A Three Course January Picnic with Friends Paper-Thin Rare Roast Beef with Balsamic Drizzle and Roasted Red Peppers and Arugula Potato Pie Macerated Tomato Salad Giant Sea Salted Oatmeal Cookies with Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Rare Roast Beef with Roasted Red Peppers and Arugula This is so easy, and so tasty, it is unbelievable. It […]
Picnic – Grilled Shrimp with Two Sauces – Egg Salad Sandwiches with Smoked Salmon – Blueberry Citrus Tart
Wine Tasting Picnic Grilled Shrimp with Two Sauces Saffron aioli and Dijon Mustard Spiked Tomato Jam Egg Salad Sandwiches with Smoked Salmon Salt and Pepper Potato Chips Tomato, Roasted Beet, and Pickled Onion Salad Blueberry Citrus Tart Grilled Shrimp with Two Sauces Serves 6 For the shrimp: 2 pounds (12 to 15-count) shrimp, peeled […]
Picnic at Bending Branch Winery Shrimp and Mango Cocktail Curried Smoked Chicken and Wild Rice Salad Mixed Vegetables Vinaigrette Squash Bread Candied Ginger Shortbread Hearts, Strawberries, Grand Marnier Cream Shrimp and Mango Cocktail Serves 4 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 tablespoons plain yogurt 2 teaspoons Cognac 1 teaspoon ketchup 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, […]
Thursday’s are special days, and if we are in town, ever since we moved to the Texas Hill Country eleven years ago, we are at San Marcos’ Summer Concerts in the Park. There is something magic about night music under the stars accompanied by wine, food, and friends. I wouldn’t trade it for anything—so I’m […]
Recipes – Rustic Tomato Tart, Mesclun Salad with Greek Feta, Strawberries, and Smoked Almonds, Orange Chiffon Cake
Picnic at Wimberley Valley Winery for Five Friends Rustic Tomato Tart Chicken Kabobs Wild Rice Medley Mesclun with Greek Feta, Sweet Strawberries, and Smoked Almonds Orange Chiffon Cake with Orange-Cointreau Sauce Rustic Tomato Tart Serves 8 (but the leftovers are great!) 2 very large onions, sliced thin, lengthwise 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ pound […]
Artist - Traveller - Foodie - Avid Hostess - Picnicker - Amateur Chef
Simply put, I love Texas. I have lived almost my entire life in this state. Born and raised in San Antonio, I spent the majority of my adult life in Fort Worth, in addition to ten years—on and off—sailing in and around the Gulf Coast on our 40’ Endeavor, Island Rose. For the past ten years, my husband and I have called Wimberley home—and if I love Texas—I adore the Texas Hill Country.
We have traveled extensively in this state--from deep East to far West, from North to South--and have probably been on more back roads and in more towns than anyone I have encountered. I AM a Texan—through and through!
I’m a foodie. I love to cook. I am a good judge of what is excellent, what is not. We will drive two-and-a-half hours for Saturday lunch; for the journey and the destination. I love picnics and trying out local wineries. Food and wine pairings draw me like a magnet. And music—all kinds. Concerts are on the menu at our house every year, be they concerts in a house, in a park, in a barn, in an auditorium or at a winery--we're there.
I paint. I cook. I entertain. I love back country roads and small towns—we own two convertibles so I can be sure that nothing bars the experience of just being there.
I finally decided it was time to share my love of this state and these hills with anyone who will listen or read, letting them in on on the famous, the infamous and the not so famous places that dot the countryside and cities. I'll share stories, experiences, and recipes.
Hopefully, you will come along for the ride, blaze your own trails and let me know if you are having fun. If you step out your door and take a chance, I know that you will!