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

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

Mediterranean Turkey Stuffed Portabellos

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Appetizers, Main Course | 0 comments

Mediterranean Turkey Stuffed Portabellos

Happy new year, foodie friends! I hope you’re feeling rejuvenated and ready for all that 2015 holds. While I believe it’s important to consciously maintain a healthy lifestyle (spiritual, physical, emotional, relational) throughout the entire year, the start of a new year is an ideal oppurtunity to refocus on what fills you and eliminate what drains you.

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Korean Meatballs

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Appetizers | 0 comments

korean meatballsHappy almost 2015! I hope you find yourself exactly where you’d like to be as you ring in the brand new year. For me, that’s at home with my husband, having a “fancy night in” with aromatic cioppino (seafood stew) simmering away on the stove, snuggling up to old movies with a glass of bubbly in hand, and warmly reminiscing upon memories of the past year.  As 2014 comes to a close, I’d like to leave you with a recipe for one of my favorite appetizers, Gochujang-glazed meatballs. Gochujang is a savory Korean condiment composed primarily of red chiles. Its smokey, umami flavor is so addicting that I’m sure it won’t be the last time you use it. Get creative with it! What do you have to loose?

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 in Recipes, Sweets | 0 comments

red velvet crinkle cookies

Merry Christmas to you and yours! I hope your holiday is full of love, laughter, great food and fellowship, and celebrating the reason for the season. Jesus Christ is born! Buen provecho, y’all!

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Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in Main Course, Recipes | 2 comments

redwineshortribs

I simply can’t believe the holiday season is already upon us. The twinkle lights are strung, the Christmas shopping is well under way (or, if you’re like me, then it’s really just begun), and children are delightedly cutting out snowflakes (my classroom looks like an enchanted paper snowstorm just blew through), decorating gingerbread houses, and carefully formulating their letters to Santa. As Charles Dickens put it, “It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”

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Pozole Rojo

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Gluten-Free, Salads and Soups | Comments Off

Pozole Rojo

There is something about the Mexican culture that simply warms you from the inside out. Their passion, resilience, festive spirit, and genuine calidez are traits that are indisputably unique to the Mexican people, and have been the subject of my cultural envy (and subsequent adoption) for several years now. Of course, I take great pride in my own culture, which is a combination of German, Native American, and Welsh (and I’m probably leaving a few out). However, my closest relative that most recently immigrated to the US was my great grandfather who traveled aboard the George Washington steam liner from Germany to Ellis Island in 1921. Apart from my German roots, I have the tendency to feel devoid of a  (or perhaps just far removed from) true culture.

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Pumpkin French Toast with Bacon Maple Syrup

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Breakfast, Sweets | 0 comments

Pumpkin french toast with bacon maple syrup

The easy thing for me to do right now would be to talk about fall,  cooler weather, leaves changing, and all things pumpkin- including this delicious french toast. I think I talked about all of those trite (yet wonderful) fall topics in my half-hearted blog post last week.  I get it though.  If anyone is guilty of breaking out the boots before the temperatures have even dipped into the 70s, it’s me.  Autumn is my favorite season. However, I feel like there are much bigger things going on in the world than my pumpkin spice latte or who won the football game yesterday. In my heart of hearts, when I write about those things, I feel a searing jab in my soul. It’s like when the nun in Madeleine starts singing “something is not right.” Kind of? (Oh man, my points of reference are becoming a dead giveaway for my profession!)

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Chocolate, Coconut and Peanut Butter Energy Truffles

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Chocolate, Coconut and Peanut Butter Energy Truffles

You can already taste the excitement in the air for one (now two) of Austin’s most beloved weekends, ACL fest. It’s a sweet time of year when the weather starts to cool if we’re lucky, and when renowned and latent musical talent reverberates throughout the city on a gargantuan scale, whether you like it or not. As an Austin native, ACL certainly holds a special place in my heart. However, my concert-culture has “shifted” over the years, to put it nicely. Nowadays, as opposed to my 17 or 18 year-old, dare I say impetuous self, I like to think I’m a little more practical when it comes to, well, most things, especially food things.

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