King Ranch Chicken Casserole

November 8, 2013
King Ranch Chicken Casserole

That is King Ranch Chicken Casserole. And it’s Texas’ contribution to the category of amorphous, 50-Shades-of-Brown, one-dish comfort foods that taste far, far better than they look. But I’m not doing it justice. To describe King Ranch Chicken a little more favorably – and in a manner totally worthy of that warm bowl of comfort [...]

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Bacon Jam & Brie-Filled Pretzel Rolls

November 5, 2013
Bacon Jam & Brie-Filled Pretzel Rolls

I spent this past weekend pregaming for Part I of The Shawnda Super Bowl (not yet trademarked). Because nothing makes watching football more fun than a last-second-thriller between your two favorite teams and stuffing your face with bacon- and cheese-stuffed carbs. The closer the game and the bigger the special teams implosion? The more you [...]

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Orange & Cranberry Curd Squares

November 1, 2013
Orange and Cranberry Curd Squares

This truly is the most wonderful time of the year. After our Fairy Mermaid Princess (Princess Mermaid Fairy?) waved goodbye to the last of the trick or treaters, we turned off the lights and gave The Little her choice of Hocus Pocus or Charlie Brown to help wind down from the excitement of the night. [...]

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Crabby Mac

October 30, 2013
Stovetop Crab macaroni & Cheese

I spent almost my entire October doing nothing that was on my To Do List. Or fun. We didn’t have time to move this blog over to its new location at The Brewer and The Baker (but that’s still coming), we let the blog’s 7th birthday go by (that, too, is still coming), we almost [...]

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Pineapple-Marinated Beef Fajitas

October 22, 2013
Pineapple-Marinated Beef Fajitas

This is what I look forward to most, living in southeast Texas. Not fajitas, but this time of year. (Although, let’s be honest – has any culture produced a more amazing, fascinating cuisine that even gets close to TexMex?) It’s open-windows during the day, almost-cool-enough-to-consider-a-light-cardigan over a tank top at night. These next few weeks? [...]

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Bourbon & Salted Caramel Popcorn

October 17, 2013
Bourbon & Salted Caramel Popcorn

I hesitate to oversell and call that bowl of awesomeness “amazing” because it’s “just” caramel popcorn. But if caramel popcorn can be called amazing, then that stuff most certainly is amazing. It’s “just” popcorn coated in caramel sauce and baked. But that super easy caramel sauce is made in barely 10 minutes, without even requiring [...]

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Simple Roast Chicken

October 10, 2013
21 Seasoning Salute Roast Chicken

Raise your hand if you, too, are a Trader Joe’s fiend. Keep it up if you’ve ever packed less than the bare minimum just so you’d have enough room to bring back a bursting-at-the-seams suitcase full of goodies. And keep your hand up if you’ve gotten in trouble by security at a Trader Joe’s in [...]

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Marathon Tuesdays: T-96 Days until Marathon Sunday

October 8, 2013

Welp, I did it. I officially survived the first half of marathon training. Two weeks ago, I went out and ran 13.1 miles on a perfectly gorgeous morning. When I was finished, I made Jason drive me over to the running shoe store so I could buy one of those 13.1 stickers for my car. [...]

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