Confections of a Foodie Bride

She is a former bakery brat and a retired large account Project Manager from the tech industry (or maybe she's just on hiatus - she hasn't really decided yet). Her emergency kit includes a boxed cake mix and a box of shells & cheese. By day she manages investment properties, gets her butt kicked by a toddler, wears a light dusting of flour, and is constantly searching for AA batteries that don’t need to be recharged. By (ridiculously late) night, she publishes Confections of a Foodie Bride and The Brewer & The Baker, wields a mean plasma grenade, and speed-watches DVRed General Hospital.

Composting for Your Vegetable Garden

Let’s talk about decaying organic material. Yum, right? Whether you’re just now thinking about how to prep last year’s beds for the new season or you’re thinking about fertilizing your existing garden, you’re really thinking about composting ....more

Sweet & Spicy Salmon Tacos with Mango-Cucumber Salsa

There are 8 words – 8! – in that title so by the standards of internet food, you can be certain of one of two things: it’s either complete and utter garbage or it’s totally amazing. And since we have eaten it 3 times in the last 2 weeks, I probably don’t have to convince you that it’s not complete and utter garbage ....more

Asparagus Carbonara

That bowl of creamy, carby heaven is the fat-pants counterpart to the zucchini noodle recipe that I posted last week. It’s our favorite carbonara recipe, slimmed down, and then bulked up with a bunch of asparagus. When the first wave of spring asparagus hit the market at .98/lb, I hoarded stocked up ....more

Garden Fridays: Better Late Than Never

I am borderline maniacal about starting my spring garden as early as possible. I’m typically standing at my backdoor, tomato seedlings in hand, waiting on that magical last frost date of mid-February. And because I’m a native Texan, I know that what “last frost date” really means is that we’ll get two near-hard freezes over the next 4 weeks – one guaranteed during spring break because Mother Nature is a punk – and then stuff like this happens ....more

Chili and Citrus-Roasted Broccoli

I have 3 cups of crushed red pepper in my pantry. We have had such amazing production the last few years from our pepper plants that I’ve not only made my own crushed red pepper, but I’ve also made my own chili oil (and I’ll show you that soon). I will absolutely guaran-darn-tee you – once you do either yourself, you will never ever ever go back to the orange sawdust on the spice aisle again ....more

Asparagus and Zucchini Noodle Carbonara

I got your green food right here. And bonus, it’s coated in a sauce of parmesan, black pepper, and just a leeeettle bacon grease – just the way God intended fake pasta to be. If there’s one thing we take seriously around here, it’s margaritas ....more

Asparagus and Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken

So I cooked dinner. For like the 3rd time in a month. And I felt like it was kind of a big step ....more

Zoodles & Cheese with Ham and Peas

Hi. My name is Shawnda and I have the blahs. Can I just put out my Halloween lights (I take back every bad thing I ever said about the suburbs) and start watching Nightmare Before Christmas over and over again? ...more

Salmon & Avocado BLT Bowl

It’s not a low-rung college football game… but rest assured, if I ever stumble onto an orchard of money trees, I shall make it happen. The SABLTZ is what you get when you cook a Open-Face Salmon & Avocado BLT for your family, but you’re EightySevenPercenting a Whole30 (long live goat cheese and yogurt!) and you don’t eat bread. This can present problems but I’ve found that the quickest solution to most of those problems is also the simplest: Just put it over a bowl of zucchini noodles ....more

Open-Faced Salmon & Avocado BLTs

There’s absolutely nothing – and I mean nothing – wrong with the traditional BLT: smooshy preservative-laden white bread, mayo (actually, this is the one place I want Miracle Whip), tomatoes, ice berg lettuce, and copious amounts of crispy bacon and black pepper. Perfection. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try to make it better ....more