It’s almost the fourth of July weekend and we’ve rounded up some delicious recipes the whole family will enjoy. Menu planning for holiday parties can be difficult sometimes with the hustle and bustle of life. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! [Read more...]
Summer is officially here, according to the calendar. But, I think we have been in summer mode for a while here in Texas. It has been hot-hot-hot with little rain. Except for last night when I woke up in the middle of the night to hear loud claps of thunder. That was certainly a nice surprise! Because of the intense heat, it has been easier for me to not be tempted to go play outside, and to stay inside and work on my thesis. [Read more...]
It’s officially grilling season here in Austin, Texas. Yesterday, it reached a 100 degrees in some parts of Austin. I can’t believe it is already that time of year again…super intense heat day after day, and the only way to stay cool is if you are in some sort of water. Even the shade doesn’t help. Luckily, Chris and I are going on Lake Travis this weekend for Memorial Day. Lounging on floats on the lake is one of our favorite things to do, especially surrounded by good friends we have not seen in a while. It’s going to be a [Read more...]
This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place white fish (I used Tilapia this time) in a small casserole dish. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of fish. Place fresh thyme leaves throughout. Slice a couple rounds of compound butter, place on top of fish, and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until fish is flaky. Serve over raw carrot and parsley salad.
Hello swimsuit season! We are trying to keep it somewhat light around here; especially with the amount of baking we have been doing!
Stay tuned for some great posts this month including: a new segment of ATX Gluten-Free News, a Gluten-Free Ratio Rally recipe (I joined!), and giveaways from Free From Gluten, Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free and Elana’s Pantry.
I am no way near to being a full-blown vegetarian, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy eating meatless meals every now and then. Lately, Chris and I have been eating meatless at least once a week. It’s a chance for our bodies to slow down and savor the flavor of just vegetables, without big hunks of meat getting in the way. Maybe I will make the switch to vegan one day, who knows. I certainly feel great when I eat a healthy diet of whole foods with less meat products.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I never use my crock pot enough. Every time I prepare a meal in the crock pot, it makes me question why I don’t use it more often. This recipe is really simple. [Read more...]
Looking for a healthy snack that satisfies your sweet tooth? Look no further than these delicate cinnamon-sugar kale chips. As you all know, kale chips have become quite popular over the past couple years. I still make them all the time. I haven’t gotten sick of them yet. I am in my last semester of graduate school right now (yay!) so I am always on the look out for something I can snack on while I study. Normally that little afternoon snack is something salty, but this time I went to the sweet side. I love the way the subtle flavor of the palm sugar really shines with the coconut oil and the touch of nutmeg. It’s definitely a keeper. [Read more...]
What sets this pasta dish apart from others? The obscene amount of bacon (and Grand Marnier). Hey, I’m not complaining one bit. I could put bacon in my coffee if I really wanted too. Speaking of bacon in coffee, that has been done before. Remember the bacon latte at Lift Cafe? I never tried it because I feared I would love it so much that I would want to bathe in it. Seriously. [Read more...]
Often times, things get so busy around here that we do not leave enough time to cook dinner. Or we become lazy after a long work day and pack up to head to the nearest Tex-Mex joint in Austin. This is the beauty of crock pots. You literally just throw everything in the pot, forget about it for several hours; then come home to a house that smells amazing and dinner is finished, with minimal effort. This crock pot wonder is called Cheeseburger Chili. It does not have the traditional cheeseburger ingredients, but it taste like one. I promise. Your taste buds (and waistline) will thank you for this healthier option. [Read more...]
What’s my secret to spicing up sauces, steaks, vegetables, fish and more? Compound butter. Compound butter is a great way to add an extra layer of flavor to a dish. It’s basically a fancy term for adding herbs, zests or anything with flavor to plain old butter. They are easy to make and the possibility of ingredient combinations are endless. My favorite way to use compound butter is with proteins. I’ll saute shrimp and fish with this orange-jalapeño butter or drizzle melted lemon-parsley-thyme butter on steaks and chicken.