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Pulled Pork with Orange Barbecue Sauce

February 17, 2009

…Somewhere real far south when I suggested to my husband that we get barbecue for dinner. I might be a born-and-raised Texan but barbecue is never anywhere near the top of my list. It’s usually not even on the list. My crockpot is by far the most unused gadget in my kitchen. Most of the [...]

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Homemade Tomato Soup

January 28, 2009
Classic Tomato Soup

Honey, I’m siiiiiiick. It’s the only warning shot that my husband gets before it all breaks loose. It seems the stereotype is that grown men make the worst patients. I’m a terrible patient. I sniffle, I whine, I cough, I whine, and I build a miniature version of Mt. Rushmore out of balled-up Kleenexes. And [...]

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The World’s Best Baked Shrimp Scampi

January 4, 2009
Baked Shrimp Scampi

The best. In the whole wide world. And I mean it. My husband used to be far less adventurous with the range of foods that he was willing to try. When we met, he lived on a tried-and-true diet of Red Baron’s Sausage & Pepperoni, Stouffer’s Lasagna, and Buitoni cheese tortellini with Prego and ground [...]

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Beef Lasagna

December 1, 2008
Beef Lasagna

There’s a fabulous little Italian place around the corner from our friends’ house, Patrenella’s Italian Restaurant. A nice wine selection and without a doubt, the very best lasagna in Houston. Seriously. It’s 7 layers of pasta, beef, and cheesy perfection. (I’ve also never eaten a better Tiramisu anywhere else.) Patrenella’s isn’t on our regular dinner-out [...]

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Cranberry Walnut Muffins

November 24, 2008

When something I’ve baked invokes “No. More. Wire. HANGERS!”” a la Mommie Dearest, I know it’s time to put down the wooden spoon and back away from the oven. With this last batch of muffins, I think I might just be all muffined-out. I’m not sure I can eat another one. If it’s true, that [...]

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Blueberry Lemon Muffins

November 9, 2008
Blueberry Lemon Muffins

I remember when I had time to cook my husband pancakes, eggs, and bacon every morning for breakfast. You can bet my husband remembers those days, too. Those were the good ol’ days. We slowly reverted to just eggs & bacon, and then alternating eggs & bacon with cereal, and then just cereal. But for [...]

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Crab Manicotti/Cannelloni

October 23, 2008
Crab manicotti

After going for what seemed like forever without Food Network and Comedy Central, the guys from Comcast showed up on time, tracked dirt all over my clean floors, and flipped whatever switch they flip. I was so excited. Food Network. In HD. Really excited. As in, I sat there and watched Sandra Lee in all [...]

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Butternut Squash Soup

October 17, 2008

I don’t really like to shop, but I do like to impulse buy. And it usually gets me in trouble. I’m the person who goes into HEB with two items on my list and I leave with those two items. Plus 8 more. And half of those are usually last-minute additions from the magazine rack. [...]

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