3 Train Pizzeria Delivers NY-Style Slices in ATX

One of the hardest things to get right in a gluten-free dish is texture. Especially when preparing favorite foods with a crust. For years, I’ve been constantly on the hunt for good gluten-free pizza. Not pizza I make at home, but pizza we can order in or go out to eat. You know–a treat. My favorite pies exist on… Continue reading 3 Train Pizzeria Delivers NY-Style Slices in ATX

Plants, Family Traditions, and Rosemary Refrigerator Cookies

No one has ever come to blows at my sister in law’s annual Plant Party but a cactus has been licked. For more than 20 years now, Suzan has hosted an annual gardening get-together. In the spring, she creates a plant-friendly environment at her home for a morning of laughing, swapping, and brunching with friends.… Continue reading Plants, Family Traditions, and Rosemary Refrigerator Cookies

CSA Abundance (or What To Do With Those Beets)

People LOVE to tell me what to do with my vegetables. At the end of every season, when I’ve opened my Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) box and found yet another bunch of fill-in-the-blank-I’m-sick-of-this-vegetable, I turn to Facebook with a plaintive post, like this one: Invariably, my friends come through with a slew of really tasty… Continue reading CSA Abundance (or What To Do With Those Beets)

First-Day-of-School Cookies Never Grow Old

Food, they say, is love. A long-standing tradition at our house is first-day-of-school cookies. I’m not sure if this yearly treat started out for the kids or for me. True, there’s nothing better than the smell of freshly-baked, homemade cookies when you walk in the front door, but there’s something incredibly relaxing about baking in… Continue reading First-Day-of-School Cookies Never Grow Old

Fab Foods for Friday

When I was a kid, my parents decided to host some of my dad’s graduate class for a special dinner. The Brazilian students were a little homesick, so my mom opted to create a traditional meal, feijoada. This being “the Dark Ages” (pre-Internet), I have no idea where she got the recipe, but I remember her search for and… Continue reading Fab Foods for Friday

Healthy Eating from My Own Backyard: the Kitchen Garden

One of my chief pleasures as an adult has always been working in a yard. I love everything — designing, planting, maintaining, and sitting outside, viewing. Our previous home was located in Austin’s suburbs, a great place for good schools, big houses, and deer. The deer lived in the greenbelt that surrounded the creek down… Continue reading Healthy Eating from My Own Backyard: the Kitchen Garden