Dolmades

I truly could eat dolmades every day. This fun Greek dish can be eaten warm as an appetizer with some of the pan juices spooned on top, room temperature, and even cold straight out of the fridge. They’re delicious with freshly squeezed lemon or tzatziki sauce and are perfect for a mezze platter. I ate…

Village Salad (Greek Salad)

In America, this is called a Greek Salad but in Greece it’s called a Village Salad. No matter what you call it, this is a fantastic (and healthy!) staple in my house. I can’t even count how many times I’ve eaten this for lunch. I’ve never posted this “recipe” because I never measure when I…

Greek Frappe

Whipped coffee is all the rage right now but the Greeks have been doing it long before it was trendy. Here’s how to make a Greek Frappe. Note: if you don’t have a frother, you can shake the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker until thick and creamy, then transfer to a glass and…

Barranca and BBQ

Barranca and BBQ: a match made in heaven. My friends at Kuhlman Cellars have long told me that this is a divine pairing but I hadn’t tried it for myself until tonight when I tucked into some local east Texas BBQ. I can now report that this pairing is a spiritual experience. I was blown…

Earth Angel Rose

To plant a garden is to believe in the future. Meet my new obsession: Earth Angel. I’m besotted with this dreamy floribunda rose from Jackson and Perkins! The fluffy, peony-like blooms smell like heaven on earth. However wonderful you think this rose smells, I promise you it smells even better. The antique rose scent isn’t…

Mango Salsa

Mango salsa is delicious in tacos, on grilled chicken, tossed in a rice bowl, or in a shrimp foil packet…the possibilities are endless! It’s an instant vacation. I hope you love this as much as I do to jazz up a variety of dishes! Mango Salsa 1 large mango 1/2 jalapeno 2 Tbsp diced red…

Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

This is the perfect fish taco. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s crunchy and oh man is it good on homemade tortillas! I can’t believe how many of you have made tortillas since I posted that recipe just a week ago. Aren’t they simple? You could of course use store bought here but it’s so much more fun…

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

This homemade ice cream is unbelievably creamy. I used to think that making a custard-based ice cream was too tedious but actually, it takes about ten minutes of active prep time. It’s much easier than it sounds! I highly recommend making the custard base in the morning so it has time to chill, churn, and freeze…

Beef Stew

I know I’ve said this a million times, but I really am just a simple Irish lass at heart. I could eat a hearty potato dish pretty much every night of the week. I got the most incredible beef from Organic 5-2 Farms and was inspired to make a traditional beef stew, with direction from…

Homemade Reese’s

Peanut butter lovers, this one’s for you! Here’s how to make homemade Reese’s, delightful chocolate-covered peanut butter bars. The dough comes together quickly for this no-bake dessert, making this is a fun treat to make all summer long when you don’t want to turn on the oven. You could shape these into eggs, Christmas trees,…

Crockpot Fajita Shredded Chicken

This recipe is so simple. The crockpot does all of the work! Just throw everything in the crockpot in the morning, forget about it all day, shred the chicken and boom, you’ve got perfect taco meat. Bonus: Get my homemade tortilla recipe here. I came up with this recipe last night using what I happened to…

How to Make Tortillas

What does a Texan do when she doesn’t want to go to the store to get tortillas? She makes her own! Mexican food (and TexMex of course) is part of the culture here in Texas. If I leave the state for even twenty-four hours, I have to go out for Mexican food as soon as I return….