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My Grandfather, and Our Love for Julia

I spent a few hours this morning relaxing after a week full of surprises, challenges, and time spent with some of my absolute favorite women in this world.  I chose to watch Julie & Julia again, as it has been many months since I had done so.  I have to admit that I prefer the… Continue reading My Grandfather, and Our Love for Julia

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Couscous: Where Have You Been All My Life?

I was doing some research for an article about  this week, and as I dug in to the internet and some of my cookbooks, I got more interested in all sorts of North African food.  I made a soup called lablabi, which is a chickpea soup that is poured over a bowl of sourdough bread… Continue reading Couscous: Where Have You Been All My Life?

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Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

For my birthday every year my friend Crystal gives me a big chunk of gouda. She knows it’s one of my favorite cheeses!  It has such a mild, nutty flavor and creamy texture that I just can’t get enough of it. One of my favorite comfort foods is the simple grilled cheese sandwich.  What’s not… Continue reading Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Cooking Basics: Making Your Own Pizza Sauce and Crust

There are some foods that are as close to an adult’s heart as a scruffy-soft teddy bear is to a three-year-old’s.  These are foods that we love so much we’ll eat them cold or hot, morning or night, homemade or chef-prepared.  These  are not necessarily “health foods” for most of us; they’re often very high… Continue reading Cooking Basics: Making Your Own Pizza Sauce and Crust

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Chunky Valentine Blondies on KLTV

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day, friends!  I had the blessing of being invited by Grant Dade, morning meteorologist at KLTV7 in Tyler and who is a great cook, too, to join him on his weekly “Cooking Up a Storm” segment today.  I gladly accepted the invitation, and decided to make something fun for Valentine’s Day to… Continue reading Chunky Valentine Blondies on KLTV

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Raw Veggies on the Sly (aka Fight Free Rads and Be Happy About It, Kids)

My three sons are fairly healthy eaters, believe it or not.  I buy oranges, and they’ll eat them. I’ll buy apples, they’ll crunch them.  I bring home grapes, they’ll devour them within a half hour. However, I have yet to see them really enjoy snacking on celery sticks, let’s say, or raw carrots, or any… Continue reading Raw Veggies on the Sly (aka Fight Free Rads and Be Happy About It, Kids)

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Geaux Get a Snack: Cajun-Spiced Toasted Garbanzo Beans

Everyone is snacking like crazy today for the Super Bowl, and it’s so much fun to think of something new to try to add to the usual line-up of nachos, chili, and buffalo wings.  I found something that would be appreciated for healthier eaters, or for any vegetarians at your gathering: Spicy Baked Chickpeas (also… Continue reading Geaux Get a Snack: Cajun-Spiced Toasted Garbanzo Beans