comfort food

Texas, in Beverages

December 5, 2013
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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 morning, sweetened with everyone’s favorite flavored creamer and accompanied by holiday week indulgences like pigs…

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Gratitude Project: Great Food

November 13, 2013
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“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 your companions, and you compare it with other experiences.” ― Julia Child, Mastering the Art…

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Gratitude Project: Pumpkins (bonus Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Chili Recipe)

November 8, 2013
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This is the time of year when pre-packaged food producers whore themselves out to the pumpkin-craving public, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’m a sucker for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin soups. I grab an extra can of pureed pumpkin “just in case” nearly every time I’m at the store and…

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10 Barrel Brewing Company – Bend, Oregon

August 19, 2013
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10 Barrel Brewing Company – Bend, Oregon

You really can’t visit Bend without trying a brewery (or five), and what makes our breweries so special is how central they are to Bend (and really, Northwestern) life. You can’t attend a backyard BBQ or church campout without craft beers making a celebrated appearance, and there’s hardly a weekend without a festival, tasting or…

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Zydeco Kitchen – Bend, Oregon

May 15, 2013
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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, of course). So, I’m going to regale you with a tale about one of my…

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Shrimp and Grits

February 28, 2013
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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 exactly, and, therefore, I’m much more likely to wax eloquent about a one-hit wonder than…

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Farewell to Food Lush

January 31, 2013
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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 a really fun outlet to discuss all things foodie (I got a new herb mincer!…

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Vanilla {31 days}

October 23, 2012
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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 sweet in summer, creamy and warm in winter. It’s dropped into a fluffy angel food…

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Mashed Potatoes {31 Days}

October 18, 2012
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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 to come in and start whipping up some supper. My 10-year-old brain did not comprehend.…

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A Recipe I Love {31 Days}

October 15, 2012
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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 pasta and sausage. It’s hearty and simple and made with only a pot or two,…

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