Vegetarian

 
Cowgirl Blue Cornmeal Muffins

Blackberry Blue Cornmeal Muffins -
Years ago, as the food editor for Cottage Living magazine, we featured a story on Austin’s Liz Lambert, creator of the Hotel San José and El Cosmico in Marfa, among other unique and ultra hip places to lodge.  The recipes were…

Bean Chili

Bean Chili -
One of winter’s great culinary offerings are long, cold days, meant for warming drinks and easy cooking.  The best kind is putting in a little work on the front end and letting the pot and stove do their magic. I’m…

Meatless Monday: Romesco Sauce with Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Vegetables with Romesco Sauce -
I’ve been making variations of Spanish Romesco—a deeply flavorful nut-and-red pepper-sauce from Catalonia—for years, after tasting a version at Chef Adolfo Garcia’s Restaurant Riomar in New Orleans. The smoky piquillo pepper-based sauce was paired with rare yellowfin tuna and a…

Fresh Fava Beans

Fresh Fava Beans -
One of my favorite early signs of spring are the lovely pale green curves of fresh fava beans.  It takes a good pound of shell-on fresh favas to serve one person so plan on buying a few pounds.  You’ll need…

Thanksgiving Plates

Thanksgiving Plates -
Roast turkey and gravy are usually the star for the big Thanksgiving meal but a little love on the side can come from the equally stellar supporting players.  On this plate of Roast Turkey with Pancetta and Prunes (lovingly styled…

Carrot Love

Carrot-Top Walnut Pesto -
Roasted Carrots. Burrata. Carrot Tops Carrots, in all their glory, are in season and I love them in so many ways–crunched out of hand, roasted to sweet perfection, or whizzed up into a purée.  Lately, I’ve had such a love affair…

Fresh (Lightly) Creamed Spinach

Fresh Creamed spinach -
I love a good creamed spinach, steak house-style, but after eating a nice (steak-house portion), I don’t always feel that great. At home, I make this lightened-up version with sautéed fresh organic baby spinach.  And for tang and creaminess, I…

Sour Cream Pumpkin Pancakes

Sour Cream Pumpkin Pancakes -
Even after I’ve fed a crowd of twenty or so (like this past Thanksgiving) and packed up goodie bags for all my guests, I still seem to have an abundance of food, including those wayward bits and pieces that don’t…

Recipe from A Mouthful of Stars: Avocado Papaya Salad

Avocado Papaya Salad -
This salad is a combination of Caribbean influences and Mexican flavors inspired from my travels to both places. Creamy avocado and papaya come to life with fresh lime juice and the crunch of jícama. Sometimes I substitute a large Korean/Asian…