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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Grilled Cauliflower with Thai Chili Sauce

December 14, 2017

A carnivore, vegetarian and vegan can all enjoy this dinner party entree with similar satisfaction. Who knew cauliflower could be steak?

Festive Cocktails for the Winter Holidays

December 8, 2017

It's citrus season--a terrific time for making seasonal cocktails. One spirit that plays quite well with citrus is vodka, as these winter cocktails prove.

Thanksgiving Sides from Jack Allen’s Kitchen

November 22, 2017

Looking for side dishes that will have your dinner guests asking for seconds? Then, try these favorite recipes from Jack Allen's Kitchen.

Fried Olives Inspired by Second Bar + Kitchen

October 27, 2017

I am a huge fan of olives in all their manifestations. This recipe is inspired by the Chicken Fried Olives I had at Second Bar + Kitchen in Austin, Texas.

Mexican Chocolate Chewies

October 20, 2017

Chocolate chewies are light, crisp, and, yes, chewy chocolate cookies that are studded with chocolate chips and pecans.

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.