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Jan. 29, 2012 10:26 am 
Updated: Jan. 29, 2012 12:59 pm
Today is National Corn Chip Day!  The most famous of the corn chips, made by Frito Lay, come from our home state of Texas.  Legend has it that a man by the name of C. E. Doolin bought the recipe for fried strips of corn meal dough from a man on the streets of San Antonio...paid $100 for… MORE
San Bernard River Shrimp Dip
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Jan. 22, 2012 11:27 am 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2012 4:43 pm
As newcomers to Woodfin, NC we are anxious to meet our neighbors...we've been here six months and we've met several neighbors, had dinner with 3 or 4 couples.  And we're excited tobe invited to "our" mountain's neighborhood wine tasting club.  And apparently they are anxious to meet "the… MORE
Hot Crab Artichoke Sprrad
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Jan. 20, 2012 12:07 pm 
Updated: Feb. 6, 2012 4:40 am
On a recent unexpected trip back to Texas for a family funeral, we made a "find" at our house (that's up for sale!).  Despite the horrible drought in the Houston area,  our Meyer lemon tree had a HUGE lemon on it.  Meyer lemons are so sweet, very floral, and not very acidic.  And they just… MORE
Meyer Lemon!
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Jan. 9, 2012 11:41 am 
Updated: Jan. 20, 2012 11:19 am
Inspired by an incredible bowl of Corner Kitchen's Crab Corn Chowder and spurred on to use beautiful fresh shucked oysters from neighboring Virginia = my version of Oyster Corn Chowder. 1/2 pound thick sliced bacon, cut into small dice1 cup yellow onions, diced1/2 cup chopped celery, diced1/2… MORE
Oyster Corn Chowder
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Nov. 2, 2011 2:36 pm 
Updated: Nov. 2, 2011 11:21 pm
Now I know that claiming that "my" recipe for REAL Texas Chili is like waving a red flag at a Brahma bull, but before everyone reaches for their hanging rope, let me explain why historically this is pretty close to REAL chili.First, tomatoes have no place in chili...their addition makes a great… MORE
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Oct. 6, 2011 1:49 pm 
Updated: Oct. 8, 2011 6:29 am
Have spent this past week putting up a bushel of Mutsu and Stayman apples that we picked at Hickory Nut Gap Farms last weekend.  Making Apple Jelly, Apple Chutney, Apple Preserves, freezing and dehydrating apples made me start inventing ways to use this bounty!  What better way then an… MORE
Harvest Apple Cookies
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Oct. 4, 2011 12:15 pm 
Updated: Oct. 7, 2011 4:28 am
My husband David and I just moved from Houston, Texas (yes, where the temperature went over 100 for most of the summer!) to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.  Within 2 months of getting here, fall has arrived and with it blessed cooler weather and spectacular fall colors.… MORE
David waiting on his Taco Casserole!
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About Me
I'm the former owner of Mint Condition Herb Farm, an organic herb nursery, gardening shop and cooking school in Seabrook, Texas. In July my husband and I moved from Texas to Asheville, North Carolina and began a whole new adventure...farmer's markets are everywhere and small farms are just down the road. it's a cooks paradise! I'm found every Saturday am at the UNC Farmer's Market picking what's fresh for our meals the next week!
My favorite things to cook
Chicken, seafood (NC seafood is awesome!), & I'm experimenting constantly with Shrimp & Grits. With so much local organic produce I'm canning, dehydrating and freezing as much as possible for the coming winter. Love to bake bread, any kind of bread. We no longer eat turkey though...we have huge flocks that wander our yard and it would seem too much like eating a pet! Guess it will be ham for the holidays this year!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cinnamon sticky buns during the Texas/A&M grudge match at Thanksgiving! Chicken Noodle Soup with Fresh Rosemary and Homemade Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies for whenever my husband isn't feel well!
My cooking triumphs
I catered lunch and snacks for the cast and crew of a History Channel documentary on The Making of the Alamo and even got screen credit! Having written 3 cookbooks (San Bernard River Recipes) that are now out of print, I'm working on Mint Condition Herb Farm's new cookbook! And hoping that will be my future cooking triumph! I'm also a former food writer and restaurant reviewer for the Houston Chronicle.
My cooking tragedies
My first loaf of boyfriend (now my husband of 34 years!) went around knocking on neighbor's doors with it, it was so hard!!!! I've gotten much much better he says!
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