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Ultimate Umami Burger Recipe

  The recipe for my Ultimate Umami Burger is just in time for National Burger Month. I’m not sure how food gets assigned a whole month versus a day on the National Day Calendar, but of all the foods Americans eat, burgers seem worthy of the extended period. We eat 50-billion burgers a year in …


Recap of Lamb Jam 2016

On Sunday February 28th, Austin area restaurants converged at Barr Mansion to compete in the 2016 Lamb Jam. The American Lamb Board established the event in 2010 with the goal of promoting the under appreciated meat. The competition and tasting takes place in multiple cities each year including Boston, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington DC. …

Desserts Recipes


Last year the only time I had pumpkin was the pie I ate at Thanksgiving.  Totally unacceptable!  I wasn’t going to let this Fall pass by without making amends for my lack of pumpkin consumption last season.  So far I’ve had brown butter pumpkin risotto, pumpkin brownies, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin ice cream and …

Condiments Recipes

Golden Beet Vinaigrette

My five and seven year old children are pretty adventurous eaters. The more peculiar the food, the more likely the older one is to try it. Last night she finished a bowl of past with sea urchin (uni). The younger will make assumptions that she doesn’t like a food before trying it. For instance, she’s …

Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Huevos Divorciados

Mexican breakfast is delicious.  There’s tons of it to go around here in Austin.  Breakfast tacos, chilaquiles, migas and huevos rancheros all have a heavy presence on the menus of restaurants in town.  But finding one of my favorite dishes, huevos divorciados (divorced eggs), has proven to be more difficult.  The dish features two eggs, one smothered …

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