Weekly Gems

White Negroni

The Truth About Vermouth

It’s been a roller coaster ride for the world’s oldest spirit. Indeed, what goes around comes around as Vermouth is primed for a resurgence among millennials! Indulge in these three easy recipes…your go-to Manhattan or Martini wouldn’t be the same without it!



Crumbly Coffee Cake Creations!

All praises go to these glazed coffee companions. My morning cup of Joe is exponentially better with a slice of soft-baked coffee cake. Just the right combination of sugary/sweet for a nice pick-me-up first thing!



Apple Inspired Eats for the AM!

Up and at’em! Autumn is a ripe time for juicy orchard apples to really come into their own! The same can be said for these fruity, early morning delights…


Garden Kimchi Salad

Bring Wine Country’s Harvest Season Home!

Having just returned from a welcome retreat to Wine Country, I can tell you – now’s the perfect time to go get lost on the West Coast! We’re entering a GORGEOUS time of year for out there…the air cool and crisp, the scenery exploding with indescribable color. The time of year growers and wine makers live for!


JAK_Red Handed Bourbon Smash 'n' Grab

Let’s Toast to National Bourbon Heritage Month!

Bottoms up with bourbon! Wet your whistle at any one of these local South Texas watering holes, or take two minutes to craft your own specialty bourbon cocktail. All month long in September we honor our nation’s Native Spirit with these recipes…



Five Foods That Help You Sleep

If sleepless nights sometimes make you crazy, there may be some help as close by as your refrigerator. Many nutritionists agree that certain foods can help you sleep more soundly. Some are obvious, others not so much. Here are the top 5 on my list…


Blue Crab and Caviar Nachos_Brennan's of Houston

Texas Creole Game Day Fixin’s

It’s football season–FINALLY! Also known as a time for foodies to get their roster of game day snacks in order. Brennan’s of Houston’s Executive Chef Danny Trace (an enthusiastic Houston Texans fan!) shared a few of his go-to recipes for tailgating and entertaining.



The ‘Chef’ is Back in Chef’s Salad

We aren’t reinventing the chef’s salad – rather rethinking our approach. The results will be impossible for you to resist! There’s a personal touch to this cuisine, an infusion of flavor and flare. C’mon, get creative with us….



Texas-Sized Sandwich Finds!

Innovative, mouthwatering sandwiches are out there, and we’ll show you just where to find them. Plus, tips from an expert on how you can make your sandwiches sensational at home. As for what’s trending in ‘foodie’ pubs these days…



Back-to-School Toddies for Mom!

Lemme guess…did everyone sigh a big ahhhhhhh when the school bells rang on Monday?! Back to school means back to a routine and yes, a bit of celebrating. Put the craziness of the first day of school behind you and kick your feet up with something beautiful…



Dreamy Ice Cream Cake Melts!

Microwave ice cream and end up with cake, huh?! The tease from Food and Wine caught my eye, so I decided to investigate. I created three different ‘cakes’ and used H-E-B’s Creamy Creations ice creams. The process is simple and turns run-of-the-mill ice cream on its head!



Peanut Butter is Your Buddy

What’s better than creamy peanut butter in a pinch! We’re thinking simple, crowd-pleasing snacks for everyone (kids & adults) after school–something snappy based around the peanut butter already in your pantry. Parents…GO NUTS!


Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Pineapple Salsa

More Pineapple Please!

Count on this tropical fruit to remain light, bright and happy year-round. Pineapple’s juiciness, however, is most appreciated during triple digits temps! There’s a number of ways to enjoy them – freshly diced, in juice form or cooked comes to mind…


2015 H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best Finale competition at the Houston Food Bank

H-E-B’s Quest for Texas Best Produces!

Ahhhh, the sweet taste success…something some entrepreneurs, talented creators of unique products from around the Lone Star State, are relishing. Meet the big winners of H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best contest!



Summer Send-Off Sangrias!

Some schools are already back in session with the rest to follow suit very soon. Savor these last few days of summer and keep life simple. Treat yourself to fresh fruit-filled sangria – early afternoon & poolside if you can help it!


Good Taste with Tanji© 2011-2015