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Upgrade your pasta and tomato sauce

Tomato sauce

Image by Aelle via Flickr

I’ll admit it.  I’ve never been a big fan of tomato sauce.  I think it’s, well, boring.

Yet, sometimes, it definitely has a place in the kitchen.  In a lasagna for example.  Or, most recently, on pizzas cooked on the grill.  But, generally, I end up in the same situation I’m in now: with a jar of tomato sauce in the fridge and no inspiring plans on how to finish it.

This is where just a tiny bit of vision can elevate a blah dinner into something noteworthy.   Read More

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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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Cook the Sale: Hawaiian Albacore Tuna Tacos

Spicy Shrimp Tacos. Image via Wikipedia

The hubbie and I have had a couple of wonderful, lavish weekends lately and now it’s time to tighten our belts to stay in budget for the month.  No biggie, but it does inspire me to cook the sale.  That is, plan my meals around the grocery store specials.  I was reviewing the Central Market flyer and realized that they have all the makings for excellent fish tacos on sales this week.  To snatch fresh tortillas from the bakery (2 for $3) or Hawaiian Albacore Tuna for $11 per pound, get their before the sale ends today.  (I know.  Short notice, but at least I’m writing.) 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