I collect and read cookbooks, food writing, and food history books. I experiment with as many new ideas as possible each week.

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  • Favorite foods: italian, mexican, vegetarian, home-grown
  • Last bite on earth: salted, chocolate-covered caramel

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Cook the Book: 'Home Made'

My favorite kitchen diy is making fresh pasta.

Cook the Book: The Sunset Cookbook

I'm loving our winter veggies from our CSA. I saute all kinds of greens with garlic and crushed red chiles and mix with pasta, or I make vegetable-packed soups, or dips for lovely raw cauliflower.

The Crisper Whisperer: 5 Veggie-Packed Frittatas to Start Your Winter Mornings Right

I am forever making frittatas with every vegetable in the bin! Love them loaded with greens, mushrooms, chiles, and of course cheese. One of my favorite frittata fillings is roasted poblanos, mushrooms, cilantro, and jack cheese.

Cook the Book: Barefoot Contessa, 'How Easy Is That?'

My easiest dinner party meal is an old Bobby Flay dish. Black and white sesame crusted salmon with soba noodles and a lime cilantro chile sauce.

Serious Beer: The Best Pumpkin Ales

I was just about to set off on a pumpkin beer tasting adventure to find some good ones, so perfect timing! I'm looking forward to trying a few.

La Cocina de Consuelo: The Best Tex-Mex Breakfast in Austin?

This is one of my regular spots. Love their breakfast burritos!

FoodHeads, Home of Outstanding Soups and the Best Fish Tacos in Austin

I always order a sandwich there, so now I have to try their fish tacos!

Cook the Book: The Good Stuff Cookbook

My favorite is Hyde Park Bar and Grill for the turkey burger and best fries in town served with chipotle aioli.

The Crisper Whisperer: 10 Small Ways to Eat Joyfully this Summer

Great tips. I love #5 and #7. I might just read an Edible issue while making eggplant fries. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Serious Grape: Grenache Rosé

I'm looking forward to a summer full of roses. The French options listed sound fantastic!

Cook the Book: 'Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods'

In Edible Austin, I'd like to see Zack Northcutt of Mulberry.

Cook the Book: 'In The Green Kitchen'

most important lesson: don't rush it. if you're making a slow-cooked dish or sweating onions or searing meat, it takes as long as it takes.

Cook the Book: 'Forgotten Skills of Cooking'

I'll be eating Irish cheeses, butter, and traditional brown bread.

Cook the Book: 'Rose's Heavenly Cakes'

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting the day after the party for which it was made.

Cook the Book: 'Italian Easy'

My favorite easy Italian meal is pasta with sauteed seasonal vegetables and good parmigiano.

Cook the Book: 'Nigella Christmas'

Chocolate shortbread sandwich cookies with a ganache filling.

Cook the Book: 'The Art and Soul of Baking'

no question: sugar cookies. my mom and I make the best!

Cook the Book: 'New Classic Family Dinners'

my favorite family dinner was spaghetti and garlic bread.

Cook the Book: 'The Pioneer Woman Cooks'

I'm a long-time fan of Ruhlman's blog and 101 cookbooks.

Cook the Book: Pumpkin Baking

Pumpkin cinnamon rolls is my absolute favorite pumpkin recipe.

Cook the Book: 'The Craft of Baking'

I have to say the best dessert ever was my Dad's homemade vanilla ice cream on a hot summer day.