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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Wild Mushroom and Brie Soup

February 16, 2018

Chef Raymond Keyrouz prepares a wonderfully earthy, silky and luscious soup recipe that any bowl would be blessed to receive, and diner fortunate to consume.

Mayan Chocolate Mousse Recipe to Swoon Over

February 14, 2018

If you're looking for a decadent chocolate recipe that will have you and your dining companions reaching for the smelling salts, you've come to the right place.

Buttermilk Pie with Vodka Crust

February 2, 2018

Buttermilk and vodka may not be a flavor combination that comes to mind when you think of two great tastes to go great together. However, if it is a sweet, creamy buttermilk custard topped by an almost crème brûlée- like candy shell, and swaddled in a light, flaky vodka pie crust, well, you might just change your mind.

Onion Soup with Venison Shanks

January 19, 2018

This classic French onion soup includes venison shanks. The long cooking process melds the sweetness of the onions and the meatiness of the venison.

Recipes for Making Peace With Pie

January 5, 2018

February is National Pie Month--but we're starting early to acknowledge and celebrate Peace through P.I.E. (Peace Includes Everyone). Some of our food blogger friends were kind enough to share some of their recipes with us.

Menudo Rojo is Good and Good for You

December 28, 2017

Few people are undecided about their feelings when it comes to the savory, pungent Mexican soup of entrails and animal hooves, called menudo. They either love it or hate it.

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.