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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.

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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…

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Spaten Brewery

The world’s first Oktoberfest beer is currently invading taps around Texas. Spaten’s Oktoberfest is a medium bodied lager — darkish, aromatic with some spice and a golden crispness for autumn harvest season. Spaten’s Oktoberfest pairs best with…

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This ‘Odd Duck’ Really Stands Out!

Local, seasonal fare is spreading in South Austin. It’s a commitment that star chef Bryce Gilmore made prior to Odd Duck’s brick & mortar opening with its sister location just down Lamar, Barley Swine. Sleek, modern and inviting, we’ve been anxious to try Chef’s seasonal menu at Odd Duck…

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Heart Healthy Steaks Now at this Napa Grocer!

Goodtaste stopped in at a very special family-owned grocery store in St. Helena, Sunshine Foods, to sample the diverse menu of premium quality meats, to include HeartBrand Akaushi — the healthiest, best-tasting beef money can buy and you can bring home!

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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…

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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!

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Oktoberfest the South Texas Way!

Oktoberfest kicked off in Germany over the weekend. Just because the real Bavarian bash is thousands of miles away, doesn’t mean we don’t have Texas ties to this annual celebration! Try adding a touch of the German culture to dinner this week with these festive creations…

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Watch Autumn Unfold at Raffa’s Waterfront Grill

A ‘cool’ front is expected this week. Music to my ears. Proof that the humidity will drop, and we can once again dine outdoors in comfort. We found a perfect spot to take in the predicted cooler evenings, a place with waterfront views and a relaxing outdoor patio—and of course, good food!

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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!

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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…

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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.

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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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Eataly’s All-New NYC Nutella Bar

No trip to NYC is complete in my book without a visit to Eataly — a world-famous Italian market now a brand new Nutella Bar. This latest addition at Eataly NYC allows guests to discover and experience Nutella in creative ways they have never tried before…

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Kickoff Football Season with Spirited Texan Sugar Cookies!

Sugary, iced perfection! Scrumptious shortbread cookies for those fighting Houston Texans this brand new football season. Many thanks to Pastry Chef Vanessa O’Donnell of Ooh La La dessert boutique. I hear even if you’re a Cowboys fan, chances are she’ll have you covered. Show your team spirit when the NFL officially kicks off the 2014-2015 season on Thursday, September 4th. Prepare accordingly!

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