Weekly Gems


H-E-B Recipe Redo: Killen’s BBQ Baked Beans!

This week, we have a super quick take on Chef Ronnie Killen’s famous Baked Beans. Killen’s is known to cook’em low and slow, BUT our version from H-E-B speeds up the process! We have both recipes right here!


Craft Burgers from a ‘Chopped’ Champion!

It’s about time, Houston! We recently linked up with the FIRST EVER Houston-area chef to win Chopped – Chef Shannen Tune! See more on his latest in-demand food truck, plus the recipe to his most popular menu item!


Colombian Ceviche with Color & Crunch!

Keep things light, fresh and outdoor-friendly with Colombian Ceviche from Cooking Connection – an altogether different kind of ‘heat’ to hit South Texas this summer!


New Orleans BBQ Shrimp from The Cookhouse!

My friends from H-E-B Cooking Connection break down a signature dish from The Cookhouse – the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp! Cooked in a spicy garlic butter with dark amber ale. Enjoy the recipe!


Starry Past, Savory Present at The Lancaster

Last week, we kicked off our three-week tour de taste around Texas with the timeless charm of The Driskill. Our next historical stay takes us to The Landcaster Hotel, celebrating 90 years in downtown Houston!


Mac & Ernie’s Ancho Chili Honey Sauce

Mac & Ernie’s smoky, sweet Ancho Chili Honey Sauce! We love this stuff on everything…chicken, beef, you name it! The original recipe, plus a slight variation from H-E-B Cooking Connection.


Retreat & Eat at The Houstonian’s Manor House

There’s a new spot to have lunch in Uptown, an historic home with a fascinating history and a very talented chef. For the first time in 30 years, the Manor House at The Houstonian is open to the public…

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Grilled Peaches Aplenty from Zinc!

Texas peaches are in season! Executive Chef Robbie Nowlin at Zinc Bistro & Bar takes our Texas-grown peaches, brushes them with olive oil, seasons them with salt & pepper, and onto the grill they go!


Timeless Charm at The Driskill

Historic South Texas hotels rich in architecture, grandeur, ambiance and cuisine! Create a memorable experience in our state capital this summer at the oldest operating hotel in Austin, The Driskill.


Masraff’s Month of Giving is Back!

It’s Christmas in July for four local charities in Houston. The more you eat out here, the more they receive. Toast your role in supporting Candlelighters, MD Anderson, American Heart Association and the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center…


It’s Squash Blossom Time!

Whether they’re sautéed, deep-fried, eaten raw or added to a dish for a special touch, it’s safe to say squash blossoms can be used in a variety of ways! Experiment with these delightful summer delicacies at home today…


Fabulous Fruits on the Grill

Give your grill a nice flavor boost this Memorial Day Weekend. Certain fruits like peaches or pineapple, even watermelon respond well to a little flame-kissed lovin’! Five juicy recipes ready in just a few minutes…


Nature’s Best Tortilla for Chicken Tacos!

Fresh Jicama Tortillas are my new best friend! Low in calories with no sugar or carbs, these tortillas have a mild flavor and crisp texture…and make for some incredible ‘healthy choice’ tacos from H-E-B!


Psyched for Summer Salads!

All eyes on these lush new salad ideas for summer! These flavorful combinations will help you shed a few LBs and feel more confident when lounging poolside or by the beach. Five recipes in all…

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Steppin’ Out for Wine & Food Week!

It’s a New York State of Mind theme at Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands. Set for June 6-12, this annual epicurean extravaganza draws culinary masters & wine experts from around the world- one of my faves all year!


Goodtaste with Tanji – Episode 5

Watch EPISODE 5 in full right here! This week- an Uptown institution with top notch eats and a knack for giving back. Plus, a southern eatery with its own microbrewery and wildly delish BBQ from this food truck…

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Pick Kasra for Persian!

Experience the true tastes of Persian cuisine the Pasra family has served for generations. Kasra Persian Grill is home to some phenomenal menu items, including what may be my favorite hummus–EVER!


Goodtaste with Tanji – Episode 4

Inside an awe-inspiring spot for exotic eats–and the chef’s incredible rise to the top! Plus, we make a pitstop for legendary Lone Star BBQ and one of the top culinary schools in the world in Texas. It’s EPISODE 4!


Goodtaste with Tanji – Episode 3

One of the largest tequila lists in Texas, cured meats from a chef with a new lease on life, plus over 100 menu items and counting at this lively oyster bar! The third FULL EPISODE of Goodtaste with Tanji starts now…


5 Sangrias for Sunny Days!

All this rain got you feeling a little blue? An easy remedy could be a glass of homemade sangria. It’s among the easiest drinks to make, and you get to put some of that fruit in the fridge to good use…


Goodtaste with Tanji – Episode 2

World famous guacamole, a brewery where you can stay the night and our new favorite steakhouse doubles as a butcher shop! The second FULL EPISODE of Goodtaste with Tanji is but a click away…


Goodtaste with Tanji – Episode 1

The wait is over! Watch the first FULL EPISODE of Goodtaste with Tanji right here. We’ll take you to all kinds of delicious spots around Texas and share the stories of the amazing folks who make all it all happen…


Revolutionary Tacos from Viva Villa!

The new cousin of Mi Tierra and the next generation of Cortez family is making its mark right next door at the hip taco spot Viva Villa Taqueria!

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Rockin’ Moroccan Chicken Enchiladas!

Easy, layered chicken enchiladas in a cast iron skillet from Jack Allen’s Kitchen–as seen in Episode 1 of our new TV series! Topped with espresso chili and one fabulous fried egg!

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“Homegrown” Italian from Coltivare!

A killer new spring cocktail list is one of many reasons to frequent Coltivare in the Heights – the latest endeavor from the guys behind Revival Market.

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Celebrate in Sweet Style at the Manor House

The Manor House at The Houstonian recently opened to the public with Executive Chef Neal Cox’s new Spring Menu! This historical landmark also has three private rooms for toasting, partying and celebrating in style…


A Taste of Barcelona from BCN

With so many wonderful restaurants in Houston, it’s easy to take good food for granted. But, when you happen upon a place that’s truly special, it stands out. Such is the case at BCN…

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‘Happy Meals’ for the Park!

Join Goodtaste on a path to rediscovering our local parks. There’s nothing like the spring sunshine and some extra Vitamin D to stir the spirit within! Lunch outdoors doesn’t have to be a production either…


Landscape with Edibles & Enjoy!

There’s an awesome new trend popping up more and more in urban settings across the country. That is, landscaping your home with edibles…

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