Cook Something

Cooking is one of the oldest arts and one which has rendered us the most important service in civic life.
~Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

Ready for Dinner

Ready for Dinner

For a generation or more, cooking was considered drudgery, old-school, and totally un-hip.

If you admitted you enjoyed cooking from scratch, you were branded as some kind of food geek.

Why should we go to all the trouble when we were blessed with microwavable meals, and any number of fast food drive-thru restaurants, and grocery store shelves lined with packaged foodstuffs?

One reason is we’ve discovered all manner of vile substance masquerading as food wrapped in convenience. After awhile, people decided enough was enough and started to take back their food and their kitchens.

Today,  those of us who cook again proudly assume the moniker food geek, as we derive satisfaction, and dare I say a thrill, from preparing meals from scratch for family and friends.

In this section, we’ll offer recipes and cooking tips to help you earn your place at the table with the rest of us food geeks.  That’s right–we’re the cool kids now.

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Mexican Mint Marigold Chicken Salad

October 12, 2017

Among the edible plants Betty Lambright grows is the magnificent, Mexican Mint Marigold, which is not only beautiful and aromatic, but it also attracts pollinators and is drought tolerant, too.

Market Recipe: Butternut Squash Fritters

September 24, 2017

Hard shell squash, also known as winter squash, are a favorite this time of year. And Carla Jenkins, manager of Cedar Park and Mueller Farmers Markets shared this recipe that Chef Brittan Wilson Egbert demoed at the market using this seasonal sensation.

Chileatole De Elote (Chileatole Of Fresh Corn)

September 16, 2017

Try this tasty recipe from Diana Kennedy's book Oaxaca al Gusto, which focuses on the traditions of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Recipe: Sandor Katz’ Homemade Sauerkraut

September 1, 2017

Self-proclaimed fermentation revivalist, Sandor Katz encourages everyone to try their hand at making homemade sauerkraut.

Honey Rosemary Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes

August 24, 2017

This recipe, from The Happy Kitchen Cookbook, is a healthy, delicious, low-cost meal that anyone of any skill level can cook at home.

Recipe: Glenda’s Favorite Key Lime Pie

August 18, 2017

Glenda Facemire loves to prepare key lime pie for any occasion. She learned this Key Lime Pie recipe while living in Miami Beach, Florida.

Avocado Verde Sauce

August 10, 2017

During these dog days of summer we share a recipe that commingles some of the quintessential flavors of the season in one bowl: Avocado Verde Sauce.

Lemony Sage and Basil-Flecked Cookies

July 28, 2017

Inspiration for sweet treats can come from almost anywhere, including the garden. Janice Elder took her culinary cue from the herb garden to develop the recipe for her Lemony Sage and Basil-Flecked Cookies.

Prickly Pear Cactus Juice Recipe

July 14, 2017

Prickly Pear Cactus Juice Recipe from the book: Drink the Harvest, by DeNeice Guest and Nan Chase. It will tickle your taste buds.

Fun with Knife Skills: Pico de Gallo

July 8, 2017

What's the best way to develop your knife skills after you've learned safety and proper handling? Use them! This Pico recipe will help hone your skills.