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[20 Feb 2013 | 9 Comments | 3,957 views]
Aunt Linda’s Strawberry Thaw

My mom is a great cook, and like most great cooks, she has signature recipes that are family favorites. Her strawberry thaw is one of my dad’s favorite recipes, and I’m guessing that I have cousins who love it also, because the recipe my mom sent me was titled “Aunt Linda’s Strawberry Thaw.”
I made the strawberry thaw last week for Valentine’s Day as I had frozen strawberries defrosted for another recipe, and because the thaw is stored in the freezer, and we were going away for the weekend the next …

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Tasty Tuesdays »

[8 Nov 2011 | 5 Comments | 3,982 views]
Tasty Tuesdays: Best Pie in Austin

If you haven’t tried pies or crimps from The Pie Society yet, you’re missing out, Austinites. The Pie Society is a totally local, totally homegrown business started by my friends and former colleagues, Lindsay and Emily.
Let me first answer the question that’s undoubtedly on your mind, “what the heck are crimps?” According to the menu, crimps are bite-sized, fits-in-the-palm-of-your-hand crimped balls of pie, with a flaky, golden crust on the outside and a delicious savory or sweet filling on the inside.
Basically, crimps are the perfect size to sample many different …

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Recipes »

[20 Nov 2010 | 13 Comments | 4,953 views]
Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

My mom has been making chocolate chip banana cake for as long as I can remember. As I’m sitting down (ok lying down) to write this post, I think it should more accurately be called banana cake with chocolate chips, nuts and brown sugar. But chocolate chip banana cake is shorter and easier to remember and it’s always best to lead with the chocolate.

I usually make this cake on special occasions and also when I find myself with at least three frozen bananas in the freezer. Chocolate Chip Banana Cake …

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Restaurants »

[10 Oct 2010 | 7 Comments | 4,513 views]
Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you’re at ACL today, I recommend keeping an eye out for Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck on Barton Springs Road — probably at Thom’s Market. According to their Twitter feed, they have been camped out there all weekend serving up delicious ice cream sandwiches to the music loving masses.

The Austin Coolhaus truck is the second location nationwide, the first is in L.A. According to New York Street Food, they will be bringing Coolhaus to New York City in 2011.
Coolhaus is an architectural dessert miracle with a wonderful …

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Travels »

[6 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 3,239 views]
Jeff’s East Village Eating Tour

Austinites, thank you for your patience! This is my final NYC blog of 2010.
I loved it when my brother Jeff suggested he would take Adam and I on an eating tour of the East Village, tasting some of his favorite bites in the city.
The tour included some walking and lots of talking, punctuated by small meals. Our first stop was Porchetta, where we ordered the $10 Porchetta sandwich, dividing it into three.
I loved the delicious, porky, goodness and the crispy bits of skin.
Our next stop was just down the street …

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