Nuts and Edible Seeds

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    October 7, 2014

    Taste-Testing the Taco of the Month at Torchy's Tacos: The Scarecrow

    October is finally here and that means another special taco of the month from Torchy's Tacos. The month-long specials have been packed with flavor, especially the month with four increasingly spicy tacos. And just as every bakery, restaurant and coffee shop has been adding something pumpkin to its ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    MALK Offers All-Natural Plant-Based Milks to Houston

    Alternative milks, such as soy, almond and coconut, have become a lot more popular over the years. Those who are lactose intolerant or don't eat products from animals have opted for plant-based products, such as the aforementioned variations on milk. August Vega has been making alternative milks fo ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    10 Best Things to Buy at Mercantile in Houston

    Take one step inside Mercantile in Rice Village, or in the new location in Montrose, and you realize it's more than just a coffee shop. Mercantile, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is an adjective describing something that is "of or relating to the business of buying and selling products to ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Top 5 Banana Breads in Houston: Just Like Mom Makes

    Good banana bread is moist; it's full of bananas; it's sweet, but doesn't make your teeth rot; it's comforting; and it's just what you need at the end of a hard day (or any day, for that matter). While your grandmother or mom (or you) probably makes the best banana bread you've ever had, there are ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Order the Curried Quinoa at Benjy's on Washington

    I'm not a vegetarian, but I do enjoy ordering dishes that showcase in-season vegetables, accented with grains or a meat substitute like tofu. During a recent dinner at Benjy's on Washington, I forwent ordering meat-centric dishes like the braised short rib with a creamy cashew butter and cranberry ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Houston's Top 5 Places for Greek Pastries

    When someone mentions Greek sweets and baked goods, nine times out of ten your mind will go straight to baklava. And there's no shame in that! The sticky, sweet, nutty and flaky dessert puts a smile on everyone's face. But, there's more to Greek bakeries than baklava. Much more. Houston may not be ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 28, 2013

    Top 10 Ice Cream Spots

    Rest of the best 2013.

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    November 21, 2013

    Top 8 Best Limited-Edition Holiday Treats Appearing on Grocery Store Shelves NOW

    Fall has always been my favorite time of year, partially because I long for the first cold front and the changing of the leaves, and partially because fall and winter foods are my absolute favorites. As a child, I'd look forward every year to when chocolate oranges would reappear on grocery store ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Poor Pecan Crop and Imports to China May Mean Increase in Prices This Year: Buy Now!

    No matter how you say it -- pee-khan, pi-khan, pee-can or any other variation -- the price of pecans is going up. The increase may not be seen on grocery store shelves just yet, but a number of contributing factors mean that your pecan pies will likely be a little more expensive this holiday seaso ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    Latkes & Turkeys Unite: Eight Recipes for Your Thanksgivukkah Celebration

    It's a Hanukkah miracle! This year, for the first time since 1888 (and according to one calculation, the last time for another 77,798 years), the first full day of the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights falls on Thanksgiving Day. It's Thanksgivukkah, y'all! Challah! To honor this very special ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    Want To Eat Out for Thanksgiving This Year? Houston Restaurants Have What You Need

    Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so make sure you have plans to feed every hungry mouth in your family on November 28. A multitude of Houston restaurants are here to make this food-centric holiday less stressful by opening up their kitchens to do the cooking for you, and you know it's g ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    How To: Make Your Own Almond Milk, And You'll Never Buy it in a Store Again

    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 >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Top 10 Pumpkin Seed Recipes: Don't Waste Any Part of Your Jack-O-Lantern!

    Millions of people carve pumpkins every year as Halloween nears. While it is loads of fun to create an image, design or simple Jack-O-Lantern face on the front of a pumpkin, the best part is often discarded and forgotten about; I'm talking about the seeds. I always thought the stringy flesh of a pu ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Game Day Wings, Sprouts Salad, & More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    5 More Awesome Things to Eat at Buc-ee's

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about my ritual of stopping by mega-convenience store Buc-ee's on my way to visit family in the Hill Country. Because I visit my folks pretty regularly, I stop at Buc-ee's a lot. It's not really a road trip unless I do. I listed the top 5 things to eat at Buc-ee's, includin ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Easter Sweets: Where To Find The Best Carrot Cakes This Holiday

    Carrots and cream cheese. No, that combo is not the cravings of a crazed woman in her ninth month of pregnancy; it's what brings carrot cake its magic. From the classic three-layer cake to miniature cupcakes and a cream-cheese-iced cookie, we've put together a list of where to pick up some of Hous ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Are Other Nut Butters Healthier Than Peanut Butter?

    I found myself a bit stumped last week when trying to decide which nut butter -- peanut, almond or cashew -- to choose as the spread for my Monster PBJ sandwich. The food truck offers all three, as well as gluten-free bread and other options for the truly discerning sandwich diner. I've been attempt ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    $7 Well-Spent at Monster PBJ

    I was fully prepared to turn my nose up at Monster PBJ. A $7 peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Prepared with your choice of locally sourced breads, nut butters and jams? It sounded like a Portlandia episode. "We can pickle that!" I love it when I'm wrong. I'm officially here to tell you that if yo ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    The $20 Trader Joe's Challenge

    Editor's note: We asked five Eating Our Words bloggers to head to Trader Joe's with $20 and write about what they were able to get. We've gathered their stories together here. Katharine Shilcutt: Objective: Two meals for two for $20 My boyfriend and I hit Trader Joe's a little before 5 p.m. on a ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Happy National Trail Mix Day: The Ultimate Guide to Build the Perfect Trail Mix

    The beauty of trail mix is that you can put all sorts of ingredients together to make an ultimate and flavorful snack. The trick is putting together a cohesive mix. So, in celebration of National Trail Mix Day, I have put together a guide to building the perfect trail mix, ensuring that you will m ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    What's Cooking on Pinterest? Frozen Greek Yogurt Bananas

    My favorite ice cream treat at Disney World is the frozen chocolate banana. I've always loved the combination of chocolate and banana, and I love it even more when it's coated with crushed pecans, almonds, cashews...pretty much any kind of nut. This week on Pinterest I found a recipe for frozen ban ... More >>

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    May 1, 2012

    Homemade Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Biscotti...'Nuff Said

    Biscotti -- which literally means "twice-baked " -- are slightly sweet and ultra-crumbly Italian biscuits. The cookies' dry, crisp texture is a result of the second baking. They are the perfect accompaniment for a frothy cappuccino, a breakfast tea or even a sweet dessert wine. More importantly, the ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Christmas Traditions: Mom's Best Fudge

    Remember to cut a small square for yourself, for "testing" purposes.​My mother is known for many things, but chief among them are her Christmas baked goods, including this family recipe for fudge. Each year, lucky friends and family make out with a tin or two. And until my grandfather passed a ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Matti Merrell and Rodney Perry of Green Seed Vegan

    Photo by Mandy Oaklander​Forget fat-bubbly steaks and cheese-drenched crab enchiladas. If there was one cuisine in Houston I had to dine on for the rest of my life, it would come from Green Seed Vegan. If you're just joining us, check out our chat with vegan chefs Matti Merrell and Rodney Perr ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Yoga Fuel: Everything Bars from Sinfull Bakery

    Photos: Christina UticoneYou are my Everything.​This is the kind of review I hesitate to write. I am a horribly selfish person, so I fear that giving props to this product will result in my having difficulty finding it, which in turn makes me want to keep it a secret. I'm torn! But I will grud ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Racing Rachael: Hot Topic

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​I'm not really a fan of chicken pieces with nuts. *Insert inappropriate comment here, kids.* However, since my husband dog-eared this 30-minute recipe, I thought I'd give it a go. Is it a keeper? The food: Chipotle Cashew Chicken with Brown Rice and Glazed Spinach ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Food Fight: Pecan Pie

    Dacapo's, left. Goode Co., right.​It may be the state tree of Texas, but the pecan sure doesn't attract the kind of attention lavished on the state flower, the bluebonnet. Put it this way: You don't see photo studios offering to capture a young Texan's first bite of pecan pie. If only! The blu ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Recipe: Mom's Christmas Fudge

    Remember to cut a small square for yourself, for "testing" purposes.​My mother is known for many things, but chief among them are her Christmas baked goods, including this family recipe for fudge. Each year, lucky friends and family make out with a tin or two. And until my grandfather passed a ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Top 5 Worst Holiday Food Gifts

    craftapaloozaPeppermint bark: you can't have just one. ​5. Thanks for nothing Have you ever gotten a $25 gift certificate to HoneyBaked Hams? Do you have any idea what $25 will get you there? I'm guessing half a pig's scrotum. Sorry for singling out this fine cured-meats establishment, but y ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Pat Greer's Raw Vegan Kitchen

    Pat Greer and her assistant Ray in the kitchen.​Yesterday we chatted with the lively raw vegan chef Patricia Greer. Today we discuss some of the items she makes - some even carnivores will enjoy. EOW: Here in Houston, you definitely have a niche market, which might be more difficult than oth ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010
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    September 2, 2010

    Food Fight: Battle Baklava

    No matter who loses Battle Baklava, we all win!​Several years ago I found a letter from the early 1970's handwritten from my great-grandmother to my grandmother. The paragraphs alternated between Serbian and broken English, some expressing open joy that my uncle had returned safely from Vietna ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    8 Common Foods (That Are Poisonous)

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Earlier this week, Katharine Shilcutt took a look at 8 foods notable for containing trace amounts of radiation. She carefully pointed out that the radiation in those foods was so negligible, there's no real threat to you or me unless we were to ingest m ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Ingredient of the Week: Pepitas

    vanderwal​What is it?"Pepita" is the Mexican Spanish word for "pumpkin seed." Pepitas are sold either with the shell on or off and can be raw or toasted. They're very popular in Mexico - where their status as a popular snack originated from the Aztec culture. Pumpkin seeds have a high percen ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Recipe Tasting: Spinach Bread

    Does this look like bread to you?​It's the end of a stretch of diet for an upcoming vacation. Refined starches are a no-no, but I can't help but miss bread. Rather than sneak over to a French bakery and blow the diet, I decided to take a stab at this recipe I found online. "Slice and enjoy as ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Summertime Splurge: Ice Cream at The Chocolate Bar

    ​Whether it is an innate physiological response to the sweltering heat or a more shallow desire to look good while lounging poolside, people have a tendency to eat lighter during the simmering months of summer. But this rule of thumb excludes ice cream. So despite my recent healthful eating ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Nut Mix

    ​Nuts are a great way to curb hunger cravings. This tasty nut snack mix is a slightly sweet, slightly clumpy version of a trail mix -- simply speaking, this is a granola minus the actual oats. It was created as a post-workout snack and something to toss in a camelback, as the protein and raw s ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Brew Blog: Beer and Cashews

    ​We had some spare cashews in the pantry and, being the innovative people we are, figured we should try to pair them up with a beer suited to their unique flavor. Step aside, peanuts. It's cashew time. We stopped by the D & Q and found two bottles we thought might fit with our chosen nuts. F ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Recipe: Horchata Cubana

    ​We Houstonians love our horchata. We are more used to the traditional Mexican-style horchata, which contains cinnamon and lime and often is served as a hangover cure on Sunday mornings (or a hangover starter when mixed with rum on Saturday nights). Cuban horchata, however, is simpler and trad ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010
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    December 23, 2009

    Recipe: Granola

    ​Instead of baking cookies or giving ornaments during the holiday season, we like to give little packs of granola. Everyone eats it, even if they're on a diet, and it's good to keep in your desk. This particular version uses raw honey to help with pesky seasonal allergies, as well as organic e ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 19, 2009

    Crispy and Crispier

    Crispy Cashew Calamari at Eddie V's

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    November 9, 2009

    Native Pecan Report

    ​The native pecans are nice and meaty this year. I knew it was pecan season when I saw two women walking around my neighborhood collecting nuts in a Shipley's Donut bag. Then I saw a very clever individual shaking the branches of a native pecan tree by means of a long pipe with a hook taped on ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    Healthy But Flavorless Pecan Oil

    I shelled out almost $13 for this bottle of pecan oil at Whole Foods. It doesn't taste like pecans--the manufacturer says that's a good thing. They were doing a demonstration at the store using the pecan oil to fry fish. The fish tasted fine, but I wondered why no flavor was a benefit. They lady sai ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Mom's Christmas Fudge

    My mother is known for many things, but chief among them is her famous Christmas fudge.  Each year, lucky friends and family make out with a tin or two.  And until my grandfather passed away last year, she would always make an enormous gift basket for him each year at Christmas, filled wit ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 19, 2007

    Sandy's Produce Market

    One healthy meal at Sandy's Produce Market will wipe away all of your high-cholesterol sins

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    June 2, 2005

    Precision Pecan Pie

    Roland's Swiss Pastry and Bistro

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    November 28, 2002
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    November 8, 2001

    Walker, Texas Ranger

    Carl Walker, Brennan's of Houston

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    January 7, 1999
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