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Inspired Brunch – Gourmet at Home

Lately, my weekends have been filled with wonderful brunch dates.  My dear husband and I recently made the trek to Washington County for a three course extravaganza brunch at the Inn at Dos Brisas.  (Great food, even if each course was suspiciously similar to the one before.)  Last weekend, a dear friend and I ventured just around the corner to Cafe Bello for a less than stellar brunch before wandering downtown for one of my favorite weekend daytime cocktails – the clear spicy bloody mary served at The Grove. And, after all that dining out, I realized that I was really overdue for a nice brunch at home. Read More

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Love your Veggies: Romantic Dinner for Two

This gorgeous - and simply delicious - soup from Bon Appetite starts a romantic Valentine's Day meal off right!

My dear husband ascribes to the camp that believes Valentine’s Day is a selling technique developed by greeting card companies and white-linen table cloth restaurants to drum up revenue.  Maybe he’s right, but I’m the kind of girl that hangs glittered hearts on the door and homemade wax ones in the window.  None the less, thanks to his amazing home cooking and creative visions, my beloved is sure to make everyday a special day.

Inspired by a beautiful and delicious five-spice beet soup he whipped up two years ago for Valentine’s Day (celebrated safely out of the grasp of commercialism and overpriced roses at home), I have put together a romantic, vegetarian menu for two sure to make your sweetheart swoon.  Even better, it’s quick to make so you’ll have time to devote to that special someone.   Read More

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Jamaican Stew – Vegan Style

I’m so excited to share with you the first ever reader submission to T-Bones and Tofu.  I am posting this recipe as submitted with a big dose of gratitude to my friend – and reader – Jonathan Lee.  Jon sent me a text on one of our cold, wet Houston days a couple of weeks ago to share that he had made a big pot of Jamaican stew via a vegetarian adaptation of a family recipe.  The best part?  Jon’s not even vegetarian.  (But his brother is, so the part where we cook for those we love rings clear here.)  Read More

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Eat it now: Mushrooms for Healthy Eating

This mixed mushroom soup from 101 Cookbooks is sure to warm a winter night - and is a healthy choice.

Mushrooms hold a special place in my diet and in my food curiosity.  I’m sure, on occasion, you too have pondered how certain plants came into the diet of mankind.  Mushrooms pose a particular curiosity for me, as so many are toxic.  I imagine it must have taken just a few particularly delicious edible varieties to spur our predecessors into prizing the food and, ultimately, commercially farming the fungus for consumption.  The acclaimed royalty-only food of the ancient Egyptians is an excellent, low-cal, low-fat substitute for meat in many styles of dishes.

And, I don’t know about you, but it’s that time of year for me.  While I try to set new goals year-round, something is always special about the start of a calendar year.  I guess I think of it as a time for renewal – which, for me, seems to always be a great opportunity to reevaluate what I’ve been putting on my plate.  A few healthy mushroom-centric meals make sense right now, especially as the vitamin-D-packed fungus is available from at least two local growers virtually year-round in southeast Texas. Read More