair! I can’t claim the original recipe, but I have added a few notes and some info on how I like to make (and enjoy) these little gems. Mmmm…You can do this all by hand, but... (Please read the entire post at <http://andthenmakesoup.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/get-stuffed-2/>. Thanks and enjoy the holidays!!)...more

deer oh dear!

Apologies to my vegetarian readership, but you may as well stop here (fair warning) and wait until next week. If you know me at all, you know I do try to write for everyone, but sometimes a girl just has to have meat!You see, it is (or recently was, I’m not sure) hunting season here in central Texas, and this year my neighbor’s boy (as they say in these parts, meaning the son of my neighbor) got two deer. Mmmm… I do love venison!I heard that he’d had a good hunt......more

as promised...

I haven’t forgotten that I promised you that galette recipe. I’m good to my word, and happy to share. It turned out pretty, I think, and (she added modestly) it tasted great.Now understand, you don’t have to have a melon baller to make this, it just makes coring the apples a little easier. It probably isn’t easier if you decide to buy your melon baller on the opening day of the new huge blue Scandinavian home furnishings box store, a day that just happens to coincide... ...more

mmmmm, thanks!!

I want to take a moment to thank all my friends who have shared recipes (knowingly or not) with me this year. Some of you know who you are… I sat at your table and tried not to drool as I begged for the recipe for whatever délice you were featuring. Mmmm… many thanks for feeding me and for sharing!Others have no idea what inspiration I got from their blogs, cookbooks and cooking “apps”, magazine articles, or just walking past their restaurants or bakeries or… you get the idea. Mmmm, indeed! ...more
If you make it be sure to let us know!~ Remember, cranberries aren't *just* for Thanksgiving! ...more

why oh why??

Last weekend was the Texas Book Festival. I hadn't been for a few years, but the programming was so enticing and the weather was perfect for being outdoors, I really had no choice. I could have spent all day Saturday and Sunday, cloned myself, and still not heard all the speakers and panels I wanted to!One highlight was watching Lynne Rosetto Kasper craft three salads (in about 30 minutes total!) from How to Eat Weekends......more

why oh why??

Last weekend was the Texas Book Festival</a>. I hadn't been for a few years, but the programming was so enticing and the weather was perfect for being outdoors, I really had no choice. I could have spent all day Saturday and Sunday, cloned myself, and still not heard all the speakers and panels I wanted to!One highlight was watching Lynne Rosetto Kasper craft three salads (in about 30 minutes total!) from How to Eat Weekends......more

take a leek...

I requested the recipe for that mustard soup, but never heard back. Believe me, it is not always easy to recreate a recipe, especially one that you’re only enjoyed once. Still, I think this is fairly close to the original, in flavor and intent if not in specifics....more