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Culinary Blog

A Thanksgiving Recipe by Chef Chris Cosentino

Chef Chris Cosentino knows a thing or two about family, food and tradition – the three main ingredients in virtually every annual Thanksgiving celebration across America. His Italian heritage is the impetus behind his latest restaurant, Rosalie Italian Soul, which opened in October inside the C. Baldwin Hotel in Downtown Houston. Named after his great grandmother, Rosalie Cosentino, the restaurant offers classic Italian dishes such as housemade pastas, red sauce dishes and signature pizzas that…

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Pondicheri's Stuffed Baby Pepper Recipe

Indian food can be daunting to try in your own kitchen, but can bring a spice and flair to break up the dinner monotony in your life. Our friends at Pondicheri shared with us a hard to screw up delicious and easy recipe so you can try your hand at Indian cuisine in your own home. There are umpteen ways to stuff peppers - this recipe features baby peppers, but will work for 4 large peppers as well. Orange and red are recommended, but the poblano is also delicious when roasted and stuffed…

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Traditional King Cake Recipe

You know it’s Mardi Gras time in Houston when you start seeing King Cakes pop up in bakeries and stores around town. King Cake is a traditional pastry meant to honor the three kings who delivered gifts to the baby Jesus. An authentic king cake includes cinnamon swirls with the colors of Mardi Gras sprinkled top, and would you believe it’s not all that hard to make one for yourself! “Purple signifies ‘justice,’ green signifies ‘faith’ and gold signifies ‘power,” says New Orleans native and baker…

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10 Places to Celebrate National Sangria Day

If you are looking to add more fruit in your diet - we may have the ticket. Sangria is a popular drink that is packed with fresh chopped fruit of all sorts, along with added wine or other spirits. While it has been considered a summer time favorite, National Sangria Day is celebrated on December 20th…. and we say, why not? Everyone seems to have their own version of sangria. Citrus and berries are typically the foundation for the fruity drink but you can add any fruit such as melon, mango…

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Ring In The New Year With Chef Ryan Pera’s Cotechino with Lentils

Many cultures around the world like to ring in the New Year with traditional dishes thought to bring good luck or blessings in the year ahead. In Italy, that dish is Cotechino Sausage with Lentils, often served at midnight on New Year's Eve. Coltivare will serve the traditional “good luck” dish during the holidays but you can also make chef Ryan Pera’s recipe at home. Find the Cotechino sausage in the butcher’s case at Revival Market. Coltivare Cotechino Sausage with Lentils (Recipe serves 6)…

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The Houstonian has serious pecan pie

National Pie Day, celebrated annually on July 12th, is a Southern tradition The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa takes seriously! Head to one of two restaurants on property to find pecan pie served with Texas-love. At both Olivette and The Manor House, Pastry Chef Catherine Rodriguez dishes up pie with homemade buttery flaky crust, real maple syrup, bourbon, and Texas pecans with a side of house-made bourbon ice cream, pecan streusel, and creamy caramel sauce. The best part? Rodriguez shared her…

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For Super Bowl, Make Chef Ben McPherson’s Chicken Fajita Spring Rolls

Chef Ben McPherson is gearing up to open his new endeavor: Krisp Bird & Batter. McPherson, who’s been involved with several Houston restaurants including Batanga, Prohibition Supperclub, Conservatory and El Burro & The Bull, is centering his new concept around chicken sandwiches. On the menu you’ll find six to eight chicken sandwiches, including a Korean fried chicken sandwich, on a variety of breads -- wheat, challah and on a waffle -- as well as custards, shakes, salads and sides. McPherson is…

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Get Merry With D&T Drive Inn’s Take on Eggnog

What holiday season would be complete without eggnog? Whether you love it or hate it, you’re bound to encounter the creamy drink somewhere during the holidays. With Christmas right around the corner, how about we skip the store-bought stuff and go for some good, old-fashioned eggnog -- with a twist? At D&T Drive Inn in the Heights, bar manager Jason Moore created his take of the traditional concoction using beer. His beernog is one of seven drinks featured in Treadsack’s eggnog crawl, or…

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Sylvia Casares Shares The Best of Tex-Mex Cuisine in “The Enchilada Queen Cookbook”

For a little more than a year, Houston’s “Enchilada Queen,” Sylvia Casares, has been pouring her culinary secrets into a cookbook that she hopes will shine a positive spotlight on Tex-Mex cuisine. Tex-Mex food “is so misunderstood and maybe it doesn’t have a great reputation but I really believe it’s because people who have tasted it a) don’t really know what they’re getting, and, b) maybe what they were getting really wasn’t so good,” said Casares, who owns Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen. In “The…

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The Pastry War’s Kehlen Selph On Making A Great Margarita

The margarita is a Texas tradition and Houston has no shortage of restaurants and bars serving this simple but refreshing libation. Just last month Food & Wine named Hugo’s as one of America’s top margarita bars and earlier this year the Food Network named The Pastry War’s frozen margarita as one of the 50 Best Cocktails in America. Kehlen Selph, The Pastry War’s general manager, attributes the margarita’s popularity to its simplicity and balance. “It just tastes so good. It’s refreshing, it’s…

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