Austin food blogs

New Year’s fiber fix: hummus

Hummus Who’s coming to dinner? This hummus recipe satisfies every generation. 1 cup cooked chickpeas 3 cloves garlic, crushed juice of 1/2 lemon 2 tablespoons tahina (sesame) 1/2 teaspoon salt olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped paprika Reserve 1/4 cup of liquid from boiled chickpeas (garbanzo beans). Mix crushed garlic, lemon juice, tahina and …

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Ring in Cookie Season

It’s high season for cookie baking and the real treats often roll out in December. If you’re looking for an oatmeal-cranberry take on cookies, sample this recipe. Cookie cheers to Cookie Madness for exactness in preparation–fantastic batch served up in Austin! Drop by Cookie Madness http://www.cookiemadness.net/ and from there, skip on over to Oatmeal Cookie Guy’s …

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Try these festive crab cakes

Don’t you love a chef who serves a dish you can’t resist? While we were away from the cookery last week, we stopped for lunch at Hurricane Cafe. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/dining/restaurants/23527/DetailedList.jspd?activity=23527 They offered just what you might want in a casual, friendly setting.  The crab cakes they prepare inspired me to dust off my crab cakes recipe.  I’m planning a few …

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On a roll

Kids love rolling dough.  As long as we keep the rolling to a minimum, we turn out great pie crusts. For your single layer crust that I hope you’ll be serving up pumpkin-style, stick with the basics: 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup lard 3 tablespoons icy cold water Mix dry ingredients and …

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Get personal . . . with your own cookbook

TasteBook has unveiled a hard copy cookbook that gets very personal. It enables you to personalize a collection of recipes in a cookbook, enhanced far beyond many of the “photo memory” books on the market the past few years. Who doesn’t appreciate the convenience of borrowing recipes and ideas from food sites and blogs?  Electronic copies free up …

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