The Homesick Texan Cookbook ~ Austin-Style Black Beans

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I was 16 the first time I visited Austin, Texas.  My older sister had left to attend her first year at St. Edward’s University.  Facing major separation anxiety I begged, pleaded my parents to allow me to skip a week of school to visit her in Austin.  To my surprise they said yes.  After consulting with the principal… 

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Salsa Cruda

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Tomatoes Tomatoes Tomatoes Tomatoes is the spotlight for this edition of Summer Fest!  Confession:  This was my dinner last night.  A heaping batch of salsa cruda and  fried tortilla chips.  Shame? Not a bit. Salsa Cruda simply means raw sauce.  All summer we enjoy salsa cruda with our meals as the recipe can be easily adapted to what you have on hand.  When tomato… 

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Lavender Tequila Cooler

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  Happy Friday!! This cooler was originally intended to be a lavender margarita. I had been wanting to create a lavender margarita ever since we had the chance to visit Blanco, Texas last year for the Lavender Festival.  I have toyed with quite a few mixes, but have never really perfected the flavor.  I made the lavender syrup again… 

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My 7 Links..

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I was recently tagged by the lovely Jessica over at Kitchen Belleicious for the 7 Link Challenge.  So today I leave you with my 7 links.  Thanks Jessica!! The Most beautiful post: Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies These cookies were my first blog post, so they will always be dear to my heart.    

 

Giveaway!!! Giveaway!! Giveaway!!!

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  WINNERS!!!! 4 prize packs from HEB/ConAgra Angela Danielle Michele P Jennifer Sweet Life Prize Pack Monica send me your info and I will send out your prizes!! Thanks! We have come to the end of our Meal Maker Challenge!! I had a blast sharing my spin on quick dinner ideas and wanted to thank you… 

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Quick Corn Saute

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    Quick Corn Saute A simple, really simple side dish is what I turn to on those never ending hectic days.  A simple side dish that bursts with flavor, is it possible?  Yes. Yes. Yes. A quick corn saute loaded with celery, carrots, garlic and cilantro provide not only flavor, but add brightness to your… 

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Blueberry Margarita

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 Happy Friday!!  Blueberry lemon has been one of my favorite flavor combinations since the day I watched Tyler Florence on Food 911 make blueberry scones with lemon glaze. Pregnant at the time with insane cravings I needed them.  I phoned hubby to ask if he wouldn’t mind picking up blueberries on the way home.  Always the sweetheart he happily contributed to any and all of my cravings…. 

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Corn & Chorizo Fritters

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Corn Corn Corn  I would love to say that the anticipation of working in the kitchen was the inspiration for this post, but that would be a complete lie.  Three ears sat on my counter when I realized Monday afternoon that PRESEASON was here!! Monday Night Football.  Even in pre-season this alone is a cause for celebration, but when you team… 

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