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  • Spice of Blythe: Enjoy the oil sensation!

    Olive oil might be a little bit intimidating, so I decided to break it down for you! Ever heard of extra virgin? Cold-pressed? Light olive oil? I’m here to walk you through the turmoil of olive oil! Let’s start with Italian olive oil. That’s the one that most people know and most people look for. If you’re at the grocery store and you’re concerned with which one to buy, remember extra virgin means first pressed only. This is the first […]

  • Spice of Blythe: Break out of your shell and bite into a lobster!

    DALLAS, Tx. – It’s June and that means it’s lobster season! I had an unbelievable treat, six lobster men all the way from Maine. That’s right, I just got to learn all about lobster and the beefy men who take care of this industry. You may be scared of it or think it’s tough to crack into or touch to eat, or it’s too expensive but that’s not true anymore! We have great American families and great american men right […]

  • Spice of Blythe: Drink Your Vegetables!

    DALLAS — Summer’s here and the time is right for… Juicing? Yeah, I bet you never thought you’d hear me say that! But everybody knows vegetables are good for your health and juicing is a great way to get more of them into your diet. AND it’s a great opportunity to get something else into your diet – and this one won’t surprise you. Yep, we’re talkin’ booze! So, say you have a nice orange and mango smoothie going on.  Why […]

  • Spice of Blythe: Honor both past and present this Memorial Day

    DALLAS — Memorial Day is next week, and it’s an important time to slow down and reflect on the sacrifices made by those who came before us. It’s also a chance to take the day and celebrate the opportunities we have here in this great country because of those sacrifices. And what’s the best way to do that?  Cooking, of course! Whether you serve up a whole chicken or a rack of ribs, a fruit plate or a macaroni salad, a roast […]

  • Spice of Blythe: Explore the world through cheese!

    DALLAS — I’m on a mission to explore as much of the world as I can.  And when I can’t do it through actual travel, I do it through cheese! Cheese is amazing because it comes in different forms from all over the world.  It reflects different cultures and uses milk from a variety of animals. So, here’s a beginner’s guide to an extra cheesy world tour. Let’s start with France and a little truffle cheese.  Truffles combined with goat’s milk […]

  • Spice of Blythe: Eat your way through the rainbow!

    DALLAS — Spring is an exciting time as a chef, because the fruits and vegetables that are in season satisfy two of my favorite things: making food and shopping! Oh, make that three – because color is everywhere too! Just look at all the foods you can find at the farmer’s market right now… From heirloom tomatoes that you can use as an ingredient or just slice up and eat with some salt, to their younger cousins the green tomatoes. […]

  • Spice of Blythe: Stay out of the pits with avocados!

    DALLAS — I’ve been having a serious love affair for years now–with avocados. Not only are they delicious, but they’re super nutritious too, and what chef doesn’t love a food you can do ANYTHING with? Sure you can just slice one up and enjoy it with some salt, or go with the classic Texas staple of chips and guac, but why not get even more creative with this gem of a fruit?? I like to puree mine and add bacon and […]

  • Spice of Blythe: A visit from a biodynamic vineyard!

    DALLAS — One of the wines I sell a lot of at Pink Magnolia is from Beckmen Vineyards.  They’re a special kind of vineyard because their grapes are grown biodynamically. Jeff Beckmen visited today to tell us just what that means, and to let me taste some of the wines they’ve created. The Spice of Blythe is that we can learn a lot from Beckmen Vineyards. Take care of each other, take care of the earth, and you just might […]

  • Spice of Blythe: “Stick” it to your food!

    DALLAS — Believe it or not, Tuesday is National “Food on a Stick” Day.  So naturally, I’m here to take you past just the corny dogs, to some great ideas for things you can skewer, season, and sear. Let’s start with vegetables.  Veggies may not excite the kids normally, but try stickin’ a skewer through them, adding some seasoning, and see if the kids don’t sing a different tune once their very own vegetable creation comes hot off the grill! […]

  • Spice of Blythe: Rosé all day!

    DALLAS — Spring has sprung, and not only are the birds chirping and the flowers growing, but everything’s also coming up rosé! Yeah, it might not have the best reputation, but Rosé is one of the greatest wines there is — a white wine with just a kiss of grape skin to give it it’s gorgeous pink color. And yes, it doesn’t take a genius to know that color is one of the things I love about it, but it’s also […]