pear and ginger snap crisp

It’s been a very busy week. Christmas has come and gone. Our family celebrated the holiday with a traditional German meal of beef rouladen and spatzle with sweet and sour red cabbage on Christmas. On Christmas Eve we had friends over and had lots of appetizers, a cheese tray, and fresh veggies. My … Read more


bahn mi

  When I started this site a week ago, I had planned on only sharing my recipes.  Instead, I’ve decided to expand from these initial intentions and give you some tips about places I like to eat, in and around Austin.  Although I like to think I know good food, I’m not a critic, … Read more

Homemade Gyros

Homemade Gyros

I relish the memory of meeting up with friends at Fontana Famous Pizza & Gryo in Bayside, New York for late night gyros. The restaurant is still around twenty years later, which tells you that they’re doing something right. While my stomach can no longer tolerate late night eats, I still love a … Read more

Prime Bites from TMBBQ Fest 2015

Prime Bites from TMBBQ Fest

On Sunday November 1st, twenty four of the best BBQ joints in Texas dished out boats of barbecue on the Long Center patio and lawn. The event that brought them together was the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival which takes place annually in Austin in celebration of Texas barbecue. Aside from competition events, you won’t … Read more

Burrata with Fava Beans, Tomatoes, Chiles and Mint

Burrata with Fava Beans, Tomatoes, Chiles and Mint

During a recent visit to Jacoby’s Mercantile I ordered burrata cheese and since then I’ve been semi-obsessed. I wasn’t a burrata virgin, but forgot how good it is. The cheese is spherical and has two layers and textures. The velvety center is filled with rich cream and fresh cheese curds while the exterior shell is … Read more

Overnight Yeasted Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Waffles

It’s difficult to have a conversation about Fall food without mentioning pumpkin. According to the Pie Counsel, pumpkin is America’s second favorite pie. Most families have one, if not two, adorning their tables for Thanksgiving. Because of the high water content, baked goods made with pumpkin are exceptionally moist. If you’re looking to … Read more


thai kabocha squash salad

I really like the flavor profile of Thai food. I dig the sweet, spicy, tangy and fresh flavors often found in dishes like larb. An essential component of Thai cuisine is fish sauce. It’s made by fermenting fish with salt, then extracting the liquid that is produced. The result is a dark, rich, complex sauce … Read more


A few years ago I traveled to Mexico City where I had tacos al pastor. It was the only item served at the taco shop where I ate them. There was no kitchen, only a huge rotating spit of fire-roasted pastor meat, called a trompo, placed at the shop’s entrance. After ordering, … Read more