Posted By Judie Byrd on 2014 Apr 28 - 4:34pm

Pack up a basket and grab a cozy quilt. Forget about a hot stove and setting the table … oh, and leave fast food and the drive-through in your rearview mirror. With just a little pre-planning and these make-ahead recipes, you can create a relaxing, delicious al fresco feast your friends and...

Posted By Judie Byrd on 2014 Mar 24 - 3:27pm

Sharing a good meal with friends is a wonderful gift. And when the hostess is a talented florist, the event is beautiful as well as delicious.

Kelly Norvell, owner of Bridal Blooms Florist, loves to cook and entertain. And when she does, she uses flowers to turn her table into a lovely palette of colors and textures. “A vibrant table setting with really pretty flowers tells your guests that they are important,” says Kelly....

Posted By Judie Byrd on 2014 Jan 23 - 4:20pm

Creating classic dishes at home doesn’t have to demand a stint at chef school or hours of prep in the kitchen. Here are three staples that stand the test of time – and the recipes are kept simple and doable for today’s busy cook. Chicken Piccata will add a delicious, simple meal...

Posted By Judie Byrd on 2013 Dec 11 - 2:01pm

It's the time of year for the comfort of family and food.

Colorful, comforting and creative, this season’s fruits and vegetables add special touches to big holiday feasts as well as everyday family suppers. Here are a few of my favorites, each with a little twist. For a delicious new cranberry idea, find my Autumn Fruit Compote recipe at

Posted By Judie Byrd on 2013 Dec 2 - 4:17pm

Festive recipes by well-know locals

Looking for some kitchen inspiration this holiday season? We asked some well-known and well-loved locals to share their favorite festive recipes and, being the generous people they are, we have a fabulous roundup of fun, delicious dishes for you. Rosie Moncrief, Jean Roach, Deborah and Steve Lamb,...

Posted By Judie Byrd on 2013 Sep 26 - 9:39am

Beer...It's what's for dinner. Have your favorite brew and eat it too.

At last! Beautiful, cool autumn and comfort-food season. And the perfect time of year to let beer add deep, warm flavor to any homey dish.  Beer’s smooth, malty flavors are reason enough to add it to recipes. But it also boasts inherent meat tendering qualities that give extra...

Posted By Judie Byrd on 2013 Aug 28 - 12:08pm

September means on thing in Texas - the start of football season. To us Texans, this game is more than a sport; it's a way of life.

Yes, we take our football seriously (much like our food). Score big with the snacks you serve your game watchers with all-star munchies that are sure to tackle even the heartiest appetites. I’ve been making Cheesy Stuffed Sandwich Rolls since I was a newlywed. They are still a favorite in...

Posted By Judie Byrd on 2013 Jul 24 - 1:04pm

These days, more dads are doing the sautéing, slicing and dicing.

To some men, the challenge of the kitchen is like another sport – a guy-game given manly accreditation by popular food TV shows such as Throwdown, Iron Chef and Chopped. I know my own son, Brian (dad to three), calls me quite often to tell me he is in the kitchen with a glass of wine,...

Posted By Judie Byrd on 2013 Jun 26 - 12:34pm

Turn off the oven and light the grill. These simple, seasonal recipes allow more time for fun in the sun.

In the scorching Texas heat, dinnertime calls for bright, crisp, refreshing food, best prepared poolside on the grill. Bring a cool snap to your table with these delicious, seasonal recipes. For a simple, yet elegant dessert, visit for my fabulous Espresso Floats. Stay cool, y’all...

Posted By Judie Byrd on 2013 May 30 - 11:03am

Summer darlings of roadside stands and farmers’ markets, few foods are as refreshing on a hot Texas day as watermelon.

Icy, jewel-toned goodness -- a slice is perfect on its own. But let’s not stop there – this juicy fruit is also delicious as salad, sauce, soup or a cocktail. Let your imagination run wild, and to help out, here are some of my favorite ways to stretch your watermelon repertoire. I...


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