• Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Take a Whack at the Cronut Recipe

    Gastronaut: Meatless Mondays don't have to be bland; vegetarian and vegan dishes can easily be filled with flavor and enticing ingredients, like a veggie panini with a side of cauliflower nuggets at Green Seed Vegan. Katharine Shilcutt writes that the cauliflower nuggets "were as good as ever." The ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Rosinka Wine & Tea House in Rice Village Transports You Straight to Europe

    Rice Village is one of the best areas in the city to walk around visiting shops, restaurants, cafes and farmers markets just as you would in a European country. And that's exactly why Katerina Belik and Ivan Belik opened Rosinka Wine & Tea House in this neighborhood. Katerina is a lecturer at Rice U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Five Desserts Perfect for the Fourth of July

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say you don't want to see another red-white-and-blue cake, cupcake or pie recipe. Am I right? While it's fun to make that striped cake with buttercream frosting, strawberries and blueberries, it gets old after a while. Who are we kidding? It gets old after the first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    The United States of Desserts: Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

    In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections and desserts associated with American states. Sugar. Cream. Pie. What's not to like about a dessert that combines all three elements? Residents of Indiana, aka "Hoosiers," have a particular penchant for this amalgama ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Five Dishes Featuring Spring Peas

    Last week we wrote about the spring produce you should be buying at farmers markets and grocery stores. The spring season brings lots of bright, fresh fruits and vegetables, but a special veggie seems to stand out as one of the most popular ingredients for in-season recipes: spring peas. One of my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Cereal-and-Milk Cocktails, Apple Galettes, and a Donut-Bacon Cheeseburger

    Daily Details: Cocktail flavors can be quite inventive, but have these creations gone too far? Breakfast and cereal flavors are being made into cocktails at bars all around the world. This blog post from Daily Details shares insight into the cereal cocktails found in a variety of bars in the United ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Baker Spotlight: Kit Seay, Amanda Bates Spread (Mother and Daughter) Joy Through Tiny Pies

    Who says a pie has to be large? Why can't a pie be handheld or even bite-size? Mother and daughter duo Kit Seay and Amanda Bates decided to make a business around smaller, personal pies, hence the name, Tiny Pies. But, the idea didn't come from either of them. "My grandson suggested that we make ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Hubbell & Hudson Wants to Cater Your Thanksgiving Dinner This Year

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Go Take-Out and Let Houston Restaurants Do the Work for You This Thanksgiving

    The Thanksgiving holiday is all about spending time with family and eating entirely too much food. But how to maximize both of those goals? With take-out, of course! Many Houston restaurants are offering full Thanksgiving feasts to-go, so you don't need to lift a finger (except maybe to do the dish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No 72, Chicken Pot Pie at Kenny & Ziggy's

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    We Made Sangria Pie, Because Why Not

    So we all love sangria, right? Who doesn't. Know what else we love? Pie. So then we were all like, wait a minute. Sangria. Pie. Sangria Pie! Suddenly, life just got a little more beautiful. We suggest letting your freak flag fly and enjoying a slice of sangria pie with a glass of real sangria, to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: Backstreet Café

    What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Backstreet Café is taking a beverage-driven approach to Houston Restaurant Weeks and there's something for everyone. They have developed specific, three-course dinner menus for red wine, white wine, beer and cocktails. Pairings are an additional cost, but y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    The Non-Pressure Test: Make Chocolate Éclairs Like a MasterChef

    Masterchef is back (and with another Houstonian in the mix -- Team James)! We've been loving the season so far, especially the pressure tests. But with a pissed-off Ramsay, daunting time restraints and cameras right in the contestants' faces waiting for them to break down in an ugly cry in front of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    It's National Pecan Day! Check Out These Five Takes On The Classic Pecan Pie

    In honor of National Pecan Day, we've compiled a list of top-notch recipes for the most well-known pecan dessert around: The Pecan Pie. From the tried and true classic to a boozed-out pie you can drink, check out these Top 5 Pecan Pie Recipes:

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Top 5 Restaurant Pecan Pies To Try In Houston

    Pie is good. Pecans are good. When these forces combine you have a pie that's all American. (Forgot apple, the British invented that and pecans, didn't ya know, are the only nut native to the United States?). So on July 12, wave your flag and eat some pecan pie. Here are five restaurant varieties to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Summer Garden Pasta & 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    It's Pie Time: Five Pies To Celebrate Independence Day

    After all of the hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue chicken have been eaten on the Fourth of July, the best way to end the celebration is with a slice of pie, and a scoop of ice cream, of course. While you can keep it traditional and bake an apple pie for the Fourth of July, try some of these pies fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Pork Meatball Banh Mi, Cauliflower Fried Rice and 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    What's Cooking on Pinterest? Taco Cupcakes

    The Food & Drink section of Pinterest is overflowing with recipes for Super Bowl weekend. Almost every pin is an easy appetizers, hearty game-day chili or a football-themed dessert. So, I decided to make an easy appetizer you can serve up to everyone at your home as you enjoy all the Super Bowl fest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Lightened Comfort Food: Chicken Pot Pie

    As the temperatures drop, we begin to crave creamy and comforting meals. Creamy warm crock-pot dinners, tender beef pot roasts, cheesy pasta dishes and many more delicious winter foods always come to mind when the weather begins to change. But sometimes we want to enjoy the comforts of winter food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Use That Leftover Summer Squash: Easy Zucchini & Yellow Squash Quiche

    Squash is in season...and it's cheap...and it's delicious -- so there really is no reason not to pick some up from your local farmer's market or grocery store, or even grow your own. One of my favorite summer squash recipes is a Zucchini & Yellow Squash Quiche. I use a hint of tangy Dijon and some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    What Are We Stuffing? Apples

    Apple pie just screams "classic American dessert." Pair it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and you've got yourself one of the best fruit dessert combinations. My favorite part about apple pies is the warm, sugary and slightly crunchy apple filling. You can't go wrong with apples, butter, brow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week? Garlic Mustard Beef Skewers, Tomato & Goat Cheese Tarts More

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

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Make a Gourmet Meal in Half the Time with Our Tips and Tricks

    Don't call it cheating; call it a shortcut. Very few of us these days have the time or energy to make phyllo dough from scratch or even to simply chop vegetables. And if you're trying to host a nice dinner for friends or cook a good meal for your loved ones, there's absolutely nothing wrong with us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week?

    Easter was wonderful (as were the week of home cooked meals I enjoyed leading up to the celebration). One of my favorite parts about Easter are the leftovers, or remaking the leftovers. So I'm using up some leftover ham and making some other Spring treats. Here's what I'm making: Scrambled Eggs w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Fast Times: Kentucky Fried Chicken 'Chunky Chicken' Pot Pie

    A $4, fast food pot pie -- who could resist? Certainly not me, and as soon as I saw an advert for the Chunky Chicken Pot Pie at KFC I was pulling up to the drive-thru window. Chicken pot pie is a total throwback to my childhood, when my brother and I would turn up our noses at the delicious, homemad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Pâte à Choux and Pilfered Sou(bise)

    SO EASY​Some weeks ago, my wife and I were lucky enough to attend a vegetable-focused dinner prepared by Chef Justin Yu. It stands easily as one of the best meals I've had this year, and featured many moments during which either my wife or I would lament the fact that we could not have this di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    The Original Kolache Shoppe, Really

    Anamaris Cousins PriceThe Original Kolache Shoppe​I drove about 20 miles, waved bye to Frank's Grill and just when I thought I would hit Hobby Airport, I fell in love with the kolaches, and everything else, at The Original Kolache Shoppe. A family business since 1956, their little shoppe is fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Tommy Birdwell of TQLA

    Photo by Matthew DresdenChef Tommy Birdwell, in front of TQLA​Houston native Tommy Birdwell, the co-owner/executive chef at TQLA, may hold the record for having worked at more restaurants than any other chef in Houston: 37, at last count. Then again, his career began at age ten. A graduate of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Food Fight: Sweet Potato Pie

    Photos by Matthew DresdenA slice of sweet potato pie from House of Pies​A sweet potato is not a yam, and a yam is not a sweet potato. Except when a sweet potato is called a yam, which is not because that sweet potato is an actual yam, but because it is a variety with softer flesh, like an actu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Food Fight: Battle Beignets

    Photo by Matthew DresdenChez Beignets II​A few years ago, when I spent a month getting around Houston entirely by public transit, I found myself checking out from Central Market one warm spring evening at 10 p.m. It had just rained, and the air was fresh and cool, and I didn't feel like waitin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Food Fight: Fried Rodeo Fare

    ​ Fried delicacies abound at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, so what better place to do a little food fighting? To locate the stands we visited, click here. Battle Corndogs (Yoakum Packing Co. vs. Cajun Unlimited) What rodeo trip would be complete without scarfing down a corndog--or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Crescent City Beignets

    ​Sometimes, nothing satisfies quite like a plate full of hot dough, fat, and sugar. I'm speaking, of course, of beignets. When the mood strikes, these pillowy confections simply can't be replaced. People may try to ply you with Indian fry bread, funnel cakes, or perhaps even sopapillas. The pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Bean Pie, My Brother?

    Photo by Romana Klee​If 2011 is supposed to be the year of the pie, I would like to humbly submit the bean pie for consideration as one of the great examples of pie innovation throughout the years. At Conscious Cafe -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- you can buy bean pie by the slic ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Top 5 Uses for Holiday Leftovers

    savorytartGo fix us a turkey pot pie.​The holidays are awesome. Everybody makes their best dish, which usually leaves enough food left over for a small army. Rather than continuing to gorge yourself on reheated, plain-old leftovers, here are some ways to help gobble up what's left. 5. Make i ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    The Perfect Christmas Gift: Goode Company Pecan Pie​Need a gift that is outrageously Texan that you can send to an out-of-stater without having to do much more than click a mouse? My choice, beyond all others, is a Goode Company pecan pie. You don't even really have to be a thoughtful person to send one. Say what you wi ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Top 5 Flying Saucer Pies

    Photo courtesy of out_of_rhythm​The pies at Flying Saucer are creeping up in price, and dare I say a little overrated in the taste department. But tradition is tradition. What's a Thanksgiving without waiting in line for one of their tasty treats? Here are the top five worth waiting for...and no, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Your Handy Thanksgiving Flow Chart, Plus Bonus Recipe for Creamy White Deliciousness

    Jason Bargas Click here to view the chart full-size.​If you have to attend a Thanksgiving meal, then you have to make a Creamy White Deliciousness Pie - at least according to this handy flow chart, which we've assembled to help you navigate the holiday. Fill your quota of Kickass Points (Coo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    What Are Houston Chefs Cooking This Thanksgiving?

    Photo by Carbon NYC​Thanksgiving: A day to gather with your loved ones and give thanks? Or a day to display your culinary prowess to friends and family? Increasingly, the emphasis has been on the latter in the past few years, as people try to dress up the traditional Thanksgiving spread and im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    A Slice of Heaven at Pie in the Sky

    It's official: Your grandmother no longer has any use aside from supplying you with $10 bills on your birthday and taking your side when your mother calls you fat (actually, that's still pretty useful...).  Pie in the Sky in Montgomery County will outbake your grandmother any day of the week.&n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    National Pie Day: Do Your Part and Have a Slice

    You may not know it, but today is National Pie Day (at least according to the folks at the American Pie Council, which, by the way...sweet gig!).  It's the 23rd anniversary of the venerated holiday, which was created -- appropriately, if rather disgustingly, enough -- to commemor ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 8, 2009
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    December 29, 2008

    Chess Pie: A Southern Tradition

    Chess pie is one of those forgotten vestiges of old Southern culture, like RC Colas and Moon Pies, that hasn't yet been snapped up by nouveau foodies and made trendy again, as has been done with greens, grits and pork fat. It's all for the best, really.  Chess pie isn't supposed to be tren ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 2, 2005

    Precision Pecan Pie

    Roland's Swiss Pastry and Bistro

  • Dining

    January 23, 2003

    UFO Sighting

    Flying Saucer Pie Company

  • Dining

    May 13, 1999

    Beignet Blahs

    Good ideas. Bad execution.

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    March 4, 1999
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    April 9, 1998
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