Beautiful Austin.

Beautiful Austin.

Food: Growing up, I cooked one or two nights a week for my family. Among my signature dishes: spaghetti and Hamburger Helper. Regardless of pre-packaged nature, I always added my own twist. The first cookbook I bought was Cajun-Creole, and my first dinner parties were usually disasters. My love of cooking and creating has never waned, though. The passion has carried me through passionless periods. The creative outlet has been just that, when the rest of life was monochromatic and decidedly not creative. Today, I challenge myself in the kitchen almost daily. My husband’s lactose intolerance and egg allergy, and our mutual choice to avoid gluten, deliver some limitations, but we always rise to the occasion. Frankly, we eat really well, and guilt-free.

Wine: I drank wine out of a box in college and then graduated to the milk that is Moscato somewhere in my mid 20’s. Soon thereafter, I tried Pinot Noir (the gateway red), then Cabernet Sauvignon, then Malbec, and now my true wine love is the red so spicy and full-bodied it could make me a meat sauce and sing Puccini. However, I appreciate wine universally – you’ll find me with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling, or an un-oaked, but still buttery Chardonnay when weather and cuisine call for it. In general, I love the history and the craftsmanship of wine. I love the adventure of discovering something new, and the comfort of knowing a tried and true favorite is just a few twists away.

Brunch at one of our favorite places, Jack Allen's Kitchen. 

Brunch at one of our favorite places, Jack Allen's Kitchen. 

Hospitality: I view hospitality as the art of showing care to others. I’ve been lonely, and nothing revealed to me that I wasn’t alone more than sitting across a table from someone – whether in their home or in a restaurant. Food has the power to heal physically, and certainly emotionally. I believe in that power, in the power of community, and in the power of breaking bread.

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. The recipes, ingredients and tips contained on this site work for my family and our dietary restrictions and are not meant to be universally appropriate. Please prepare and consume at your own risk. As well, all opinions contained herein are entirely my own.