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Peanut Blossoms

As I have confessed to you in the past, my dear readers, I am a far better cook than I am a baker. There...

Traditional Eggnog

Christmas is upon us. And so are all the traditional Christmas decorations, music, food items, and of course cocktails. One very traditional drink in...

Merry Martini Mixer Restructured

For the last 24 years, there has been a local private, invite only function on South Padre Island called the Merry Martini Mixer in...

The Mimosa Bar

A few years ago, I went with friends to a brunch at a local restaurant. Instead of simply offering mimosas like many others, this...

The Island’s Only Dive Bar Is Back!

Dear Coral Reef, I am so glad you are back open. It has been a long, dry and thirsty 6+-plus months without you since...

Keeping warm with a Hot Toddy

The weather so far has yet to feel quite like winter in South Texas. But nonetheless, 'tis the season for a winter classic -...

Italian Sausage Orecchiette with Broccolini

I have been obsessed with this dish lately.  It is completely soul satisfying with a depth of flavor and very simple to prepare. The...

Easy and Fabulous Turkey Pan Gravy

Well, it is that time of year again somehow. The day of the big feast of thanks is just about upon us (my absolute...

Deck the rims with Cranberry Cheer

The holidays won’t be just for eggnog. Instead, think margarita glasses dressed with a special flavor of salt called Cranberry Cheer. Twang Partners, a San...

The old “Old Fashioned”

There is nothing quite as classic as ordering a bourbon Old Fashioned—that sexy whiskey with a simple, yet complex addition of sweet, bitter and...