Weekly Gems


Sweeten Your Holiday Season at Nutcracker Sweets!

The popular Nutcracker Sweets is back – bigger and more scrumptious than ever! The icing on the cake this year is the host location: the incredible new Tobin Center in downtown San Antonio. Nearly 20 of the city’s top restaurants, bakeries, chefs and trucks will roll out an evening of holiday delights…



Heart Healthy Steak Unlike Any Other in the US!

HeartBrand Akaushi is heart healthy, it’s true, but it also has an incredible history. The highest quality beef money can buy essentially came to be in the United States through a loophole in a trade act. Now this ‘national treasure’ in Japan is raised from birth stateside in Gonzales, TX…



Beers Fit for Sweater Weather!

We’ve come to learn there are beers fit for any forecast, and that includes sweater weather! The following cold weather brews are our true winter warmers…dark, malty and with higher alcohol content to leave you feeling nice and fuzzy inside…



The Perfect Holiday Pies!

By now you’ve probably seen our massive meal planner for Thanksgiving – turkey four ways and more all in one place on Goodtaste.tv. When it comes to holiday dessert, there’s nothing quite like that perfect piece of pie…no matter how you slice it!



Cheers for Hot Chocolate & Churros!

Plan a cuddle session with that special someone this week…temps are set to take another dip. It’s an early chill to get you in the mood for all kinds of fun stuff…including this choice combo: churros with homemade hot chocolate!



Southern Home Cooked Holidays

Funny how a flavor or an aroma can bring back long forgotten memories, even emotions. I recently discovered a decades old cookbook that belonged to my mother-in-law. As I flipped through the old pages and the loose, faded pieces of newspaper that filled its covers, I was overcome with emotion…



It’s Soup Season (Well Almost)!

These autumn evenings in the Lone Star State are gradually growing cooler, but boot weather can’t come soon enough! These savory soups all incorporate seasonal ingredients to keep you feeling snug and content…pumpkin and butternut squash to name a few.



Best Osso Bucco Recipe & Best Cookbook!

One of my favorite cookbooks is The Escoffier Cookbook, given to me by an old friend of many years ago. Auguste Escoffier’s original cookbook that this version is based on was published in France in 1903. He was truly a master of French cuisine and opened the world’s eyes to its genius.



Be Your Own Barista with Fall Flavors for Coffee

We’re guilty of it every year – falling for fall coffees all over again! When Texas temps start to dip, reach for any one of these festive cups of Joe to keep you feeling all warm and toasty throughout your day…



A ‘Little Italy’ This Week on Goodtaste.tv!

Rockin’ risotto and other Italian specialties that sing this season! The lovely ladies of Les Dames d’Escoffier have provided three fab recipes for Goodtaste viewers, including an exquisite pumpkin risotto and my favorite osso buco to date…



The Right Wings Worthy of Your Tailgate!

Certain finger foods find quite a following, season after season. You have your burger connoisseurs, your brisket aficionados and, especially during tailgate season, your wing representatives. Great wings are an edible rite of passage on game day, and these recipes we’ve rounded up don’t drop the ball!



Cheers to the Best Little Bed & Brew in Fredericksburg

ANY excuse to visit the beautiful Texas Hill Country, as well as the charming town of Fredericksburg is good enough for me. There’s some great beer being made along Main Street from the friendly folks at Fredericksburg Brewing Company. In fact, we caught them on the date of their 20th anniversary!



One Heavenly Herb Garden in Fredericksburg, TX

Who doesn’t love a vacation in their own backyard! This hidden gem is just a day trip away by car; a beautiful setting to totally decompress, because this place has it all. The Fredericksburg Herb Farm sits on 3.5 acres and has recently undergone a revitalization, featuring…



Up and At ‘Em with Apple Inspired Recipes!

Autumn is a ripe time for apples. After all, Iit’s when these juicy, crisp offerings really come into their own! Here this most agreeable fruit finds itself at the center of an amazing Apple & Ham Breakfast Bread Pudding [above] from a quaint B&B I treasure in Sonoma called Camellia Inn.



Meet the Master Class of Kolaches from Little Gretel

Some are calling it the “next generation donut” or “the new bagel.” Forget everything you think you know about kolaches…THESE are the real deal. Open wide for authentic Czech kolaches from Chef Denise Mazal of the spectacular Little Gretel Restaurant in beautiful Boerne.


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