Tips

The Perfect Lime for The Perfect Margarita

Fresh squeezed lime juice

This, my friends, is liquid gold. Pure liquid gold. One post-preschool-drop-off morning last week, I spent the better part of two hours driving around west Houston scouting the price of limes. Grocery stores roll their weekly prices on Wednesdays and with our annual Tequila & Taquitos Bash approaching, I needed to find the most affordable [...]

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Canned Chipotles in Adobo Sauce

Storing leftover chipotles in adobo

I adore canned chipotles in adobo sauce. Adore them. They’re smokey and spicy and are one of those pantry staples that can make any dish better, from taquitos (ahem, flautas) to Eggs Benedict. Most recipes usually call for 1-2 peppers, maybe a little sauce and then… what do you do with the extras? Wrap it [...]

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Friday Finds: Shredding Chicken With a Mixer

Shredding Chicken With a Mixer

Most things on the internet seem to fall into two categories: 1) Whoa! How about a NSFW warning next time?! 2) HOW DID I LIVE WITHOUT THIS?!!!!?! Shredding chicken with a stand mixer. And after poking around on Pinterest, I see that someone has even used a regular hand mixer. 4 years ago. And if [...]

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Photo Fridays: How I Set Up, Style, and Shoot

Homemade Sriracha

I’m going to walk you through how I setup, style, and take a standard shot, start-to-finish. What you’ll see below is an accurate representation of how I shoot a recipe photo – especially the missing prop – with maybe 5-7 minutes extra to account for the extra stop-and-start points. Oh – the recipe for the [...]

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Spring in Texas: Froberg’s Strawberry Farm

How to Wash and Store Fresh Strawberries

A few weeks ago, we headed down to a local farm, Froberg’s, to pick strawberries for the second year in a row. It’s a great opportunity to let the little one run around, pick strawberries, and pull out the camera. We’re also big fans of the Jalapeno & Cheese Venison Sausage [swoon] from their smokehouse [...]

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PPQ: “Pretty in Pink” Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Snowflake Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing

Danmy selected this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge: Pretty in Pink Shortbread Cookies. At the Rather Sweet Bakery in Fredericksburg, the cut-out cookies are sold in the shape of a pig and glazed with a pink icing in memory of the baker’s pet pig. Aside from the occasional nervous twitch and flashbacks to a work [...]

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How to fix Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting

How to fix Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting

Before today, I’d copy & paste an FAQ at the bottom of each recipe on this site that called for Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Because as amazingly fluffy and decadent as Swiss Meringue Buttercream is, it’s also the problem child of frostings. That FAQ had a couple of tips to “rescue” a broken swiss meringue buttercream, [...]

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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas & Freezer Meal Ideas

Chicken Enchiladas for the freezer

With Foodie Baby’s impending arrival, I started thinking about ramping up our deep freezer inventory. As soon-to-be first-time parents, we’ve been told countless times over the last several months that we’re going to be too tired to cook so we should make sure that we have a freezer full of food or delivery on speed-dial. [...]

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