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For Your Listening Pleasure: Adjustments Made, Thomas Wenglinski’s New Album

For Your Listening Pleasure: Adjustments Made, Thomas Wenglinski’s New Album

Check out the new R&B album by jazz artist Thomas Wenglinski, Adjustments Made, as he begins his grad school career at the University of Miami.

Houston Chronicle Article by Alison Cook: Houston Can’t Afford to Lose Its Restaurants

Houston Chronicle Article by Alison Cook: Houston Can’t Afford to Lose Its Restaurants

Here in a city that has been on the leading edge of demographic change in America since the 1970s, restaurants have functioned as a kind of crossroads and social glue.

Article: You Can Blame ‘Load Theory’ for Turning Your Brain to Mush

Article: You Can Blame ‘Load Theory’ for Turning Your Brain to Mush

Check out the article in Bloomberg Businessweek and prepare to feel a little better about being scatter-brained right now (or at least a little more normal…I did).

Shrimp and Avocado BLT, Another Sandwich Wednesday Home Run

Shrimp and Avocado BLT, Another Sandwich Wednesday Home Run

Once a recipe from a cookbook evolves this much from the original and becomes its own wonderful, unique thing, it’s time to document.

Misto, a Kitchen Tool We Love for Paninis and More

Misto, a Kitchen Tool We Love for Paninis and More

This is a short post to share with you a tool that we love – an olive oil sprayer.

The Real Nature: Article from The Shoofly

The Real Nature: Article from The Shoofly

An article in the latest issue of The Shoofly Magazine beautifully captures the seemingly oppositional characteristics of nature and our relationship with it – peaceful but unpredictable, soothing, but sometimes dangerous – and brings back memories of falling trees.

Saying Bye-Bye to Austin with a Live-Streamed Friday Night Concert

Saying Bye-Bye to Austin with a Live-Streamed Friday Night Concert

Live streamed jazz from Austin, TX, Friday night.

Smoked Salmon and Avocado-Dill Pita

Smoked Salmon and Avocado-Dill Pita

The smoked salmon pita with avocado-dill spread is the essence of summer, whether at a picnic or a ladies’ luncheon.

Avocado-Dill Spread, a Multi-Purpose Condiment

Avocado-Dill Spread, a Multi-Purpose Condiment

Avocado-dill spread is a super-simple, creamy, tangy condiment that stands up to spicy food and holds its own. In other words, it’s a keeper!

Your Eyes were on the Prize, John Lewis

Your Eyes were on the Prize, John Lewis

I join millions of others in mourning the late Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, a true American hero, and offer a simple haiku in his honor.

Scrabble is the Bomb on a Rainy Mountain Afternoon

Scrabble is the Bomb on a Rainy Mountain Afternoon

Scrabble is a great game for COVID-19 quarantining. (And I finally won.)

The Hills are Alive! Picnic on a Mountain Top

The Hills are Alive! Picnic on a Mountain Top

A mountaintop picnic in Colorado’s Pike National Forest sparkled with nature and pineapple mimosas.

COVID-19 is Hard on Everyone: We’re Staying In, but Looking Out

COVID-19 is Hard on Everyone: We’re Staying In, but Looking Out

It’s clear that these COVID-19 hardships aren’t going away any time soon. We are all, in a way, staying in, but looking out the window toward that future where things aren’t quite so hard.

RIP K-Paul’s Restaurant in New Orleans

RIP K-Paul’s Restaurant in New Orleans

RIP, K-Paul’s. You will be missed, but not forgotten. Our celebration of your cuisine and legacy will continue as long as we are able to make a roux or blacken a fish.

Crab, Corn and Black Bean Salad with Guacamole

Crab, Corn and Black Bean Salad with Guacamole

Combining black bean salad with lump crab creates an elegant, delicious and easy starter course.

Beyond Banana Bread (a recipe)

Beyond Banana Bread (a recipe)

Beyond Banana Bread: Is it for breakfast? Yes. Is it dessert? Yes. Is it an afternoon snack or the reason to take a coffee break? Yes. Is it a replacement for lunch sometimes because you had a slice every time you walked through the kitchen? Yes, yes and yes. It’s that good.

A Recipe for Bruschetta, “Summer on a Plate”

A Recipe for Bruschetta, “Summer on a Plate”

Bruschetta is so simple, so summery, so garlicky-good. Ripe red tomatoes meet their life partner in soft green basil, with garlic and oil to seal their commitment.

A Year Ago Today: Paris Gare du Nord to London St. Pancras

A Year Ago Today: Paris Gare du Nord to London St. Pancras

A year later, reminiscing about the bustling scene at Gare du Nord in Paris and dinner at Da Corradi later that night in London.

goodbye, my brown-eyed girl

goodbye, my brown-eyed girl

A remembrance poem for a gentle dog who licked my hand and leapt into my heart.

Essay in Texas Monthly about Juneteenth by a Black Writer

Essay in Texas Monthly about Juneteenth by a Black Writer

Highlighting a gritty, moving and inspiration story in honor of Juneteenth.


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