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Pinterest Cooks: Coconut Mango Mojito

April 16, 2014

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Each spring or summer, I try to find one, great drink that will become the signature drink for that beach season. Last year, it was the Painkiller. Last week, I finally stumbled across it – and it is GLORIOUS. Jessica of How Sweet It Is created the Coconut Mango Mojito that I found on Pinterest. […]

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Pinterest Cooks: Pavlova

April 8, 2014

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Is there anything better than a girls’ lunch with friends you haven’t seen in awhile? Very little. This afternoon I got to catch up with some old friends and neighbors and, because it was such a legitimately beautiful spring day, I decided this lunch needed an extraordinary (but easy) salad, a crisp white wine, and […]

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Getting Back to Life – and a Painkiller Cocktail

July 1, 2013

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I just got back from a few days at the beach. It was the first “away” time in probably more than six months – and the most activity I’ve done in about the same amount of time. (And by “activity”, I mean being in an actual pool, walking on a beach, sitting in an occasional […]

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Pinterest Cooks: Burrata with Sauteed Tomatoes, White Wine, and Garlic

June 24, 2013

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cooking with burrata

There are a lot of people who celebrate the return of peonies when June arrives. Truth be told, so do I, but there is something I look forward to more: tomatoes.  More appropriately, the mixture of tomatoes eaten near water. It’s hard to eat warm food when it’s hot outside. It just is. Around this […]

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Cocktail Party Delusions (Or, How to Stock a Great Bar)

January 29, 2013


planning a cocktail party, what liquors to have for a cocktail party, what liquors to have for a bar

The other night I posted this on Facebook: And it’s true: I’ve lost my mind. This whole selling the house slash living simply ordeal is WEARING ON ME, PEOPLE. So in an attempt to offset the stress of wondering when things will finally get off the ground and get moving, I decided to picture myself […]

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Pinterest Cooks: Parmesan Polenta, Sauteed Swiss Chard and Onions + Fried Egg

December 19, 2012

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winter comfort food

Even though it is allegedly winter (I’m not 100% sure, I live in Houston) and my tastes have shifted to slightly heartier fare, I have been inspired by my friend, Felicia at, to investigate and be romanced by The Green. It’s easy to make a salad, but her religion of kale has begun to […]

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Pinterest Cooks: Crock Pot Mongolian Beef

November 6, 2012


For a good year now I’ve been quietly peeking at crock pot recipes. I’ve browsed the appliance aisle at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I’ve inquired to friends on Twitter and Facebook what, exactly, do you do with this thing?  I’ve resisted it for a few reasons: 1. Most of the recipes I’ve seen are so […]

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Drunken Shrimp

July 24, 2012


There are so many iterations of Drunken Shrimp – and none of them please me. So here’s mine. Think of this as Drunken Shrimp a la Margarita Style. As it should be. For health and lifestyle choices I use all organic ingredients – and most especially wild-caught shrimp – but conventional products will work equally […]

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Pinterest Cooks: Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

June 13, 2012

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Image via Ballard Farmers Market I don’t know about you, but when the summer heat shows up my entire approach to eating changes. Red wine changes to only crisp, cold whites, I cannot eat enough shrimp and my salsas switch from red tomato-based to green tomatillo-based. Also I attempt to mainline guacamole. Tomatillos make some […]

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Pinterest Cooks: Grilled Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork

February 29, 2012


Thit Heo Nuong Xa

Images from Viet World Kitchen and Kokken 69 I will be the first to admit that I do not have enough Asian foods in my cooking repertoire. I will also openly admit a lot of it is because I am afraid of the wok. Something about the level of heat and Benjamin rushing into the […]

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