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How to Make Pot Stickers

How to Make Pot Stickers

We love us some pot stickers. It’s pretty much guaranteed that we’ll order at least one plate of them when we eat out if they’re on the [...]

Marinated Mushrooms

Marinated Mushrooms

There's this cute Italian restaurant we really enjoy in downtown Austin called Sagra. One of the dishes we like so much is their Piatto Sagra, a cured meat and cheese platter which has all sorts of delicious cured Italian meats and cheeses. The platter is quite fancy -- it also comes with their homemade strawberry [...]

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Kalamata Olive Tapenade

I know I say this a lot, but this recipe is super easy.  I really mean it, too. All you have to do for this Kalamata Tapenade is place the ingredients in the food processor, press pulse and then drizzle in some olive oil. See?  Super.  Easy. If you've never tried a tapenade, it's a [...]

baked-potato-skins

Baked Potato Skins

Aren't potato skins yummy? Right?  I think so, too. So, I decided to make some at home! These tasty little buggers are surprisingly easy.  I even microwaved the potatoes to cook them faster than baking them in the oven. I usually like to throw some (okay, a lot of) sour cream and sliced green onions, [...]

Homemade Pimento Cheese Spread

Homemade Pimento Cheese Spread

Dustin and I have quickly fallen in love with this restaurant in Southwest Austin called Jack Allen's Kitchen. They have an awesome restaurant design, menu and concept and their food is really great.  They also have a Sunday buffet every week that is just amazing. But I digress. Our favorite appetizer at Jack Allen's is [...]

The-Perfect-Guacamole

The Perfect Guacamole

Guacamole can be one of life's most wonderful foods. All it takes to make The Perfect Guacamole is a few fresh ingredients and some simple guidelines. Let's discuss the options, shall we? 1. Chunky or Smooth?  How do you like your guacamole? I like my avocados on the smoother side and to get the chunkiness [...]

Hummus

Hummus

Guess what???  My cookbook will be released to my newsletter subscribers tomorrow so be sure to sign up now to get your discount! ----------------------------------------------------------- You knew it was coming... I couldn't leave you without a tasty Hummus recipe after posting my Baked Pita Chips last week. Few. Now all is right with the world again.  [...]

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How to Make Egg Rolls

I know I often complain about share my annoyance with good food gone bad... ...like when restaurants mess up fried rice, breakfast burritos, pork chops or overcook fish (Wait -- I haven't complained about the fish yet? -- give it time). Well, for me, egg rolls should be added to this (ever-growing) list.  Too often, [...]

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Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms

Since Dustin and I have been together, he has shared how much he loves stuffed mushrooms. Whenever we go to a new Italian restaurant, he eagerly checks the menu to see if they have stuffed mushrooms.  It's actually pretty cute -- how excited he gets when he sees the restaurant has them.   He mentions, nonchalantly, [...]

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I love water chestnuts. There, I've said it. Heehee. If you share my love, you'll probably really enjoy these chicken lettuce wraps. I combined ground chicken, chopped water chestnuts (yum!), garlic (of course!) and some other goodies, like hoisin sauce, fresh ginger and sesame oil. My original intention was to recreate the chicken lettuce wraps [...]

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