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Spring Menu: Fresh Food for Dining Outdoors

This tasty muffin-sized tart is one in a great collection of Healthy Vegetarian Recipes from Women

It’s patio season in Houston.  Well, actually, with the muggy weather that has returned to the city this week, it feels a little like patio season may soon be coming to a close.  But, for me, that’s inspiration to serve at least one more beautiful dinner on the deck.

I love setting a beautiful outdoor table, gathering my loved ones, and soaking in the sound of birds chirping away in the live oak canopy shading the yard.  Pablo and Diego (my silly team of canines) will run wild in the yard, greeting anyone who happens by the fence, while K and I enjoy a seasonal, brightly flavored meal. 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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Silken Turnip and Potato Soup with Grilled Asparagus and Roasted Mushroom Salad

mushroom and grilled asparagus salad

A few weeks ago, I noticed on my geek holidays calendar Tolkien Reading Day is tomorrow.  Only after learning about the origins of Tolkien Reading Day did I realize how truly geeky my geek holidays calendar really is.  None the less, I figured if there is any way to celebrate this sham of a holiday it would be by serving a meal a hobbit would adore.

Of course, with hobbits, the question is which meal.  (If this isn’t your first Tolkien Reading Day celebration you undoubtedly already know that hobbits eat at least seven meals a day: breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and (later in the evening) supper.  You might also know that if you’ve recently looked up hobbits on Wikipedia.) Read More

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Greek-Style Mahi Mahi

Greek Mahi Mahi with marinated tomatoes and saffron, fennel orzo

I have a little game I sometimes play before dinner.  I imagine a place, a lovely place I’ve probably never been, and then plan a meal to go with my vision of that far-off, vacation destination.  Today, I invite you to play with me.  To get started, take a moment and check out this gorgeous slideshow of images from Greece.  Now, close your eyes and breath deeply for a while while you think of the ocean, the smell of salt in the air, the warm winds on your skin…

I can’t take the credit for finding this wonderful Greek-Style Mahi Mahi recipe (thanks Kirk!) but it fits perfectly into my game.  Originally published in Gourmet last year, it’s very simple to make and boasts dramatic, rich flavors.  While most Greek Mahi Mahi recipes I’ve found call for Kalamata olives to add the Mediterranean punch to the dish, this one focuses on rich, salty feta.  This is made into a simple aioli that is smeared atop the fish prior to cooking under the broiler for a mere 15 minutes.  The resulting tangy dish is stupendously good.   Read More