Weekly Gems

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Pickling Your Summer Harvest

Expand the lifespan of your produce through pickling, and preserve that seasonal goodness all year long! The process is a simple one and can be done to nearly any summer fruit or veggie…


Craft Ice Creams Make Cool Treats!

Ice cream during a South Texas summer is almost as essential as air conditioning…almost. Introducing fun flavors the whole fam can get behind! Five recipes in all to fight this heat…


We’re in Hatch Chile Heaven!

Experience the culinary craze that comes arounds like clockwork each August. ‘Tis the season for those seeking authentic Hatch chiles! This popular New Mexico pepper gives practically any dish that extra punch!


“Hard Knocks” Dinners at The Houstonian

Football fans, how’d you like the opportunity to talk shop over a fabulous dinner with the NFL writer for the Houston Chronicle? John McClain knows the Texans inside and out – there is no better resource!


Lots to Savor at SA Restaurant Week!

Time once again to celebrate the best culinary stars in the Alamo City! San Antonio Restaurant Week (SARW) returns August 13-27, offering custom, three-course menus for both lunch and dinner…


Make Tracks to the 1856 Tavern!

How’s this for a place to hang your hat. After a long day on the ranch, herds of hungry locals head to the 1856 Tavern – a treasure trove of tasty homestyle eats in Bandera, TX…aka the Cowboy Capital of the World!


Compete for Olympic Size Pastas!

Carb load your way to Olympic gold! These hearty pasta dishes will make you feel like a winner…at least with the fam! The 2016 Summer Olympics begin Friday, August 5. We have five ways to ‘pack on the pasta’…


Cocktails for Those Beach Bound

Soak up the sand, surf and fresh fruit flavors in these seasonal cocktails that taste best after some fun in the Sun. Four fabulous recipes for you to ‘find your beach’ and CHILL…


Summer Seafood Surprise!

Mix up the menu by the pool this summer with a variety of atypical seafood recipes, pleasing for any palate! From an awesome Ahi Tuna Salad to char-grilled Spanish Octopus or this gorgeous Grilled Halibut…


Quinoa Works Wonders!

You’ve heard the hype, but did you know this superfood is SO important, it’s believed to be sacred! A gluten-free grain that’s been around for thousands of years. Eat clean with quinoa!

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Rich & Creamy Grilled Brie

Say cheese, San Antonio! We’re in the courtyard at Zinc Bistro for grilled Brie from Executive Chef Robbie Nowlin- topped with a blackberry compote alongside grilled ciabatta bread. As fresh as summer gets!


Lobster Lovers – It’s That Time!

There’s lots to love about lobster season – and a variety of ways to enjoy them in the kitchen! We have some new ideas for luscious summertime eats. Take a dive with our must-do lobster recipes!


Garden FRESH Summer Salads!

We’ve seen your immediate future and it’s bright! Fresh, flavorful garden greens for the days when temperatures hit triple digits! These sun kissed salads put nature first…


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!


Serious Eats from St. Anthony Hotel

We’re rounding out Week 3 of our three-week tour de taste around Texas this summer at the St. Anthony Hotel – the first luxury hotel in San Antonio, built in 1909 and newly restored. A Texas jewel reborn!


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!


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!


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…


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!

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