Foodie Favorite: Re-creations from Mexican Rice

Monday, November 26, 2018

We ordered take-out fajitas the other night and had plenty of Spanish rice leftover. Eating reheated rice by itself just wasn’t jazzing my palate the other night as…

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Foodie Favorites: Reboot Brew

Friday, November 9, 2018

Around 3 pm, I fear I am going to fall asleep at the carpool wheel. I have had some close calls so now, before charging out the door…

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Foodie Favorite: Move over Butter. Try Coconut Oil.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

I enjoy tinkering with oils and vinegars, not only for salads, but for all kinds of applications. I realize cold pressed organic virgin coconut oil has been touted…

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Foodie Favorites: Jello Salad and Frito Pie Revival

Friday, October 19, 2018

Anyone remember the days of gelatin salads and Frito pie? I love strolling down what I call, Food Memory Lane, and recreating tastes from the past. When I…

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Foodie Favorites: Do the Mandoline Slaw

Friday, October 12, 2018

In the hectic seasons of life, my salads have evolved from lettuce-based salads into “what’s-in-my-produce-drawer-today-salads.” Frankly, I got bored with soggy, lettuce salads from a bag. Give me…

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Foodie Favorite: Chalupas for Easy Entertaining

Friday, October 5, 2018

When I lived in Houston, I took a Spanish conversation class and was invited over to my teacher’s home for the closing class party where she served “Tostadas.”…

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Foodie Favorites: The “Manning Mango”

Friday, September 28, 2018

In my mind, the start of football season means the arrival of my favorite mango, the Keitt mango. While shopping at HEB yesterday, I spotted that long-awaited tall…

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For This Child I Prayed

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Lauren’s Story: My husband and I married 8 years ago, and at the altar I joked that kids would come 2 to 3 years down the line. That would be time…

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Pork Tacos for a Crowd

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

She Braise I used to not think of myself as a performance oriented person. I used to think of myself as having a laid back nature and not…

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The Power of Risotto: Easy as 4 to 1

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Risotto is one of those rich side or main course dishes found usually at special occasion Italian restaurants, but likely not on your menu at home. Am I…

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Chocolate Ice Box Pie

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.                        1 Thessalonians…

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Chocolate Ganache

Monday, August 31, 2015

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And…

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Roasted Fennel for the Fans – and the Explorers!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Growing up, our mothers used to say, “Eat your vegetables!” As adults, we can thank them because they were right. Countless research studies report increased vegetable consumption as…

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Chocolate Shot Cookies

Thursday, February 26, 2015

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. …

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Cannellini Bean and Tuna Salad

Monday, January 26, 2015

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”   – 1 Peter 5: 6 After I graduated from The Culinary Institute…

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Festive Winter Salad

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Southern Italian and Italian American ritual of celebrating the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” evolved from the Catholic practice of abstaining from eating meat on Christmas Eve. …

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Pomegranate Pavlova – En Pointe!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Anna Pavlova was a famous Russian ballerina in the late 19th and early 20th century. Her frame was smaller than the typical ballerina, including her feet. Standing “en…

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Best Party Date Ever: Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Who could turn down an attractive bacon-wrapped date? No, no, no…not that kind of date! A medjool date! Traditionally grown in Morocco and the Middle East, these sweet…

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Pass the Greens and Peas, Please!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10 When I think…

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Panzanella Salad – for the Heat!

Monday, August 4, 2014

With the topic of betrayal before us, I leaned into Italy for a huge aroma of fresh inspiration. Why Italy?  I love their resourcefulness; they use what is…

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The Life of Pie – Rhubarb Pie!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Once used for medicinal purposes 5,000 years ago by the Chinese, rhubarb in modern times is a much-loved pie ingredient. Rhubarb is not immediately sweet though. Unlike peaches,…

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The Comfort Under the Comfort Food

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

During a chapter of loss, there is an obvious recipe for which we hunger:  comfort food – for our stomachs and our hearts.  Selecting a comfort food recipe…

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Panna Cotta with Roasted Lemon and Irish Whiskey Sauce

Monday, March 24, 2014

If you know any Italian words or have eaten at an Italian restaurant, you may already know that panna cotta is not an Irish dessert!  It means, “cooked…

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Citrus and Beet Wonder-Salad!

Friday, February 21, 2014

By definition, winter is a season of waiting.  However, in harsher winter climates, waiting rises to a whole new level of understanding for those in its grip.  The…

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Pork and Prunes? Yes!

Friday, January 24, 2014

When I think of relationships full of wonder, surprise, and satisfaction, one of my very favorites lies on a plate: my fatty little friend, “Porky,” and his sophisticated…

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Green Beans with Smoke, Spice and Everything Nice

Sunday, November 24, 2013

“Everything nice” sounds like an inviting recipe, right?  Truly, it’s a tasty combination of flavors, especially if you enjoy a Southwestern palate.  How then do the green beans…

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Cauliflower Puree

Thursday, November 21, 2013

1/2 pound cauliflower florets, stems trimmed 3 cups water Salt 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 cup heavy cream 2-3 tablespoons or more to taste grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese Freshly…

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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Monday, November 18, 2013

I am excited to share this side dish. By the way, each recipe is meant to tweak for your family and friends. If you like it spicy, add…

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Red Wine Braised Cabbage

Friday, November 15, 2013

You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.  I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O…

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Renewing Gratitude

Friday, November 1, 2013

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” ( I Thess. 5:18, NLT) God, I need a fresh word…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  Laura Wilcox Laura launched Sacred Story Ministries in 2012 to come alongside women as they discover and live their God-authored stories. She also points women to God’s Word as…

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