Not many people wake up and say they want to be a baker when they have never baked a single thing in their entire life, but Dylan Carnes is one of those people. And she didn't decide she was going to be a regular baker -- she chose to be a vegan baker. After moving from Houston to the northwest, se ... More >>
Ah, fruitcakes. You either love them, or you hate them. There are very few in-betweens when it comes to this sweet bread filled with nuts and candied fruit. Though gifting fruitcakes around the holidays is not as popular as it used to be, the baked good has been a part of people's diets since as e ... More >>
Seriously, y'all. Christmas will be here before you know it, and family members will be knocking on your door as you welcome them over for the holidays. Soon your home will be filled with aunts, uncles, children, grandparents and everyone else in between. Yes, having a bunch of family members in on ... More >>
If you're missing your mother's cooking during the fall/winter season, then head to Adair Kitchen during the next several weeks and order the fall seasonal menu. Adair Kitchen's regular menu is filled with items inspired by the mother of the owners, Nick Adair and Katie Adair Barnhart, and the seas ... More >>
Looking for the perfect foodie gift for friends and family this year? Spread holiday cheer with cookie butter. (No, I'm not talking about buying the Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joe's -- don't bank on the store having a full stock; there could be a shortage, or employees could limit the amoun ... More >>
The holidays are here and floods of family and friends will be showing up at your door -- announced or unannounced. While you could purchase a variety of air fresheners and sprays to make the house smell wonderful, nothing beats the odors that come from the kitchen. Before your guests arrive, use on ... More >>
Recently, I wrote about the pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks and McDonald's, and a few of you wanted to know about seasonal beverages available at local coffee shops. While some places are serving their versions of pumpkin spice lattes, such as Dirk's Coffee and Bite Macarons, others have seasonal ... More >>
The rest of the best 2013.
If you have ever made the entire Thanksgiving Day feast at home, you know how much preparation is required. The turkey must be bought on a certain day so it can thaw in time for you to stuff it and put it in the oven; your ingredients must be purchased in advance, otherwise you'll be fighting over t ... More >>
Thanksgiving is a national day of cooking and eating until you're completely stuffed...then eating some more. For those in the culinary profession, Thanksgiving is a little different than it is for the rest of the country. Some spend the entire day cooking in the kitchen of their restaurant; some en ... More >>
The rest of the best 2013.
Wherever you go in Paris, you will find a multitude of cafes and bistros showcasing whole rotisserie chickens in their windows. Thankfully, you don't have to spend much time scouring the streets in search of a hot, juicy chicken -- your nose will lead you in the right direction. In Houston, you ca ... More >>
It's not too early to start planning your Thanksgiving dinner, and if you are not going to cook everything yourself this year, restaurants and grocery stores around Houston and the surrounding neighborhoods can help you serve a traditional, comforting meal -- you don't have to cook in your home to h ... More >>
Just because it's a pie doesn't mean it has to be sweet. Angela Rowley, owner of Blackbird Foods, chose to focus her business on savory meat pies. Growing up in Port Arthur, Texas, introduced Rowley to the flavors and spices of Cajun cuisine at a young age. "I have always baked pretty much my whole ... More >>
Making almond milk at home is a lot easier than it sounds. I always use almond milk instead of regular milk for my cereal and in my coffee, because I think it adds more flavor and tastes better than ordinary milk. However, buying a gallon of almond milk from the store is quite pricey. I decided to ... More >>
During the holidays, Pinterest is my go-to recipe index. You can always find a plethora of dishes to cook for any meal or party, or to give as gifts to friends, family and neighbors. One simple search on the Food & Drink section of Pinterest will turn up an overwhelming number of pumpkin recipes, a ... More >>
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You don't have to graduate from a culinary institute to be a successful baker. Belen Bailey, owner and baker of Sweets by Belen, proves that a love for a mother's sweets and treats, combined with a passion for baking, is more than enough to make a name for yourself in the Houston culinary world. As ... More >>
The area where The Woodlands and Shenandoah meet on Research Forest Dr. has transformed from small strip centers and rows and rows of trees to a completely new area for residents and those passing through on I-45 to stop and grab a bite to eat. While many of the restaurants in this area are chains, ... More >>
No, this is not a cake that tastes like pumpkin. It's a cake that looks like a pumpkin. Anyone who knows me knows I love to make cakes and sweets, so when I saw that it was possible to make a pumpkin-shaped cake with a Bundt pan, I immediately decided to give it a whirl. For those of you who don't ... More >>
What do they really mean?
If there's one thing people can agree on, it's cookies. That's what Chef Michael Savino of Michael's Cookie Jar believes in and has believed in since he began his business, in 2006. Savino hails from upstate New York, and after a failed career in television and radio production, he started working ... More >>
It's a family affair at Rustika Cafe & Bakery. Francis Reznick, along with her husband, Leonardo, has been running and operating Rustika for 20 years. While he manages the cafe side of the business, Chef Francis is the mastermind behind the beautifully designed cakes, cookies and pastries created i ... More >>
Even though most of us eat chicken on a regular basis, the entire month of September is dedicated to the bird. It's not the most highly-praised protein, but it can be prepared in a variety of ways that take it from something quite plain and bland to something bursting with flavor. The key is to make ... More >>
So your cat just slashed your prized Australian aborigine drum set. Or maybe that cute as a button kitten you got just a few weeks ago took out the wall paper in your den. No problem: just have your cat declawed and all that goes away. You'll never have to worry about home destruction or battling wi ... More >>
The first meal of the day for kids is the most important meal of the day, but it is hard to whip together a nutritious breakfast for your kids when they are running out the door to catch the bus or drive to school. So, you resort to just cereal, a granola bar, something from the drive-thru or nothin ... More >>
Houston's love affair with coffee shops doesn't seem to be in any danger of dying out. And this time of year, with classes at colleges and high schools starting up again and students looking for places to study (or not), coffee shops are swinging back into high gear -- especially those open into the ... More >>
Last week we gave you ten back-to-school snack ideas to serve your hungry kids when they get home from school. This week, we are helping you pack a healthy and filling school lunch with ten recipe ideas. School lunches typically are boring, mundane and not as nutritious as they can be. However, you ... More >>
What bugs our food writers?
Houstonians love food. Dining out is one of our favorite pastimes, and we embrace it like it's the official sport of Houston. We are a city of "foodies," and thanks to us, the restaurant industry is thriving. Unfortunately, this insane love of food has also spawned a culture of restaurant monsters ... More >>
First off, we want you to know that we think Houston has a killer restaurant scene. We have some truly top-notch eateries in this town, and we're damn proud of them. That said, everyone messes up from time to time. Chefs, waiters and restaurateurs all do stupid things. And we totally forgive them, ... More >>
It can be hard to always eat your vegetables, especially ones that are pretty bland on their own. When I was seven years old, cauliflower was one of those vegetables I just never liked. It's not sweet like carrots (my favorite veggies), it's a little mushy and let's face it, it really doesn't have t ... More >>
An evening of highs and lows.
Sugar Land finally has a traditional Brazilian restaurant.
One of the best ways to save money when planning a wedding is to do things yourself. Wedding magazines, Pinterest boards and crafting/cooking websites all offer various DIY projects to help you stay within your budget and have the things you really want for your wedding. Here are five easy homemad ... More >>
Where have you been all my life?
Wows crowd at Brazos Bookstore.
The unfortunate part about summer in Texas, more specifically in Houston, is that you want to go outside but it's just too dang hot to stay out there for more than five minutes without breaking into a sweat. My family loves to grill during the summertime, and we love taking our food from the grill ... More >>
One of the most challenging things to make in the kitchen is a cake. It seems quite simple at first. All you have to do is mix the ingredients together, pop it in the oven, then cover it with frosting. Maybe add a little bit of sprinkles or icing, and voilà, you have a cake. However, as many of us ... More >>
More than tunnels and tourist traps.
Houston's 10 best spots for a first date.
A recent Zagat survey revealed that we still consume coffee even if the price of a cup of Joe continues to increase while our economy struggles to get back on its feet. In fact, the average American consumes 2.2 cups of coffee each day, according to the Zagat statistics. Although we need to cut bac ... More >>
Molly Dunn really needs to stop writing about cookbooks, because I'm going broke and gaining weight. That goes for you, too, Patrice Shuttlesworth! I was browsing the shelves at Brazos Bookstore less than two weeks ago, and mentioned to manager Jeremy Ellis how much I had enjoyed the cookbook Plen ... More >>
For those of you who don't enjoy having a "romantic" dinner in a crowded restaurant on Valentine's Day, or for those of you who have yet to make reservations, have no fear. You can make a delectable, upscale and romantic meal at home. The key to making a restaurant-worthy meal is to keep it simple a ... More >>
I love Special K products. The cereals, snack bars and chips are always tasty. While shopping at Walmart I came across a new product in the frozen section -- breakfast flatbreads, all less than 250 calories. I decided to give them a try. With choices from sausage, egg and cheese, ham, egg and pepp ... More >>
What's better than a seasonal breakfast? A seasonal breakfast that's super-easy to make. Pinterest always has a wonderful selection of recipes you can prepare ahead of time to ease the stress of getting things cooked on time. I came across this recipe last week and just loved the ingredients the bl ... More >>
Cobwebs, witches, monsters and other creepy things always get incorporated into Halloween desserts. But, if you want to take your cupcakes to a whole new level, try making them glow in the dark. I love looking up fun recipes for Halloween. For some reason, themed food and desserts always catch my e ... More >>
People have tried to re-create sweets with a multitude of ingredients to make them healthier. Prunes, applesauce, egg beaters, whole-wheat flour, oatmeal, etc., have all been used in baked items to replace the ingredients high in sugar and fat. But would it have ever crossed your mind that an avoca ... More >>
It's a weekday night and you're at a loss as to what to cook for dinner. How many of you have been in this situation? You look at all the food in your refrigerator, pantry, freezer and cabinets, and a combination of ingredients isn't coming together. What if there was a resource to give you numerous ... More >>
Last week, our intern Molly Dunn wrote about her experience ordering her first adult beverage upon turning 21. In honor of National Dry Martini Day (yes, that's a thing; they're all things now), Dunn bravely ordered a serious drinker's drink. And, as you'd expect, promptly spit the foul thing out. ... More >>