Dry Cured Pork Belly Carbonara

Dry Cured Pork Belly Carbonara

Over the past several weeks, Austin has experienced some exceptionally strange weather, as have many parts of the country. As the nonstop rain continues to saturate the thirsty earth, it also bestows a diminished sense of urgency for all of my normal to-dos in what would be a very chaotic month. When the weather is bleak, home becomes more of a place of refuge and rest. This pasta carbonara is the ideal dish to feed the soul on a cozy spring day like today. … 

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Berries with Lavender + Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

lavender vanilla bean whipped creamHappy almost Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there! If you’re still pondering a menu to whip up for your mother on her day, think about adding a sweet finish to the meal with this ethereal lavender + vanilla bean whipped cream. Or, start her day off on a sweet note and dollop it over some fluffy buttermilk pancakes and fresh berries. No one deserves some special treatment more than a mother…. 

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Southwestern Stuffed Avocados with Lime Cilantro Crema

southwestern stuffed avocado

Dear foodie followers/friends,

How is everyone? I thought I would try something different by writing a post in letter format. Letter writing is such a sacred yet dissipating art and it’s a sad shame. There is a strange paradox that even in this ever-expanding blogosphere and social media realm where you can plug in anytime, anywhere with anyone, that authentic relationships and soul-hugging conversation seem more precious and difficult to come by…. 

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Pecan and Pepita-Crusted Fish

Pecan and Pepita-Crusted Fish

I don’t know about you, but a little part of me is relieved that the last sugar-centric holiday (for a while) has come and gone. Love you Christmas, love you Valentine’s Day, but I’m ready to truly reset and be kind to my body with what I put into it. While I am not a fan of the detox-retox cycle (aka being “bad” then being “good”) as it is incredibly guilt-inducing, I think it’s always an opportune time to include more healthy recipes to your menu rotation. That way, we eliminate the guesswork from the eternal question “what’s for dinner?” and minimize the chances of making unhealthy choices. … 

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Dark Chocolate Balsamic Roasted Pears

dark chocolate balsamic roasted pears

Feliz February, friends! With Valentine’s day right around the corner, I thought I would share a super simple dessert that is as healthy as it is nutritious (well, sans the ice cream..but really, who’s guna leave that out?). These dark chocolate balsamic roasted pears truly hit all corners of the palate. The rich, tangy dark chocolate balsamic vinegar* infuses the fruit with a sumptuous depth of flavor. When spooned over your favorite ice cream (I am a sucker for Lick’s Caramel Salt Lick flavor) and topped with salty pepitas, this dessert is some serious melt-in-your mouth perfection. You won’t even miss all the fat and calories. Enjoy!… 

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