Italian Wedding Soup has nothing to do with weddings. Sad, but true.
You know I always pictured a chaotic, joyful wedding scene with people happily slurping up this particular soup. I figured there was some sort of symbolism in the ingredients. I had woven an intricate web of romantic possibilities around the recipe. And none of them are true. Not one.
It seems that the name comes from an Italian phrase, si sposono bene, which means that two things are well married; they go together well. It may have been served at a wedding or two but only because it is delicious, not because it is symbolic. Another fantasy lost. Continue reading
I don’t know how long onion dip has been around but I think it is a standard for any casual party, get together, or game night. You know the drill; buy the packet of dry onion soup, add sour cream and… VOILA!
Except as time went by we become more aware and concerned about chemical ingredients… additives… MSG.
I have happy, happy news for you. Continue reading
Sliders are a relatively new addiction for many people. Like cupcakes, dessert bites, and other amuse-bouche, the slider engages people with its diminutive size and the idea that anything that small must be free of calories and fat.
Whatever the reason, they are fun to serve and easy to make. Continue reading
You know how sometimes you just want to cook something easy that tastes awesome? Something you can put together without thinking and in no time at all?
These green beans are easy to put together and take about 3 minutes Continue reading
Once, when I was writing a cookbook for a publisher (who later cancelled the contract prior to publishing), an editor remarked with disdain that my food was Southwestern in its flavors and ingredients even when I was making something that was traditionally from another region.
Well DUH. It’s what I do. I love the flavors of the Southwest. I love the techniques and sauces of France, the freshness of Italian food but my heart belongs to Texas flavors and ingredients. That’s why in MY kitchen you will find a touch of chipotle in my chocolate mousse, pesto made with cilantro and pecans, and a variety of other fusions that often offend the prestigious palates of would be publishers. Continue reading
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