comfort food

Texas, in Beverages

It’s a giant Coke Zero at the Movie Tavern, refillable without leaving your seat, (what magic!) companionable because it’s with family, and it’s what Ashley and I both get, along with a shared bag of popcorn. It’s coffee in the…

Gratitude Project: Great Food

“Just like becoming an expert in wine–you learn by drinking it, the best you can afford–you learn about great food by finding the best there is, whether simply or luxurious. The you savor it, analyze it, and discuss it with…

Zydeco Kitchen – Bend, Oregon

I’ve been informed by my family that I need to start writing more about food. I guess it makes sense, since looking up new places to nosh is one of my very favorite activities (second only to the noshing itself,…

Shrimp and Grits

My beautiful sister-in-law suggested that, since Food Lush is no more (sad!) I should write about food here from time to time. I should warn you though – I’m a very passionate, haphazard cook. I rarely measure or follow recipes…

Farewell to Food Lush

Over the last couple of years, I’ve gotten to participate in a blogging family that I used to love reading, and couldn’t believe my luck when I was actually included on the writer’s roster. Food Lush has been not only…

Vanilla {31 days}

The Barefoot Contessa always says, “be sure to use really good vanilla” in her recipes, as though any buyer of her cookbooks would ever think of some imitation flavor as good enough. I love the smell of vanilla, bright and…

Mashed Potatoes {31 Days}

I remember standing in our next-door neighbor’s kitchen, as he told me they were having chicken and “smashed potatoes” for dinner. I looked at the clean countertop with the unassuming green cardboard box sitting atop it, waiting for his mother…

A Recipe I Love {31 Days}

I love a lot of recipes. I love food and I love to cook. But one that I can always serve to anyone, that nearly always sounds good no matter the season, that always makes my hungry husband smile, is…