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  • 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 […]

  • Spice of Blythe: Make your birthday all about YOU!

    DALLAS — It’s a very special Spice of Blythe today – because it’s my birthday! I’m the type of person who likes to start celebrating my late-February birthday on February 1 and keep celebrating all the way through the end of December.  If you like birthdays as much as I do, you know the trick is to make sure everything (especially the food!) is just how you want it. So, if you like cake, there’s no better time for it!  Cut […]

  • Spice of Blythe: How to party outside the box!

    DALLAS — Planning a party?  You should be; there’s plenty to celebrate! Next time you do, forget the boring decorations, forget the boring menu, and SPICE it up a notch! Not just the food, either.  How about some decorations? How about choosing a time period? And how about dressing up all your friends in crazy costumes?? That’s what we did recently at the Pink Magnolia.  We threw the ultimate dinner party by dressing up the staff, inventing characters, and inviting […]

  • Spice of Blythe: Make your bowl party SUPER!

    DALLAS — It’s a good week to be a football fan!  Or if you just like an excuse to throw a party on a Sunday! So whether you’re hosting a Super Bowl party or just going to one, make sure you have the right food!  Need a place to start?  Here are some basics. First, the vegetable platter.  A bunch of fresh veggies, with some ranch dressing to make it taste so good you forget you’re eating healthy?  Can’t go […]