Trader Joe’s Tip: Green Dragon Hot Sauce

This hot sauce goes on everything from eggs, rice, burritos and tacos to stir fry, queso, pho, chili and more. Leave it to your imagination and experiment. After all it is a big 18 ounce bottle for just $2.99. We put this on the table several times a week to try on new things…just in…

Father’s Day Gifts

For those of you who don’t know, Father’s Day is almost here! This year (2017) it falls on Sunday, June 18. That said, there is still time to place an order for some awesome culinary gifts for Dad. I’ll break it down by a few key categories. Rather than linking each item to the specific…

Central Coast Wine

At one tasting room, Castoro Cellars, I learned about Trader Joe’s Coastal wines

Downton Abbey Farewell

So, sadly for fans of Downton Abbey, the series finale is tonight. As avid fans of the show, my husband and I decided on a theme dinner to say our farewell. The theme is “English Countryside Hunting Luncheon” We based the idea off of the concept of “Ploughman’s Lunch” — which was actually a cheese…

Austin Farmers Market

Last weekend we attended the Texas Farmer’s Market at The Domain, which opens every Sunday from 3 to 6 pm. With our grocery list in-hand we walked from one end to the other, and then back again on the other side. This Farmer’s Market started just a few weeks ago. The selection includes lots of…

Ploughman’s Lunch

In the Spring and Fall yard work is on the agenda. These times of year make a perfect opportunity for a late afternoon lunch or snack that requires no cooking. Ploughman’s lunch can be assembled using the traditional ingredients (bread, crackers, stilton and cheddar cheeses, apples, pickled onions, chutney) or improvised by adding boiled eggs,…

Shopping List: Beef Stroganoff

On Monday, February 16, 2015 I will publish a full post about making Beef Stroganoff (update…it is here!). That is the day of “Maslenitsa” — a Russian celebration welcoming in Spring. I learned about this festival recently in a cooking class at Austin’s Russian House. But more on that later. If you’d like to make…