Browned Butter Pie Crust

Have you ever had browned butter? Browned butter is one of those things that elevates any recipe. In fact, it almost feels like cheating…like improving things by adding bacon or chocolate (or both). Cookies are good, right? Well, how about BROWNED BUTTER COOKIES? Mmmm…I like ice cream. How about BROWNED BUTTER ICE CREAM? Hey, is […]

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Valentine S’mores Kit

February is always a busy month for me when it comes to gift giving. My mother, best friend, and sister-in-law, all have birthdays during this month…and, of course, there’s Valentine’s Day. I’ll admit, sometimes my creative gift giving juices have run a bit dry by this time, since it’s only a couple of months after […]

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Cilantro Hazelnut Pesto

One thing I love about living close to Houston is that there are all kinds of resources for local food and products. About once a month I take advantage of a CSA that delivers fresh produce close to my house. Of course, it’s the highest quality, locally grown produce available, but sometimes I struggle with […]

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Mini Piloncillo Banana Bread

Last week my next door neighbor gave me the oddest sugar I’ve ever seen. Piloncillo. It’s a Mexican version of unrefined cane sugar. You’ll find the same thing in health food stores labeled as rapadura. The difference between piloncillo and rapadura is that the Mexican version is sold in cones, very hard cones, while rapadura […]

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Ham hocks and Beans

Ever since we moved to Texas, I’ve been researching places to get local food. It’s a different situation here than it was in Caliornia. There are a lot more farms offering pastured meat our here, but a lot less offering organic produce. Every area has it’s ups an downs. I had the privilege of visiting […]

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Blueberry Swirl Muffins

I’ve been on a huge smoothie kick lately. When I got my wisdom teeth out in June, I started drinking them again out of neccessity, and realized how much I’d been missing. Guiltily, I dusted off the brand new blender that I got as a wedding present and had never used. Since then, I’ve been […]

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Almond Cupcakes with Nectarine Amaretto Frosting

Taylor and I have been blessed to get some really thoughtful housewarming gifts since we moved into our new place here in Texas. A tea towel with a carrot on it. A sturdy multi-purpose plastic table. Gifts cards for home improvement and entertainment. One of the most recent gifts we got was from my mother-in-law. […]

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Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread - Lou Lou Biscuit

Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread

I’ve really been having fun with chipotle peppers lately (aside from the time I minced them in the food processor and inhaled the fumes…oww). I put them in the Spicy Pork Enchiladas¬†and they’ve made it into every chili recipe I’ve tried in the last few weeks. Sadly, none of those recipes have been good enough […]

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies - Lou Lou Biscuit

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fall is coming! My husband is more familiar with the weather patterns here in Houston, so I asked him, “is it almost time for hot chocolate and sweaters and pumpkin desserts!?” “Not even close.” He responded. Apparently this 100 degree humid bog of a summer doesn’t go away permanently until late October. Well, six weeks […]

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Kitchen Sink Granola

Do you like chia seeds? It seems like they are popping up everywhere. What do they do? Why are they suddenly a super food today? Before five years ago they were only used for chia pets, and suddenly it’s an essential part of a healthy diet. The funniest part to me is that they add […]

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