Disney Dinners: Coco

A Mexican menu served at a day of the dead festival Is there a more perfect Disney Dinners theme for October than Coco? The movie celebrates Mexican culture so beautifully and explains what makes Dia De Los Muertos so important. It’s visually beautiful with its vibrant colors and abundance of flowers and will keep you…

Homemade Guacamole

It’s the simple things in life you treasure. That’s one of my favorite quotes from the Tim Allen gem Galaxy Quest and so applicable in the kitchen. There are so many ways you could customize this guacamole recipe, but I love to let the flavors shine through. Photography by Darling Photography  You can use a pastry…

Strawberry Margaritas

I’m going to level with you here: this is the first time I’ve used my margaritas glasses for margaritas. I most often use them for fruit and yogurt at brunch. I’m just not a margarita person in general. I’d way rather have rum than tequila but I was determined to serve a delicious tequila cocktail…

Pork Carnitas

If you’re looking for a delicious, inexpensive way to feed a crowd, you’ve come to the right place. My pork carnitas perfume the house all day and easily serves ten. Photography by Darling Photography  You’ll want a bone-in pork shoulder for this, about four pounds. The bone gives it extra flavor and the meat falls…

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Are you ever stumped on what to serve with Mexican food? I take no credit for this. This is my mom’s recipe, a dish she’s honed over years and years of serving Tex-Mex and Mexican food. (She is not Texan but she adapted quickly.) It’s the perfect complement to an array of Mexican dishes and…

Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Tres Leches

I find tres leches to be a little boring flavor-wise so I upped the flavor game with Mexican vanilla bean and cinnamon whipped cream. You’ll never go back to another tres leches once you’ve had a bite of this! Photography by Darling Photography  Tres leches is a Mexican milk cake. It’s a basic 9×13 yellow…

Fall Dinner at the Farm

A make-ahead fall menu served next to my horses Happily ever after starts now. It has long been my dream to host dinner parties with my horses and my Friesian mare Wendy was 110% into it. Her cute little head was peering out of her window almost the entire evening! It was so fun for…

The Best Spinach Salad

Bacon and dates and pumpkin seeds, oh my! This is one of the best salads I’ve ever made. Spinach, sweet dates, crispy bacon, pumpkin seeds, and mushrooms, and gruyere are tossed with a homemade red wine vinaigrette for a beautiful combination. I was so pleased that I honestly could have had a slightly larger size with…

Chilled Butternut Squash Salad with Crispy Sage

Fall flavors that travel well for outdoor dining! It was 90 degrees when I hosted my Fall Dinner at the Farm and I was so, so glad that I chose a chilled menu to serve outside. Texans and Southerns alike know the struggle of wanting fall when it’s still blazing hot outside. This is a great…

Caramel Apple Cake

An easy apple cake with caramel icing I don’t make a lot of sheet cakes because I love the drama of a tiered cake but for this I make an exception. I bake this cake every fall and start looking forward to it on Independence Day! If you’ve never made an apple cake before, you’re…