gour·mand 1: one who is excessively fond of eating

2: one who is heartily interested in good food and drink

Greeña Colada Smoothie

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Libations, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian | 0 comments

greeña colada smoothie

Right now, as I await my connecting flight back to Texas in the frigid, stale airport air, I can’t help but reminisce on warm memories of the fun-filled, long weekend I just spent with my best friend in sunny Florida. The past five days were a little slice of heaven to my soul. We took long walks down the powder-white sand beaches, swam in the cool azure waters, tasted our way through some fantastic restaurants and just enjoyed one another’s company.

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Green Bean, Tomato, and Turkey Sausage Orzo Salad

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Main Course, Salads and Soups | 0 comments

Green Bean, Tomato, and Turkey Sausage Farro Salad

I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of one dish meals when cooking at home. They are fuss-free, require minimal preparation, and can easily feed a crowd (or a family of 2 for a few meals.) When you have seasonal, jewel-toned produce like these crisp green beans, succulent red tomatoes, and vibrant purple basil, you don’t need much else; the ingredients do the work for you. The cook’s job is to accentuate their natural beauty, so to speak. No need to break your back over a soufflé or distort lovely ingredients into crazy gastronomical experiments (unless that’s what you want!) Keep it simple. You won’t sacrifice any of the flavor; I guarantee it.

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Lavender, Honey, and Goat Cheese Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Appetizers, Main Course, Recipes | 0 comments

lavender honey and goat cheese stuffed zucchini blossoms Holy crispy-sweet-savory-tangy-fried goodness, y’all. Sometimes, there is really no way to avoid frying something. I racked my brain and used up every last drop of creative juice I had in efforts to create a healthy, yet delicious recipe with these delicate, amber flowers. While I came up with some decent recipes, I came to realize that squash blossoms are one of those ingredients that are simply meant to be stuffed and fried. I would be doing them a disservice if I tried to cut them up and disguise them in some salad or pasta. So why mess with a good thing? Especially a good thing that only graces our farmer’s markets (or neighbors garden!)  for a short window in the summertime. So go ahead.  Fry some of these up, pop open a bottle of crisp, cold rose, and savor a warm, summer evening with someone you love.  ¡Buen provecho!

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A Taste of Austin: Noble Sandwich Co.

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Austin | 0 comments

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Meal: Breakfast or Lunch

Type of Food: Down-Home Sandwich Heaven

Who to Bring: Friends, Family, Kids…there’s something for everyone

Other Info: 2 locations   http://noblesandwiches.com/

Food: green   Ambiance:  yellow  Service: yellow  Price: green

 

Last week, in the most inopportune of circumstances, as sweat dripped down my face in the middle of a yoga class, I unexpectedly eyed Noble Sandwich Co. across the street on Burnet Road. I had been dying to try this place out ever since a friend recommended it a few months back, and finally, there it was right in front of me! At that moment, I believe I had to exercise every ounce of self-restraint to not instantly b-line it out of my headstand and into what I have heard many refer to as “Sandwich Heaven.” So, like the good girl I am, I went home, showered, and drove back as fast as I could to completely undo my entire 90 minute workout. And it was so worth it. 

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Pimentón Potato Salad

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Gluten-Free, On the Side, Recipes, Vegan | 0 comments

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Can you believe it’s July already?! With the holiday weekend right around the corner, I’ve been dreaming up some healthy twists on classic summer dishes that evoke all things America. This “Paprika Potato Salad” is a lightened up version that features Spanish-smoked paprika (aka pimentón) as the star ingredient. It’s the perfect complement to almost any grilled meat, bbq, sandwich, salad, ok- just about anything! However, being more of a potato salad purist, I tend to prefer it all by itself, right out of the container, and I’m not the only one…

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Clericó (Sangria Blanca)

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Libations | 0 comments

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My best friend’s grandmother, “Oma,” has been an inspiration to me ever since I can remember. Argentinian-born and raised, German-married, yet Texan to the core, Oma is one of those women you can sit and talk to for hours on end without so much as a glance towards the clock. Her breadth of multicultural experiences interlaced with genuine warmth, compassion, and an extremely sharp “wit” (hmm coincidence that “Wit” is her last name? I think not. ) are ingredients for a truly amazing woman, and some inevitably fascinating stories to boot.

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A Taste of Austin: Turf ‘N Surf Po Boy

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Austin | 0 comments

Turf N Surf lobster roll

Meal: Lunch or Dinner

Type of Food: Cajun-inspired seafood

Who to Bring: Anyone who loves seafood

Food: green       Ambiance: yellow     Service:   green      Price:     green

We Austinites agree on a lot. We agree that our city is the best in Texas (just, don’t move here :-) ), that our traffic is the worst in Texas (ugh), and that our food scene is seriously lacking in terms of fresh, affordable seafood. Of course there are lovely, seafood-centered, New England-inspired gems such as Perla’s on South Congress and her more reasonably priced “little brother,” Clarke’s Oyster Bar on West 6th, and then there’s always Eddie V’s. All are exceptional fine dining experiences and well worth a visit. However, if you happen to have a hankering, let’s say, for some wildly fresh fish on your Tuesday lunch break, you’re stomach and your wallet are plain out of luck. Well–used to be plain out of luck.

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