Nutter ‘Yer Butter: Nut Butter at Home

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This week as I was pondering a creative spin on PB&J for my bonus daughter, I thought it would be nice to try cashew butter in place of peanut. I knew I’d seen and slammed on cashew butter before, but when I got to the market I couldn’t find it anywhere. They had peanut, of course. And almond. And peanut-almond. …

Homemade for the Holidays

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For a time of year that’s supposed to be abundant with jollyness and cheer, it seems like it’s way too easy to get stressed out and under pressure around the holidays, especially when it comes to gift-giving. All too often, we get totally wrapped up (pun intended, ha!) in buying things. Picking the perfect book or perfume or scented candle …

Home-Pureed Pumpkin

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Canned pumpkin is currently enjoying its annual surge of popularity and adoration as the holidays bring pumpkin pies (and cakes and rolls) to kitchens and plates across the States. Interesting tidbit I picked up on the kitchn—manufacturers sometimes don’t use pumpkin in their “pumpkin” puree at all, but rather a mix of winter squash. I’ve been in a bit of …

A Tex-Mex Transition Thanksgiving

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It feels good to be home. I flew on a late night flight into Houston the Monday before Thanksgiving, and got to work cooking literally right away. It was almost 1:30 AM by the time I’d gathered up my bags, made it through customs and trekked to my dad’s side of town, but he was wide awake and full of …

Hello Holidays! Candied Ginger at Home

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With the holidays rolling in, I’ve had the spicy, sweet flavors of wintertime on the brain. I spotted an enormous bulb of ginger root on my last trip to the frutería and snatched it right up—ginger isn’t always in the market when you want it, and just the sight of it got my holiday baking wheels turning. Once I got …

G-Free Berry Pancakes with Guava Piloncillo Syrup

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Isn’t there something just downright warm and cozy about great pancakes? After Hurricane Rina blew through town last week, the soggy, dreary aftermath of the storm had me craving the buttery comfort of some hotcakes. I love throwing in fruits and flavors, and will almost always order an enticing flavored pancake over (albeit also beloved) buttermilk. Banana used to be my childhood favorite. …

Home Flavored Coffee: Way More than Hazelnut

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A lot of coffee aficionados cringe at the mention of flavors. True that you’ve got to enjoy a bean unadulterated to really taste it, and that the best tasting brews stand on their own. But there’s something to be said for a spicy cinnamon café de olla or cardamom-laced Turkish coffee. Personally, I love adding a bit of fresh spice …

More than Maple: Homemade Fruit Syrups

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There’s no doubt that maple reins king in the land of syrup. Other than generic pancake syrup (sometimes artificially “butter” flavored and never quite as satisfying as the natural stuff), the only other type I’ve seen with any frequency is blueberry (and whatever other flavors come in those little IHOP caddies). But we’re not growing any maples round these parts, …

Sweet Beneath the Thorns: Spiny Chayote

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Since moving to Mexico three months ago, I’ve seen and tasted some really cool produce you’d never find in the neighborhood supermarkets back home. Last week, Chef asked if I’d ever seen a chayote with thorns. Chayote is a medium, pear-shaped green squash with a mild flavor and firm texture. But thorns?! I had no idea they even grew that …