Jalapeno Hush Puppies

Did you know hush puppy is 2 words like that?  I think I’ve been going through life thinking it was one word, like hushpuppy, and I’ve eaten a LOT of hush puppies in my day.  Anyways.  The more you know.



Europe by the numbers

All right friends.  One more non-baking post, and then I’m done.  I swear.

I’m back in Texas!  It is full of summer.  There is sun, sun, sun as far as the eye can see.  Pool water, agua fresca + club soda, and lots of salsa is basically all I require in a day.  I missed it, and I love it.


On why I cannot be Parisian

Let’s talk for a moment about what I admire most about Parisians.

They have this ridiculous superpower that allows them to walk into a boulangerie/patisserie/bakery…and just…say what they want.  They already know.  They have the ability to…I believe one says, “make a decision.”

I am unfamiliar with this concept. (more…)


I have learned a few things here.

1. There is no order to boarding the metro or the train, or to crossing the street.  At first, I got angry when people stepped in front of me.  Now, I realize that I can do it too!  Getouttamahway.  I have nowhere in particular to be, but I must get there before you.

2. I have no idea why people want to learn English.  It is a ridiculous language with 375,927 rules and 6 times as many exceptions.

3. The most wonderful thing in the world is being some place where you feel comfortable enough to get lost, but at the same time are still fascinated by everything around you.  Doors. (yes.  doors.)  Menu boards sitting outside cafes and bistros.  People sitting outside cafes and bistros.  Street names.

4.  This is brown sugar:


Christmas in NOLA

I went to New Orleans during Christmas.  The last time I was there was nearly a year ago, and that is an unusually long time between NOLA visits.  It was high time to go back.

We stayed in the Iberville Suites.  This is the ultimate in awesome because it’s attached to the Ritz, and you get to use all of the Ritz fancy things (like the most amazing hotel workout room ever), but you pay not even close to Ritz rates.  It’s in the French Quarter, but a couple of blocks away from Bourbon so noisy Quarter-goers won’t keep you up at night.  It’s the 2nd time I’ve stayed there, and I would highly recommend it! (more…)

Vacations are better than real life

I have many dreams in life.  I would prefer that you just make-believe I can have all these things.

One: to only serve morning coffee + milk in latte bowls so we can all pretend we are breakfast-ing in France.  Also, I do in fact need an entire bowlful of coffee most mornings.

Two: to have a weekly delivery of Swedish Fish (only the red ones (do they even make other colors??)) in bulk to my house. (more…)